4th Annual 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!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

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


Throughout the event, visit with over 25 co-ops and co-op supporters and learn all that they offer you and your community. Enjoy lots of fun kids' activities, free samples, shop, and sign up to win prizes!


Live On Stage

8:30 am - Special Guest: Mayor Soglin
9:00 am - 11:45 am - Musical Entertainer: Pat McCurdy
11:45 am - Prize Drawings

Pat McCurdy




Special thanks to our 2014 sponsors and supporters!

2013 Event Highlights

Thank you 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!

Catch a glimpse of the 2013 event

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.