Client Stories

Irene Fitzpatrick, HealingIntuit
Melbourne VIC | September 2018

Irene1What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I was on the NEIS Program last year so in total, I’ve been operating about a year and 9 months. I do holistic massage and Reiki which is a little different from mainstream remedial massage and that’s probably made it a little more difficult to get up and running. I’ve been working out of a strength studio in Flemington. I started there in January last year but haven’t gotten very busy. I’m subcontracting at a wellness clinic in Essendon as well and that’s a good environment, but I haven’t built the clientele yet. They’re a very busy clinic so Gina suggested presenting a promo to get past clients back in. The owner is on board with it so it’s just about getting the message out. Ideally it would be nice to be under my own steam, have my own clients. I have maybe 4 or 5 regular people who come to see me but to be self-sufficient, I need a few more. … Continue reading →

Wayne Avery, Hurryex
Newcastle NSW | September 2018

HurryexWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
About 8 months, 9 January 2018. I specialise in urgent and emergency freight delivery up to 2.5 tonne.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
Basically, just between work and house. In 2010 I got divorced and have been recovering from that. Getting back on my feet. In 2016 I became homeless and worked to save money for a car and my friend loaned some me some funds. In 2017 my friend encouraged me to get a van to get my business idea up and running. My friend secured a loan for me for a van and then for the next 11 months I did everything to get the business up and running. In Jan 2018 ran into a guy who had heard of my ideas and introduced me to the NEIS program and then I met Dylan. Getting over my marriage and not seeing kids has been a tough 8 years. I have been in transport since age 21 driving everything and anything I could. … Continue reading →

Jason Whitby, Gundy Handyman
Roma QLD | September 2018

RomaWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I have a handyman business that’s been going over 2 years. It’s almost 3 years on and off now. About halfway through that, I started a franchise for transportable trade sheds. They approached me to be a reseller.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I’m a mechanic, diesel fitter by trade and then went out and started in oil and gas, realised I could make more money there. I did that for 12 years and worked my way up to be a rig manager and get qualified. I was made redundant so started the handyman business on my 2 weeks off and was still doing it on the side when my old employer offered me the same position again. When I was made redundant a second time, I started the business full time. It’s been over 2 years and I haven’t had to look for any work ever since. … Continue reading →

George Brown, Gebro Contracting Pty Ltd
Pilbara WA | September 2018

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
The business is Gebro contracting which started in September 2016. We mainly contract for Main Roads WA. I left Main Roads to start this business and become a contractor for them. We’ve since picked up additional work from local shires, Rio Tinto, FMG and Karratha Shire.

At the moment Main Roads is still our main client and we’re so busy with them that I haven’t really had the chance to go out elsewhere but we’ve picked up a few new contracts which will come through in November. We’re pretty stable where we’re at.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I was a supervisor at Main Roads. I started there as a trainee and was there for nine years. … Continue reading →

Dave Campbell & Glenys Dalliston, Davo’s Fresh Seafood
East Arnhem NT | September 2018

Davo's SeafoodWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
Catch and sell fish. 2016. Just starting to make money now with ice machine and deep freeze. This will help us do processing in the future.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
Getting fishing licenses and learning how to get business started. Jarrod helped us understand how to start the business and get licences. … Continue reading →