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Employee Ownership: Engage Employees and Build an Exit Strategy
September 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm| $30
How can you increase your employee engagement, retain valuable team members, and structure an exit plan for yourself that cements the legacy of your business?
Join Project Equity to learn more about integrating broad-based employee ownership into your business – whether now as an employee engagement strategy, or in the future, as an exit or to get partial liquidity for you or your investors.
You will be able to learn about:
- Different approaches (partial, phased or complete employee ownership) and how they can be leveraged for the success of your business and your investment
- Different models (Employee Stock Ownership Plans, worker-owned cooperatives, Employee Ownership Trusts)
- Tax benefits
Project Equity is a national leader in the movement to harness employee ownership to maintain thriving local business communities, retain selling owners’ legacies, and address income and wealth inequality. A nonprofit organization based in the Bay Area, Project Equity raises awareness about employee ownership as an exit strategy for business owners, and as an important approach for increasing employee engagement. The organization provides hands on consulting and support to companies that want to integrate or fully transition to employee ownership, as well as to the new employee-owners to ensure the company thrives after its transition.
Speaker: Donna Sky
Donna is a long time social entrepreneur and San Francisco business owner. She is the founder of Love & Hummus Co., a mission-driven food start up she operated starting in 2009 and grew from inception into a national brand. Love & Hummus is nationally recognized for its innovation, social and environmental impact and was named twice by B Corp as a “Best for the World Company.” Donna began her career in higher education and later founded the non-profit World Trotters, an early online multicultural education program. Donna’s work with Project Equity is led by her expertise as a business owner, her passion for using business as a force for good, developing a more inclusive economy and the creation of more employee-owned businesses.
Social Imprints has become the go-to printer for many of the nation’s top brands that utilize high-quality merchandise as a meaningful part of their marketing strategy. We opened our doors in 2008 with a commitment to provide higher-paying professional jobs to at-risk adults in need of a second chance. Our social mission is to provide job opportunities, expert job training and support, all within a highly supportive work environment to folks needing a second chance.
Speaker: Kevin McCracken, Co-Founder & Business Development
Kevin McCracken has been profiled in High Volume Printer which recognized him as one of the industry’s brightest young talents. With over 18 years of continuous sobriety and 17 years working in screen printing shops, Kevin uses his story of recovery to inspire Social Imprints employees to strive for and achieve more in their lives. He has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing, decorating and promotional products. He has received numerous awards for his work in both the decorated apparel industry and social enterprise. Kevin continues to collaborate with clients, vendor’s, partners, and employees to create the most innovative branded products.
Niles Pie is a pie shop and café, with retail sales, classes, dinners and catering, is a unique presence for local artisanal food in Union City and, as of July 2017, is the first cooperative on the 880 corridor. Niles Pie works with several organic farms at the Sunol AgPark, as well as an organic apple farm in Watsonville, and also buys from farmers at the many farmers’ markets where it sells pies throughout the year.
Speaker: Carolyn G. Berke, Founder
Carolyn started Niles Pie in Union City, which has become not only a successful pie shop and café, but also has retail sales, classes, dinners, and catering. Carolyn believes deeply in people, in a just society and economy, and in making things work. Combining food, community and satisfying work was the original goal in starting Niles Pie, and the next logical step for Carolyn was employee ownership. With guidance from Project Equity, Niles Pie successfully transitioned to a worker-owned cooperative in 2017, becoming the first cooperative on the 880 corridor.