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Featured News

Employee Ownership: A Necessary Addition to the Coronavirus Economic Response

Home Care in the Wake of COVID-19

COVID-19 Exacerbates a Looming Crisis in Child Care

ICA Child Care: 2020 Impact Report

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Worker Ownership Resources

What is a Worker Cooperative?

Learn more about the core elements of a worker cooperative.

Types of Employee Ownership

A basic overview of the key differences between worker cooperatives, ESOPs, and hybrid models.

Ensuring Your Legacy

This guide walks owners through the process of converting to a democratic firm and helps owners determine whether this is the right next step.

What is an ESOP?

Learn more about Employee Stock Ownership Programs.

Benefits of Worker Ownership

Learn more about what a transition to worker ownership means for workers.

FAQs about Worker Ownership

What is a worker cooperative and what does it mean for workers to own their business?

Six Myths about Worker Ownership

Learn more about how employees are involved in a transfer to a worker ownership model.

Co-op Conversions at Scale

This study examines the market potential for converting conventional businesses to worker cooperatives.

The Framework for Democratic Control

This introductory guide provides a basic framework of the legal documents democratic firms require.

Democratic Governance

This paper discusses the means by which small worker cooperatives and other employee-owned organizations govern themselves.

Gobernanza Democrática (Español)

Las cooperativas de trabajo están construidas en un marco de democracia, pero esto beneficia a los trabajadores tan solo mínimamente, a menos que los medios para ejercer sus derechos y disfrutar de las protecciones de este marco estén en su lugar.

An Overview of Democratic Governance

This guide walks you through establishing an effective mechanism to ensure you are creating a democratic culture that works with your business.

Términos Clave En Contabilidad (Español)  

Comprender la situación financiera (democrática) de su empresa es elemento fundamental de cualquier estrategia de negocios exitosa.

Guide to Internal Capital Accounts

This guide covers the basics of co-op finances, including the difference between capital shares and capital accounts, tax treatment for worker co-ops and how to deal with financial losses.

Healthy Foods Healthy Communities

This study quantifies the impact food co-ops have on their local community and compared their performance to conventional grocery stores.

The Workers’ Owned Sewing Company: Making the Eagle Fly Friday

ICA case study by Frank Adams and Richard Shirey on the history of this successful worker cooperative.

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Child Care Resources

What’s It Worth?

Understanding the “fair market value” of your business can help you plan for the future of the business and your retirement. This guide will help you better understand what a buyer might pay for your business and how to increase this value.

Frequently Asked Questions for Child Care Businesses

A helpful overview of frequently asked questions about worker ownership for child care businesses.

Worker Ownership: What does it mean for child care workers?

Learn more about what worker ownership for child care businesses looks like in practice.

Six Myths About Worker Ownership

An overview of common myths and misconceptions about worker ownership and child care businesses.

Ensuring Your Legacy

A Guide to Exit Planning for Child Care Business Owners

Exit Planning Options Chart

Common Ownership Transfer Options for Child Care Businesses

Case Study: The Rose Garden

A close look at the Rose Garden Early Childhood Center in Buffalo, New York

Business Valuation 101 for Child Care Businesses (Part 1 of 3)

A helpful overview of why and how to think about the value of your child care business.

How Valuations Work for Child Care Businesses (Part 2 of 3)

Watch this video to learn about the different types of business valuations.

Increasing the Value of Your Child Care Business (Part 3 of 3)

Learn how you can maximize the value of your child care business.

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Home Care Resources

Ensuring Your Legacy

A Guide to Exit Planning for Home Care Agency Owners

What’s It Worth?

A Guide to Determining and Increasing the Value of Your Home Care Business

2019 Home Care Cooperative Benchmarking Report

A report on 2019 benchmarking survey results, quantifying the cooperative difference in home care

Underwriting Home Care Cooperatives

A guide for lenders to learn about home care, and to understand the unique challenges in underwriting loans for home care cooperatives.

Introduction to Financial Management

A manual for home care cooperative board members, created by the Homecare Cooperative Initiative

Moving to an Employee Ownership Model

An introduction to employee ownership for home care agency owners.

Solving the Home Care Crisis

An article on the ongoing crisis in caregiver recruitment and retention. Positions home care cooperatives and a worker-centric business model as a solution.

The Cooperative Solution to the Caregiver Crisis

This report was written for the Cooperative Development Foundation to support the development of home care worker cooperatives across the country.

Home Care Cooperatives Revenue Growth and Diversification Guide

A guide to help cooperatives understand and assess revenue growth for sustainability.

Home Care Financial Metrics Manual

A guide for home care cooperative managers and boards to understand the key financial metrics they need to effectively manage their businesses.

Financial Implications of the Green House Model

This article explores the operating costs for Green House homes with comparable nursing homes. Published in the 2011 Seniors Housing & Care Journal, winner of the GE Award for Best Research Paper.

Business Case for Green House Model

The Green House model radically transforms institutional care to create real homes where residents and direct care staff enjoy meaningful lives, significantly enhanced control, and improved care outcomes.

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Alternative Staffing Resources

Introductory Guide to Alternative Staffing

This guide provides a profile of the alternative staffing sector and comprehensive information about operations and best practices.

Key Elements for Successful ASOs

A guide to best practices used by high-performing alternative staffing organizations (ASOs).

Legal Structures for ASOs

This paper provides a description and comparison of various legal structure options, and includes the perspective of several alternative staffing organizations (ASOs).

Engage Employers to Address Tight Labor Markets

This document presents three ways that businesses can improve access to talent and expand opportunities for entry-level job seekers.

Employment Outcomes and Performance Benchmarks for Programs Serving Homelss Job Seekers

This report commissioned by the Butler Family Fund, assessed the effectiveness of programs serving homeless job seekers and makes recommendations for setting program performance benchmarks.

Getting to Work: ICA’s Social Purpose Staffing Companies

This study highlights some of ICA’s earlier work that created a foundation for the Alternative Staffing Alliance, a network of nearly 50 alternative staffing organizations that employ roughly 35,000 people with barriers to employment each year.

The Right Jobs: Identifying Career Advancement Opportunities for Low-Skilled Workers

The Right Jobs (2005) presents a systematic approach to evaluating occupations in terms of earnings, advancement potential, and accessibility.

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