The first two parts of this series have explored the concept of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and the potential advantages of establishing one for your contracting business. This month, we will discuss some of the possible pitfalls.
Last month, we introduced the concept of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). This month, we’ll look at the potential advantages to your company of establishing an ESOP, including positive effects on employee morale, company finances and bonding relationships.
Is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) right for your electrical contracting company? What is an ESOP and how do you establish one? In this three part series, we’ll define what an ESOP is, the principal reasons for starting such a plan and the possible pitfalls of employee ownership.
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Some years back, fiber optic connector manufacturers started offering connectors that terminated fiber quickly without using adhesives or requiring polishing. The manufacturer glued a short stub fiber into the connector ferrule and polished it perfectly in the factory.
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