Workshop on Business Succession and Employee Ownership Coming to Gardener’s Supply in Burlington, Vermont on Dec. 5

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VEOC is offering a free workshop entitled “Selling to the Employees: Employee Ownership as a Path for Business Succession” on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 2 to 5 PM in Gardener's Supply Company's administrative offices, 128 Intervale Road in Burlington, Vermont.  Founded in 1983, Gardener’s Supply Company serves millions of gardeners nationwide, and is 100% employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). 

Annual Fall NE ESOP Conference

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The New England Chapter of The ESOP Association is proud to present its flagship Annual Fall Conference at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel Thursday, October 11 – Friday, October 12, 2012.

Why Share the Fruits of Success with Employees?

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Read this blog post from the Great Place to Work Institute.

Workshop on "Selling to the Employees" coming to Carris Reels in Proctor, Vermont on October 3

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The VEOC is offering its latest free workshop, "Selling to the Employees: Employee Ownership as a Path for Business Succession” on Wednesday, October 3rd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the offices of Carris Reels in Proctor, Vermont.  Carris Reels manufactures packaging for the wire and cable industry, and is 100% employee-owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  Lunch is included, courtesy of our host!

Senator Sanders Introduces Bills to Support Employee Ownership

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has introduced two pieces of legislation that could give an enormous boost to employee ownership in this country.

Basque co-operative Mondragon defies Spain slump

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"Economic success stories are rare in recession hit Spain these days but one can be found in the small northern Basque town of Arrasate, nestling in rolling green hills."

Read more here.


Chelsea Green Publishing Becomes Employee-Owned

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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT — Independent book publisher Chelsea Green announced that it has become an employee-owned company, with close to 80 percent of its stock to be held by its employees.

The transaction, completed on June 29, allows a minority portion of the company’s privately held stock to be held by Ian and Margo Baldwin, who founded Chelsea Green in 1984 on the south green in Chelsea, Vermont. Margo Baldwin is currently the company’s president and publisher and will retain that role for the foreseeable future.

Abrams to present workshop on small business April 21-22

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John Abrams, a frequent speaker at VEOC conferences and author of "COMPANIES WE KEEP: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place", will be giving a 2-day workshop on business management at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont on April 21-22.  The Art of Small Business/Re-Inventing Small Business will include how businesses can become more engaged in their communities, succession planning, business plans, and business structure alternatives, including cooperative, employee ownership, and B corporations.


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