Shared Ownership Center @ Nexus (SOC@N)

Changing the face of ownership by promoting worker cooperatives, real estate investment cooperatives, and other shared ownership models.

Worker-Ownership Transitions

85% of business owners have no succession plan.

Two thirds of small businesses listed for sale never sell, and only 15% are passed on to family members. Acquisitions by larger firms or out-of-state buyers often lead to layoffs and restructuring.

But a local buyer may be closer than you think.

More and more owners are selling to those who know their business best—their employees. An employee buy-out gives you a competitive sales price, while securing a future for your legacy and the people who helped you build it.

Join over 7,000 employee-owned firms nationwide.


Happy Earth

Industry: Residential Cleaning
Employees: 20

“It’s a great chance to see hard working people get the equity they deserve.”

Zach Dennis, Dispatcher


A Slice of New York

Industry: Restaurant
Employees: 3

“It has been incredibly rewarding to give our employees the opportunity to own their own business.”

Kirk Vartan, Co-owner


Select Machine

Industry: Machinery
Employees: 13

“These are our guys, our family, and we wanted them to keep on working.”

Bill Sagaser, Co-founder

What kind of companies are best suited to become employee-owned?


5+ Employees


Engaged Employees


Strong Market Future

Worker ownership creates new possibilities for you, your business, employees and community.


For sellers:

A competitive sales price
Tax benefits
Leave a legacy


For employees:

Shared risks and rewards
Increased investment in business
Greater net worth and job security


For business:

Less turnover
Improved longevity
Financial stability


For communities:

Builds wealth
Anchors jobs locally
Expands ownership opportunities

How long does the process take?

Between 12-18 months, depending on readiness, speed of decision-making, and complexity of the sale.

Local partners

City of Minneapolis, City of Saint Paul, MNCEO

Connect with the Shared Ownership Center @ Nexus (SOC@N).