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The Vermont Employee Ownership Center is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to promote and foster employee ownership in order to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain jobs, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities. We provide information and resources to owners interested in selling their business to their employees, employee groups interested in purchasing a business, and entrepreneurs who wish to start up a company with broadly shared ownership.

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Employee Ownership

Employee Ownership is a category of business structures that provide a path for full-time employees to become co-owners. ESOPs and Worker Cooperatives are the primary forms of Employee Ownership in the US, but each type offers unique benefits and challenges.

One thing, however, remains constant: Everyone thrives when businesses are employee-owned:

  • Company Founders
  • Employees
  • Business Performance
  • Local Communities
  • Vermont's Economy

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More than scones have been heating up at Flat Iron Cooperative, a worker-owned coffeehouse in downtown Bellows Falls.

In mid-July, with daily highs in the 90s, the afternoon heat started to become severe for workers and guests inside the cafe. Flat Iron had been running an A/C unit and fans in its ground-floor space in the historic wedge-shaped building, but the cafe still wouldn't cool to comfortable temperatures.