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At Project Equity, we re-envision community economic development to shift control locally and build economic resiliency in low-income communities. We envision a future where business decisions are made through a lens of what is good for workers and communities, leading to businesses that are more successful, communities that are more resilient, and workers who have stable jobs and economic security. Our mission is to foster economic resiliency with low-income communities by demonstrating and replicating strategies that increase worker ownership. Our clients are unique local businesses (most with 25-50 employees, but increasingly larger companies as well) that are assessing or implementing transitions to broad-based employee ownership (e.g. worker cooperatives, democratic ESOPs or other forms of employee or stakeholder ownership).

Project Equity’s current programs are:

BUSINESS OUTREACH AND EDUCATION: we raise awareness and educate business owners and community leaders through professional marketing and PR strategies and by partnering with municipal economic development staff, small businesses networks, and professional service providers such as CPAs, M&A advisors, and exit planners.

BUSINESS TRANSITION PROGRAM: we help businesses convert to employee ownership through our Business Transition Program in three distinct phases: feasibility assessment; employee ownership design, preparation and transaction; and “Thrive,” our post-conversion support for new employee-owners, which emphasizes board and leadership development, and individual asset building. Our custom service package includes hands on training as well as technical assistance.

REGIONAL EXPANSION: we are creating repeatable processes for our Business Outreach and Business Transition programs and adapting them with regional partners around the country, with strategic partnerships in the Twin Cities and Western North Carolina, outreach partnerships in three other cities, and other regional expansion efforts in the works.

HOW TO APPLY FOR  POSITIONS: Please follow the application link for the desired position. Upload your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please explain what motivates you to work with Project Equity, and how your experience, skills and commitment will advance our work to create a more equitable economy.

We are seeking talented candidates for the following roles:

EO Equals Project Consultant

As the EO Equals Project Consultant, you will lead the execution of the EO Equals campaign, ensuring that the partners’ focus and perspective is maintained throughout.

MBA summer internship: Employee Ownership + Micro Private Equity

Project Equity’s Summer Internship Program is designed to provide practical, hands-on experience while developing relationships with students interested in working in the field of employee ownership. The 2023 summer intern: Employee Ownership + Micro Private Equity will work with our acquisitions team as we find and evaluate firms to transition to employee ownership. 



Financial Analyst (part time)

As our part time Financial Analyst, you will conduct financial feasibility assessments for Project Equity clients as part of a client team using Project Equity’s proprietary Employee Ownership Feasibility Model.



Regional Engagement Program Manager - California

The Regional Engagement Program Manager – California role will help advance Project Equity’s work in the state of California through outreach, partnership development, capacity building, and project management.


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