Cooperation Buffalo

Fifty by Fifty – SBDC Working Group Pilots Employee Ownership Training

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From Fifty by Fifty: The Main Street Employee Ownership Act, passed in August 2018, relies heavily on the nation’s network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to educate and support business owners in transitioning their companies to employee ownership. But for the most part, SBDC business advisors aren’t familiar with employee ownership. To begin to fill […]

Democracy at Work Institute

The Nation – What if Workers Owned Their Workplaces?

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From The Nation: While many coops are start-ups, conversion of conventional businesses to cooperatives can be a vital investment in marginalized communities, and also widen accessibility to credit, since start-up capital can be pooled collectively. Of the 15 new cooperatives that launched in 2016, 11 were conversions. As struggling communities lose the mom-and-pop shops that […]

Cooperation Buffalo

Fifty by Fifty – New Employee Ownership Mandate for Small Business Development Centers

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From Fifty by Fifty: Fifty by Fifty recently spoke to Andrew Delmonte, a business advisor and the social enterprise coordinator for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Buffalo State College, part of the State University of New York. Delmonte has had a longstanding interest in employee ownership and cooperatives, which he brought with him […]