Happy Earth Cleaning – Minneapolis, MN

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Industry: Cleaning Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota Number of employees: 19 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance: Project Equity, Nexus Community Partners Financing: Shared Capital Cooperative Learn more happyearthcleaning.com Project Equity – Happy Earth Just Got Happier (2020) Minnesota Public Radio – Supporters see worker co-ops as way to spread the wealth (2020) Star Tribune – Nexus Community Partners plans to […]

Rockman et al – San Francisco, CA

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Industry: Research and Evaluation Location: San Francisco, California Number of employees: 17 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance: Project Equity From the company https://rockman.com/ Rockman  – Rockman et al Announces Transition to New Employee-Owned Structure (2019) Learn more Project Equity – Rockman did the research, employee ownership won (2020) Video   Employee Owned Small Businesses in California Employee […]

Insource Renewables – Pittsfield, ME

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Insource Renewables is a solar installation business in Pittsfield, Maine. The original owner recognized his limited capacity to continue to manage and grow his business as a sole proprietor and saw conversion to employee-ownership as a solution that would balance his lifelong commitment and anticipated growth of the business. Insource Renewables provides a unique opportunity […]

Rock City Employee Cooperative – Rockland, ME

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Rock City Employee Cooperative is a 25-worker café and roastery in Rockland, ME, that became a cooperative corporation in 2018. The founder started the business in 1992 and saw in the sale an opportunity to reward workers for their efforts building the business, assurance that the café’s character as a main street community center would […]

A1DesignBuild – Bellingham, WA

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A1DesignBuild is a 21-employee worker cooperative that does residential sustainable design and building in Bellingham, WA.   The owners decided to sell to a cooperative as a way to align with the values-drive construction work that has been at the center of the company’s culture for their 40 years building the business.  The process began from […]

A Slice of New York – Santa Clara, CA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Santa Clara, California Number of employees: 33 Became employee owned: 2017 Assistance: Project Equity From the company https://www.asliceofny.com/ Learn more Mountain View Voice – Slice of the pie: How this South Bay pizza shop successfully became a worker-owned cooperative (2020) San Francisco Chronicle – Employee ownership may help businesses stay open […]

Ewing Controls – Greenfield, MA

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Ewing Controls is an 11-employee worker cooperative producing automated controls for steam turbine equipment, based in Greenfield, MA.   The owners decided to sell to employees after their 30-year tenure because it offered the best future for the business, both in terms of the expertise within the employees and protection against a more hostile acquisition from […]

Arbor Assays – Ann Arbor, MI

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Industry: Medical Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Number of employees: 11 Became employee owned: 2017 Assistance: Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE) Learn more C2BE – C2BE helps Arbor Assays become employee owned C2BE – Arbor Assays Story (video) Deborah Groban Olson – Arbor Assays Fieldfisher – Fieldfisher advises on first move to employee trust ownership […]

Technicians for Sustainability – Tucson, AZ

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Technicians for Sustainability (TFS) in an employee-owned cooperative in the solar industry in Tucson, Arizona. As of 2018, 16 of the 50 employees have joined as owners. The co-founders had been interested since their start in how shared ownership could help create a positive, engaging work environment. They began to seriously explore the idea in […]

Earth Designs Cooperative – Rosendale, NY

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Earth Designs Cooperative is 20-employee landscaping company in Rosendale, New York, in the Hudson Valley. The founder of the young company converted it to a worker cooperative as it grew in order to retain employees who might otherwise see the work as fulfilling but temporary. The company was restructured to give employees greater opportunity for […]