deborah groban olson

Attorney at Law Specializing in employee ownership and cooperatives

deborah groban olson

Attorney at Law
Specializing in employee ownership and cooperatives

313-331-7821

313-331-7821

Incubated Co-ops

Evergreen Cooperatives

Evergreen Cooperatives- Cleveland, OH

There are recent efforts in distressed inner cities in Cleveland, Milwaukee and Atlanta in which anchor institutions have collaborated with foundations to create worker-owned cooperatives, employing neighborhood people to serve the needs of anchor institutions such as hospitals and universities. The most developed of these is the Evergreen Cooperative group in Cleveland.

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WAGES (Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security)

  • Worker co-op developer in the San Francisco bay area that helps low-income Latina women create worker co-op green cleaning businesses
  • Has created 5 co-ops with a total of about 90 worker-owners since 1995

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Southwest Detroit Construction Cooperative (SWDCC): Full Case Study

Southwest Detroit Construction Cooperative (SWDCC), Painting and Plastering and Janitorial Cooperatives – to be sustainable most (but especially inner-city) worker co-ops need a supporting joint business resource or community support organization. That is why the Mondragon, Emilia Romagna, Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, WAGES and the Arizmendi Co-ops in Berkley have all created mutual support organizations for back office and business development functions. SWDCC’s story explains why that is.

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