Helping Small Businesses Climb Higher

Capital + Expertise

How good gets to great.

Small businesses in the Treasure Valley face a special array of challenges. For many, it’s maximizing growth. For others, it’s finding a way to sell the business, or buy out or replace a partner. With decades of business experience, Ridgeline LLC can provide you with the high-level operational expertise you need to get to the next level — and the capital you need to stay there. See our approach.

Areas of Expertise

Personnel Management


Inventory Management

Retail Sales

We never do the same deal twice

Every small business is unique. And each needs something different to excel—a new ownership structure, additional business expertise, capital to fuel growth, and more. If you’re at a crossroads, we can help you reach your goals— and do justice to the company you’ve worked so hard to build.

A BETTER ALTERNATIVE Banks can be a challenge. Brokers can only help sell the business for a fee. Selling out to your competitors may not be acceptable.

Ridgeline represents an entirely different kind of solution. We search for investment or acquisition opportunities with growth potential here in the Treasure Valley. We work collaboratively with you to create a tailored combination of capital and operational expertise so you can meet your goals, whether it’s growth, retirement, partnership transitions, or other aims.

As you consider your options, here are a few things that set Ridgeline apart:

FLEXIBILITY As a private investor and partner, we have complete flexibility to shape the solution in ways banks and brokers can’t.

SPEED We are small, family-owned and -managed organization. Unlike banks, we can move quickly to evaluate and create opportunities.

NO FEES OR COMMISSIONS We build successful businesses, not income from fees and commissions.

PRIVACY AND PEACE OF MIND We work with complete con dentiality. Your employees, customers, vendors, and competitors will only learn of any transition when you’re ready to share that information. On sensitive issues, our independence gives us the latitude to develop creative solutions that deliver the peace of mind you need.

Our Team

Jim Chalfant, Partner

Jim has broad experience in large and small businesses. Specific areas of focus include marketing, sales, logistics, finance and strategic planning. He has successfully built businesses from the ground up and lead existing businesses to high levels of performance in top line and bottom line growth. Core values, operational processes and commitment to executing a strategic plan have been the foundation for success. Jim earned a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound and a M.B.A. from the University of Denver.

John Chalfant, Partner

John has successfully operated a variety of businesses by focusing on processes and people development. Over the years, he has gained valuable experience in operations, inventory management, and retail sales. He is married with two children and holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Puget Sound.

Let's Talk

If you have a small business that needs help getting to the next level, we’d love to hear more about it.