Fargo, ND - Justin Lindteigen’s interest in construction goes back as far as he can remember – from watching his grandfather in his woodworking shop, to summer jobs roofing and framing homes. Unsure of how he should tie it in to his undergraduate studies, Justin took a break from school and joined the North Dakota Army National Guard.
Over the next several years Justin worked in a local lumberyard that specialized in remodeling, home building, and commercial construction. He moved his way up from sales to project manager and learned how to take a project all the way from start to finish. It was a great fit, and Justin couldn’t keep the idea of owning his own construction business out of his mind.
In 2008 he deployed with the North Dakota Army National Guard to Iraq. There he served as a lead truck commander for more than 150 successful missions as well as managed over two million dollars in sensitive equipment and personnel.
Justin returned to North Dakota with an increased focus on the future and starting his own business. Over the next few years, he completed his bachelor’s degree in business management and made significant strides in his business. He registered Greenstone Construction in SAM (Systems for Award Management), a requirement for doing business with the federal government. He researched the cost and providers of surety bonds. Many public and private contracts require surety bonds, which provide a guarantee that the work will be completed. Justin also investigated lines of credit and obtained insurance. Everything was in place when he came across a proposal from a small city government. He put in a last-minute bid and won the contract. As time went on, Justin continued to be a responsive, responsible bidder and won more contracts.
As a Native American business owner, Justin was interested in the SBA 8(a) business development program to help grow his business. Businesses that participate in the program receive training and technical assistance designed to strengthen their ability to compete effectively in government contracting. Justin turned to the North Dakota PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) and the North Dakota District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for help with the certification process. Their assistance, combined with Justin’s attention to detail and organization, facilitated his entrance into the SBA’s 8(a) business development program. Just one week after receiving his certification, Greenstone was awarded a contract.
Justin doesn’t plan on slowing down. He hopes to add skilled labor over the next few years. Though there are still challenges finding employees in North Dakota’s labor market, he’s optimistic that his hard work will pay off.