About Us


What we do

The Southeast Center for Cooperative Development is a Tennessee-based non-profit (IRS designated non-profit status pending) organization working to create living-wage jobs through worker-ownership in all its forms. We provide technical assistance, education and collaboration to individuals and groups interested developing worker-owned cooperatives, as well as businesses converting to employee ownership. We provide these services with the ultimate goal of building a network of mutually supportive cooperatives in Tennessee and eventually throughout the Southeast. Our main commitment is to serving members of underserved and/or low-income communities and communities of color.

What we offer

  • Technical assistance and training

  • Support funding and financing of employee-owned cooperatives

  • Educate the public to promote community economic development starting in the Nashville area

  • Build a network of mutually supportive cooperatives

  • Give support for conversions to employee ownership as a succession plan

  • Expand public education and advocacy to increase economic opportunities through employee-ownership in the Southeast



Employee-owned cooperative enterprises can help create a Nashville for all by

  • creating good jobs

  • building community wealth

  • bringing democracy to the workplace

Are you interested?

If you are interested in starting an employee-owned business or thinking about selling your business to your employees contact us at SEC4CD@gmail.comor call Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger at 214-632-5695.