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Employee Ownership

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About Employee Ownership

Employee ownership serves as the foundation of businesses throughout the world, in almost every industry. Today, more than 18 million workers in the United States have some ownership stake in the place they work. A democratic workplace is more than just a way to make jobs better, it’s a way to make companies better.

Whether you’re interested in converting your business to a worker-owned cooperative, establishing an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), or implementing a hybrid model of employee ownership, the ICA Group can help.


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Types of Employee Ownership

What is a Worker Cooperative?

What is an ESOP?

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Employee-Owned Businesses

The ICA Group is a leading expert on worker ownership and the oldest national organization dedicated to the development of worker cooperatives. Since 1977, ICA has launched dozens of employee-owned businesses, and provided technical assistance, and training to businesses across the country.


A Yard & A Half

Cooperative
Waltham, MA
Industry: Landscaping

Founded: 1988
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2013

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California Solar Electric Company

Cooperative
Grass Valley, CA
Industry: Renewable Energy

Founded: 2000
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2019

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Chroma Technology Corp.

ESOP
Bellows Falls, VT
Industry: Manufacturing

Founded: 1991
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2011

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Davis Home Pros

Cooperative
Walnut Creek, CA
Industry: Construction

Founded: 1988
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2019

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Equity Atlas

Employee Trust
Portland OR
Industry: Finance

Founded: 2016
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2016

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Ewing Controls

Cooperative
Greenfield, MA
Industry: Manufacturing

Founded: 2001
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2017

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Isthmus Engineering

Cooperative
Madison, WI
Industry: Manufacturing

Founded: 1980
Converted to Employee-Owned: 1983

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KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.

ESOP
East Syracuse, NY
Industry: Health Care


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Mētis Construction

Employee Trust
Seattle, WA
Industry: Construction

Founded: 2008
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2016

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New Prairie Construction

Cooperative
Urbana, IL
Industry: Construction

Founded: 2012
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2018

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NYC Cargo Bike Collective

Cooperative
New York, NY
Industry: Delivery

Founded: 2012
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2017

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Paragus IT

ESOP
Hadley, MA
Industry: IT Services

Founded: 2003
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2016

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Partners & Partners

Cooperative
New York, NY
Industry: Graphic Design

Founded: 2013
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2019

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PV Squared

Cooperative
Greenfield, MA
Industry: Renewable Energy

Founded: 2002

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South Mountain Company

Cooperative
West Tisbury, MA
Industry: Construction

Founded: 1975
Converted to Employee-Owned: 1987

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Sun Light & Power

ESOP
Berkeley, CA
Industry: Renewable Energy

Founded: 1976
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2018

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The Green Engineer

Cooperative
Concord, MA
Industry: Building Design

Founded: 2005
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2011

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Visitec Marketing Associates

Cooperative
St. Charles, IL
Industry: Electrical Equipment Wholesalers

Founded: 1986
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2018

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Child Care Cooperatives

ICA’s child care team helps businesses transition to employee ownership, creates purchasing cooperatives to support family child care businesses, and provides technical assistance, training, and resources for child care business owners. Learn more about our child care work.


Childspace Daycare Centers

Cooperative
Philadelphia, PA

Founded: 1988

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The Rose Garden

Cooperative
Buffalo, NY

Founded: 2008
Converted to Employee-Owned: 2017

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Beyond Care

Cooperative
Brooklyn, NY

Founded: 2008

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Home Care Cooperatives

Together with our partners, ICA’s home care team strives to support a robust ecosystem of business support, training, and resources for home care cooperatives. Learn more about our home care work.


Capital Home Care

Cooperative
Olympia, WA

Founded: 2017

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Circle of Life

Cooperative
Bellingham, WA

Founded: 2016

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Cooperative Care

Cooperative
Wautoma, WI

Founded: 2001

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Cooperative Home Care Associates

Cooperative
Bronx, NY

Founded: 1985

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Courage Home Care

Cooperative
Los Angeles, CA

Founded: 2016

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eQuality Home Care

Cooperative
New Braunfels, TX

Founded: 2015

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Everyday Details

Cooperative
Asheville, NC

Founded: 2018

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Golden Steps

Cooperative
New York, NY

Founded: 2012

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Heart is Home

Cooperative
Bernalillo, NM

Founded: 2016

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Home Care Associates

Cooperative
Philadelphia, PA

Founded: 1993

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Peninsula Home Care

Cooperative
Port Townsend, WA

Founded: 2016

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Soaring Independent

Cooperative
Madison, WI

Founded: 2019

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