Worker Ownership Initiative

The Nexus Worker Ownership Initiative (WOI) is a bold effort to change the face of business by promoting worker ownership. The Initiative builds community wealth, grows the region’s economy and encourages workplace democracy. It advances worker ownership by seizing opportunities presented by the wave of retiring business owners in the Twin Cities.

80% of owners in the US have NO succession plan.

Our Strategy

Public Sector Engagement

Public Sector Engagement

Shifting policies and practices at the local, county and state levels.


Private Sector Cultivation

Building relationships with owners, chambers of commerce and business connectors.


Investment Capital

Ensuring access to capital and financial supports through CDFI’s, social investors, credit unions and banks.


Business Conversion Services

Providing professional services for owners through each stage of the conversion process. To explore more about business conversions, visit our partner Project Equity.


Workforce Development

Embedding work-ownership in workforce and job creation efforts. 


Field Building

Contributing knowledge, evaluation tools and raising awareness in the field.


Awareness and Engagement

Working with community leaders, organizers and labor groups to activate their networks.