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Worker-Owned Enterprises Program

The Worker-Owned Enterprises Program equips participants with the tools to create employee-owned businesses called worker cooperatives. These businesses are owned and democratically run by the people who work there. This program contributes to a more resilient and inclusive economy that works for all by creating business ownership opportunities that put worker and community benefit at the center. Catalyst Miami is collaborating with nonprofit, for-profit, and government partners to build a local cooperative ecosystem that ensures cooperatives succeed. 

"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

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Watch as participants of the Summer 2021 academy pitch their worker co-op ideas:

Why Worker-Owned Businesses?

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

About the Academy

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. 

To apply, please enter your basic details here, then you will be redirected to a Google form to complete the full application.

NEXT COHORT

WHEN:
March 17 -  June 2, 2022
Thursdays
6:00-9:00 p.m. 

WHERE:
On Zoom

PAY:
Earn $15/hour for each session you attend

CONTACT:
De'Sean Weber, [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.

To apply, please submit your information here, then you will be redirected to a Google form to complete the full application.

CONTACT:
De'Sean Weber, [email protected]