Burial Grounds Collective – Olympia, WA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Olympia, Washington Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance from: Northwest Cooperative Development Center Learn more burialgroundscoffee.com Barista Magazine – Burial Grounds’ Journey to Collectivizing (2020) Parallel University – Conversation with Colin Bartlett (Audio) (2019)  The Workers Paradise – Burial Grounds: Rising Up (2019) Go Fund Me – Burial Grounds […]

Marine Surveys and Assessments – Port Townsend, WA

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Industry: Environmental Services Location: Port Townsend, Washington Number of employees: 9 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance from: Northwest Cooperative Development Center Learn more marinesurveysandassessments.com Marine Surveys – Statement of Qualifications (2019)   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Washington Employee Owned Small Businesses in Assisted by the Northwest Cooperative Development Center

Le Voyeur – Olympia, WA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Olympia, Washington Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance from: Northwest Cooperative Development Center Learn more voyeurolympia.com The Worker’s Paradise –  Le Voyeur The Next Generation (2019) Works in Progress – Olympia’s co-op businesses create economic justice and opportunity (2019) Le Voyeur – Cooperative Grand Re-opening (2019)   […]

Working Systems – Olympia, WA

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Industry: Tech Location: Olympia, Washington Number of employees: 15 Became employee owned: 2019 Assistance from: Northwest Cooperative Development Center Financing: Shared Capital Cooperative Learn more www. workingsystems.com WIP – A business that serves workers will become a business owned by workers (2019)   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Washington Employee Owned Small Businesses in Tech Employee Owned […]

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) […]

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New Research Details Effects of ‘Silver Tsunami’ on Local Economies and What To Do About It

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From Whatcom Talk: Project Equity, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to advancing community economic resiliency, released a report today examining the small business landscape in Washington, and the potential transfer or closure of many of these businesses as baby boomer owners retire over the next 15 years. This data, gathered in partnership with and commissioned by […]

Capital Homecare Cooperative – Olympia, WA

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Industry: Home Care Location: Olympia, Washington Number of employees: 4 Became employee owned: 2018 Assistance from: Northwest Cooperative Development Center From the company http://capitalhomecare.coop/ Learn more NWCDC – Welcome Capital Homecare Cooperative (2018) NWCDC – Capital Home Care Cooperative (video) (2018) Senior Action Network – First Homecare Cooperative Opens Its Doors for Business (2018) Thurston […]

A-1 Builders – Bellingham, WA

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A-1 Builders is a 20-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 […]

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Whatcom Talk – Let’s Cooperate! How A-1 Builders Owners Successfully Sold to the Most Qualified Buyers: Their Employees

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From Whatcom Talk (pdf): The idea of selling A-1 Builders to their employees made a lot of sense to the pair. But although worker-owned cooperatives are becoming increasingly popular—due to their many benefits, including impressive productivity and high staff morale—the process of transitioning from a standard business to a worker-owned model is less common. Yet […]