Cooperative Development Institute

Nonprofit Takes Leadership Role to Address Business Succession “Tsunami”

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From Nonprofit Quarterly: 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 […]


Chicago Turns to Cooperatives to Improve Opportunity

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From Fifty by Fifty: Hoda Katebi, an Iranian-American fashion designer, known for her fashion blog JooJoo Azad, has turned her sights to helping immigrant and refugee women by starting a clothing production cooperative in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Blue Tin Production Co-op, says Katebi, will create jobs for women who have experienced trauma, but it will […]


A year of change for employee-owned Gardener’s Supply

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Read the full story at Vermont Business Magazine  “2018 was a transformative year for us,” says Cindy Turcot, one of the original employees and now President of Burlington-based Gardener’s Supply Company. A national retailer, Gardener’s Supply is one of Vermont’s best-known companies, a leader in the socially-responsible business community, and 100 percent employee-owned through an […]


LA Economic & Workforce Development helps transition company ownership from retiring owners to long term employees

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From the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department: The City of Los Angeles Economic and & Workforce Development Department recognizes Concerned Capital for transition of ownership work done to avert layoffs. The strategy was to target companies with retiring business owners and help workers buy the company.  In 2016, EWDD awarded a contract to Concerned […]