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Hazard, KY 41701

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MACED and KCARD invite you to a one-day regional workshop on

Worker Cooperatives: An Innovative Strategy for Retaining and Building Local Business Ownership

  • Did you know that 26,000 businesses, employing more than 300,000 people in Kentucky are owned by baby boomers? Many have no succession plan and could be at risk of closing.

  • Did you know that transitioning to a worker cooperative or other form of employee ownership could keep these businesses thriving and locally-owned?


Come learn about this critical challenge facing our communities and some innovative strategies for retaining local business ownership. We will explore worker cooperatives and other employee-owned models, as well as best practices in helping businesses transition to employee ownership.


This day-long gathering aims to raise awareness, share practical knowledge and inspire innovation in our region. Stakeholders representing economic development, business and community organizations will gather for a robust day of learning, networking and skill building.


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Co-hosted by MACED and KCARD with support and facilitation from Project Equity

  • About MACED: Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) has worked for over 40 years with people in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia to create economic opportunity, strengthen democracy and support the sustainable use of natural resources. Our four primary strategies are investing capital in enterprises and communities, building entrepreneurship and leadership, demonstrating development ideas, and conducting research and communications for policy change.

  • About KCARD: The Kentucky Center for Agriculture & Rural Development (KCARD) was established 18 years ago to facilitate agricultural and rural development in Kentucky. KCARD provides business advisory services, technical assistance, and educational opportunities to agriculture businesses. Additionally, KCARD is a cooperative development center providing assistance to new and existing cooperatives.

  • About Project Equity: Based in Oakland, California, Project Equity works with businesses and communities around the country to foster economic resiliency for frontline workers. They specialize in generating awareness of broad-based employee ownership and helping companies assess and implement transitions to worker cooperatives and other kinds of employee- and stakeholder-owned companies. Project Equity has worked with organizations and companies around the country, including in the rural areas of Western North Carolina and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


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