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Why get certified

Why Should Your Company Get Certified?

01.Increase engagement

Help your employees think and act like owners

02.Reduce turnover

Show people the value of long-term wealth building today

03.Save time

Leverage tools proven at other EO companies - no need to reinvent the wheel

04.Recruit top talent

Attract job seekers who fit with your ownership culture

Benefits of Membership

  • 50+ templates tailored with your logo, photos, and language
  • Interactive wealth calculator helps your employee-owners visualize long-term wealth building

Handouts, infographics, games and wealth calculator

  • EO communication plan with monthly touchpoints
  • Train-the-trainer webinars to help you build an ownership culture
  • Hands-on support with your dedicated contact on our membership team

Communication plans, webinars and hands-on support

  • Best practices from our network of 395 employee-owned companies
  • Leverage our brand recognition with the Certified EO mark
  • Connect with members in your industry and state

Best practices, member connections and use of the Certified EO Mark

Transparency is a key value of Modern Times,

and we’re proud to support this effort to make employee-ownership both visible and trustworthy.

Jacob McKean Founder & CEO Modern Times Beer
Modern times
Franklin Building Supply has been a 100% employee-owned company

for more than one year. As a relatively young ownership culture, we joined Certified EO to help us accelerate the awareness of our unique and valuable ownership structure to our owners and future owners across the company.

Rick Lierz CEO Franklin Building Supply
As one of the largest ESOP companies in the nation,

WinCo Foods believes wholeheartedly in the benefits of employee ownership and we are 100% behind Certified EO and its mission. We hope our participation as a founding member of the organization will not only set an example for other ESOP companies, but also encourage others who are considering becoming employee-owned to follow the example of all the founding members and provide their employees an ownership stake in their company.

Hank F. SVP of Retail Operations, North Region
Winco foods
Certified EO has been a great resource and support system

to the Employee-Ownership Committee of Pioneer Technical Services, Inc. Their sample toolkit worksheets and webinars have been tremendously helpful in strengthening our Employee-Ownership culture from internal communications, recruiting, social media, and marketing. We are proud to display the Certified 100% Employee-Owned mark with the Pioneer Technical Services, Inc. logo.

Chad Raisland Billings Office Manager
Our employee and recruitment communications

wouldn’t be what they are without the content from Certified EO. They are constantly putting out new information and the look of it is fresh and appealing. We are grateful for all of the help they have given us in the past two years. Our transition to an ESOP and communicating about it would have been much more difficult without their support. It is great to work with a responsive partner like Certified EO.

Karen Boyle VP Human Resources
Graham company

Certification Process

Certification is rigorous yet efficient - it will take you less than two hours

1. Introduction

Get to know Certified EO and explore member benefits

2. Questionnaire

Tell us how your employee ownership works

3. Review

Discuss your questionnaire and clear up any questions

4. Kickoff

Access your member benefits and start our first project

Certification Standards

Just 1 in 200 U.S. businesses meet our standards

At least 30% of the company must be owned by employees (excluding founders)


Reasonable access to ownership must be open to every employee


Ownership among employees cannot be too concentrated

Certification standards

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