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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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Our mission at VEOC is to “promote and foster employee ownership” in Vermont. Sometimes, that means providing support and education so that a business can successfully make the transition to ownership by its employees. Other times, it means identifying resources or creating opportunities to help existing employee-owned companies respond to a challenge. And on occasion we have the chance to provide assistance to entrepreneurs ready to launch a new business with employee ownership built in from the start.

by Lizah Makombore

June 22, 2023

The Vermont Employee Ownership Center held its 21st annual conference in the Davis Center at the University of Vermont on June 1. It featured a keynote by Derek Peebles, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy for Inclusive Economy at the American Sustainable Business Network, and four rounds of workshops covering a range of topics and offering opportunities for professional development, networking, and collaboration.