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Podcast 53 – Types of Employee Ownership and Why They’re Good for Business

In today's #PoisedforExit episode we interviewed Sue Crockett, who is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Employee Ownership (

If you thought ESOP was the only form of employee ownership, think again. Sue talked about two other forms, that depending on the company size and goals of the owners and employees, can be great alternatives. The focus is on helping the owners achieve a lasting legacy while retaining and rewarding the company's employees.

MNCEO is education focused. Unlike other membership based organizations, MNCEO seeks to educate owners and employees on what the options are to help them determine whether they are a candidate, how to get started and who needs to be involved. Employee Ownership is one of many exit strategy options!

MNCEO did a Data Study, which was released in 2021 that showed MN having 53,000 business owners who need to transition, yet 60% have no plan and 40% don't know what their options are. This is not good news, and it's a prevalent situation across the country.  

Leaving a Legacy stands at the top of the list for many entrepreneurs, yet how should they go about doing that? ESOP, ESOP Trust and Worker Owned Coop are the three ways that Sue Crockett highlighted in our show today. 

For information on these options, listen to the podcast here. 

To obtain a copy of the Data Study that Sue talked about, go to

Find Sue here
and find Julie here.

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Julie Keyes
Julie Keyes

Founder & Owner at KeyeStrategies, LLC

Julie is a Certified Exit Planning Adviser and Value Growth Advisor with 30+ years of experience. She works with business owners who seek to understand and maximize their exit and critical transition options.

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