The USFWC is proud to support #SBDCDay and the growing network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) who are providing important education and and technical assistance regarding worker cooperatives and Employee Stock Ownership Plans.
In 2018, the Main Street Employee Ownership Act directed the Small Business Development Centers across the country to provide training and education on employee ownership options. The USFWC continues to work with members to increase awareness of worker cooperatives within SBDCs.
“The work of champions such as Frank Cetera of the Onondaga Small Business Development Center in Syracuse, NY and Leyanis Diaz at the Temple SBDC in Philadelphia has helped to worker co-ops stay open, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. They provided crucial information and support in accessing resources in a time of great need for all businesses.” said Mo Manklang, Policy Director at the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. “In particular, Frank’s work in leading the charge of SBDC education and peer learning regarding worker ownership is critical to ensuring that our cooperative businesses have access to supports that are offered through SBDCs. The work of these on-the-ground consultants to help small businesses form, grow, and thrive is a hugely untapped resource for business owners across the country. As we fight for cooperatives to have access to the same SBA resources as all other small businesses, it is heartening to know and work with these experts to expand their knowledge of worker co-ops.”
As small business owners navigate an ever-changing landscape, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) continue to support and elevate their clients through innovative at-cost training programs and free advising strategies. Nearly 1,000 SBDCs can be found across the United States and its territories, serving clients virtually and from their centers in host institutions like universities and chambers – this network can be a vital avenue for growing the worker co-op movement.
According to the most recent Chrisman Survey, which collected data from SBDC clients in 2020-2021, America’s SBDCs provide measurable economic results. Nationwide SBDCs helped generate; 85,094 jobs, $10.1 billion in sales growth; $7.7 billion in capital investments; and started 14,487 new businesses, proving that SBDCs are leaders in job creation and economic development.
“Through adversity, we strengthen and grow, and nothing could be truer for the SBDC network and its thousands of clients this past year,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of
America’s SBDC. “This SBDC Day, we are celebrating the SBDC network’s reimagined approach to doing business and its direct positive impact on Main Streets all across America.”
- To learn more about SBDC Day and its SBDC Ambassadors, visit http://www.americassbdc.org/SBDCDay.
- To join the conversation online, follow the hashtag #SBDCDAY.
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