Employee Ownership for Communities

Employees at employee-owned companies:

4 times less likely to be laid off
33% higher income among workers aged 28-34
have retirement accounts that are 2.5 times greater than at comparable companies

Strengthening Communities

  • Employee ownership keeps businesses and jobs in-state and builds community wealth
  • Employee-owned companies often make it a priority to give back to the communities where they are located

Building Strong Local Businesses

  • Employee Ownership is a business succession tool – an attractive alternative to selling to a private equity firm or other outside buyers
  • It provides flexibility and significant tax benefits, while maintaining the integrity of the company


increase sales by about 2.3-2.4% per year
have 25% higher job growth over a 10-year period
have an average 8% increase in productivity during the year the ESOP is adopted

Why is this important?

4.5 million businesses are going to transact over the next 10 years
70% of business owners say they have no succession plan
56% of Americans over 55 have less than $50,000 in retirement savings

Employee ownership can offer a solution to all of these problems.

The following employee owned companies have won awards like Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Places to Work", "Chain of the Year," "Best of Workers" by B Lab, Forbes List of America's Best Large Employers", and "Best Places to Work in PA"

Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership