34th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference update

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December 2020

Dear Friend of the OEOC,

Needless to say (but we’re saying it anyway!) 2020 has been an interesting and challenging  year. You’ve had to adapt to constantly changing circumstances and reinvent the way you do business. TheOEOC is no different. We remain committed to getting to the other side of this with you, but to do so we need your help more than ever.

Just as all businesses have had to reconfigure day to day operations to meet challenges, comply with new Covid-19 rules, keep their employees safe, and company culture strong; the OEOC altered the way we fulfill our mission.

We moved all of our educational and training programs online, and looked at new ways to both engage our audience of employee-owned companies and provide valuable and useful information at a reasonable cost. The biggest component of this transition was pushing back our annual conference into August, and making the program 100% online. Our annual report details the changes in our programming, and the results for FY 2019 and through the halfway mark of FY 2020. The OEOC will continue to be flexible in program offerings heading into the new year, and expect 2021 to be a mix of virtual and in-person programs as things open up with the widespread use of vaccines to combat the virus.

In the beginning of the year expectations of seeing an increase in new employee-owned companies were high, specifically due to the continued retirements of baby boomer business owners. While activity slowed in the earlier part of the year, it’s rebounded quite well and we expect new employee owned company creation to be strong for the next few years. The OEOC will continue to provide technical support to business owners, companies, and employees to help grow the sector.

As has been the case throughout our 34-year history, the OEOC does not receive direct funding from Kent State and relies on programming revenues, memberships, project grants, and donations to carry out its work. We are asking for you to become a Friend of the Center, and donate today to help us continue our work building employee ownership in Ohio, and beyond.

Your support will help us continue our work with:

●      Technical assistance for the creation and conversion of employee owned businesses

●      Training and education for employee owners and their companies

●      Research and advocacy, including with our NEW Owners At Work Podcast

●      Building community partnerships to expand employee ownership in Ohio, and beyond.

The OEOC has focused tirelessly on promoting employee ownership, deepening employee participation, retaining businesses and jobs, and increasing living standards for working families and their communities. As public funding for the OEOC’s work has ceased, and as everyone’s belts have tightened, your donation of $10, $100, $1000 - or any amount that works for you - is vital.

Donate Today

Your contribution is tax exempt to the extent allowed by law.

As a supporter of the OEOC, you can be proud in helping build on our past accomplishments, and extend our impact going forward. (view OEOC Annual Report)

We at the OEOC wish you and your family a happy holiday season and all the best in 2021.

Sincerely,

Roy J. Messing

Director

P.S. Join us on social media!

Twitter - @oeockent

Facebook - @OhioEmployeeOwned

LinkedIn - @ohioemployeeownershipcenter

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