🎼 In the lane, snow is glistening; The podcast's here, are you listening? We're taking an audio tour Of employee-ownership galore, Walking through an ESOP Wonderland! 🎶
As we prepare for the new year, we have the opportunity to step back and take stock of how far we've already come. Each week in the lead-up to year-end, we'll be sharing updates on stories we covered in 2019, and highlighting podcasts we think will help sharpen our EO vision for 2020!
❄️ In Episode 62, learn how Jason Wellman and ESOP Partners help ESOP companies by developing a comprehensive Ownership Culture through proactive educational resources for all participants. 2019 was the year that ESOP Partners itself became an employee-owned company!
❄️ In Mini-cast 50, we talked about the importance of state centers for employee ownership. Since that broadcast in September 2019, the EO community has welcomed two new state centers: the North Carolina EOC and the Georgia Center for Employee Ownership! (Interested? You can take a deeper dive into EO advocacy at the state level and the EOX in our interview Steve Storkan in Episode 91.)
❄️ In October of 2019, we speculated about the better outcomes that are possible when EO is added to the mix in Episode 86: "If WeWork was wEOwork." Since that episode aired, Conductor, the SEO division of WeWork, has announced it has gone "from WE to US" and has become employee owned! May all your holiday wishes also come true during this season of sharing!
❄️ In October 2019 on ESOP Mini-cast 56: "Growing EO in Pennsylvania and Texas " we spotlighted the opening of employee-owned D&H Distributing's new headquarters. Since that story aired, the employee owners have moved fully into the new campus! From CRN News: "[D&H co-owners] are thrilled[....] The facilities now enable them to do more with their solutions labs, multimedia studios and all the capabilities they now have. It’s about the room for growth.”
❄️ In Episode 88: Across the Aisle - A Bipartisan Approach to Employee Ownership, we talked with Pennsylvania State Representative Greg Rothman about the important work he was doing to support employee ownership in the state. Since that episode aired, the PA House passed, with bipartisan support, an important bill to support ESOPs. Rep. Rothman is also working to introduce new EO legislation in 2020 so that if a woman, veteran, or minority-owned business decides to become employee-owned, it won’t lose its preferred business status. Share your EO vision for 2020! We encourage you to write your representative and express your support for employee ownership. If you are in Pennsylvania, you can find your legislator's contact information here, and you can CC: PA State Representative Greg Rothman (R, 87th District) and PA State Representative Sara Innamorato (D, 21st District). ❄️ We're toasting all employee owners in 2020 with employee-owned Harpoon Brewery's Winter Warmer Ale! You can hear all about this seasonal release starting at the 20:10 mark of Episode 94: Craft Beer & Employee Ownership with Aaron Moberger of Harpoon Brewery. The KEISOP Group will also be back and releasing a season of fresh content starting on Tuesday of next week. Cheers!
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