Discover the power
of employee ownership

Whether you own a Chicago business, advise local business owners or want a
thriving economy, find out how employee ownership can work for you

Engage your employees, sell your business and preserve your legacy

Give your clients peace of mind and a fair market price for their businesses

Retain local businesses and create high quality jobs

Why is employee ownership a great option?

Are you a Chicago business owner looking for tools to retain employees or build a succession plan? Are you beginning to consider retiring or transitioning your business to another owner?

The perfect buyer for your company may be the ones you work with every day, and the perfect employee engagement strategy might be to give them a stake in your business’s future.

Sources: National Center for Employee Ownership, Democracy at Work Institute, 2018 National Longitudinal Survey, Rutgers University

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Employee-owned companies in Chicago

Cafe Chicago
ChiFresh Kitchen
Chicago Lumber Company
Clark-Devon Hardware
Clune Construction Company
G & M Electrical Contractors Co.
New Era Windows
Norwood Liquors
Semelsnow Interior Design
The Kola Nut Collaborative
W.E. O’Neil Construction

Data courtesy of Certified EO

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Employee ownership as a strategy for business and workforce retention

Small, locally owned businesses are essential to Chicago’s local economy and regional community vitality. Among the challenges the city faces is keeping businesses and the jobs they provide rooted in the community, as the Silver Tsunami – the retirement of baby boomer business owners – impacts the region.

Learn more about curbing the effects of the Silver Tsunami.

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Our partnership with the City of Chicago

As a national organization, Project Equity raises awareness of broad-based employee ownership, and we support businesses in transitioning to this highly beneficial business model. We support this work through our amazing local partner, the City of Chicago.

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