Getting Started

Learn more about employee ownership and determine what type of employee ownership plan might be right for your company.

The following organizations provide research and information about ESOPs and worker cooperatives.

The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) is a self-sustaining nonprofit membership organization that provides practical resources and objective, reliable information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), equity compensation plans, and ownership culture. They are the main publisher and research source in the field, hold dozens of Webinars and in-person meetings annually, and provide services to their thousands of members and others.

  • Receive a complimentary six-month membership with the NCEO, which includes free introductory consulting and discounts on NCEO books and meetings, by contacting rosalie@paceo.org

The Employee Ownership Expansion Network (EOeX), formed in 2018, is chartered to create new State and Regional Employee Ownership Centers, just like the PaCEO, throughout the United States.

The ESOP Association is America’s largest employer-sponsored advocacy and education association focused on employee stock ownership plans. Founded in 1978, the Association seeks to enhance federal laws governing ESOPs, provide members with expert information, and fund research via the Employee Ownership Foundation (an affiliate).

The Employee Ownership Foundation’s (EOF) primary purpose is to fund research and educational programs to increase the level of awareness and appreciation of the benefits of employee ownership and increase the number of employees who have access to these benefits.

The Democracy at Work Institute was created by the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) to ensure that worker cooperative development in economically and socially marginalized communities is adequately supportedeffective, and strategically directed

The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) is a cooperative whose members are co-ops in the Philadelphia region. PACA is also a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of people in the Philadelphia region by supporting democratically organized businesses, promoting the principles of the international cooperative movement, and growing the cooperative economy.

The Pittsburgh Chamber of Cooperatives mission is to develop and implement a cooperative business infrastructure – an ecosystem for worker-owned and member-owned businesses to thrive – in the Pittsburgh area. They work with Pittsburgh’s cooperatives, inclusive economic development initiatives, and individuals. They raise awareness of cooperative business culture, facilitate the formation of new cooperatives, assist in the conversion of existing businesses to cooperatives, provide guidance on cooperative governance, build community loyalty to cooperatives, and bring visibility to the triple bottom line advantage of cooperative businesses in the region.

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Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership

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