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What is a sustainable business?

Guiding sustainable business through evolutionary change
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Company Mission

The Evergreen Group is the only business brokerage in the country dedicated to helping green business owners sell their businesses to like-minded buyers. We facilitate smooth and successful transfers of ownership of socially and environmentally sustainable businesses.

Since our founding in 2001, we have performed many business valuations and business appraisals, and completed quite a variety of mergers and acquisitions. Please see our Client Stories page for examples of our work. We have represented clients in a wide range of industries including: Organic Food Products, Natural and Organic Body Care Products, Natural and Organic Clothing, Renewable Energy, Recycled Furniture, Handmade Wooden Toys, Locally Owned Retail Stores, and Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services. We have worked with manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and service businesses.

The Evergreen Group is an affiliate of the nationwide Business Brokers Network® and a member of the California Association of Business Brokers. We are also a Co-Op America Green Business Network member.

Executive Bio

Chris Bartle - Founder and President

Chris Bartle has a clear vision: to live in a world where sustainable businesses impact the social and environmental landscape more and more positively every day, promoting the protection and restoration of vital resources rather than contributing to their demise. Influenced by the work of sustainable business leaders Paul Hawken and William McDonough, Mr. Bartle is acting as a catalyst for change, helping connect similarly visionary business owners and buyers.

Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Bartle had 15 years of broad business experience. He held progressively responsible managerial and executive-level positions with Internet and management consulting firms. His prior industry experience included the aerospace, semiconductor, telecom and software industries where he managed cross-functional teams in engineering, manufacturing, product development and marketing.

He holds an MBA in General Management from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University. His combined passion for social responsibility, environmentalism and business strategy makes him a unique and valuable advisor for his clients.

Mr. Bartle is a licensed real estate broker in the State of California and has the following certifications and training:

• Certified Business Transfer Specialist – Business Brokers Network
• Certified Financial Recasting Consultant – RWS Business Valuation Services
• APICS Certification in Basics of Supply Chain Management and JIT
• Business Process Reengineering – Ernst & Young
• Program & Project Management in Consulting – Ernst & Young

business brokerage • mergers & acquisitions • business valuations • consulting
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