North Wind Renewable Energy – Stevens Point, WI

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North Wind Renewable Energy is a solar power system design and installation company organized in 2007 in Stevens Point, WI. Its mission is to educate people on the numerous benefits of solar power and to deliver clean solar electricity to the utility grid in order to help people take concrete steps to combat climate change, […]


Stevens Point City Times – North Wind Renewable Energy Transitions to Employee-Owned Cooperative

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From the Stevens Point City Times:North Wind Renewable Energy has announced the company is now an employee-owned cooperative.  The transition for the 10-year-old company took place April 1.In 2016, North Wind installed over 660 kilowatts of solar power at more than 40 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, helping customers save money on utility bills and transitioning to clean energy […]

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Century Foundation – Reducing Economic Inequality through Democratic Worker-Ownership

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From The Century Foundation: Employee-owned companies are a specific type of for-profit business owned by their workers; democratic employee-owned businesses are owned and also run by their workers. As a concept, employee-ownership is primarily about profit-sharing and worker participation. Employee-owned companies allow workers to take home a bigger, fairer share of the fruits of their […]

Big Water Coffee Roasters – Bayfield, WI

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This business has closed. Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Bayfield, Wisconsin Number of employees: 10 Became employee owned: 2015 Assistance: University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives Learn more Bayfield Country Journal – Big Water Coffee Roasters now an employee owned business Bayfield Chamber of Commerce – Big Water Coffee Roasters becomes a cooperative FOX21 – […]

Four Star Video – Madison, WI

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Industry: Video Rental Location: Madison, Wisconsin Number of employees: 4 Became employee owned: 2014 Assistance: University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives Learn more Our History The future of Four Star Video Heaven Still standing: Four Star Video Cooperative beats the odds All videos go to heaven: Madison video rental store survives in the age of […]

Union Cab – Madison, WI

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Industry: Taxi Location: Madison, Wisconsin Number of employees: 260 Became employee owned: 1979 Assistance: University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives Learn more Young-Hyman – Union Cab Democratic Worker Ownership in the Taxi Industry (2017) Union Cab – History (2015) DAWI – Worker Cooperative Industry Research Series: Taxis (2015) State Journal – Executive Q&A: Union Cab […]