Expansion and Growth

CDS Consulting Co-op has a broad range of services to help, including expansion readiness, feasibility, planning, building capacity and implementation.

Features and Benefits

Expansions can be risky and rewarding experiences. Minimize risk with strong feasibility assessment, organizational alignment and careful planning.

Our consultants have supported over 250 food co-op expansion projects over the last 30 years. We understand both retail business and cooperative associations and can help you strengthen and integrate best practices for both in your business. We also emphasize the use of data to make important decisions, giving you assurance and advice from respected sources you can trust. From our proprietary customer transaction data, staff survey results, and CoCoFiSt, our recommendations are based on data.

Expansion Readiness and Alignment
Our experienced consultants will guide an effective process of building commitment, alignment and making good decisions.

We will assess the feasibility of your project.

Our cost-effective services will help you achieve success.

For support developing and implementing store systems, see the following service area.

For more information about our expansion support services, contact

Bill Gessner

Associated Consultants

Ben Sandel — 540-421-6976 — BenSandel@cdsconsulting.coop
Leadership Development, Startup Co-ops, Capitalization
Bill Gessner — 612-823-4509 — BillGessner@cdsconsulting.coop
Expansion Planning, Business Development, Financial Pro Forma, Capital Campaigns
Debbie Suassuna — 858-227-0092 — DebbieSuassuna@cdsconsulting.coop
Market/Location Analysis, Real Estate/Expansion Analysis, Consumer Research
Jeanie Wells — 785-766-8454 — JeanieWells@cdsconsulting.coop
Capacity Assessment, Transitional Planning and Coaching
Mel Braverman — 608-243-3255 — MelBraverman@cdsconsulting.coop
Operational and Financial Improvement
Nicole Klimek — 651-353-1928 — NicoleKlimek@cdsconsulting.coop
Store Planning and Design

Other Resources

Member Loan Toolbox Bill Gessner, Beret Griffith and Ron Griffith, published by Food Co-op Initiative

Relocation and Expansion Toolbox Bill Gessner. Click here to order this publication.