Who We Are

The Vermont Employee Ownership Center is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to promote and foster employee ownership in order to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain jobs, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities. We provide information and resources to owners interested in selling their business to their employees, employee groups interested in purchasing a business, and entrepreneurs who wish to start up a company with broadly shared ownership.

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Employee Ownership

Employee Ownership is a category of business structures that provide a path for full-time employees to become co-owners. To varying degrees, this includes:

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)
  • Worker Cooperatives
  • Employee Ownership Trusts
  • Equity Grants

ESOPs and Worker Cooperatives are the primary forms of Employee Ownership in the US, but each type offers unique benefits and challenges.

One thing, however, remains constant: Everyone thrives when businesses are employee-owned.

When we say everyone, we mean:

  • Company Founders
  • Employees
  • Business Performance
  • Local Communities
  • Vermont's Economy

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Recent Stories

With the overwhelming variety of holiday gift ideas out there, we wanted to offer a sampler this year for those wishing to have a positive community impact while buying gifts loved ones are sure to enjoy. Whether you live in Vermont or simply appreciate its fine artisanship, this guide provides a tasting of the countless splendid and unique gift items available from Vermont's treasured employee-owned companies. Please share among friends and family!

Burlington, Vermont, November 15, 2021 -- In celebration of Employee Ownership Month, the Employee Owners of Vermont, an active group of local employee-owned companies, successfully carried out its fourth annual fundraiser for the Vermont Foodbank in October. Collectively, the group raised $29,923, providing approximately 50,000 meals for kids, seniors, and families who don’t have enough to eat on a regular basis.