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A Letter from Our Executive Director, with Gratitude

C2BE’s Executive Director Karen Tyler-Ruiz (left) pictured with Deborah Groban Olson

Those of us at the Center for Community-Based Enterprise (C2BE) in Detroit understand well of the dangers of the “Silver Tsunami,” a term that refers to the imminent retirement of millions of baby boomer business owners who have no succession plans for their businesses.

These business owners typically close or sell the companies to which they have dedicated their lives, leaving their employees out of jobs or remaining in places where the atmosphere has so changed that the employees no longer recognize their once-familiar workplaces.

C2BE’s founder, Deborah Groban Olson, has stood as a bulwark against the devastation of the looming Silver Tsunami. Deborah is a Michigan-based attorney specializing in employee ownership of companies. Although she “officially” retired in 2019, Deborah has consistently infused C2BE with a can-do spirit and a mission-driven dedication to worker-ownership and community wealth building. Thank you, Deborah, for your commitment!

Now, she is retiring for real, and I am happy to report that the “Fund and Friend Raiser” we held a few weeks ago in her honor raised both funds and friends. We attracted high-level sponsors, received contributions from charitable donors and increased our visibility with other key stakeholders. If you, too, want to become a supporter of C2BE, please click this link.

Again, thank you, Deborah, from your many friends and admirers at C2BE. We wish you a long and satisfying retirement!


Karen Tyler-Ruiz

P.S. Many of you may have caught a glimpse of the video honoring our founder, Deborah Groban Olson. For the first time ever, the whole tribute is available for viewing on our C2BE YouTube page.

Please feel welcome to add a public comment in celebration of Deborah in the comment box that appears underneath the video!

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