North Coast SBDCEureka and Crescent City California

Employee Ownership Extravaganza Sep 23-24, 2019

Thanks to recent federal legislation, a new national loan fund, and massive demographic shifts, the time is right to plant the seeds of employee-owned businesses in the North Coast. Learn more on September 23rd and 24th. Please register in advance for good seating & catering head-counts.

For business owners planning to exit in 1-10 years:
Selling Your Business to Your Employees: A Deeper Dive
When: Monday, September 23rd, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Eureka Chamber Conference Room, 612 G Street, Eureka

For lenders and other business to business professionals​:
Help Your Clients Understand Employee Ownership Conversion
When: Tuesday, September 24th, 8:30 to 9:30 am
Where: AEDC Conference Room, 707 K Street, Eureka

For electeds and other economic/community development professionals
Worker Owned Businesses are Growing. Learn Why
When: Tuesday, September 24th, 12 to 1:30 pm
Where: Eureka City Hall, Room 207, Eureka

Presented by Alison Lingane, co-founder of Project Equity:


Learn more about Project Equity's partnership with North Coast SBDC.

Alison Lingane has dedicated her career to creating pathways to opportunity for individuals and communities by using business as a force for good. She is the co-founder of Project Equity, a national leader in the movement to harness employee ownership to maintain thriving local business communities, create quality jobs, and address income and wealth inequality. Her passion for creating quality jobs and an economy that works for everyone was fueled in her early career by her role designing and leading micro-enterprise programs for urban youth. Prior to launching Project Equity, Alison spent 15 years in executive roles at mission-driven businesses that are designed to have human impact at scale, including Benetech (where she built and launched their first product, a digital book service for individuals with visual or reading disabilities), GreatSchools (the 6th largest parenting website, a nonprofit using information to drive school improvement), and InsideTrack (a venture-backed scaled services company that has delivered 1:1 coaching to over 1 million college students to increase college completion rates). 

Alison now brings those scaling lessons full circle back to her work at Project Equity, turning businesses into community change agents through employee ownership transitions. Alison has her B.A. from Harvard University and her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she co-founded what is now the Global Social Venture Competition, the largest international business plan competition for double or triple bottom line businesses. For her work at Project Equity, Alison was awarded a 2014 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship and a 2018-19 Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellowship.

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