Discover the power
of employee ownership

Whether you own a food related business, advise food industry 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 business owner in the food industry 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

Proof that employee ownership works

Find out how why Na Young Ma chose a cooperative for her succession plan and what it means to the employees and customers.

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Bringing employee ownership to the table

Discover why employee ownership was the ideal exit strategy for owners Monica and Aaron Rocchino.

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Employee ownership as a strategy for business and workforce retention

Small, locally owned businesses are essential to our local food economy and regional community vitality. Among the challenges food businesses face 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.

“This was absolutely the right thing for the company, the community, the employees, the fishers, all of the stakeholders that rely on this business.”

Laura Anderson

Former owner
Local Ocean Seafood
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“Selling to the employees and sustaining the legacy—and continuing to keep our community serviced with well-sourced meat—was a no-brainer.”

Monica Rocchino

Former co-owner
The Local Butcher
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“The energy and integrity of Bellegarde will be retained by the people who maintained it all these years.”

Graison Gill

Former owner
Bellegarde Bakery
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“I treat every single day as if it were my own business. I come into work determined to make sure that we’re successful.”

Ren Boguiren

A Slice of New York
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“My son is so proud that his mom has something that she owns; something that she’s a part of. It’s not just a job.”

Sarah Vegas

Niles Pie Bakery
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“The norm in the restaurant industry is for people to move from job to job a lot. Being an owner makes me want to stick around.”

Koji Fujiyoka

Butcher and Employee-owner
The Local Butcher Shop
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About Project Equity and our California partners

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 amazing local partners.

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