Cooperation Buffalo

Fifty by Fifty – SBDC Working Group Pilots Employee Ownership Training

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From Fifty by Fifty: The Main Street Employee Ownership Act, passed in August 2018, relies heavily on the nation’s network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to educate and support business owners in transitioning their companies to employee ownership. But for the most part, SBDC business advisors aren’t familiar with employee ownership. To begin to fill […]

Democracy at Work Institute

Commonwealth Hudson Valley – Cooperative Strategies 3: Support Conversions

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From: Commonwealth Hudson Valley: In Philadelphia, city officials have teamed up with the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) to support coop conversionsalong West Philly’s 52nd Street corridor. The area has one of the densest concentrations of black-owned businesses in the city, and many of the owners are at or beyond retirement age, with no prospects of […]

New York State

Urban CNY – Gillibrand Visits Syracuse Label & Surround Printing In North Syracuse to Announce Bipartisan Co-Op and Employee Ownership Legislation

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From Urban CNY: North Syracuse, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, which supports worker-owned co-ops, to announce her bipartisan legislation the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, which would support small businesses that invest in and reward their workers and communities by transitioning to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) or a cooperative […]

New York State

GEO – Bringing the Cooperation Upstate

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From GEO: Cooperative organizing, development, and technical assistance services are needed in upstate New York.  This void has been slowly—very slowly—shrinking for decades.  It is hoped that the creation and evolution of the New York Cooperative Network between 2011 and now can speed up that shrinking dramatically and help usher in a new era of solidarity economy […]