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Worker-Owned Enterprises Program

Catalyst Miami is committed to building a more democratic economy through our Worker-Owned Enterprises Program. This initiative, launched in 2019, helps Miami residents learn about and develop worker cooperatives, an alternative business model that puts employees and community benefits at the forefront. By expanding worker cooperatives in Miami, this program contributes to a more resilient and inclusive business sector that works for all.

In contrast to traditional companies, workers operating within cooperatives collectively own, democratically manage, and share the profits from the business. Not only do employee-owned businesses increase the agency of workers, they also contribute to a more equitable economy through jobs that build wealth for all employees and promote community economic development.

"More worker-owners in the U.S. means better pay, benefits and workplaces... When low-wage workers become worker-owners, their income is 22% higher and their individual wealth increases by 17%, as compared to their non-owner peers."
- Project Equity

From popular education to the incubation of a prospective business, the Worker-Owned Enterprises Program is specifically dedicated to those who are interested in learning more about worker cooperatives or are already in the process of starting their own. As part of the program, Catalyst Miami facilitates a 12-week academy for Miami residents to learn about worker cooperatives and the management skills and financial tools needed to launch one. Catalyst also offers a Cooperative Incubator, which is geared toward businesses ready to launch or transition to worker cooperatives and that need tailored technical assistance.

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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 the Academy

NOTE: Applications are now closed. Please subscribe here to be notified when the next cohort opens for applications.

In the academy phase, groups of individuals apply to receive comprehensive knowledge about worker cooperatives and the business, management, and financial skills needed to launch one. 




Earn $15/hour for each session you attend

Charlene Francois, [email protected]


About the Incubator

In the incubator phase, groups 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. 

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

NOTE: After submitting your basic details here, please complete the full application on the next page. 

De'Sean Weber, [email protected]