Become A “Friend of the Center”

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Become A “Friend of the Center”

And join the OEOC as we work to strengthen the lives of workers, companies, and communities by making a tax-deductible contribution to the OEOC.

Dear Friend of the OEOC,

What idea can bring together such disparate politicians as conservative Dana Rohrbacher and liberal Bernie Sanders?

“In an age of bailouts and obvious CEO abuses against their own corporations, stockholders, and employees, we should offer bold alternatives…we should offer working people a share of the action. …Expanding employee ownership will have tremendous positive political, economic, and social implications, as did Abe Lincoln’s Homestead Act.”
– Congressman Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA)

“Study after study has shown that employee ownership has been proven to increase employment, increase productivity, increase sales, and increase wages in the United States…Further, employee owned businesses boost morale because workers share in future profits and have greater control over their work-life.”
– Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

That idea is employee ownership.

We at the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) understand the power that employee ownership has to bring agreement in an otherwise polarized world. We also understand the power that employee ownership has in the working lives of our friends and neighbors, in companies and communities all across the country. Since 1986, the OEOC has worked to broaden ownership of productive assets, and improve the lives of employee owners in Ohio, and beyond.

How can you help the OEOC in its mission?

We are asking you now to join us in creating a new economy by making a tax- deductible (to the extent allowed by law) donation of $35, $100, $250, $500, or $1000 to the OEOC through its Friends of the Center program. Your assistance is needed as much as ever, as state and federal budgets for supporting the work of the Center have been drastically decreased.

Your support of the OEOC will allow us to continue:

1) assisting inner city residents form new employee owned businesses to revitalize their neighborhoods; each year, the OEOC works with 3-4 start-up projects dedicated to expanding economic opportunity.

2) assisting new entrepreneurs in rural areas start stakeholder-owned businesses to tap into new markets; each year the OEOC assists 3-4 new and existing businesses from rural areas grow and expand.

3) assisting small business owners with planning for retirement and exiting their business; every year, the OEOC assists 2-3 business owners to sell their business to their employees.

4) training and educating employee owners in Ohio and around the country through Ohio’s Employee- Owned Network and programs with national partners; every year, the OEOC runs 15-20 programs for the 75+ member companies of the Network.

Details on specific projects in the above areas can be found in the Annual Report.

As a supporter of the OEOC, you can be proud of helping make these accomplishments possible. But as always, there is more to do, and miles to go before we sleep. This is your opportunity to be a part of the movement that is employee ownership. With the continuing strain on federal and state budgets for supporting the OEOC, your willingness to become a Friend of the OEOC is as important as its ever been.

This is why we are asking you now to join us in our work by making a tax-deductible (to the extent allowed by law) donation of $35, $100, $250, $500, or $1000 to the OEOC. Donations can be made online via the Kent State University Foundation’s online giving system.

One of our favorite phrases here at the OEOC is that employee ownership “unleashes the entrepreneurial spirit in every employee,” generating wealth, opportunity, and economic growth, for an economy that truly works for everyone.

All of us at the OEOC wish you and your family a happy holiday season and all the best in 2014.


Roy Messing, Director

P.S. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 28th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference, Thursday April 24th, 2014 in Akron OH.



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