Mar 2, 2020

Retaining Rural Business through Employee Ownership Workshops

Presented by:  UW Center for Cooperatives

March 2-6, 2020

Join us for a series of workshops on Retaining Rural Business through Employee Ownership in Minnesota and Wisconsin to learn how employee ownership can be an effective strategy for keeping businesses, jobs, and wealth in rural communities. UW Center for Cooperatives with partners from University of Minnesota Extension and Cooperative Development Services will be traveling across the two states to deliver free workshops on converting rural businesses to worker-owned cooperatives.

Who should attend:

  • Economic and business development professionals
  • Owners and managers of businesses
  • Prospective employee-owners
  • Business support professionals

Locations and Dates:

Duluth, MN 3/2/2020 9 a.m.
Hayward, WI 3/2/2020 1 p.m.
Webster, WI 3/2/2020 4:30 p.m.
Mora, MN 3/3/2020 9 a.m.
Fridley, MN 3/3/2020 3 p.m.
Rushford, MN 3/4/2020 10 a.m.
Black River Falls, WI 3/5/2020 10 a.m.
Viroqua, WI 3/5/2020 3 p.m.
Oronoco, MN 3/6/2020 9:30 a.m.

Workshop presenters:
Courtney Berner, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Michael Darger, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality
Kevin Edberg, Cooperative Development Services (St. Paul, MN)
Esther West, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

These 90 minute workshops are no-cost and open to all. A special invitation is
extended to economic and community development officials, business support
professionals, business owners, business employees, and anyone else interested
in employee cooperatives.

*Registration is required. All workshops are subject to change or cancellation at
any time. Please see for the latest
information and to register for an event.


For Further Information:

Courtney Berner