Colorado Employee Ownership Office

Colorado Employee Ownership Office

The Colorado Employee Ownership Office establishes a network of technical support and service providers for businesses considering employee ownership models. In April 2019, Governor Jared Polis established the Colorado Employee Ownership Commission. The commission consists of experts who are invested in helping Colorado become a leader for employee ownership.

Governor Jared Polis proclaimed October 2020 as Employee Ownership Month. We are celebrating this month by sharing stories from our Colorado employee-owned businesses.

Employee-owned businesses promote a higher quality of living for the employee-owners themselves including higher wages, less turnover, access to better benefits, and job security. They also increase economic stability for their communities.

The office brings together partners including employee-owned businesses, attorneys, lawmakers, financial and accounting professionals, rural leaders, and other employee ownership organizations.

If you are considering adding employee ownership to your business, please talk to our Employee Ownership Consultant.

Discuss Your Options with a Consultant

Register as a Colorado Employee Owned Company

Submit an Employee Ownership Event

Programs and Funding

Employee Ownership Consulting
Have a free confidential consultation to learn about your employee ownership options.

Colorado Employee Owned Company Certification
Register your business as a Colorado Employee Owned Company if you are already a business offering employee ownership to 20% or more of your employees.

Employee Ownership Loan
Apply for funds to offset transition costs for Colorado businesses converting to an employee ownership structure.

Employee Ownership Grant
This grant will be available later this year. Apply for funds to offset transition professional technical services costs for Colorado businesses converting to an employee ownership structure.

Community Partners

Center for Community Wealth Building
Colorado Bankers Association

Colorado Enterprise Fund
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Colorado Lawyers Committee
Colorado Lending Source
Independent Bankers of Colorado
Manufacturers Edge
Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

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Glenn Plagens Glenn Plagens Director of Business Support & Rural Prosperity glenn.plagens@state.co.us
John Kovacs John Kovacs Business Navigator & Employee Ownership Program Analyst John.Kovacs@state.co.us
Nikki Maloney Employee Ownership Grant & Operations Manager nikki.maloney@state.co.us