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Detroit Metro Times – Detroit’s Center for Community Based Enterprise has an innovative approach to improve work culture — make employees the owners

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From the Detroit Metro Times: The nonprofit Center for Community Based Enterprise is headquartered inside Detroit’s First Unitarian Universalist Church in the Cass Corridor, with a membership that is mixed in age, gender, race, and professional backgrounds. For all of their differences, the group’s members are united by one clear goal: making the lives of […]

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NPQ – Vet-Based Worker Co-op Makes Shoes and Builds Wealth in Detroit

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From NPQ: A 2017 national ranking placed Detroit last out of 100 cities for “17 key indicators of livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness.” According to one study, in 2015 Michigan had over 5,000 homeless veterans. These statistics prompted Jarret Schlaff to create a worker cooperative that hires veterans to make high-end sneakers, boots, and other apparel using recycled materials […]

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Detroit Metro Times – Shoemaker Pingree Detroit employs vets to make the first sneakers manufactured in the Motor City

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From the Detroit Metro Times Perhaps most important, though, veterans like Ryan often felt extremely isolated, missing the previous connections that were so important in military life.  “You go from a place of extreme camaraderie and support where everyone is looking out for you, where the person next to you — your life is in […]

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Entrepreneur – Why an Increasing Number of Retiring Entrepreneurs Are Selling the Business to Their Employees

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From Entrepreneur: Baby boomers own about half of all privately-held companies with employees in the United States. The 2.4 million business owners who belong to this aging demographic (one-third of whom have already passed 65) will need to develop sound and sensible exit strategies. As they look to the future, there is an elegant solution […]

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

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From the Detroit Free Press: 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 companies […]

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Crain’s Detroit – Impending Silver Tsunami a threat to job security

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From Crain’s Detroit: As highlighted by the excellent article “Robots” in the Aug. 28 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business, automation is indeed ending whole categories of jobs at a much faster rate than ever. But there’s an additional, largely ignored threat to job security nationwide: 2.34 million private businesses in the U.S. are owned by […]

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Model D – Cooperation is key: Why there should be more support for co-op businesses in Detroit

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From Model D: Detroit is ripe for cooperative businesses development. The city has a thriving network of entrepreneurial and technical support organizations. There are dozens of programs and incentives for businesses in Detroit through organizations like TechTown, Build Institute, and the New Economy Initiative. Despite this, cooperative businesses have barely been discussed as a viable […]

Zingerman’s – Ann Arbor, MI

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Number of employees: 700 Became employee owned: 2017 Assistance: Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE) Learn more C2BE – Zingerman’s Community of Businesses (2017) Benzinga – The Tao Of Zingerman’s, The Deli That Grew Into A $62 Million Business (2017) WBUR – Zingerman’s Offers Sandwiches And A Unique Business Strategy […]

Arbor Assays – Ann Arbor, MI

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Industry: Medical Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Number of employees: 11 Became employee owned: 2017 Assistance: Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE) Learn more C2BE – C2BE helps Arbor Assays become employee owned C2BE – Arbor Assays Story (video) Deborah Groban Olson – Arbor Assays Fieldfisher – Fieldfisher advises on first move to employee trust ownership […]

Once Again Nut Butter – Nunda, NY

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Nunda, New York Number of employees: 80 Became employee owned: 1976 Assistance: Center for Community Based Enterprise Learn more Once Again Nut Butter – Our History Livingston County News – Gillibrand to announce legislation partly inspired by success of Once Again Nut Butter (2018) Livingston County News – Story of […]