The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) is a self-sustaining nonprofit membership organization that provides practical resources and objective, reliable information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), equity compensation plans, and ownership culture. We are the main publisher and research source in the field, hold dozens of Webinars and in-person meetings annually, and provide services to our thousands of members and others. Read more...

Newly Updated Database of All ESOPs in the US

US ESOP Company Database
Our nationwide database of ESOP companies, newly updated with the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor, is now available for purchase. The new database includes 6,932 plans and provides sponsor street addresses, industry information, plan participant counts, asset totals, and more. Regional databases containing plans within each of the nine U.S. Census divisions are also available. Find out more.

New Publications on ESOPs

book cover Selling Your Business to an ESOP, 10th ed. includes updates, new chapters, and an analysis of our ESOP transaction survey data. Learn more.
book cover The ESOP Company Board Handbook, 2nd ed. updates and expands our bestselling guide for board members. Learn more.

Innovations in Employee Ownership Award Deadline Extended

Innovations Award
We extended the application deadline for the 2017 Innovations in Employee Ownership Award to Tuesday, February 21! Apply now. The Award recognizes innovative company and culture practices resulting from an engaged workforce of employee-owners and ideas that tie stock to improved company culture or performance. By sharing these ideas with the community, this award strives to encourage employee-owned companies to continue to innovate. Winners receive one free registration and will be announced at our annual conference.

Employee Ownership Updates

Loren Rodgers Loren Rodgers presents the February 15 Employee Ownership Update. Also see our new ESOPs by the Numbers.
newsletter The January-February 2017 Employee Ownership Report (member username and password required) is online. Not a member? Read excerpts or a sample issue.

Register Now for Our Annual Conference (Denver, April 4–6)

Register now for our 2017 conference in Denver, CO. Our 2016 conference in Minneapolis sold out, with over 1,660 attendees.
Annual Conference

Attend the Fall ESOP Forum (Tampa, October 3-4, 2017)

Fall ESOP Forum
The Fall ESOP Forum (Tampa, FL, Oct 3-4, 2017) is the combination of our acclaimed S Corporation ESOPs Seminar, the ESOP Symposium, and the Get The Most Out of Your ESOP meetings. This new format provides an outstanding seminar experience for both attendees and service providers by reducing travel costs and increasing both topic choices and networking possibilities at this new, more intimate alternative to the Annual Conference. Find out more about attending or sponsoring.

2017 speaking and sponsorship opportunities are still available for some events. Learn more or apply now.

NCEO Resources and Membership Benefits

Online Articles and News


Our free library of online articles covers the basic elements of employee ownership, and our columnists keep you up to date on the news.
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We are the main publisher in this field, with dozens of books, issue briefs, and other materials that provide detailed yet understandable guidance.
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Our Webinars provide Web-based learning wherever you have Internet and phone connections. Live Webinars are free for members.
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In-Person Meetings


Our in-person meetings bring you face-to-face with our expert presenters and offer ample opportunity to ask questions and interact with others.
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We provide online training in ESOP fundamentals, CEPI exam test preparation, an ESOP board member package, and more.
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Talk to Us


Need advice? In addition to answering questions from members, we can provide introductory consulting on an hourly basis, as well as speaking services.
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Surveys, Research, and Lists

Surveys and Research

We can conduct employee surveys at your company, perform customized research, or provide lists of employee ownership companies.
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Members receive our newsletter, live Webinars, access to the members area and document library, individual consultations, and discounts on all we offer.
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Find a Service Provider or ESOP Lender

Service Provider Directory

Our Service Provider Directory is a searchable, mappable database of hundreds of NCEO members who provide professional assistance related to employee ownership, ranging from legal counsel to administration to employee communications. For years a member benefit, it is now in the public area of our site. Be sure to read our guide to choosing service providers before you start your search.

ESOP Lender Directory Our Service Provider Directory is complemented by the ESOP Lender Directory in the members-only area of our website (username and password required). This specialized resource is restricted to direct providers of capital; includes both Service Provider Directory members, other members, and nonmembers; and includes a transaction range for each lender.