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Friday, May 25, 2012

I and E Corner: Conference Coming June 6-7

June 6-7 Special Conference in Madison A special invitation from Lynn Pitman, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives and April 2011 Guest Speaker at I&E Club The I&E Club members might be interested in the upcoming Madison Cooperative Jobs Conference on June 6-7. The conference is sponsored by the City of Madison, UW Center for Cooperatives, and the Madison cooperative business community. The June 6th pre-conference session will focus on small business succession planning and the use of cooperative conversions as a way to maintain thriving businesses under employee ownership upon the retirement of the owners. The workshop is 9:00-4:00, followed by a reception from 4:00-6:00. This session will be led by Roy Messing, Business Succession Planning Program Coordinator, Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Kent State University. Topics will include: creating a successful decision-making process; the various succession options; and the tax, legal and financial environment of selling to employees. Roy is has significant experience working with small business owners to develop transition plans to employee ownership, and he'll bring a variety of case studies and best practices to the discussion. Topics on June 7 will include the role of cooperatives in our community, an introduction to cooperative finance and successful cooperative start-ups, and how cities and cooperatives can work together to support job creation and local ownership. The conference will run from 8:30 until 4:30. All conference sessions will be at the Pyle Center of the UW-Madison campus. Registration is $25 for one day, or $40 for both. Complete program and registration information is available at: http://www.cityofmadison.com/business/coopconference/schedule.cfm Madison Cooperative Business Conference: Growing Jobs through Co-Op... cityofmadison.com

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