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Manistee News – There’s no reason workers can’t be corporate owners

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From the Manistee News: Worker-owned businesses might not act much differently from conventional companies in the market. Whether a company is owned by outside shareholders or by its own employees, the incentive to maximize profits should be similar. It seems unlikely that cooperatives would be more altruistic, honest or socially responsible than the corporations that […]

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Detroit Metro Times – Detroit’s Center for Community Based Enterprise has an innovative approach to improve work culture — make employees the owners

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From the Detroit Metro Times: The nonprofit Center for Community Based Enterprise is headquartered inside Detroit’s First Unitarian Universalist Church in the Cass Corridor, with a membership that is mixed in age, gender, race, and professional backgrounds. For all of their differences, the group’s members are united by one clear goal: making the lives of […]

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General Motors’ Factories Should Not Be Closed. They Should Be Turned Over to the Workers

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From Counterpunch: It’s become something of a shopworn cliché to say that “for every problem, there’s an opportunity.” However, I submit that this adage might well apply to General Motors’ November 26th announcement that it will be eliminating more than 14,000 jobs and closing seven factories worldwide by the end of next year, including four […]

Pingree – Detroit, MI

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Industry: Manufacturing Location: Detroit, Michigan Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2018 Assistance: Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE) Learn more https://pingreedetroit.com/ C2BE – Pingree Detroit WDET – These Three Businesses Are Creating A Worker-Owned Economy in Detroit (Audio) (2019) NPQ – Vet-Based Worker Co-op Makes Shoes and Builds Wealth in Detroit (2018) Detroit […]

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Detroit Free Press – Silver Tsunami: Retirements put boomer-owned firms at risk but worker ownership can help

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From the Detroit Free Press: We’ve known for a long time that baby boomers are hitting retirement age. Those retirements will drain from the workforce a vast amount of skills and experience. But the loss to the workforce may go beyond the loss of the boomers themselves. Since a huge number of privately held companies […]

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Crain’s Detroit – Impending Silver Tsunami a threat to job security

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From Crain’s Detroit: As highlighted by the excellent article “Robots” in the Aug. 28 issue of Crain’s Detroit Business, automation is indeed ending whole categories of jobs at a much faster rate than ever. But there’s an additional, largely ignored threat to job security nationwide: 2.34 million private businesses in the U.S. are owned by […]

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Model D – Cooperation is key: Why there should be more support for co-op businesses in Detroit

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From Model D: Detroit is ripe for cooperative businesses development. The city has a thriving network of entrepreneurial and technical support organizations. There are dozens of programs and incentives for businesses in Detroit through organizations like TechTown, Build Institute, and the New Economy Initiative. Despite this, cooperative businesses have barely been discussed as a viable […]

Zingerman’s – Ann Arbor, MI

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Number of employees: 700 Became employee owned: 2017 Assistance: Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE) Learn more C2BE – Zingerman’s Community of Businesses (2017) Benzinga – The Tao Of Zingerman’s, The Deli That Grew Into A $62 Million Business (2017) WBUR – Zingerman’s Offers Sandwiches And A Unique Business Strategy […]

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 […]