C2BE provides legal, business-planning, marketing, and employee-training expertise to help you create living-wage jobs through employee ownership.​

Where workers become owners. 

Whether you’re a seasoned business-owner exploring options for succession planning, a scrappy startup looking to create community wealth, or a forward-looking labor union seeking new ways to anchor local jobs, C2BE can help. 

How can we help you?  

EMERGING ENTREPRENEURS

Resilient. Motivated. Engaged. These three words describe self-determined Detroiters who are working for the businesses that they own or are building their businesses. A cooperative (co-op) is what “working together” and “having a voice” in how the business is run looks like – collaborative, team-based and enterprising. The more successful the business, the more profits get shared, which ultimately benefits the team and the community where it lives. Interested? Read more about the ways C2BE is here for you. 

ESTABLISHED ENTERPRISES

Are you a retiring “Baby Boomer” with a closely-held private company and a commitment to your employees? If the answer to this question is “yes,” C2BE can help you gracefully segue into retirement and avoid the risk of eliminating the quality jobs you dedicated your life to creating. Read more here about how C2BE helps retiring owners facilitate long-term sustainability for their valued workers and ensure the legacy of their company through worker-ownership! 

ECONOMIC ECOSYSTEM

The dynamic needs of worker-owners and neighborhood-based enterprises are much different than what traditional financial institutions have historically supported. When the goal is building sustainable community wealth, the requisite is a strong network of experienced partners dedicated to providing crucial financial and technical services to the grassroots Detroiters powering these new cooperative businesses. Learn more here about C2BE’s partners. 

WDET-FM PODCAST

The co-op economy in Detroit is one that is often overlooked in the story of Detroit’s recovery.  On Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson, the heads of three co-op’s came in to talk about the advantages of worker-owned businesses, and why they might be different that you may think.  

CREATING A WORKER-OWNER ECONOMY IN DETROIT

C2BE is helping businesses with succession planning to help avoid the Silver Tsunami that could impact Detroit’s economy over the next 10 years.  By promoting employee ownership C2BE is anchoring local jobs, growing the pool of local owned enterprises, and keeping companies rooted here for the long term.  

C2BE’s Experience and Large Toolbox

Our team includes:

  • Lawyers with over 100 years of experience in a broad range of co-ops, forms of worker owernship and related transactions.
  • Experienced marketing, communications, business development, lending & MBA consultants.
  • Access to experienced accounting and valuation resources.

We partner with many local economic development agencies and belong to a national network of worker owenrship organizations and co-op developers.