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

Business Planning

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

Buying or Selling a Business

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

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Economic Forecast

Financial Resources and Assistance

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

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

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

Import and Export Assistance

  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets

Internship Programs and Student Services

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

Legal Services

  • Employee Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Succession Planning

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

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

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Research
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Competitive Analysis

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Strategic Planning

Public Policy and Government Relations

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

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies


  • Business Management Training
Primary Contact
Kate Washington
PO Box 14809
Rochester, NY 14614