Virtual Roundtable Events : Your local ESOP Association chapter is now offering regularly scheduled virtual roundtables for HR professionals, CFOs, and CEOs. Join your peers in ESOP companies to talk about the pressing issues facing your business and share ideas and solutions.

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May. 28
On May 15, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a Loan Forgiveness Application that provides long awaited information regarding loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP generally provides that borrowers are eligible for forgiveness of their PPP loans based upon certain qualifying expenses that arise during the eight-week period commencing on the date the loan was funded (which is known as the Covered Period).
May. 13
New funding options may exist for businesses, thanks to a new bill from the House and several potential modifications to existing federal relief programs.
May. 08
Companies that received PPP funds now have an extra week to decide if they should give them back.
Apr. 27
There has been a clear shift in the political environment propelled by public discussions of certain large, public companies obtaining loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), including Shake Shack, Ruth’s Chris and others[1]. During this time, many small businesses have been quoted in the press expressing frustration with their inability to access the PPP program prior to the first round of guarantee authority being exhausted.
 
Apr. 24
New guidance assures that ESOP companies are eligible for key federal relief under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Apr. 24
New guidance and a resource page from the EEOC can help reduce risk as employers make plans to reopen their businesses.
Apr. 22
Congress and the Trump Administration have reached a deal on a new round of coronavirus aid entitled the Paycheck Protection Program Increase Act of 2020. The ESOP Association has remained aggressively engaged with key leaders in Congress and the White House to ensure ESOPs and employee owned businesses remain front of mind as legislation is drafted.
Apr. 08
In response to TEA request, two influential Senators take action to clear the way for ESOPs to receive PPP funds.
The HUB, COVID-19, network, webinar archive
Apr. 08
Come to The HUB, the new online networking platform where ESOP companies and employee owners connect, share resources, and watch TEA recorded webinars. Exclusively for ESOP Association members!
Apr. 02
Sharing these three informational resources with your employee owners can help them grapple with today’s challenges.
Apr. 01
The CARES Act offers credits to businesses that take steps to retain their employees. This Q&A can help ESOP Association members better understand these credits and how they are applied.
Mar. 30
ESOP companies can apply for greatly expanded federal financial assistance that may qualify for partial or full debt forgiveness. Read More
Mar. 26
See how the latest bill for COVID-19 relief, just passed by the Senate, can help ESOP companies grapple with the economic downturn.
Mar. 25
The ESOP Association today sent a letter to the Secretary of Labor asking for emergency plan flexibility, regulatory guidance, and investigatory relief for active or new routine EBSA investigations.
ESOP Association President & CEO Jim Bonham specifically requested that DOL:
Mar. 23
In votes held last night and today, the Senate was unable to move forward on a proposed multi-trillion dollar “Phase 3” piece of legislation that would provide a massive infusion of cash and loan relief for private sector businesses. The legislation is currently stalled over disagreements between Republicans and Democrats over the nature of corporate relief and its uses. 
Mar. 19
These slide decks show the nation's response to COVID-19 in a quick, easy to read format.
Mar. 18
As Congress considers various aid packages for businesses negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, The ESOP Association is working to ensure the needs of the ESOP community are part of the discussion.
Mar. 17
H.R. 6201 would expand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), creating a new form of mostly paid job-protected leave for affected employees. It also would create a new form of immediately available, short-term paid sick leave. These provisions would take effect within 15 days of enactment by the President.
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Mar. 16
In response to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus, the city of Washington, D.C., has banned gatherings in the nation’s capital of more than 250 participants. Accordingly, we are cancelling our National Conference, scheduled to take place May 20-22. While we are disappointed we will be unable to gather with the ESOP community in May, we fully appreciate and support government efforts to slow the spread of the virus and prevent our nation’s health care system from being overwhelmed.
Mar. 12
Today, following ongoing reports and announcements from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The ESOP Association announced it will postpone all events between March 14 and April 27.
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Feb. 21
Washington, DC, Feb. 20, 2020—The ESOP Association is pleased that employee ownership arose in the Democratic party Presidential debate last night and that multiple candidates were able to vocalize their support. We believe more Americans need to know about and participate in employee ownership—especially ESOPs, which are the largest and most common form of employee ownership—and would encourage greater discussion about this important form of business ownership in America.
Department of Labor, Adequate Consideration
Feb. 12
Daniel Goldstein, President and CEO of Folience, testified on behalf of The ESOP Association before the House Committee on Small Business. Feb. 12, 2020.
Resource, Press Releases
May. 23
Washington, DC, May 23, 2019 - Miklos Systems Inc. (MSI) of Fairfax, VA has won The ESOP Association’s highest corporate honor—the ESOP Company of the Year Award. The award honors a company that actively participates in the employee ownership community and that demonstrates a dedication to The ESOP Association’s vision of employee participation, wealth creation, and individual dignity and worth.
Resource, Press Releases
May. 23
Research released today by the Employee Ownership Foundation (EOF) and the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations at The ESOP Association's 42nd National Conference in Washington, DC shows that employee owned businesses enjoy uniquely broad support among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
Resource, Press Releases
May. 23
 
Washington, DC, May 23, 2019 - Janet Edmunson, founder of JME Insights in South Portland, ME, has been named the 2019 Life Service Award winner by The ESOP Association. The Life Service Award honors individuals who’ve made a significant, long-term contribution to employee ownership and the ESOP community. 
Resource, Press Releases
May. 23
 
Washington, DC, May 23, 2019 - Jeff Mounts, Marketing Coordinator at ESP International based in Cedar Rapids, has been named the 2019 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP Association. This award recognizes a non-management employee owner who provides a positive influence in the company, and who participates in the company’s employee ownership activities and in the activities of The ESOP Association.
Resource, Press Releases
May. 23
 
Congratulations to all our AACE winners and runners up - we had an incredible year for the AACE program with some of the best entries we have ever received. Thank you to our judges who took two days to fly to DC to judge the countless entries. We look forward to next year!
More than 250 Employees
Air Tractor (Olney, TX)
• Winner: Video
Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City, MO)
• Runner Up: Total Communications
• Runner Up: Series of Special Events
Resource, Press Releases
Feb. 07
 
Washington, DC, February 7, 2019 – The ESOP Association (TEA) announced today that James J. Bonham will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on March 1.  Founded in 1978, TEA is America’s largest national trade association focused on advancing employee ownership through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) model.
Bonham will also serve as President of the Employee Ownership Foundation, an affiliated non-profit with a mission to encourage, educate, and catalyse new research in support of employee ownership nationwide.
Press Releases, Resource
Jan. 21
 
Resource, Press Releases
Jan. 21
The results of this year's Economic Performance Survey (EPS) show that, once again, companies belonging to the ESOP Association have experienced positive corporate performance.
Just as importantly, the EPS once again shows that when companies perform well, employee owners share in the rewards. This year, new data reveal a new facet of how ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) companies distribute those rewards.
 
Employee Owners Share the Rewards
Resource, Press Releases
Oct. 01
President Donald Trump this week received a letter from 27 influential members of the House of Representatives, urging him to rein in overzealous and unfair enforcement of regulations that apply to ESOP companies.
The letter offers powerful support for ESOP companies, at a time when that support is sorely needed.
Resource, Press Releases
May. 11
The ESOP Association celebrates a new law that will help businesses better understand and pursue options for becoming employee owned. The law—the Main Street Employee Ownership Act—seeks to make better use of existing programs offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to companies considering an employee owned model, such as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
Resource, Press Releases
Apr. 15
Gardener’s Supply Company of Burlington, VT, has been named the 2018 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association. The announcement was made at The Association’s Annual Conference.
“Gardener’s Supply is a prime example of an ESOP company that actively engages its employee owners, the employee ownership community, and elected officials at the state and federal levels,” said ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling. “Its commitment to sharing with others the power of ESOPs is an example all ESOP companies can proudly seek to replicate.”
Resource, Press Releases
Jan. 21
For more than 28 years, Employee Ownership Month has been an opportunity for ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) companies across the nation to educate employee owners and the public about the undeniable benefits of employee ownership for employees, their companies, their communities, and the nation.
Resource, Press Releases
Washington, DC, July 11, 2019 - The ESOP Association (TEA) today announced that seasoned business and operations executive Kristie Mark will join The Association July 16 as its first Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Mark, who served as the Chief Administrative Officer in the Executive Office of the President during the Obama administration, is known for her ability to assist organizations as they navigate leadership, cultural, and financial transitions at a world-class level.