2016 Vermont Employee Ownership Conference to be held June 2nd at Champlain College

Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Registration starts at 7:30 AM)
Location: Champlain College, CCM Building, 375 Maple St, Burlington, VT 05401

Register Here!
(NOTE: if you are a sponsor or speaker, do not register here; you will be sent a seperate registration link. Additionally, if you are a student or first time attendee interested in bringing employee ownership to your company, please email for possible discount details)

Come learn about the unique benefits and challenges of employee ownership at this full-day event, featuring a keynote by Cindy Turcot, COO of Gardener's Supply Company & Chair of the ESOP Association, and 15 informative and inspiring workshops. If you have any questions, please contact the VEOC for more information:

Who should attend:

  • Business owners, managers, and employees of companies interested in learning more about employee ownership;
  • Those who work in established employee-owned companies;
  • Entrepreneurs considering starting up a company with broadly shared ownership;
  • Business advisors, including bankers, accountants, attorneys, and financial planners;
  • Government officials and staff members;
  • Economic development professionals;
  • Anyone interested in employee participation, sustainable business models or business ownership succession.

Schedule of the Day

7:30a-8:30a - Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30a-9:30a - Introduction and Keynote by Cindy Turcot, Chair of the ESOP Association and COO of Gardener's Supply Company, who will speak about the acceleration of employee ownership both locally and nationally, why it matters and what our role is in that change.

9:45-11:00a - Workshops, Session A
1. Bringing Employee Ownership to Your Company: An Introduction
2. Hot Topics for Established Co-ops
3. ESOP 101 for Employee Owners 
4. Playing the Great Game of Business: One Company's Experience
5. Hot Topics for Established ESOPs

11:15-12:30 - Workshops, Session B
6. Structuring An ESOP Transaction from A to Z
7. Converting a Business into a Worker Co-op
8. Practical Tools for a Participatory Work Culture
9. How We Share the Numbers: Open-Book Practices
10. Leadership Development in an Ownership Culture

12:30-1:30p - Lunch

1:30p-2:45p - Workshops, Session C
11. Co-op Lender "Speed Dating"
12. Best HR Practices for Worker Co-ops
13. Engaging Owners on the Frontlines: Using Continuous Improvement to Strengthen Your Ownership Culture
14. ESOP Communications: Best Practices
15. ESOP Governance: The Basics and Beyond

3:00p-4:15p - Afternoon Plenary: "Intrapreneurship and Employee Ownership"

4:15p-5:00p - Closing Reception