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2014 International Summit of Cooperatives: Call for Papers

The 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives will take place October 6-9, 2014 in Quebec. The event is asking authors and researchers to submit empirical or theoretical articles linked to the Summit’s main theme, Cooperatives’ Power of Innovation.

Selected contributions must further discussions, reflection and help identify solutions to address the development and performance challenges facing cooperatives and mutuals.

Special attention will be paid to research carried out in the past year. While the committee is primarily looking for new articles, it will also consider articles already published in journals whose circulation is limited to one country. In this way, local contributions can be made available to an international readership.

The articles will be published in French, English and Spanish.

The completed paper and submission form must be submitted by February 15, 2014 at 10:00pm EST. The Technical information, terms and conditions can be found on the Summit website.

New Webinar Series added to Fall Network Events

We invite employee-owners to take part in October’s three webinar sessions covering a variety of topics presented by some of the most experienced, knowledgeable, and dynamic professionals in the ESOP community.

October 1, 2013  10 AM – Accounting 101 for ESOP companies
This webinar will focus on the financial statement impact for partial and fully owned ESOP companies. It will detail the balance sheet and income statement impact, as well as the disclosure requirements for such companies. – Presented by Bill Schramm and Pete Chudyk, Moloney & Novotny

October 10, 2013  10 AM – Administering Your ESOP 
In today’s challenging economic environment, members of a company’s Board of Directors, corporate officers, ESOP trustees and ESOP committee members need to make sure that they properly understand their roles and responsibilities. – Presented by Sharon Hearn and Alex Mounts,  Krieg Devault

October 16, 2013  10 AM – ESOP’s – Just another Benefit? How is your ESOP part of the overall “rewards & benefit” program at your company?
Your total Benefits and Rewards package is an important expenditure for your business. This session will explore the options when structuring a comprehensive benefit and compensation plan for your company. – Presented by Dan Riemenschneider, Bruner-Cox

For more information on any of the webinars, visit the Network Webinar page. 

Fall Network Schedule:

Mark your calendars for the Southwest Ohio Employee Ownership Forum

The Southwest Ohio Employee Ownership Forum provides attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the fundamental requirements for ESOPs, Employee Ownership Culture, standard appraisal methods and the challenges faced by mature ESOPs.

The sessions will include information helpful to all those in employee-owned companies as well as those considering and ESOP.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Crowne Plaza Cincinnati Blue Ash

Sessions will include:

  • Basic Guidelines, Provisions, and Plan Features for ESOPs
  • Impacting Your Share Value–Appraisal Basics and Special Issues for ESOPs
  • Sharing Financial Information with Your Employee Owners…how open should your “open book” be to drive top performance
  • Some Mature ESOP Issues: Sub S Strategies, Repurchase Liability Concerns, Acquisition Considerations

Watch this space for more information on this and other upcoming Network events!

How Does the Affordable Care Act Impact Employee-Owned Companies?

Ohio’s Employee-Owned Network is co-sponsoring a new event to help administrators at employee-owned companies to understand the ever-changing legal requirements, and other compliance issues in providing health care benefits for employees.

Health Care Forum: Code, Coverage, Compliance

An Interactive Event for Employee-Owned Companies

The event will include two sessions:

  • Monday, September 9, 2013 in Cleveland, OH
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in Cincinnati, OH

Both sessions run from 1:00-4:30 pm (registration begins at 12:45)

For more information, including an agenda and registration form, click here.

The Employee Ownership Foundation’s 2013 Employee Owner Retreat

The Employee Ownership Foundation’s 2013 Employee Owner Retreat will be held in Downers Grove/Chicago IL – August 15-17, 2013.

The Employee Owner Retreat is a two-and-a-half day, off-site training seminars staffed by the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, where non-managerial employee owners learn from and interact with their peers from other ESOP companies.The program, geared toward hourly and salaried non-managerial employees, will help participants develop team problem solving skills, become more knowledgeable about ESOPs and company financial statements, and gain a new perspective on employee ownership at their companies through structured exercises and informal discussions.

Employee Owner Retreat alumni say:

“I think this retreat was a positive experience and has given me a lot of good ideas to take back to my company. Very helpful!”

“I learned a lot from presenters and employee owners. Thank you.”

“Very valuable, and an opportunity to meet other champions, share ideas, and create resources.”

Visit the OEOC Website for more information

If you have questions or need more information call: The OEOC, Jay Simecek, 330-672-3028 or the ESOP Association, Rosemary Clements, 202-293-2971

2013 Ohio Employee Ownership Conference Highlights

We’d like to thank everyone who came out to our 2013 Ohio Employee Ownership Conference on April 19.

The pictures are in and the full gallery is available Facebook. Here are a few highlights from the conference:

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Michael Keeling, ESOP Association
Addresses the audience during his morning keynote speech.

Congratulations to our Award Winners (left to right) Carbo Forge, Inc, 25 Years of Employee Ownership Equity Engineering, Getting Your ESOP Off to a Good Start Kramig Insulation, 25 Years of Employee Ownership

Congratulations to our Award Winners
(left to right)
Carbo Forge, Inc, 25 Years of Employee Ownership
Equity Engineering, Getting Your ESOP Off to a Good Start
Kramig Insulation, 25 Years of Employee Ownership

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Corey Rosen, NCEO
Skyping in his Lunch Keynote after his flight was cancelled due to weather.
Rosen was also this year’s recipient of the John Logue Employee Ownership Excellence Award.

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Bill McIntyre, Former Director of the OEOC, receives a surprise in honor of his retirement.

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Thanks again to our sponsors!

There are more photos to check out on our Facebook Page!

Time to Reserve a Spot for the May 21 CEO/CFO Networking Dinner

Our Popular CEO / CFO Networking Dinner

Will be in Columbus!

Tuesday, May 21

SAVE THE DATE & RESERVE A SPOT
by calling the OEOC at 330-672-3028
or emailing the name, title, company, and email address of anyone in your company who will be attending to oeoc@kent.edu.

“Visit Star Leasing, have dinner, and network”

Star Leasing Company, headquartered in Columbus, has been providing a quality one-source solution to its customers’ semi-trailer needs since 1974. Star Leasing’s overall objective is to be the “One Solution” (Rent, Lease, Sell, Maintain) for semi-trailer needs for all of their customers. The company provides tailored lease and rental programs for semi-trailers including complete maintenance service with full service locations in Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama. Star also provides trailer maintenance for customer owned equipment. Their typical customers are private & contract transportation fleets and motor carriage companies. Star became 100% employee owned in 1987 and has nearly 200 active employees.

To learn more about Star Leasing, visit its website at www.starleasing.com

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This event, always popular with ESOP company executives, will be hosted by Jeff Rosen CFO at Star Leasing. Join your fellow ESOP managers to observe this very unique company and share ESOP ideas. There is no charge for this event. We welcome top management from ESOP companies to attend, not necessarily only those with CEO and CFO titles.

The session will include a company tour, dinner, networking and Q & A.

Tentative agenda:
4:30pm – Arrive, refreshments/networking and Star Leasing tour
6:30pm – Dinner, and Question & Answer Session
8:30pm – Ajourn

For reservations please call the OEOC: 330-672-3028

Upcoming ‘Lunch and Learn’ Event in Akron aimed at increasing efficiency in manufacturing.

On Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Greater Akron Chamber, PolymerOhio and Moldex3D will be presenting Growing Your Business through Computational Modeling: Moldex3D Injection Molding Simulation Tools. 

The ‘Lunch and Learn’ event will introduce participants to Moldex3D, the first 3D mold flow analysis software. The software is now available through Polymer Portal and can be used to reduce cost and time to design and fabricate injection molds. 

For more information and to register for this event, visit the Polymer Portal Website.

PolymerOhio is an Ohio Edison Technology Center and developed the “Polymer Portal” in conjunction with the Ohio Supercomputer Center to provide affordable access to productivity-enhancing software and training.

Questions regarding this event may be directed to Lynda Wright.

2012 Employee Owner Retreat

The ESOP Association’s annual Employee Owner Retreat will be held in Downers Grove near Chicago, Illinois August 9-11, 2012.

The Retreat is a three-day, off-site training seminar, staffed by the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, where non-managerial employee owners learn from and interact with their peers from other ESOP companies. The program, geared toward hourly and salaried non-managerial employees, will help participants develop team problem solving skills, become more knowledgeable about ESOPs and company financial statements, and gain a new perspective on employee ownership at their companies through structured exercises and informal discussions.

For more information, click here.

Highlights From the 26th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference

We’ve posted highlights from our Annual Conference on our website. The highlights include presentations from speakers; photos of all the happenings; and video clips from the morning and afternoon General Sessions, including the Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Awards and the keynote speech from Joseph Blasi.

Check it out!