For over 20 years, The ESOP Association and its member companies have been celebrating Employee Ownership Month every October. It is a celebration of the incredible spirit of employee ownership and an opportunity to educate employee owners about the tremendous benefits of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).

It is also an opportunity to educate the public, elected officials, and the media as to why employee ownership through ESOPs is good public policy.

Companies celebrate with picnics to honor their employee owners, hold roundtable discussions with local public officials and organizations to spread the word about employee ownership, and some hold awards ceremonies to honor outstanding employees.

To view additional comments by Mr. Keeling on Employee Ownership Month,
click on the image below. 

To view a letter by ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling, about Employee Ownership Month, click here (pdf).

The 2013 Press & Event Planning Kit is now available! (The 2014 Kit will be available in late summer 2014.)

To order additional copies of the winning "As American as Me" Employee Ownership Month Poster for 2013, order online or download form.

If you would like additional information about Employee Ownership Month and what your company can do to mark this important month, please send an email to

Employee Ownership Month Proclamations
We thought we'd share links to the following Employee Ownership Month Proclamations which were shared with the Association.

Montana - Montana Governor Steve Bullock sent a letter to ESOP Association member, Sletten Construction Company, declaring October is Employee Ownership Month in Montana. Read the letter.

Nevada - Sletten Construction, which also has an office in Nevada, worked with Governor Brian Sandoval's office to declare October Employee Ownership Month in Nevada as well. See the proclamation. 

Wisconsin - Park Manor, Ltd. located in Park Falls, WI, worked with Governor Scott Walker's office to declare October Employee Ownership Month in Wisconsin in 2013. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch also stopped by the Midwest Conference to announce the proclamation. Wisconsin proclamation. Members of the Wisconsin Chapter also sent out this press release on the Governor's Proclamation. 

As additional proclamations are shared with the Association, we'll add links to this list. 

Employee Ownership Month Poster Entries
Photos of additional poster entries are available on the Association’s website. Compilations go back to 2007 for members to view. To view the poster entry photos, login to the website (the members login button is at the top of the page), go to About the Association. On the left side menu under Leadership, click Advisory Committees, then Ownership Culture. The links are listed on the Ownership Culture Committee pages.

2014 Employee Ownership Month Poster Contest Winner


ESOP Association Member, Entertainment Partners, Burbank, CA.