Co-op Connection

Co-op Connection

A Celebration of Cooperatives and Community 
Hosted by Summit Credit Union

Shop. Eat. Exercise. Get outdoors. Heal. Ride. Brew. Surf. Manage your money... at a co-op!

We invite you to join us as an exhibitor and/or as a sponsor for the Co-op Connection

Saturday, October 4, 2014
100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
8:00am – 12:00pm (during Madison’s famous Farmer’s Market)

Don’t delay! This year we have room for 25 booths. Send your registration in before June 1, 2014.

2013 participants who register by June 1 are guaranteed a booth space at this years event!

register today

Plus, many more ways to participate!

  • Event program advertising opportunities
  • Event prize donations
  • Shout-outs for your coop in the event program

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Co-op Connection is a public celebration of cooperatives and all that we contribute to our communities and the local economy as well as an opportunity for us to live Cooperative Principle #6 — cooperation among cooperatives.

Watch a glimpse of the 2013 event

2013 Event Highlights

Summit would like to thank the 4,011 visitors to the 3rd Annual Co-op Connection, the 20+ cooperatives who participated in bringing the cooperative story to our community and our vital sponsors of the event, listed below! Visitors interacted with co-op representatives, enjoyed family activities, live entertainment by Pat McCurdy, The Disclosures and David Landau, prize drawings, free product samples and a message from Madison's Mayor Paul Soglin about the big part cooperatives play in the local economy and quality of life. Cooperatives provide so many services to our community and enrich the local economy. It's worth celebrating!

Click any picture to enlarge. 1) Welcome to the Co-op Connection 2) Mayor Soglin visits a technology booth 3) One of three grocery booths 4) Enjoying a cupcake 5) Pat McCurdy live 6) Thousands visit more than 20 co-ops 7) Cooperatives and cupcakes – great combo 8) Mayor Soglin speaks about the value of cooperatives 9) Visitors take Summit's Money quiz 10) Talking about credit unions.

About Co-op Connection

Plan to attend the 4th Annual Co-op Connection to celebrate cooperatives and all that we contribute to our communities. Area cooperatives and cooperative enthusiasts host interactive booths to share stories and educate members, employees, and the public on what we do and why it’s important to our community and the local economy. Enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, prize drawings and free food samples, too! Watch for details on this site as we get closer to the event!

Cooperatives are governed by seven principles:

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training and information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for community

Cooperatives can be found in nearly every sector of the economy, including financial, health care, utilities, telecommunications, insurance, agriculture and consumer goods and services. Cooperatives allow consumers to be directly involved and to support local businesses that strengthen their communities.