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As a Business Owner

What will be your legacy?


The Tennessee Center for Employee Ownership serves as the central hub for information and resources regarding transitioning Tennessee businesses to an employee ownership model 


Why is this a key moment for employee ownership in TN?

Employee ownership is a business model in which employees collectively own a percentage
of the business for which they work. Two of the main forms are Employee Stock Ownership
Plans (ESOPs) and worker cooperatives. In both, employees are given a financial stake in
the business. As the business prospers, employees prosper.

  • Over the next 10 years, more than 2.4 million U.S. businesses owned by retiring baby boomers will change hands or dissolve
  • More than half of all small business owners do not have a succession plan
  • Many businesses will be sold and leave the state of TN, or close their doors permanently, resulting in lost jobs, tax base, and community impacts

Why consider employee ownership?

  • It is an ownership succession plan that preserves jobs and community impacts, while giving the selling shareholders preferred tax treatment
  • It is a proven strategy for employee recruitment and retention
  • When employees have a stake in the company’s success, everyone benefits

How can the Tennessee Center for Employee Ownership help?

  • The TNCEO’s mission is to educate business owners and their advisors (lawyers, bankers, accountants, wealth advisors) on the benefits of employee ownership via ESOPs, worker cooperatives, and Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs). TNCEO provides resources, case studies and articles, and a list of service providers who can assist with employee ownership transitions. TNCEO serves the entire state of Tennessee.

Check out our Nashville Summit - Learn more about Employee Ownership from business owners who have sold to employees AND from the employees who now own these firms.

Get all the details and register here.