Bill would help retiring business owners transfer ownership to workers

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From Maine’s Portland Press Herald: NORTHPORT — In 1992, Susanne Ward and her husband, Patrick Reilley, founded Second Read Books and Coffee, Maine’s first espresso bar-bookstore. Rockland’s Main Street was a highly unlikely place for the two entrepreneurs to choose at that time, as the city was struggling with a collapsing fishing industry and many […]

The Employee Ownership Solution to the Silver Tsunami

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From Beneficial State Bank: Linda and Gregory Coles founded their preschool, A Child’s Place, in their Queens, NY basement in 1983. Over the years it grew steadily and developed a deeply loyal community. Now they own a large building, employ more than 50 people and serve hundreds of families. Former students bring their own kids to […]

Can the Wave of Baby Boomer Entrepreneur Retirements Create a Surge of Worker-Owned Businesses

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From Fast Company: If you work at a textile or furniture factory in Western North Carolina, you probably don’t belong to a union; the region usually ranks as the least unionized part of the United States. But a growing number of companies in the area, which includes the city of Asheville and smaller Appalachian towns, […]

Winning Coffee Co. Moves Towards Becoming a Co-op

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From the Weekly Alibi (pdf): Winning Coffee Co. has been an Albuquerque establishment for 20 years. It’s a daily routine for students, professors, street folks, laptop nomads and newspaper-reading, life-advice-giving old townies. It’s home to a regular pop-up bookshop (Bradley’s Books), a rotating gallery that features local artists, a punk rock open mic night, countless local […]

The Co-Op Economy in Maine

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From Maine Public Radio: For many people, when they hear the term ‘co-op’ they think of the local food store or maybe one of the lobster co-ops that dot the coast.  But Maine has co-ops of all sizes and types in the retail, agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing, housing, financial services and other sectors.  October is Co-op […]

Employees to own all Buehler’s supermarkets

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From the Akron Beacon Journal: After 88 years, Buehler’s Fresh Foods soon will no longer be owned by the founding family. But the new owners are extremely familiar with the grocery stores. The 13 supermarkets are being sold to the company’s eligible employees through an employee stock ownership program, or ESOP. A new company named […]

Gov. Phil Scott signs proclamation designation October as Employee Ownership Month

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From VTDigger.org: Proctor, Vt. – At a signing ceremony Wednesday, Governor Phil Scott proclaimed October as Employee Ownership Month in Vermont. The proclamation recognizes the value of employee ownership to Vermont’s economy and in creating opportunities for Vermont workers. “Employee-owned companies play an important role in our economy, bringing stability, increasing productivity and supporting local […]