Welcome to Goodworks Evergreen

Goodworks Evergreen is a purpose driven company that is
acquiring, building, and reinvesting in private profitable Montana businesses, that would otherwise fail to transition to next generation leadership.

Statement of Solidarity

Like so many others, our hearts are broken by recent events. At Goodworks Ventures [high stakes foundation], we recognize there are fundamental equality and justice issues across the country, that need to be addressed. We stand in solidarity with the black community and allies who have engaged in protest to address systemic racism. There are a lot of voices out there advocating for change. We think Michelangelo was right when he said, “criticize by creating.” Protest, donate, write to your local politicians, VOTE, and engage in conversations with those around you, even when uncomfortable. Make your voice heard and speak out against injustice when you hear or see it. 

We support small businessesequal opportunity, and resilient communities that are inclusive of everyone.

Montana’s baby boomer generation has led our state in the creation of small businesses and many are now at a transitional point. The business owner is 65+ years old and still working. The business needs the next generation of ownership, as many lack willing family members to take over the operation. An increasing number of these businesses struggle to transition as the acquisition price is too large for local individuals and too small for institutional buyers. The impact on local jobs across our state can be substantial especially when a community loses its only local grocery or hardware store. In some cases, the owner chooses to close the business. In others, the owner becomes disabled or dies, and the family is left to manage the transition. Goodworks Ventures LLC is launching Goodworks Evergreen, which provides transition opportunities to retiring owners by acquiring their local Montana businesses, with the goal of keeping quality jobs within the community.

Initially, we will focus on businesses within the manufacturing, distribution, and services-related industries*. Our mission is to keep the business alive and well, while maintaining its community mindset during and after the transition. This approach is markedly different from the usual business exit strategy of finding a strategic buyer, either a competitor or a financial firm, planning to slash costs and quickly flip the company. Both of these options often involve lost jobs and stripped assets.

If this business is not transitioned, the business owner is forced to close up shop, which results in the loss of jobs and the creation of an adverse downstream impact on those individuals and organizations who provided support and services to the business, as well as the customers who had relied on the business.

We acquire stable, profitable companies and help them grow with up to date business practices, in turn increasing their positive impact on their local community. We aim to develop a publicly accessible financial product, allowing for broad-based Montana ownership of these companies.

To make Goodworks Evergreen a success, we need your help in at least two ways.

 

First, help us identify businesses that are in need of a transition.

  • Are you a business-owner that employs more than five people and are looking to transition to your next chapter?
  • Does your business earn at least $750k a year in revenue, or net more than $200k?

If so, we would like to begin a discussion with you! Tell us More

Second, help us identify effective business-people ready to make change.

  • Are you ready to operate a Montana business and live in the last best place?
  • Are you interested in operating a business with the support of the entire Goodworks team?
  • Are you ready for mentorship and leadership growth opportunities?

If so, we are excited to begin a conversation. Join the Team

* We do not invest in extraction, firearms, restaurant, bar or defense industries.

Let's work together

Help us create the next generation of Montana businesses!