Frequently Asked Questions

General

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What does CCMA stand for?

Consumer Cooperative Management Association.

Who should attend the CCMA 2024?

CCMA is designed for food cooperative leaders including general managers, board directors, staff members and consultants, plus their national allies. In the last several years, the attendee breakdown is as follows:

  • Co-op directors- 45%
  • Co-op GMs, CEOs, CFOs, and department managers – 28%
  • Co-op support professionals such as consultants, attorneys, accountants – 17%
  • Co-op staff – 10%

What are the dates for CCMA?

CCMA will be held on May 30 – June 1, 2024 in Portland, Maine.

Will Co-op Tours be offered?

YES! There is a small change though – we ask that conference participants register separately for the co-op tours.

WHY? Our co-ops hosts work hard to develop thoughtful tours to show of their co-op and community. In order to better gauge participation and align bus needs appropriately, we ask that participants interested in the Co-op Tours register separately. The co-op tours will not be developed until closer to the conference, so it is a leap of faith! We know that Portland has much to offer and we trust that our co-op hosts will show us its gems!

How do I request an accommodation for my disability or limitation?

Please contact Abby Grott at agrott@wisc.edu to make your request.

Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities or limitations should be made prior to the date of the program or activity for which it is needed. Please do so as early as possible prior to the program or activity so that proper arrangements can be made. In certain situations, information related to requests may be shared with staff or units necessary to help coordinate an appropriate accommodation.

Conference Venue and Hotel

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Where will the conference be held?

Portland, Maine at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. Please see our lodging page for room reservation information.

Event Registration

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How do I register for CCMA 2024?

Registration is will open in early February. You can find registration options for our in-person CCMA here.

How much does it cost to attend?

Registration rates are available on our CCMA Registration page. We have multiple options for cooperators to participate at CCMA in person or for a day.  There are also several scholarship opportunities available.

Does the registration fee include travel and hotel accommodations?

No. Travel and hotel reservations are not included in the registration fee.

What is the registration policy?

You can read about our registration policy here.

What types of payments are accepted for the registration fee?

All registration fees must be paid in advance. Payments can be made by:

  1. Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Diners or American Express are all accepted
  2. Check: please make checks payable to:  Conference Management – CCMA and mail payment to:

Memorial Union
Conference Management
800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706

Checks must be received within fourteen days of registration or your registration will be automatically cancelled. The exception to this deadline are registrations that occur less than two weeks before the start of the Conference; all checks and money orders must be received by the Wednesday prior to the start of the Conference.

UWCC will charge attendees a $30.00 returned check fee to cover the administrative costs.

How do I make changes/updated to my registration or get a receipt?

Once you are registered for the conference, you can login to your registration profile to:

  • Update your information
  • View/print a receipt
  • Register a guest or another attendee

What is the substitution policy?

Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the start of the program at no additional cost. Please email Megan Webster at mawebster@wisc.edu regarding substitutions.

May I bring a guest to the conference?

This year we are offering a companion rate for guests of conference attendees. Companion registration includes Welcome Reception, keynote presentation, breakfast and lunch on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st, Friday night reception and Saturday night closing party. Companion registration is only available with the purchase of a regular Full Conference registration. Companions are not able to attend breakout sessions. This is not intended for co-op attendees seeking education.

We also offer guest tickets to attend the closing night event.

More information on companion registration can be found here.

Do I have to wear my name badge credentials each day?

Yes, security requires that all registered participants wear their name badge in order to gain admission to conference events/sessions. Those without a name badge may be denied entrance. See the on-site registration desk if you misplace your name badge.

I am having trouble registering. Whom do I contact?

Call Union Conference Services Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) at (608)265-6534 or email at conferences@union.wisc.edu.

Can I buy a tour ticket for a spouse?

No, we only allow purchase of tour tickets to attendees. Due to limited seats, we want registered attendees to have first access to the tours.

However, we find that after attendees make their travel arrangements, they may not be able to attend the tours. We provide an onsite waiting list for those who do not have a ticket. We will accept non-registered attendees on this list.

We also offer a companion rate for guests of conference attendees. Companion registration includes Welcome Reception, keynote presentations, breakfast and lunch on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st, Friday night reception and Saturday night closing party. Companion registration is only available with the purchase of a regular Full Conference registration. Companions are not able to attend breakout sessions. Companions are able to purchase tour tickets.

Travel

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What airport should I fly into?

We suggest using the Portland International Jetport (PWM). More information on getting to Portland can be found here.

Is there transportation to and from the airport for attendees?

No, attendees will need to arrange their own transportation to and from the airport.

CCMA 2024 Conference Recordings

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What content will be available virtually for CCMA participants?

We are offering a package of CCMA recordings for purchase. You can read more on our CCMA 2024 Recordings page.