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JE Dunn Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Commitment to Employee Ownership

A recent visit to JE Dunn Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, alongside Steve Storkan, Executive Director of EOX (Employee Ownership Expansion Network), revealed a bustling lobby. Employee owners gathered to…

Missouri governor Mike Parson signs bill reauthorizing employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) tax deduction

Jefferson City, MO. – Governor Mike Parson signed legislation that will help ensure Missouri businesses remain in Missouri. At a ceremonial signing event at the state capitol on Sept. 6,…

The Missouri Center for Employee Ownership Partners with MOSourceLink to Improve Employee Ownership Ecosystem in Missouri

The Missouri Center for Employee Ownership Partners with MOSourceLink to Improve Employee Ownership Ecosystem in Missouri Kansas City, MO – January 24, 2023 The Missouri Center for Employee Ownership (MOCEO),…

How to participate in a #MOCEOchat

The Missouri Center for Employee Ownership is excited to host ongoing Twitter chats to foster innovative and cross-system conversations related to business, economic development, and entrepreneurship and their impact on our communities in the region. Anyone can participate.

These 5 Missouri counties might benefit the most from employee ownership

The Silver Tsunami of business owners seeking to retire soon creates an urgency for local communities to have conversations about employee ownership. . In communities where the number of soon-to-retire business owners is especially high, it can be an “existential crisis”.

MOCEO celebrates first full year as incorporated nonprofit

Missouri Center for Employee Ownership incorporated in late 2020 and the end of 2021 marks its first full calendar year of operations. The year included several landmark events that will…

Is employee ownership the perfect gift?

Gift giving this time of year can be a challenge, especially when buying for someone you care about. While everyone approaches the process a bit differently, they are all trying…

Why does employee ownership need a nonprofit?

Employee ownership has the potential to completely change the economic landscape of Missouri and Kansas in the next decade. Even so, a mission-driven nonprofit advocating for employee ownership doesn’t immediately resonate with many people.

The Missouri Center for Employee Ownership (MOCEO) is a non-profit organization that serves as a free central hub of education and resources on employee ownership. Our mission is to turn the state of Missouri into a place where every working person can also be an employee-owner. We're here to help and guide to see if employee ownership is right for you.

The Silver Tsunami & COVID 19 Closure Crisis Has Made Employee Ownership Neccessary

Local businesses are the lifeblood of our economy

Employee ownership has tremendous benefits for workers, for businesses, and for communities

They make up 99% of the businesses and make up half of the jobs in the state.

Baby boomers (55+) own half of the privately held businesses in Missouri and many don't have a succession plan.

Many businesses will be sold and leave the state, or close their doors permanently, resulting in job losses, a reduced tax base, and community impacts.


Keep Retiring Rural Businesses Going with Employee Ownership

August 7, 2023 • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us on Monday, Aug 7 at 1 p.m. for a free webinar, Keep Retiring Businesses Going with Employee Ownership with us and our partners at New Growth CDC. Learn…

Stronger Economies Cocktail Reception

April 24, 2023 • 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

To cap off our pre-conference Stronger Economies EO Summit on Monday, April 24, we’re hosting a cocktail reception at the Kansas City Convention Center. This will be an opportunity for…

Stronger Economies EO Summit

April 24, 2023 • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This single day event in Kansas City is for cities, chambers of commerce, and Missouri-based business service providers (advisors, attorneys, accountants, brokers) to learn about how to keep businesses and…



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