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CEO/CFO Forum for Employee-Owned Companies

Ohio’s Employee-Owned Network (a program of the OEOC) is sponsoring a CEO/CFO Forum & Dinner for leaders in employee-owned companies on Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. in Ashtabula. The Forum and Dinner is being hosted by Ric Selip, CEO, and Donny Chaplin, Vice President of Grand River Rubber and Plastics. The Dinner portion of the program is being held at the facilities of the Spire Institute in nearby Geneva, OH.

In addition to the Forum and Dinner, there is a  4:30 P.M. tour of the Grand River facility.

For questions, email Jay Simecek or call the OEOC at 330-672-3028.

“We The Owners” Movie Trailer Released

The Foundation for Enterprise Development has released the trailer for their new film on employee ownership. Titled “We The Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream” the film follows three differently structured employee-owned companies as they create a stakeholder economy based on ‘prosperity through ownership’. And, in a publishing coup, the OEOC can preview a few stills from the film:


The purpose of the film is more than entertainment. In conversations with your humble scribe, Executive Producer Mary Ann Beyster expressed the additional goal that the film be a tool for broadening the discussion and teaching of the concept of employee ownership in the nation’s universities and MBA programs (a goal that we at the OEOC certainly applaud and support).

Scheduled for release in Summer 2012, you can view the trailer at the site linked above or on YouTube.

The Foundation for Enterprise Development was founded in 1986 by Dr. J. Robert Beyster. The Foundation’s mission is to promote broad-based employee ownership and entrepreneurism.

Cooperative Conference Highlights Employee Ownership and Succession Planning

A group of North American cooperative organizations are hosting a conference on business succession planning and employee ownership in Quebec City from October 11-13. Roy Messing from the OEOC will be participating in a number of events during the 3 days.

Interested? Find out more here.

Ohio’s Employee Owned Cooperative Model Gets National Attention


The NY Times You’re the Boss blog recently published a piece by Barbara Taylor on employee-owned cooperatives as a creative way for a business owner to exit their business. The piece provides a nice overview of what an employee owned cooperative is (and isn’t) and also highlights Select Machine, an employee-owned and cooperatively-run machine shop in Brimfield, Ohio. It’s definitely worth a read.

And, in the interest of full disclosure, The OEOC worked on the Select Machine deal, and our very own Bill McIntyre is quoted in the piece…

ESOP and Employee Ownership Legislation Update – Part 2

As outlined in my previous post, the OEOC’s Bill McIntyre went to Vermont to testify in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing last week in support of the two major pieces of pending legislation related to employee ownership. Our website has the details on the legislation, as well as the hearing itself (including links to video!)