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Silver Tsunami: Retirements put boomer-owned firms at risk but worker ownership can help

From the Detroit Free Press (pdf): We’ve known for a long time that baby boomers are hitting retirement age. Those retirements will drain from the workforce a vast amount of skills and experience. But the loss to the workforce may go beyond the loss of the boomers themselves. Since a huge number of privately held […]

Winning Coffee Co. Moves Towards Becoming a Co-op

From the Weekly Alibi (pdf): Winning Coffee Co. has been an Albuquerque establishment for 20 years. It’s a daily routine for students, professors, street folks, laptop nomads and newspaper-reading, life-advice-giving old townies. It’s home to a regular pop-up bookshop (Bradley’s Books), a rotating gallery that features local artists, a punk rock open mic night, countless local […]

The Co-Op Economy in Maine

From Maine Public Radio: For many people, when they hear the term ‘co-op’ they think of the local food store or maybe one of the lobster co-ops that dot the coast.  But Maine has co-ops of all sizes and types in the retail, agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing, housing, financial services and other sectors.  October is Co-op […]

Employees to own all Buehler’s supermarkets

From the Akron Beacon Journal: After 88 years, Buehler’s Fresh Foods soon will no longer be owned by the founding family. But the new owners are extremely familiar with the grocery stores. The 13 supermarkets are being sold to the company’s eligible employees through an employee stock ownership program, or ESOP. A new company named […]

Employee ownership represents a fairer economic development strategy

From CA FWD: A few years ago, the New York Times reported that state governments spend over $80 billion per year on business incentives. States, including California, offer tax reductions and other special subsidies to companies that promise to relocate jobs in state or even just promise not to move them out of state. The cost per […]

Gov. Phil Scott signs proclamation designation October as Employee Ownership Month

From VTDigger.org: Proctor, Vt. – At a signing ceremony Wednesday, Governor Phil Scott proclaimed October as Employee Ownership Month in Vermont. The proclamation recognizes the value of employee ownership to Vermont’s economy and in creating opportunities for Vermont workers. “Employee-owned companies play an important role in our economy, bringing stability, increasing productivity and supporting local […]

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