Zingerman's Community of Businesses is a staple of Ann Arbor, and it's achieved great success through highly unorthodox practices.
The flagship deli, founded in 1982, is now just one of nine businesses in the Zingerman's Community of Businesses, which also includes a bakery, creamery, candy company, and restaurant.
These businesses are founded on a unique philosophy without traditional business hierarchy. Zingerman's emphasize collective decision-making. [Now] ...the company is on track to make $50 million this fiscal year.
A worker co-op is an old business model that has seen renewed interest post-recession due to a lack of investors creating jobs in communities.
Zingerman's has been focused on getting its employees to think like owners long before hard economic times.