OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – August 2, 2017 – Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc. (“Prairie”), a leading corporate advisory and investment banking firm, has become a founding member of Certified Employee-Owned (Certified EO), a new certification program for employee-owned companies.

“Prairie is honored to partner with Certified EO,” said David Diehl, CEO of Prairie. “We share similar goals and seek to educate the market on the benefits of employee ownership. As an employee-owned company ourselves, we are excited to work with Certified EO to help make employee ownership a differentiator for both consumers and employees.” Prairie implemented an employee stock ownership plan on January 1, 2012.

As a leading ESOP advisory firm, Prairie performs over 250 ESOP valuations, 80 advisory engagements and speaks at approximately 50 forums around the country on an annual basis.

Employee owned companies are perhaps the best kept secret of our economy; they strengthen communities, foster a financially savvy workforce, are far less likely to lay off people during recessions, and can provide exceptionally large benefits during economic boom times. Having broad-based employee ownership is socially responsible and good for the bottom line in both a tangible (there are significant tax and financial incentives) and intangible sense (once employees start acting like owners, the overall health of the company tends to visibly improve).

About Certified EO

Certified Employee-Owned (Certified EO) is a marketing and certification program for employee-owned companies. Employee ownership is valued by employees, consumers, and business leaders alike. Certified EO helps employee-owned companies capture the potential of EO to increase sales and recruit top talent while spreading awareness of this vital concept. Certified EO helps consumers, businesses, and employees know when they’re dealing with EO companies. To learn more about Certified EO, please visit

About Prairie Capital Advisors

Prairie offers investment banking, ESOP advisory and valuation services to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, the company is a leading advisor to closely-held companies nationwide. For more information, visit


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