Each year, Echoing Green receives thousands of applications for a two year immersive leadership development program that provides seed-funding and hands-on support. 73 next-generation innovators have been chosen as finalists, and Lela is thrilled to be among them.
In preparation for the union co-op symposium December 1 & 2, we want to connect with all people who are doing this work around the country. Help us understand the depth and span of the Union Co-op movement around the country by filling out this 6 question survey!
Cincinnati, Ohio – On Dec 1st & 2nd people from all across the U.S. and from Mondragon, Spain will be gathering in Cincinnati to further develop the union co-op sector of the U.S. economy. The Symposium offers a look at what's happening on the ground to establish integrated networks of worker-owned, unionized businesses. Participants will discuss best practices, union co-op management, financing, training, the power of the union co-op model, and how to build an economy that works for all, and more. Check our event page for more updates in the coming months!
CUCI and GDUCI are working with Dayton and Cincinnati County and City officials to schedule succession planning trainings by the Ohio Employee Ownership Center for small manufacturers that will cover many succession options, including transitioning to worker ownership. The date is TBD but aiming for the end of May. Contact Lela Klein if you are interested at Lela@cincinnatiunioncoop.org.
Pictured: CUCI in a succession training from the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) in February.
CUCI staff attended a training on transitions from traditional to worker ownership in existing businesses presented by the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC).
At a time when baby boomers, owners of 2/3 of US small businesses, are retiring at increasing rates, Cincinnati Union Coop Initiative (CUCI) has begun offering support to business owners (particularly in the manufacturing sector) interested in exploring the option of employee ownership as a succession strategy.
Kristin Gangwer, CEO, spoke at the 2nd Annual Hunger Dialogues at Xavier University. Also, during the last month, Our Harvest launched 2 new Harvest Day food access sites