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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...

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

Employee Ownership Updates

Loren Rodgers Loren Rodgers presents the March 15 Employee Ownership Update. Also see our new article Red Flags in ESOP Transactions.
newsletter The March-April 2017 Employee Ownership Report (member username and password required) is online. Not a member? Read excerpts or a sample issue.

2016 ESOP Executive Compensation Survey Results

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We collect some of the only ESOP company-specific executive compensation data; 419 ESOP companies participated in our 2016 survey. Compare base pay, cash incentive pay, stock-based incentive pay, and deferred compensation for 7 executive levels in our comprehensive report with nearly 100 pages of extensive demographic breakouts.

Recent 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.
coverThe Inside ESOP Fiduciary Handbook, 3nd ed. is greatly revised from the second edition and is an essential resource for any inside fiduciary. Learn more.

New Editions of Leading Equity Compensation Books

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We just released new editions of several best-selling equity compensation publications. Click a cover for details.

Spring 2017 CEPI Exam Prep Course Now Available

The Certified Equity Professional Institute (CEPI) exam is the industry standard for equity compensation certification. We not only provide most of the texts for the program but also offer our CEPI Exam Prep Course. Find out more and try our live demo.
CEPI Exam Prep Course

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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Advice and Speaking


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.