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Three-Part Series of Webinars for ESOP Companies Begins Next Week-Register Now

Our next series of webinars begins next week with a presentation on Department of Labor regulations related to ESOPs, presented by Dale R. Vlasek, Attorney.

Register now to take advantage of this convenient and economical way to learn from some of the most experience, knowledgeable, and dynamic professionals in the ESOP Community.

Upcoming Presentations:

  • March 6, 10 AM – DOL Enforcement and ESOPs; Current Issues – Presented by Dale R. Vlasek,  Attorney, McDonald Hopkins LLC. View archived video
  • March 8, 10 AM – Explaining Ownership Culture – Presented by Christopher Mackin, President, Ownership Associates, Inc. View archived video
  • March 12, 10 AM – An Appraisers Perspective on Acquisitions – Presented by Davin Gustafson,  Principal, Apple Growth Partners. View archived video

Learn more about the webinar series.

To answer any questions you may have, or for further information concerning these events please contact Jay Simecek or Chris Cooper at the Ohio Employee Ownership Center,  330-672-3028.


Archived videos of Network Webinars from March and April now available!

In March and April of 2012, the OEOC offered five one-hour webinars covering a variety of topics and presented by experienced professionals. These webinars present a convenient way to learn about important ESOP topics from your computer.

The following archived webinars are now available;

  • Basic ESOP Administration Primer
  • Repurchase Obligations: Moving From Study To Strategy
  • Avoiding the Seven Deadly SIns in setting up an ESOP
  • ESOP Benefit Distributions… a Critical Administratie Issue
  • Valuation – a Black Box Demystification… Understanding the ESOP Valuation Report

For more information and to view any of these recordings, click here.

Aspen Institute Website Hosts Library on Employee Ownership

The Aspen Institute is now host to the largest online academic repository of teaching and background materials on employee ownership. The resource, the Curriculum Library on Employee Ownership (CLEO) includes an impressive array of books, articles, case studies, and teaching materials on everything employee ownership. CLEO was a collaborative effort of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education, the Foundation for Enterprise Development and the Employee Ownership Foundation.

It is definitely worth a look!

New Set of Free Webinars for Current and Hopeful Business Owners

I just posted on our website a listing of our new series of webinars for business owners. And the best part is that through the support of the Ohio Department of Development and the US Department of Agriculture, they are still free to attend. The webinars cover a range of topics, including business succession planning, cooperative formation, and just plain good business planning.

The session dates and times are as follows:

  • May 26th, 2011, 10 am – Joint Leadership Teams: Why It’s a Smart Way of Doing Business – Presented by Sandra Kennedy, Jim Cowles, & Sandra Simon of the Ohio Labor-Management Cooperation Program
  • May 26th, 2011, 2 pm – Successful Business Cooperative Models in Practice –  presented by Scott Bagley of the Center for Cooperative Forest Enterprises 
  • June 2nd,  2011 ,  10 am – Transitioning a Private Business to a Worker Co-op –  Presented by Roy Messing of the Cooperative Development Center at Kent State University
  • June 7th, 2011, 10 AM – Charitable Planning and Business Succession: How Giving It Away Helps You Keep More – Presented by Laura J. Malone, Director of Gift Planning at AEF (American Endowment Foundation)
  • June 9th, 2011, 10 AM – Steps for Organizing a Worker Cooperative – Presented by Roy Messing of the Cooperative Development Center at Kent State University 
  • June 16th, 2011, 10 AM – Best Practices When Your Business is in Conflict or Turmoil – Presented by Jack Veale, President of PTCFO, Inc.

Selling Your Business To A Worker Owned Cooperative – Part Two

Building on my previous post, we just so happen to be offering a free hour-long webinar this Friday on “Selling A Business To An Employee-Owned Cooperative: Doing the Deal.” The speaker is Mark Stewart, a lawyer and cooperative expert, and primary author of Ohio’s current cooperative law. The best part is, the webinar is free. Can’t beat that…