What is an ESOP? Learn all about ESOPs

ESOP University

Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are a powerful tool for business owners, employees, and communities. ESOPs allow employees to own shares of stock in the company they work for, which can lead to many benefits.

Visit the ESOP University today to learn more about ESOPs and how they can help you build a better future for your business, your employees, and your community. 

Employee Ownership

Employee Ownership

An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan that gives workers ownership interest in the company. ESOPs are not the only form of Employee Ownership. Learn how an ESOP compares to an Employee Ownership Trust or a Cooperative.

Stocks & Equity

Stocks & Equity

Small business stocks and equity can be complex topics, but they are important for small business owners to understand. By understanding equity and stock, owners can make informed decisions about how to structure and share their ownership.

ESOP Trust

ESOP Trust

An ESOP trust is a legal entity that holds the shares of stock in a company on behalf of the company's employees. The trust is managed by a trustee, who is responsible for investing the trust's assets and distributing them to employees under the terms of the ESOP plan.

ESOP Tax Benefits

ESOP Tax Benefits

Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) offer many tax benefits to both employees and small business owners. Taxes are the most compelling advantage ESOPs have over other forms of employee ownership. Learn all about them because it's not what you make; it's what you keep!

ESOP Retirement Accounts

ESOP Retirement Accounts

ESOPs give employees ownership that grows untaxed in their ESOP Trust account until retirement. Learn how ESOP retirement accounts compare to other types of retirement accounts and empower employees to profit from their own work.

Valuation

Valuation

Valuation is the process of determining the fair market value of a company that is not publicly traded. It is critical to forming and maintaining an ESOP. Private company valuation is a complex process, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Learn more about what's involved.