The Center for Community-Based Enterprise (C2BE) provides legal, financial, product development, marketing and self-management expertise to individuals looking to create living-wage jobs through worker ownership in any of its forms—particularly among historically underserved populations in Detroit. Meet some of our client-partners who are turning their commitment to economic justice into business success: watch video>>  


For startup businesses considering worker Ownership

Worker ownership, connection to a network of similar businesses, and C2BE’s support can turn your dream of creating a Detroit-benefitting business into a reality. We help you define the next step and help you take it. We connect you to business know-how and potential partners, including financial assistance, including low-cost or no-cost legal, business development and marketing assistance.

For business-owners considering converting their business to worker ownership

Through worker ownership, the business you’ve built can continue providing for your employees and your family, and could reduce your taxes. Our staff’s has combined experience, totaling over a century of specialized knowledge, can help you with succession planning and guide you to selling your business in a tax-advantaged way. And we can train your employees to ensure continued success.

For union leaders and union members looking for new ways to anchor good jobs locally

Worker ownership is an emerging union strategy that can increase membership, improve members’ wages and benefits, and anchor jobs within your jurisdictions. Unions are uniquely qualified to address the organizing, training, and leadership challenges to developing worker-leaders and we can help you explore ways union resources can be leveraged to develop the next generation of good jobs.