The Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center is a Denver-based non-profit whose mission is to promote the employee-ownership model as an important business option in our nation’s system of free enterprise, and as a path to greater commercial vitality, employment opportunity and economic security for all Americans.

Employee-owned businesses find home in Northern Colorado

By Josie Sexton, The Coloradoan, January 26, 2015

Every year in late summer, New Belgium Brewing Co. hosts an annual retreat for its 540 employees, 476 of whom own the business.

At the retreat, Co-founder and CEO Kim Jordan stands before the incoming group of employee-owners. She presents a hand-twisted "mojo" to them, a sort of fob made from different elements, each representing a part of the bigger picture (copper for "water," a single bead for "individual").

The ceremony is a sacred one for New Belgium; the inductees walk through a procession, and they respond to Jordan's speech individually at the podium.

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Video and Photos from the 2014 Community Wealth Building Conference

See our video and photo gallery from the amazingly successful 2014 Community Wealth Building Conference at Anschutz Campus!


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  Video by Chadwick Elliott, Photography by Bill Kirton

Democracy In The Workplace

By Dave Anderson, Boulder Weekly, October 9, 2014

Can democracy just consist of voting at the ballot box when we spend much of our time living under a dictatorship at the workplace? Increasingly, Americans are saying no. Under the radar, many are creating collective, cooperative kinds of economic institutions that aren’t your usual capitalist top-down enterprise. About 13 million Americans are in companies with some form of worker ownership. At least 40 percent of American society — 130 million people — are involved in co-ops and credit unions.

These developments were the subject of the second annual “Community Wealth Building” conference on Sept. 27 at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado in Aurora. Host committee members included The Denver Foundation, Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Co-Operate Colorado and the Anschutz Community Campus Partnership.

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Innovations in Community Wealth Policy

On May 29, 2014, The Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center, in collaboration with The Denver Foundation, The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and The Mile High Business Alliance, hosted an event presented by Steve Dubb of the Democracy Collaborative on "Innovations in Community Wealth Policy". The 45 attendees represented a wide-range of community leaders including local politicians, college officials, anchor institution executives, city economic development officials from Aurora and Denver, as well as non-profit organizations that are committed to the work of building an economy that works for the rest of us. 


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