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Worker-Owned Enterprises Program

The Worker-Owned Enterprises Program equips Miami-Dade County workers with the tools to create employee-owned businesses called worker cooperatives. These community-driven businesses are owned and democratically run by the people who work there. Through cooperatives, the Program contributes to a new, more resilient economy that works for all by supporting living-wage jobs, creating business ownership opportunities, and developing wealth from the ground up. 

We are seeking groups of individuals that want to launch new worker cooperatives. We are also seeking existing businesses that want to transition to worker ownership.

NOTE: After you sign up on this page, you will receive an email with the full application (check your Spam folder if you do not see it). Please complete the application to enter the program.

Why Worker-Owned Businesses?
  • Work for a business that you own and manage.
  • Give yourself better pay and better benefits.
  • Collect a chunk of the company's earnings.
  • Build a more just and sustainable future for your community.

About Our Program

The Academy

First, groups of individuals (cooperative start-up teams) apply to our academy, which provides comprehensive knowledge about worker cooperatives and the business, management, and financial skills needed to launch one. 

The Incubator

In the next phase—the incubator—teams from the academy can apply to receive deeper help launching a worker-owned business. We provide these early-stage cooperatives with the business, financial, and legal help they need to launch their ventures. 

The Local Ecosystem

Catalyst Miami is collaborating with nonprofit, for-profit, and government partners to build a local cooperative ecosystem that ensures cooperatives succeed.


  • This program is the first of its kind in Florida.
  • It is the first in South Florida to advocate for worker cooperatives as a tool for democratic community economic development.
  • It helps community members launch sustainable businesses that build generational and community-based wealth.