Employee-owned firms display their resiliency

MANY OWNERS: Kristin Allain, director of human resources at Newport Restaurant Group, says the employee-ownership model has allowed the company to weather the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
MANY OWNERS: Kristin Allain, director of human resources at Newport Restaurant Group, says the employee-ownership model has allowed the company to weather the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Chloe Chassaing had seen the news reports in April 2021 about businesses struggling to find enough people to fill positions, particularly in the hospitality sector. That was about the time that White Electric Coffee, a coffee shop on Westminster Street in Providence, had reorganized as a worker-owned cooperative called CUPS Cooperative Inc., and Chassaing was…

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