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.
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.
We offer free confidential employee ownership consulting to answer questions you may have about becoming an employee-owned company. The confidential consultations will inform you about your employee ownership options and learn which model might be the right fit for you. The Employee Ownership Consultant can also connect you with vetted technical service providers for initial guidance.
We also manage a peer network of Colorado employee-owned companies to match business owners interested in employee ownership with companies that have been through it themselves. If you want to speak with a company that has converted, please sign up for our peer network services.
If you are already an employee-owned company, please join our network of registered Colorado Employee-Owned Companies.
We maintain a vetted list of accountants, attorneys, capital providers, and financial resources. We refer employee ownership clients to service providers in our established network to receive technical support throughout their conversion. We are always looking to add skilled professionals to the list to build out our network of providers across Colorado. If you would like to be added to our list, fill out the Colorado Employee Ownership Service Providers Registration form.
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 Trial Grant
This grant is now open for applications. Apply for funds to offset transition professional technical services costs for Colorado businesses converting to an employee ownership structure.
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
Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union