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Business conversions to employee ownership

One of the key points to consider in any conversion is if the original owner wishes to stay with the business or leave after selling to their employees. Below, we’ve curated case studies from employee ownership transitions from across the nation — both from our work and the work of others. Discover employee-owned businesses in your industry, explore our map by region and gain insight on best practices.

Case studies: Owner-Retires or Owner-Stays


Interviews & stories

Niles Pie: Sarah Vegas’ Story

This is an interview with a worker-owner, Sarah Vegas, who is a single parent to 11-year-old Attison. Due to the irregular hours and pay in her previous restaurant jobs, Sarah struggled to provide and be present for Attison in the way she wanted to be. Learn how becoming an owner changed her life. Read full story >>

Toto’s story

I’m Toto. I started working at Niles Pie in May 2015. I was hired to work at the farmers’ markets after my contract was over as a data analyst for the IRS. Now that I’m an owner, I’m looking at the job and business from a very different perspective. Read full story >>

Ren’s story

I thought it was going to be really difficult to establish employee ownership, but Hilary and Patty really taught us so much through the whole process. They broke it down and showed us that it was up to us to decide what guidelines would work for us. Read full story >>

Prospera: Lupita’s story

Lupita and her husband arrived in the US as newlyweds with the hope of a better life and dreams of building a home for their young family. Lupita began working at an orange packing facility, but the earnings were not stable and she wasn’t able to support her family. Read full story >>

Explore by region

Title Address Description
Big Timberworks
435 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, USABozeman, Montana
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Centerpoint Counseling
210 Airport Rd #103, Viroqua, WI 54665, USAViroqua, Wisconsin
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Island Employee Cooperative
1 Burnt Cove Rd, Stonington, ME 04681, USADeer Isle, Stonington, Maine
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New Era Windows
2600 W 35th St #127, Chicago, IL 60632, USAChicago, IL
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Collective Copies
93 Main St #1, Florence, MA 01062, USANorthampton, Massachusetts
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Real Pickles
311 Wells St, Greenfield, MA 01301, USAGreenfield, Massachusetts
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Namaste Solar
4571 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, USABoulder, CO with additional regional locations in NY, CA and CO
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Niles Pie
32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd #960, Union City, CA 94587, USAUnion City, CA
View video & read media coverage…
A Slice of New York
3443 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95050, USASan Jose, CA with a 2nd location in Sunnyvale, CA
View video and read case study…
Urban Ore
900 Murray St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USABerkeley, CA
Listen to NPR Marketplace report and read media coverage…
Select Machine
4125 Karg Industrial Pkwy, Kent, OH 44240, USAKent, OH
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Pattycake Bakery
3009 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202, USAColumbus, OH
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A Yard and a Half Landscaping
26 Thayer Rd, Belmont, MA 02478, USA Belmont, MA
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New School of Montpelier
11 West St, Montpelier, VT 05602, USAMontpelier, VT
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The Cheeseboard Collective
1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USABerkeley, CA
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1470 Fruitvale Ave #1, Oakland, CA 94601, USAOakland, CA
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California Solar
149 E Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

Grass Valley, CA
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Arbor Assays
1514 Eisenhower Pl, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA
Ann Arbor, MI
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