The Workers to Owners Collaborative

Workers to Owners is a national collaborative of organizations working to convert businesses to worker- and employee-ownership by engaging with companies, places, and governments. The collaborative is the leading body of knowledge and practice in the country focusing on small business conversions. Members share tools, practices, and innovations, aggregate data, broadcast a shared message in media and public presentations.

The Democracy at Work Institute acts as backbone for the collaborative, with a goal to expand the volume, impacts, and accessibility of conversions across the country. To do this DAWI works to:

  • Ensure there is meaningful dialogue and skill sharing among conversion practitioners that leads to innovation and scale
  • Ensure there is access to conversions support that reaches workers that who can be most positively impacted
  • Ensure there are metrics and best practices so that the success of the field can be measured

Read the Workers to Owners 2017 Impact Report


Current members of the collaborative

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Capital Impact Partners

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Carolina Common Enterprise

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Center for Community Based Enterprise

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Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative

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Concerned Capital

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Co-op Dayton

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Cooperation Buffalo

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Cooperative Development Institute

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Cooperative Fund of New England

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Democracy at Work Institute

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Fund for Employee Ownership

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ICA Group

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Local Enterprise Assistance Fund

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Long Island Progressive Coalition

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Northwest Cooperative Development Center

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Ohio Employee Ownership Center

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Onondaga Small Business Development Center

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Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance

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Project Equity

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Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center

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Shared Capital Cooperative

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Southeast Center for Cooperative Development


Sustainable Economies Law Center

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The Industrial Commons

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The Working World

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University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

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U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

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Vermont Employee Ownership Center

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Worcester Roots

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