Amy’s Place – Buffalo, NY

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Location: Buffalo, New York Industry: Food and Beverage Number of employees: Became employee owned: In Process From the company https://www.amysplacebuffalo.com/ Learn more Buffalo News – Amy’s Place to return with new ownership structure, beer and wine (2020) Buffalo Business First – Two reopenings bring back comfort food and Latin-inspired sandwiches (2020)   Employee Owned Small […]

Joe Squared – Baltimore, MD

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Baltimore,  Maryland Number of employees: Became employee owned: in process From the company https://www.joesquared.com/ Joe Squared – Joe Squared To Reopen As Worker-owned Cooperative In December (2020) Learn more Baltimore Sun – Can beloved Baltimore pizza place Joe Squared be a model for the flagging restaurant industry? (2020) Baltimore Sun […]

Soaring Independent Cooperative – Madison, WI

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Location: Madison, Wisconsin Industry: Home Care Number of employees: 7 Became employee owned: In process Assistance: University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives From the company https://www.soaringindependent.com/ https://www.facebook.com/soaringindependentcooperative/ Learn more MCDC – Co-op Spotlight: Soaring Independent Cooperative (2019) Sistahbiz – Spotlight on Soaring Independent Cooperative (2019) Next City – Launching Minority-Owned Co-ops Takes More Than Good […]

Happy Ladybug – Aurora, CO

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Location: Aurora, Colorado Industry: Childcare Number of employees: 15 Became employee owned: In process Assistance: Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center Learn more https://happyladybug.com/ Pew – Seeking a More Worker-Friendly Economy, Some States Push Employee Ownership (2020) RMEOC – Happy Ladybug’s Story (Video) (2018) Video   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Colorado Employee Owned Small Businesses in […]

Ward Lumber – Jay, NY

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This ownership transition is in process Industry: Lumber Location: Jay, New York Number of employees: 50 Became employee owned: In transition Assistance: Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) Financing: Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) From the company wardlumber.com Learn more Adirondack Daily Enterprise – North Country development council unveils 11 priority projects (2019) CDI – CDI’s Business Ownership Solutions Visits […]

Mexcon – Philadelphia, PA

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Industry: Construction Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Number of employees: 40 Became employee owned: In process Assistance: Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance From the company Facebook – Mexcon Learn more WHYY – Worker-owned businesses promise better pay, but not everyone can afford to be the boss (2020) Next City – Worker Co-ops Catch on in Philadelphia (2018) PACA – Unstoppable […]

Orca Books – Olympia, WA

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Industry: Books Location: Olympia, Washington Number of employees: 7 Became employee owned: in process Assistance from: Northwest Cooperative Development Center Learn more Orca Books – Orca Books Co-op Information Orca Books – Orca Books To Convert To Cooperative, Launches Membership Drive (2019) The Olympian  – Orca Books is writing its next chapter. Here’s how you can help (2019) […]

A Child’s Place – Queens, NY

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A Child’s Place is a 50 worker daycare center in Queens, New York. The founders have pursued employee ownership to preserve the mission and legacy of their business while also fighting the rapid gentrification of their neighborhood. The business has several long-term employees who have watched a generation of students grow up,and are now taking […]