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Welcome to a new series here at the RMEOC. In these weekly or biweekly blog posts, we’ll be offering an introduction to what will probably be a new “flavor” of co-ops to many readers: social co-ops. While well-known in other parts of the world for the many benefits it can deliver, this model of co-op…
The present and future leaders of Empowered Energy Systems
Sand Dunes Mushroom Cooperative
Ramon Lucas Ramon’s journey began in the small village of Chichnan, in Santa Eulalia, Guatemala. For the past 20 years, Ramon has called the United States his home, but his path to this new life was far from easy. His story is one of perseverance, community, and the surprising power of mushrooms. Ramon migrated to…
Recently, I spent a mid-morning near Colfax and Colorado, going door-to-door to meet local business owners and spread the word about the virtues of employee ownership. As I moved eastwards, from Steele street across Colorado and towards Monaco, I passed dozens of shops, talked to numerous owners, and learned a powerful truth: Colfax has two…
“When everyone shares, everyone benefits,” says Fawn Romero, ASA at Prairie Capital Advisors. ESOP valuation and advisory are some of the services provided by Prairie, which has been an ESOP itself for 10 years as of January 1, 2022. According to its website, Prairie’s “ESOP provides qualified employees to participate in a plan with over…
Meet our new Executive Director.
Prepared by David R. Johanson, Esq., Douglas A. Rubel, Esq., Rachel J. Markun, Esq., and Robert S. Thompson, Esq. On September 17, 2021, Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP secured a complete victory for its clients Brian J. Bowers, Dexter C. Kubota, and Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc. (B+KC) in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act…
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My grandfather, Lambert Berger, was a businessman in Johnstown, CO. He believed that businesses should support their communities, and communities should support their businesses. His belief that “we're all in this together” helped create a thriving local economy in my hometown.Today, I work to elevate and perpetuate his legacy by helping employee-owners who are supporting…
Jaime Jennings and Amber Corcoran started Fancy Tiger Crafts nearly 15 years ago with the vision of an all-encompassing local craft store. After a decade and a half of running the business nonstop, Jennings and Corcoran decided they were ready to take a step back from the craft shop. Here’s how they did it. Jaime…
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Colorado Gives Day provides Coloradans with the opportunity to exercise two of the “better angels of our nature,” gratitude and generosity. A recent visit to my pharmacy presented me with a vivid example of why I should donate to The Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center during the 2021 drive. My response will be to contribute…
For Erica Maldonado and Diego Pons, co-founder-owners of the San Luis Valley (SLV) Language Justice Cooperative, being bilingual wasn’t always a good thing. This sentiment changed, however, when they learned to leverage their bilingualism in a way that advanced them professionally and allowed them to fulfil a need within their community. Pons and Maldonado met…
How to sell your business
If you’re looking for an exit strategy, selling your business to your employees is one of the best options to consider.But if you’re a little confused or unsure about what that might entail, you’re in the right place to learn more.Selling your business to your employees isn’t as complicated as it seems, and sometimes it’s…

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