Our Mision

C2BE’s mission is to build a sustainable, more equitable and inclusive living-wage local economy, by developing a cooperating network of worker-owned businesses and increasing the number of worker-owners. 

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.

For Retiring Business Owners

Our team of legal and business experts can help with succession planning and manage the sale of businesses to employees, while ensuring that employee-owners have the skills needed for continued success.

For startup businesses

C2BE provides business, legal and financial expertise, particularly among historically underserved communities in Detroit. Thanks to our funders we are often able to provide these services without fee or at a greatly reduced fee.

For Forward-Looking Unions

Worker ownership is an emerging union strategy that can increase membership, improve members’ wages and benefits, and anchor jobs within your jurisdictions. C2BE can help explore ways union resources can be leveraged to develop the next generation of good jobs.

Make a Local Impact

Join us to ensure that we have the resources to grow the pool of worker-owned enterprises and cooperatively-minded entrepreneurs. Donate today!