Phoenix Coffee – Cleveland, OH

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Cleveland, Ohio Number of employees: 37 Became employee owned: 2020 Assistance from: Fund for Employee Ownership From the company https://phoenixcoffee.com/ Learn more Impact Alpha – Evergreen fund helps Ohio coffee chain transition to worker ownership (2020) Cleveland Scene – With Financial Assistance from Evergreen, Phoenix Coffee Converts to Employee-Owned Cooperative (2020) Crain’s […]

Berry Insulation – Cleveland, OH

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Industry: Weatherization Location: Cleveland, Ohio Number of employees: 15 Became employee owned: 2020 Assistance from: Fund for Employee Ownership From the company http://www.berryinsulation.com/ Learn more Fifty by Fifty – Evergreen’s Fund for Employee Ownership Acquires Berry Insulation (2020) Cleveland.com – Cleveland nonprofit helps local insulation company become employee-owned (2020) The Democracy Collaborative – Evergreen’s Fund for Employee […]

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Impact Alpha – Leveraged buyout funds help businesses convert to worker-ownership

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From Impact Alpha: The widening wealth gap has sparked interest in worker ownership models that can build individual and community wealth. Across the U.S., about 6,000 companies have Employee Stock Ownership Plans, or ESOPs, and another 450 are worker co-ops. But the complexity involved and a lack of capital means those numbers have barely budged […]

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Fifty by Fifty – Can a Private Equity Fund Model Help Scale Employee Ownership?

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From Fifty by Fifty: In a new paper, “Investing in Employee Ownership: Financing Conversions through a Private Equity Model,” Transform Finance proposes a private equity fund model to finance and scale employee ownership conversions in a worker-centric way. Transform Finance is a nonprofit “working towards a world where capital is aligned with social justice values and serves […]

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Locavesting – With a New Fund, Evergreen Cooperatives Looks to Spread the ‘Cleveland Model’

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From Locavesting: Now, the Evergreen Cooperatives network is taking matters into its own hands with a new fund that will acquire existing companies from retiring business owners and sell them back to the employees. This conversion strategy is gaining popularity among advocates of worker ownership in the face of a “Silver Tsunami” of retiring baby […]

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Huffington Post – One Of America’s Poorest Cities Has A Radical Plan To Remake Itself

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From the Huffington Post: On Nov. 13, Evergreen launched the Fund for Employee Ownership with the aim of creating 10 new owner-operated businesses in the Cleveland metro area over the next five years with 600 additional owner-operators. With patient capital ― in other words, funding from investors who have no expectation of turning a quick […]

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Fast Company – This new fund will help retiring baby boomers turn their businesses into worker co-ops

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From Fast Company : After monitoring the success of the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland’s poorer communities, the network now wants more businesses to get on board with it. The takeover of the Cleveland Clinic laundry facility was a pilot for a larger program, the Fund for Employee Ownership, that the Evergreen Cooperatives and the Democracy Collaborative, […]

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Crain’s Cleveland – Evergreen Cooperatives’ new Fund for Employee Ownership is drawing national attention

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From Crain’s Cleveland: An ambitious new initiative from Evergreen Cooperatives, a network of worker-owned businesses in Cleveland, is getting national attention. Last week, Evergreen announced it has launched the Fund for Employee Ownership, which will acquire businesses and convert them to employee ownership. It aims to buy companies from retiring owners at fair market value to […]

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The Democracy Collaborative – The Evergreen Cooperatives Launch The Fund for Employee Ownership

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From The Democracy Collaborative: CLEVELAND, OHIO — NOVEMBER 13, 2018 Evergreen Business Services (EBS) today announced the launch of The Fund for Employee Ownership, which will strategically acquire businesses in Northeast Ohio to preserve the quality jobs they provide by converting them to employee ownership. EBS and the Fund are part of the Evergreen Cooperatives, a […]

Evergreen Cooperative Laundry – Cleveland, OH

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Industry: Laundry Location: Cleveland, Ohio Number of employees: 159 Became employee owned: 2009 Financing: Fund for Employee Ownership Assistance: Ohio Employee Ownership Center From the company http://www.evgoh.com/ecl/  Learn more Fifty by Fifty – Can Worker Cooperatives Transform the Commercial Laundry Business? (2019) Advisory Board – At Cleveland Clinic, laundry is a 18-million-pound problem. Here’s its […]