“when they sell a company, it’s not only the financial benefit: they also want to feel good about what happens to the company afterwards”

Curious about worker ownership, including Employee Stock Ownership Plans, or ESOPs, and worker cooperatives? Check out this piece by for Vermont Digger:

NCEO says its research shows employee-owners are likely to have higher median incomes from wages, no matter what their wage level. The group said employee-owners tend to have better access to benefits like flexible work schedules, parental leave and tuition reimbursement, and tend to stay at their jobs longer than non-employee-owners.

Proponents of the worker ownership model say it’s also more likely to result in jobs with dignity and more opportunities for wealth and building skills.

Source: Interest in Employee Ownership Growing

A New Report on the State of Craft Beer Shows Vermont Leading the Way

C + R Research has just released a new report on the craft beer industry. It contains a number of insights:

  • Vermont has the most number of breweries per capita
  • And Vermont also produces the most pints per capita
  • To no surprise to anyone that follows this industry, the number of craft breweries continues to show a steady upward trend
  • And the states seeing the most growth are New Jersey and Kentucky

But I think the most striking figure in this report is the economic impact:

Per capita for 21+ adults, Colorado comes in at No. 1 with an economic impact of $764 per person and Vermont at No. 2 with an economic impact of $681 per person. These numbers represent the overall output of the craft beer industry in each state based on the 21+ population.

via Vermont heads up the field in craft beer | Vermont Business Magazine