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.