W.J. Wheeler Insurance – South Paris, ME

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Industry: Insurance Location: South Paris, Maine Number of employees: 11 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance: Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) Financing: Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) Learn more wjwheeler.com Press Herald – Make it easier for Maine workers to build wealth through ownership (2020) CDI – Leaving A Cooperative Legacy: After Five Generations, the W.J. Wheeler Insurance Agency […]

Ward Lumber – Jay, NY

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Industry: Lumber Location: Jay, New York Number of employees: 50 Became employee owned: In transition Assistance: Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) Financing: Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE)   Learn more wardlumber.com Adirondack Daily Enterprise – North Country development council unveils 11 priority projects (2019) CDI – CDI’s Business Ownership Solutions Visits the Adirondack North Country (2019)   Employee Owned […]

Mainer News – Woolwich, ME

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Industry: News Location: Woolwich, Maine Number of employees: 10 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance: Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) Learn more mainernews.com The Bollard – Mainer is Born! (2019) The Bollard – The Mainer (2019)   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Maine Employee Owned Small Businesses Assisted by CDI

Adirondack North Country Association

NPQ – Nonprofit Takes Leadership Role to Address Business Succession “Tsunami”

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From NPQ: Here at NPQ, we have noted that a business ownership succession wave—often called the “silver tsunami”—is rising. According to the nonprofit Project Equity, nationally “baby boomers own 2.34 million businesses, employ 24.7 million people, and have combined annual sales of $5.14 trillion.” Sadly, 80 percent of these businesses lack succession plans. Slowly, awareness of the looming crisis is […]

Insource Renewables – Pittsfield, ME

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Insource Renewables is a 10-employee Solar business in Pittsfield, Maine. The original owner recognized his limited capacity to continue to manage and grow his business as a sole proprietor and saw conversion to employee-ownership as a solution that would balance his lifelong commitment and anticipated growth of the business. Insource Renewables provides a unique opportunity […]

Railroad Avenue Supply Company – Stamford, NY

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Location: New York Industry: Hardware Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2018 Assistance: Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) Financing: Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) Railroad Avenue Supply Company is a 6-person Ace-affiliated hardware store in Stamford, New York. The owner decided to sell to employees because it would keep the store open and maintain jobs. […]

Cooperative Development Institute

Sun Journal – Chamber offers series on leaving a business

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From the Sun Journal: The Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the city of Lewiston Department of Economic Development and the Cooperative Development Institute, is offering a workshop series on leaving a business. Planning for Tomorrow is a three-part series on options and strategies for business owners to Exit Their Business and […]

Capital Impact Partners

Fifty by Fifty – Are Cooperatives Really So Difficult to Finance?

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From Fifty by Fifty: Since 2012, CFNE has financed 15 co-op conversions including providing nine loans for business acquisitions and twelve working capital lines of credit to recently converted businesses. Some of our borrowers include: A Yard & A Half Landscaping Co-op, a largely immigrant co-op serving residences throughout the greater Boston area; Island Employee […]

Rock City Employee Cooperative – Rockland, ME

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Rock City Employee Cooperative is a 25-worker café and roastery in Rockland, ME, that became a cooperative corporation in 2018. The founder started the business in 1992 and saw in the sale an opportunity to reward workers for their efforts building the business, assurance that the café’s character as a main street community center would […]