Worker Ownership

Worker Ownership Action Institute

When: November 30th, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Isothermal Community College in Spindale.
Cooley Room, Seminar B
286 ICC Loop Road
Spindale, NC 28160

Cost? This event is free and you are invited.

How to Register: Visit this page to register

Details below:

Given the challenges of workforce development and succession planning, our region is promoting sustainable solutions that retain jobs, strengthen and grow our economy. This unique one-day event will gather business owners, technical support providers, and community stakeholders in an interactive setting to learn about worker ownership and strategize together about how to expand this powerful business model in our region.

Community leaders in Rutherford, Polk, McDowell and Cleveland counties have identified worker ownership as a promising economic development strategy, so the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission is co-hosting this day with Isothermal Community College to provide information and inspire action. Western North Carolina-based The Industrial Commons and Oakland, CA-based Project Equity will provide expertise in employee-owned business models.


Simply put, worker ownership means that if a worker stays with a business, they have the opportunity to buy in to the business and have more control over their livelihoods. Worker-owners’ job tenure is over 50% longer and average income from wages is 33% higher. By obtaining access to jobs with dignity, ownership and wealth, workers stay in the community, they grow better businesses and give the next generation local opportunities.

See more great stats in this publication from the National Center for Employee Ownership


● Business owners thinking about retirement or interested in learning about ways to share ownership with their employees

● Technical assistance providers who work with small businesses, such as Small Business Centers, Small Business Technology and Development Centers, Small Business Associations and Community Development Financial Institutions

● City and community leaders from Rutherford County and other counties in the region


Following the institute, we encourage you to join us to continue the conversation!

We’ll meet at 3:30pm at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, 123 W. Main. St. in Spindale.

Questions?  Contact Scott Dadson at sdadson@regionc.org828-287-2281 x 250

WNC Small Business Closure Crisis Click here to view the info graphic created by Project Equity and the Industrial Commons.

The small business closure crisis directly affects the future of our region’s workforce.  Attend the free Worker Ownership Action Institute to learn more!