A Teamshares employee owner

Employee ownership is the future of small business

We’re on a mission to put $10 billion of stock wealth in the hands of hard-working Americans and help generations of small business owners retire confidently.

Win-win business model

Teamshares is a national, for-profit company helping American small businesses become employee-owned. We bring the resources of big business to small business, starting with stock ownership.
The problem

70%

of small businesses fail to sell

Small businesses are the backbone of America, employing half of all workers and powering 44% of our economy.

However, when small business owners retire, 70% fail to find a buyer, often forcing them to shut their doors forever.

The owner loses their retirement money and legacy, the company’s employees lose their jobs, and the community loses a valuable business.

A group of cheering employee-owners
Our solution

80%

employee ownership within 20 years

Teamshares buys small businesses from retiring owners, grants 10% ownership of the business’s stock to employees after closing, and progressively increases employee ownership to 80% within 20 years.

We do this because we believe employee ownership is a win-win, with better financial outcomes for the employee owners and the business.

The result is a network of financially durable companies that never have to be sold again. Retiring owners, employee owners, companies, and local economies are all better off.

An employee-owner
Being an employee-owner means I have a stake in building the business and benefit from that growth, so I feel empowered and excited about what's next.

Stephanie L.
Employee owner since 2021

How it works

A retiring owner

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Retiring owners

Small business owners retire confidently by selling their business to a company with a great close rate and track record of doing right by people. Their business remains local and their legacy becomes employee ownership.

A Teamshares company president

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Incoming president

Teamshares recruits a talented, mission-driven president to lead the company forward. They begin with an intensive training program and continue to learn through on-the-ground experience and support from the Teamshares network.

An group of employee-owners

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Employee owners

Employee owners earn stock ownership through continued service in the business and now benefit from the upside of the company’s growth. Through aligned incentives, education, and open-book financials, employee owners have a direct impact on their future wealth.

A Teamshares company president
I felt a strong call to join this mission to transform small-business norms and champion employee ownership.

Susan T.
Network company president since 2022

Our growing network

Small businesses power our economy and anchor our local communities. They deserve to continue on. Our goal is to build a network of 10,000 financially durable, employee-owned small businesses across America.

62

employee-owned companies

22

states

44

industries

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A retired owner
It's good for sellers because your legacy lives on. And it's good for employees because they receive equity in the business and an opportunity to get financial rewards for contributing to the business's success.

Mitch H.
Retired owner since 2021

Our impact

We’re on a multi-decade journey to put $10 billion of stock wealth directly in the hands of American workers through equity ownership in their companies.

$25M+

new wealth created for employee owners

1,613

new employee owners

An employee-owner at work
A smiling employee-owner in front of inventory

Recent press

Associated PressSanta Fe New MexicanMass LiveSun JournalMainebizPittsburgh Post-Gazette
For Leaders

Interested in leading an employee-owned business?

Learn more about our Leadership Program.
Leaders
For Brokers

Why Teamshares is the right fit for retiring owners

Learn more about why we’re the buyer of choice for many business owners.
Brokers