2017 Conference to be Held at the UVM Davis Center on June 2

Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017
Location: UVM Davis Center, 590 Main Street, Burlington, VT

The VEOC's 15th (!) Annual Vermont Employee Ownership Conference has been scheduled for Friday, June 2, and due to excellent attendence last year, we will be moving to a larger venue: the UVM Davis Center!

Keynote: Marjorie Kelly of the Democracy Collaborative

Switchback Brewery Goes ESOP!

On February 8th, the news officially broke that Burlington-based Switchback Brewing Company has been sold to its employees as an 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), making it the 7th brewery in the country to choose that path. Given the visibility of the craft beer sector in Vermont's economy, the news spread like wildfire, boosting public awareness of the ESOP model. A sampling of the press:

2016 Annual Report to the Community

Vermont Employee Ownership Center

2016 Report to the Community

January 17, 2017

Our mission: 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.”

 

1. New employee-owned companies in 2016

Ownership Succession Workshop to be Held December 13 in St. Johnsbury

The VEOC is pleased to announce that the latest installment of our "The Search for a Good Exit: Introduction to Ownership Succession Planning" will tak place from 2-5pm on Tuesday, December 13th in St. Johnsbury at the offices of NVDA. Register Here.

Upper Valley Employee Ownership Month Celebration Held at Harpoon Brewery!

On Monday, October 17th, forty-five folks from eight Upper Valley employee-owned companies gathered in the taproom of Harpoon Brewery's Windsor location to celebrate Employee Ownership Month.

Succession Seminar & Film Screening in Bennington on 10/27

The VEOC is excited to announce two upcoming events in Bennington on Thursday, 10/27!

Reflections on the 2016 Worker Cooperative National Conference: Elias Gardner

News Story: 

The 2016 Worker Cooperative National Conference, hosted by The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and The Democracy at Work Institute, was held this year in Austin, Texas, just blocks away from the Texas Capitol Building.

Northern Border Regional Commission Grant Received!

News Story: 

The VEOC is excited to announce that we were selected as one of the fourteen Vermont organizations to receive a grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission! The Commission, which funds economic and community development initiatives in economically challenged areas on the northern border with Canada, recognized the value of employee ownership as an effective strategy for job retention via successful business owners

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