Employee Ownership:

The Future of (Business in) Pittsburgh

Choose your path:

ESOPs

  • a flexible, tax advantaged tool for business succession
  • a retirement plan that holds company stock in a trust for employees
  • Appropriate for businesses with 20 or more employees

Worker Cooperatives

  • a business jointly owned and governed by its workers
  • 83% of businesses will close when the owner exits, this is another option
  • Appropriate for any size business

Owners get paid full fair market value

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Employees pay NOTHING as new owners

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Sell to an ESOP gradually, or all at once

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Owners get paid full fair market value

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Preserves the legacy of the business

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Keeps profits and jobs in the local economy

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What is an ESOP?

What is a Worker Cooperative?

Is Employee Ownership Right For Me?

  • I'm thinking about a succession plan
  • I'm concerned about the legacy of my business
  • I'm interested in tax breaks for my business
  • I'd like to offer my employees a robust retirement plan
  • My business has a stable management team and a positive culture

So...what do I do now?

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The Pittsburgh Citywide Task Force on Employee Ownership

A partnership between Pittsburgh City Council, the Mayor’s Office, Chatham University, and the nonprofit PaCEO

The PaCEO exists solely to teach people about employee ownership

Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership

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