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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 […]

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Can Employee Ownership Preserve Durham’s Legacy of Black Businesses?

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From Next  City:  Durham, N.C., was once known nationally for its “Black Wall Street,” a cluster of flourishing black-owned financial institutions and businesses that sprang up around Parrish Street during the Jim Crow era, including some iconic insurance and finance firms such as Mechanics and Farmers Bank and North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. With […]

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Employee Ownership and The Promise of Quality Jobs

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From the Times of San Diego: In California and nationally, historically low unemployment rates are not a sign of prosperity, but indicatethe arrival of an economy that specializes in creating low-paying, temporary jobs with no benefits or job security. According to a Princeton University study, such positions were responsible for 94 percent of American job growth […]

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3 local gov staffers are studying other cities’ coops to boost Philly’s democratic biz economy

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From Generocity: Cooperative biz models aren’t new in Philadelphia, but lately, they’ve been getting a bit more top-down support. A yearlong fellowship that teaches city leaders the necessary skills for catalyzing democratic business ownership is working in three local commercial corridors: 52nd Street, Woodland Avenue and East Passyunk Avenue. The SEED Fellowship — which stands for Shared Equity in […]

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Durham Commits to Shared Equity in Economic Development with Local Business Retention via Employee Ownership

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From the City of Durham:  DURHAM, N.C. – Thanks to the City of Durham’s inclusion in a recent fellowship, long-standing Durham minority business owners can soon expect outreach for help with succession planning and employeeownership options. Durham is one of four cities recently selected to participate in the Shared Equity in Economic Development (SEED) Fellowship, […]