Opportunities aren’t always easy to come by, sometimes you need to have patience and seek them out.
Which is what happened when Ethan Goodkind finally came upon Opportunities Credit Union. After meeting with several banks, he was finally directed to Greg Huysman at Opportunities. When the local banks weren’t interested, Opportunities was there when Ethan was ready with his business plan and dream of owning his own motorcycle shop. When other institutions weren’t willing to help out, “Opportunities kinda opened their doors up”, and said “let’s get you going,” Goodkind says of Opportunities Credit Union’s willingness to work with him and help him get the small business loan he needed to open Moonlight Cycles.
Now coming up on Moonlight Cycles’ 5th anniversary, it’s safe to say that trusting in Ethan’s dream and focus was not only a sound business decision, but the right thing to do for motorcycles and the community too. Moonlight Cycles is fast becoming a cornerstone business in the heart of Winooski, and the repair shop where true motorcycle enthusiasts bring their bikes.
Goodkind holds a degree in business from Champlain College and is a fully licensed and certified motorcycle mechanic from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute of Orlando, Florida. Ethan is also a certified Harley Davidson,“PHD”, master technician and does indeed specialize in Harley’s. However, he’s worked on most everything to date, and is willing to take a look at anything you bring by the shop – except mopeds and scooters. Those you’ll have to take somewhere else.
The company continues to grow as word spreads about the shop and Ethan. “We’ve never done any advertising, it’s just sort of spread by word of mouth,” Ethan says, sitting out in front of the bike shop. “You know, I meet someone new almost everyday when things really get going. I never knew how many people in Winooski own motorcycles,” he adds as another bike pulls into the parking lot while discussing his bike shop.
Helping at the shop and on the bikes is Ethan’s father, Steve. Who, along with Opportunities, was there in the beginning to help get the shop going, and, like Opportunities, he’s there five years later helping out. When asked if Ethan would every work with Opportunities again down the road, he quickly responds in the affirmative and admits he already has. Ethan and his wife got their home mortgage and truck loan through the credit union as well. As for the shop, expansion is in the future and working with Opportunities would be the plan. Ethan plans on becoming dealer certified, and building, rebuilding, and selling bikes in addition to the maintenance and winter storage the shop is already doing, albeit on a larger scale down the road.
When asked if he has any advice for folks just starting out or planning to strike out on their own, Ethan says, “Patience. If you like what you are doing, have faith that it’ll happen. It’s coming, it’s just around the corner, just get through this part, and it’ll come.”
So, the opportunity might not always present itself when you expect it to, but Opportunities Credit Union will always be there when you’re ready.