Polycot Associates Conversion to a Worker Cooperative

At the 2015 Austin Co-op Summit, Jon Lebkowsky of Polycot Associates spoke about the process of converting from a sole proprietorship business structure to a worker-owned cooperative. Cooperation Texas partnered with the Democracy at Work Institute to assist Polycot in their conversion.

Via Cooperation Texas


Converting businesses to worker cooperatives: real world lessons learned

A recording of a 5/28 webinar on converting businesses to worker cooperatives, organized to highlight the lessons learned in Project Equity's new report Business Conversions to Worker Cooperatives: Insights and Readiness Factors for Owners and Employees.


Conversion of Businesses to Cooperatives or ESOPs

Melissa Hoover and Loren Rogers at the California Cooperative Conference 2014.


Augusta conference tracks conversion of business to worker-owned cooperative

AUGUSTA — Last June, 42 employees of four businesses on tiny Deer Isle in Hancock County took ownership into their own hands.

They formed Island Employee Cooperative Inc., and bought the two grocery stores, a variety/hardware store and a pharmacy that made up a business that had been owned by the Seile family for 42 years, a $5.6 million acquisition.

As the worker cooperative nears its first anniversary, profits have matched what the previous owners accomplished in their best year, but it wasn’t easy.

Adams B.  2015.  Augusta conference tracks conversion of business to worker-owned cooperative.

Blueprint for Increasing Worker Ownership in Low-Income Communities


Worker Owners Building the Electrical Industry

More information about Pacific Electric at pacificelectric.coop


Learn How to Start Worker-Owned Businesses With Free Classes in Bed Stuy

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — When Dylan Ricards and Sheila Akbar first opened Bed-Stuy Fresh and Local in 2014, they hoped to start a neighborhood co-op.

The couple wanted employees in their 210 Patchen Ave. grocery store to have a stake in each decision, make equal profit and share direct ownership of the business, but they didn't know how to make it happen.

Bautista C.  2015.  Learn How to Start Worker-Owned Businesses With Free Classes in Bed Stuy.

Co-ops Enable Low-Income Women to Work as Owners and Decision Makers

Co-ops not only give low-income and immigrant women a way to enter an often unwelcoming - and in some cases, hostile - economy, but also give them a way to exert some control over their work lives and simultaneously support themselves and their families. They have consequently been some of the early adopters in the not-yet-critical-mass movement of worker-owned cooperative businesses that has begun to catch fire in towns and cities throughout the United States.

Bader EJ.  2015.  Co-ops Enable Low-Income Women to Work as Owners and Decision Makers.

Please, Do Not Tip Your Server: What happened when a worker-owned co-op restaurant ran afoul of the Department of Labor

Casa Nueva is everything one would expect of an independent, worker-owned restaurant in a funky, progressive college town like Athens, Ohio. The walls are lined with jewelry and art for sale. Children’s drawings are tacked above tables. Its low prices, locavore philosophy, and good beer selection help it attract students, faculty, and townies.

Donatelli J.  2012.  Please, Do Not Tip Your Server: What happened when a worker-owned co-op restaurant ran afoul of the Department of Labor.

Meet Jonah Fertig, jack of cooperative trades

Meet Jonah Fertig, jack of cooperative trades

By Mary Pols Staff Writer [email protected] | @MaryPols | 207-791-6456

We all know the world values a multitasker, but Jonah Fertig’s extensive credentials suggest he takes multitasking to a new level. If you get an email from him, Cooperative Fermentation is the first line under his name, and it’s bolded. Underneath that are the words “cooperator, consultant, facilitator, teacher, chef, artist.” We were intrigued and puzzled. (Does Cooperative Fermentation call for making yogurt in large, amiable groups?)

Pols M.  2015.  Meet Jonah Fertig, jack of cooperative trades. Portland Press Herald.

Interview with Jacques Kaswan, Co-founder of the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives

Via JJNoire


Casa Nueva's Org Chart

From Casa Nueva:

"The governance structure is based on established models, including those developed by the Industrial Cooperative Association in Boston, and in the larger sense, the Mondragon system of cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain.  However, our success as a cooperative rests firmly on our ability to adapt these models to the goals and needs of the business and the individual co-op members.

Everyone who works at Casa has a voice that is listened to and respected.  However, only the members (worker-owners) of the co-op have a vote.  Each worker-owner owns one non-transferable share of the business and one vote.  We are a cooperative, but there are still decisions to be made and people to hold accountable for those decisions.  This is our structure (which may or may not be considered hierarchal):"



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