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Worker-Owned Business Program

Catalyst Miami is committed to building a more democratic economy in Miami. The Worker-Owned Business Program helps residents learn about and establish worker cooperatives and worker-governed nonprofits. These are enterprises where employees collectively own and manage the business and share in the profits.

This cooperative business model places employees and community benefits at the forefront, giving workers greater control over their work and economic well-being. In addition, worker-owned businesses contribute to a more equitable economy by promoting community economic development and jobs that build wealth for all employees.

"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 (opens in a new tab)

This program provides everything from education about co-ops to support with launching a prospective business. It is specifically for those who are interested in learning about worker cooperatives or are already in the process of starting their own. And, for businesses that want to transition to worker ownership, this program offers the knowledge about cooperatives, management skills, financial tools, and tailored technical assistance necessary to see it through.

By expanding worker cooperatives and cooperative nonprofits in Miami, our program is catalyzing a more resilient and inclusive business sector that benefits everyone.

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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.

Worker-Owned Business Academy

Do you have experience in cleaning, landscaping, HVAC, weatherproofing, or solar panel installations? Are you ready to own a business with your peers?

Join a training and support program to launch a worker-owned business! Teams will receive structured support while drawing on each other’s unique skills and wisdom. By joining the program, teams will have access to local funding opportunities for co-op businesses.

During the program, worker cooperative teams will:

  • Receive one-on-one mentorship and technical assistance
  • Create and test business plans
  • Incorporate and structure their business
  • Build out business operations
  • Develop marketing and sales strategies
  • Gain access to financing
  • Join a growing network of worker cooperatives in Miami-Dade. 

Please complete the interest form on this page to stay tuned for program updates.

This cooperative program for professional cleaners is in partnership with Miami Workers Center and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida as we collaborate to increase worker power and prosperity. 

Have more questions? Please contact Charlene Francois at [email protected]