good for you,
good for
your community.

Cooperative enterprises are solutions for community development. That’s why Carolina Common Enterprise (CCE) focuses on co-ops that address unemployment, poverty and other issues struggling small, rural and urban communities face across the Southeast.

Get to know the experts who can help your co-op startup get off the ground.

there’s a
better way
to do

Employee-owned enterprises bring — and keep — quality jobs in rural, small and urban communities. When employees are literally invested in a company’s success, that business is stronger. Cooperative enterprises also tend to give back directly by investing locally.

Whether you want to start a co-op or convert an existing business into a cooperative enterprise, let us guide you through the process. We’ll work with you to find funding sources, build a structure for your enterprise, provide legal advice that’s right for you, and more.

Find out what we can do for you.

preserve your legacy,
sustain your community

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Electric Violin Shop

Blaise Kielar is the founder and former owner of Electric Violin Shop (EVS) in Durham, North Carolina, a small company which does business globally.

The shop is known for being a top source of high-quality amplification gear and expertise for bowed string instrument players since 1978.

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When Blaise was ready to retire, he sold his ownership interest in the business to three longtime employees. They restructured EVS into a worker-owned cooperative.

Learn how other businesses have worked with CCE to preserve their legacies by becoming co-ops.

“As employees it’s exciting not only to take ownership but also to be able to extend cooperative owner-membership to new employees as our company expands. Thomas Beckett, executive director at Carolina Common Enterprise, was instrumental in guiding the early co-op formation and connecting us with lenders.”

– Chris Guin, Electric Violin Shop

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Paying it forward is a big part of what we do! We provide meaningful paid  internships to grow the future of co-ops.

If you’re a college student interested in working in cooperative development, let us know.