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Further Together

Building companies for the generations to come

We are stewards of the capital that

formed us and the businesses we invest in

A Different Approach

The Great River Company (“GRC”) is a Minneapolis-based private investment company backed by business owning families for family and founder owned businesses seeking liquidity for ownership transitions, career and financial opportunities for management teams, and experience and capital for organic and acquisitive growth. GRC is unique because we are purposefully built to be a long-term catalyst for growth and the overall betterment of companies and their stakeholders. We do this by pairing a long-term, potentially indefinite, hold period with a flexible approach to investing, which includes the potential for significant continued ownership for existing shareholders, ownership opportunities for current and future management and employees, and a vast network that your team can draw upon to tackle business challenges.

What Sets Us Apart

GRC is an alternative to traditional private equity firms who think in terms of three to five year investment periods; we think in terms of successful Company outcomes over decades. We were founded on the belief that we can achieve more together than on our own, and that a successful outcome is one where all stakeholders benefit: shareholders, employees and their families, the community where the business resides, the customers the Company serves, and the vendors that provide services/products to the enterprise.

What We Do

GRC provides transitional solutions for business owners seeking succession planning and liquidity options, while preserving their legacy and maintaining the culture that makes their company great. Our transitional solutions are flexible and can come in the form of non-control and control equity, preferred equity or other structured investments.

What We Look For

GRC is focused on investing in healthy lower middle market companies with the following common characteristics:

  • Preference for family or entrepreneur owned businesses

  • Strong alignment with management

  • Potential for organic and/or acquisition growth
  • Revenue greater than $10 million

  • EBITDA greater than $2 million

  • Headquartered in North America

Characteristics that count


We are purposefully built for long-term holds and do not have a mandated investment timeline

Approachable & Understanding

We understand that businesses sometimes face challenges and are there to help our partners through them. Our professionals and backers are real people, families and business owners, not faceless institutions 


We bring over 40 years of experience advising, investing and managing businesses


We are focused on the ongoing legacy of your business


We are long-term thoughful planners, not just capital providers

Real Assistance

We are not operators, but have experience responding to business problems and opportunities with actionable plans through our Value Creation Six Pack

Contact Us

200 Southdale Center 
Edina, MN 55435 | 612.910.1053 | 651.283.4152 | 712.380.0182


PO Box 16718
5100 W 36th St
Minneapolis, MN 55416

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