OWN Rochester

OWN Rochester supports the development and growth of Worker Owned businesses in the city of Rochester .


The mission of OWN Rochester is to create jobs and wealth-building opportunities in low income neighborhoods by overseeing the development of for-profit, employee-owned businesses linked to sustainable growth. The organization works to prevent the economic deterioration of low income  and minority communities in Rochester by developing, supporting and promoting employee owned enterprises and educating the public on the principles of employee ownership of business enterprises.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast (Specialty)
  • Economic Development (Specialty)

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) (Specialty)
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business (Specialty)
  • Valuation (Specialty)
  • Cooperatives (Co-ops) (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning (Specialty)
  • Diversification (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Demographic and Census Data (Specialty)
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment (Specialty)
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training (Specialty)
  • Loans (Specialty)
  • Debt Funding (Specialty)
  • Equity Funding (Specialty)
  • Government Funding (Specialty)
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping (Specialty)
  • Microloans (Specialty)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Workforce Training (Specialty)
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Employee Development (Specialty)
  • Retention (Specialty)
  • Policies and Templates (Specialty)

Import and Export Assistance

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship and Co-op Programs
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Placement
  • Business Degree Program (Specialty)

Legal Services

  • Employee Relations (Specialty)
  • Labor Relations (Specialty)
  • Succession Planning (Specialty)

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Demographic/Census Data (Specialty)

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Manufacturing Development (Specialty)
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma) (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis (Specialty)
  • Demographics/Census Data (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Strategic Planning (Specialty)

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business (Specialty)
  • City Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Small Business Policy (Specialty)
  • Women’s Business Issues (Specialty)

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements (Specialty)

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Certification (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Government Contracts (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)


  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
Contact Information
Kate Washington
PO Box 14809
Rochester, NY 14614