Employee-Owned Futures: Leevers Supermarkets Combats Food Deserts

Employee-Owned Futures: Leevers Supermarkets Combats Food Deserts Kyle Huelsman Throughout the Denver-Metro area, neighborhoods are divided among those with and without access to healthy food retailers. These “food deserts” are residential areas with limited access to nutritious, healthy, unprocessed foods that are commonly available in major supermarket outlets. Foundations, local governments, and community leaders have…

The Case for Worker Ownership

The Case for Worker Ownership by John O’Neil, Tax Policy Analyst for American Sustainable Business Council Rebuilding the post-recession economy will require more than just finding people jobs or ensuring they earn a living wage. We must support business models that will enable workers to own a piece of the company that employs them. For…

An Agent Ownership Success Story!

An Agent Ownership Success Story! by Dick Peterson   In 1975 I was the proud owner of three Re/max offices under the name Re/max East, Inc., with offices in Aurora, SE Denver and Cherry Creek.  During that time I became uneasy with the  “owner” vs “employee” business model, although in real estate the employee is…

Employee Ownership: A Co-Worker’s Perspective

Employee Ownership:  A Co-Worker’s Perspective   As a co-worker at an employee owned company I have seen firsthand how employee ownership is good for co-workers and the community. This is especially true when it is coupled with the business practices that go along with offering employees a stake in the company. From open book management…

Working Collectively Beats Working for a Boss

Working Collectively Beats Working for a Boss by Pete Dolack Cooperative enterprises are more stable than conventional capitalist enterprises, are more productive and create jobs that are more sustainable. And although the temptation to see coops as a magical solution to the ills of capitalism should be resisted, that they are better for workers than…

Built to Last and Employee Owned

How Do You Build Companies That Last Hundreds Of Years? Make Them Employee-Owned   Back in 1985, Burns & McDonnell, an engineering and architecture company based in Kansas City, was at a crossroads. The company had originally been founded way back in 1898 by two Stanford University grads. Then, in 1971, the steel company Armco…

Transferring ownership to the employees

Gershman on Happy Harry’s employee ownership: ‘They deserve it’ There’s been some speculation over the years about what Grand Forks businessman and civic leader Hal Gershman would do with his family business, Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops. Gershman has put that question to rest, and told the Herald details of a meeting he had with a…