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Worker-Owned Enterprises Program

Catalyst Miami is committed to building a more democratic economy in Miami. Launched in 2019, the Worker-Owned Enterprises Program helps residents learn about and develop worker cooperatives. At worker cooperatives, employees collectively own, manage, and share profits from the business. This is an alternative business model that puts employees and community benefits at the forefront. 

In addition to increasing workers' sense of agency, employee-owned businesses also contribute to a more equitable economy. They encourage jobs that build wealth for all employees and they promote community economic development. By expanding worker cooperatives in Miami, the program contributes to a more resilient and inclusive business sector that works for all. 

"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.

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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.

Join the Program!

NOTE: Applications for the next cohort will open in early 2023. Please subscribe for Community Economic Development here or complete the interest form on this page when the next cohort dates are announced.

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. 

The next round begins Spring 2023. Teams will receive small business grants throughout the program after reaching business development milestones.

To learn more, submit the interest form on this page or contact De’Sean Weber at [email protected]