North Carolina Employee Ownership Center:
Leave a Legacy

The North Carolina Employee Ownership Center (NCEOC) serves as the central hub for employee-owned businesses in North Carolina. Its primary mission is to educate business owners and their advisors (lawyers, bankers, accountants, wealth advisors) on the benefits of employee ownership via Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), worker cooperatives, and Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs). Exiting via employee ownership can provide a selling shareholder with excellent tax benefits while preserving their legacy, local jobs, and community impacts. The NCEOC provides resources, case studies and articles, and a list of service providers who can assist with employee ownership transitions. NCEOC serves the entire state of North Carolina, with a particular focus on outreach to minority-owned businesses.

Click on this press release to read about our official launch!

Founding Funders and Partners

Employee Ownership Expansion Network
Democracy at Work Institute
Employee Ownership Expansion Network
The ESOP Association
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Anne-Claire Broughton
Founder and Interim Executive Director
Principal, Broughton-Consulting, LLC

Board of Directors

La-Tasha Best-Gaddy
Co-Chair & Treasurer
University Program Specialist/ Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Business Counselor, North Carolina Central University

Molly Hemstreet
Executive Co-Director, The Industrial Commons
Founder, Opportunity Threads (an employee-owned company)

Patrick McHugh
Economic Analyst, NC Budget & Tax Center

Steve Storkan
Board Member
Executive Director, Employee Ownership Expansion Network

Christa Wagner Vinson
Board Member
Principal, Wagner Vinson Consulting

Merald Holloway
Board Member
Founder and Program Director, NC 100

Lindsey Crisp
Board Member
President and CEO, Carver Machine Works (an employee-owned company)

Steve Virgil
Board Member
Executive Director of Experiential Education & Clinical Professor of Law, Wake Forest University

Roodline Volcy
Board Member
Contracts Program Manager, Democracy at Work Institute

Stay tuned – full NCEOC website coming soon!


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1048, Durham, NC 27702

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In order to create a multilingual space where language justice takes place we worked with Cenzontle Language Justice Cooperative to translate our website content into Spanish.