I'm not sure what you mean my citizenship. Yes, the owners must be self reliant and personally accountable to their workers and their customers. This, imho, is the only way for the employees to keep their level of power to strike or even to negotiate fair (keeping ahead of inflation) wages.
To my way of thinking, doing all this means they must be funded by some local, creative method. While the first one might be hard to do, after that proves the point, the community could easily just fund it by donations because they'll know how much return they get for the increased local prosperity.