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Saturday, July 9 • 9:30am - 10:45am
From One Owner to Many: Why and How to Convert Small Businesses to Employee Ownership (and why now is the time to do it)

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The large-scale retirement of baby-boomer business owners is set to create a wave of small business closures and ownership transitions. The new economy movement can leverage this unique situation to preserve local businesses and create stable, dignified workplaces by using employee ownership as a realistic and attractive alternative to closure, strategic buyers, or venture capital. We will discuss how and why businesses transition to employee ownership through co-ops or ESOPs (employee stock ownership plans.) Real-life examples of successful transitions will be highlighted, and you will walk away with the knowledge and resources to promote employee ownership in your communities.

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David Hammer

Executive Director, The ICA Group
David Hammer is the Executive Director of the ICA Group, the country’s oldest national organization dedicated to democratic employee ownership. Mr. Hammer is a leading practitioner of employee buyouts of small business and worker cooperatives. Mr. Hammer joined the ICA Group in... Read More →

Nathan Hixson

Nathan is the Loan and Investment Manager at Local Enterprise Assistance Fund. Nathan oversees loan underwriting and compliance at LEAF, a nonprofit CDFI lender focused on cooperative business and housing. Prior to joining LEAF, Nathan served as an AmeriCorps New Sector Fellow and... Read More →
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Ramona Rodriguez-Brooks

National Center for Employee Ownership
Ramona Rodriguez-Brooks works for the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), a non-profit that provides information and resources on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), equity compensation, and ownership culture. Through cutting-edge research and practical tools, the NCEO... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am EDT
Ketchum 315