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Upcoming Workshops

 

Employee-Owned Enterprises 201

Tuesday July 24th, 2018

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Mountain BizWorks, 153 South Lexington Avenue, Asheville | Julian Price Room

Presenters: 

Molly Hemstreet from The Industrial Commons and Opportunity Threads

Hilary Abell from Project Equity

Franzi Charen from The Industrial Commons and Asheville Grown Business Alliance

This will be a 2-hour session focused on the process of converting a business to an employee or worker-owned enterprise covering these topics:

Burning questions

We'll conduct a brief review of our first session and answer any questions you have and connect you to the resources and case studies that can address your questions, concerns and ideas.

Case studies

We'll review a couple of businesses that went through the conversion process and are successful employee-owned entities.

Feasibility

We'll cover avenues to conduct a feasibility study for business owners interested in converting and go over tools that can help you understand this process.

Timeline and next steps

Together we'll explore the roadmap to conversion and outline a plan for moving forward with each business owner that feels eager to pursue this with their employees.

Prior to the gathering, we'll ask each of you to brainstorm and bring a list of questions you have about the process in general, technicalities and procedures as well as any that relate to your specific business or field.


Past Workshops

 

February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Asheville, NC)

Location: Mountain BizWorks, 153 South Lexington Avenue, Asheville

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Admission: $10

Join The Industrial Commons co-directors’ Molly Hemstreet and Franzi Charen as they lead an exploration into the variety of ways businesses can democratize ownership. Whether you’re interested in transitioning your business into a cooperative workplace or planning for your succession by selling to the employees, this lab is a great place to start. Gain an understanding of the power that employee-owned companies have to transform communities and build better businesses.

 

Employee Ownership 101

February 5, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Boone, NC)

Location: Mountain BizWorks in Boone, 164 Depot St. with post-session gathering at Espresso News267 Howard St., Boone, NC

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Admission: $10

Join The Industrial Commons co-directors’ Molly Hemstreet and Franzi Charen Monday, Feb. 5th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm as they lead an exploration into the variety of ways businesses can democratize ownership. Whether you’re interested in transitioning your business into a cooperative workplace or planning for your succession by selling to the employees, this lab is a great place to start. Gain an understanding of the power that employee-owned companies have to transform communities and build better businesses.

Swing over to Espresso News after the session to join us for a casual discussion over lovely beverages.

 

Cooperatives 101: Think Outside the Boss

Wednesday | August 23, 2017 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm 

Location: Mountain BizWorks, 153 South Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC

Cost: $15

Join The Industrial Commons co-directors, Molly Hemstreet and Franzi Charen as they lead an exploration into the variety of ways businesses can democratize ownership. Whether you’re interested in starting a cooperative business, joining a coop, or transitioning your business into a cooperative workplace, this lab is a great place to start. Gain an understanding of the power that cooperatives have to transform communities and build better businesses.