I want to let you know about an upcoming conference sponsored by one of our sister organizations.
On Friday, April 29, The Ohio Employee Ownership Center, will host their 25th annual conference at the Akron Fairlawn Hilton. Working Together, Saving Jobs will focus on bridging the divides that appear to be separating us and focusing on an idea that unites all sides: saving and creating jobs with employee ownership.
If you are not familiar with the OEOC, they are based at Kent State University. They specialize on issues dealing with employee ownership, ranging from how to set up an employee stock ownership plan to the technical issues of being part of an employee owned company. They also work with organizations on succession planning and other issues of interest to non-employee owned businesses. The OEOC has also become a leader in helping family-run farms develop plans for turning their business over to the next generation, including the legal and tax consequences.
The OEOC is a world leader in employee ownership. They have consulted with organizations and governments across the globe to help existing employers become employee owned and new businesses get their start.
The work of the OEOC is also a part of the employee retention efforts of the Ohio Department of Development. Employee ownership can be an alternative to closing the doors for many organizations. It uses the knowledge and experience of employees to help manage the business as owners.
For more information about employee ownership, visit their website at www.oeockent.org
You can get more information about the conference at http://www.oeockent.org/index.php/component/content/article/145 or download the brochure (in .pdf format) at http://www.oeockent.org/images/stories/OEOC/2011ConferenceFlyer.pdf