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Project Equity co-developed the Cooperative Growth Ecosystem framework in partnership with the Democracy at Work Institute. Its purpose is to help amplify the impact of efforts to increase worker ownership by engaging diverse actors—private, public, nonprofit and financial—across the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Ecosystem Mapping

By mapping the local ecosystem, we can identify the local assets this effort can build on, and focus stakeholder interest on specific strategies that help employee-owned businesses grow and thrive. Project Equity hosts regional mapping events with partners to engage different actors and create action plans.

Ecosystem Elements


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New studies in the SF Bay Area, Twin Cities, Western North CarolinaDetroit and Central Pennsylvania show millions of businesses at risk, pointing to employee ownership as a solution.

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