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Stronger Economies EO Summit

Monday, April 24 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm • Organized By Missouri Center for Employee Ownership (MOCEO)
301 West 13th Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, Missouri 64105


Explore leading strategies that leverage employee ownership to root Missiouri's valued, long-standing community businesses in place.

Employee ownership is a proven approach to retain and grow small businesses, save the jobs they support, and give working families opportunities to build wealth. Together with city officials, economic development professionals, chamber leadership, SBDC Advisors, and business services and capital providers from the Kansas City region and across Missouri, we will explore leading strategies that leverage employee ownership to root valued, long-standing community businesses in place, preserving local tax bases, and mitigating widening wealth gaps.

The Stronger Economies EO Summit is presented by Missouri Center for Employee Ownership, together with the Democracy at Work Institute, AltCap, and equity2. This dual-track, single-day summit will prioritize in-depth learning for implementation, equipping attendees with actionable tools for local economic benefit. The Cities Track, for local governments and economic developers, will equip city and community leaders with tactics to leverage employee ownership in rebuilding resilient, equitable local economies. The Business Ecosystem Track will provide a crash course on how to support worker cooperative transactions to help retain and grow small businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

This summit is made possible by the financial support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Great Game of Business, and the Employee Ownership Expansion Network in collaboration with the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Attendees will gain:

Analysis and lessons from national experts implementing local employee ownership strategies

Intimate knowledge of how leading employee ownership initiatives work

Framework for leveraging existing partnerships and resources to support legacy business retention

A simple toolkit for supporting employee ownership as a legacy business retention strategy

Foundational technical expertise on how to structure employee ownership transactions

New relationships with investors, service providers, and government employees doing similar work


The Cities Track

What can local officials, chambers of commerce leaders, and economic development professionals do to keep businesses and jobs in their community when owners retire? This track will answer that question through data, case studies, and conversations with municipal leaders. Cities, EDOs, and chambers of commerce will leave the session with a simple roadmap for integrating business and job retention using employee ownership strategies.

The Business Ecosystem Track

Business service providers are often short on options when working with a retiring owner of a business that can’t find a buyer and is too small for ESOP transitions. This track is for attorneys, accounts, SBDC advisors, capital investors, and other service providers to discuss the fundamentals of supporting worker cooperative transitions, opening the door to an entire market of business transactions for our state and region.

This summit is a pre-conference event of the National Center for Employee Ownership’s Annual Conference which brings together the national employee ownership community to share knowledge and build connections. We encourage anyone interested in taking a deeper dive into employee ownership to register for the conference.


Breakfast will be served at 9:00 am with welcome remarks beginning at 9:45 am. The event ends at 4:30 pm with a cocktail reception to follow until 6:00 pm. A more detailed agenda will be sent in the coming weeks.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

Attendees should plan to arrive either the morning of the event or the night of Sunday, April 23rd and prepare to leave no earlier than 6pm on Monday, April 24th.

Our partner, the National Center for Employee Ownership, has secured blocks of hotel rooms within walking distance of our event location. Use this link to book your room if required.

DAWI will cover travel to and from the Stronger Economies EO Summit and up to one night of lodging. Reimbursement details will be provided closer to the event.

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Kansas City Convention Center
301 West 13th Street
Suite 100
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
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