MINUTES – Dec. 13, 2008
Fairbanks Community Cooperative Market
We met at the old Foodland location which we are considering, to see what we’re up against in making this happen here.
In attendance were Dave Lacey, Deb Coccia Manning, Tim Callaghan, Jeremiah R. Miller, Lela Ryterski, Linda Ferguson, Sharon Alden and Suzy Fenner. (Rob Leach opened the doors for us and left.)
Dave reviewed the minutes of the last meeting.
Sharon volunteered to be a check signer with Dave.
We still need to hire a lawyer to write up loan agreements for us.
Dave addressed store design. He’d connected with CDS (Co-op Development Services) and found PJ Hoffman, who has 40 years experience as a consultant for cooperatives. He could do a layout for us remotely for about $1470. Jeremiah, who has architectural experience, thought that was extremely reasonable. Suzy is leery of spending money for outside help saying there’s a lot of talent here in Fairbanks. We agreed to recruit from the community first as part of our business plan. Jeremiah can help with the building planning on site so Mr. Hoffman doesn’t have to travel up here at an extra expense to us.
Dave will post, on our blog, for legal and building design positions.
The need for a Treasurer and Secretary was brought up. Linda said she could help with Treasurer business. I, Lela, agreed to do the minutes for the time being.
We need a web master. Deirdre is updating the blog on the web site. Jeremiah pointed out that the blog can be our main information page. Also that we should be posting our flyers all over town.
Dave gave out the new flyers and mentioned people going to that commUNITY event happening at the Carlson Center could bring the flyers there.
Tim suggested we post our upcoming meetings in the Event section of the Daily News Miner. Suzy will do that and PSA announcements. This should also be on the blog.
Some people are experiencing problems opening up files on their computers. Some solutions were discussed.
We discussed the meat department being run by one of the local producers, like a Farmers Market situation.
Suzy brought up going to Tanana Valley Small Business Development Center on Campus to show them our business plan and get input from them. We agreed that’s a good idea when we finalize our business plan which is not quite done.
We set the next meeting, again at the Foodland site, for Thursday, January 8th. at 5:15 pm.