The Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference is a 3-day gathering of several hundred food co-op managers, staff members, directors, and consultants, plus their national allies.
At CCMA, speakers and trainers from outside the food co-op sector supplement the contributions of local and national co-ops. The annual conference, usually held the second weekend in June, is rotated annually among East/Central/West regions.
Sponsored by the the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), CCMA began in 1956 as a kind of weekend retreat for consumer co-op managers and their spouses. Co-ops represented included grocery co-ops formed in the 1930s and 1940s plus major co-ops in other sectors, such as Nationwide Insurance and Recreational Equipment Inc.
In the 1970s, a “new wave” of consumer food co-ops began attending CCMA. Over the years attendance has grown from fewer than 30 co-op managers to over 400 managers, staff and directors. Over the years, the conference has received substantial support from NCB, the National Co-op Bank.
Since 1990, CCMA planning has been carried out by Prof. Ann Hoyt and support staff at the University of Wisconsin.