Client Stories

Sarah Kearton, Sarah Maree Hair
Moree NSW | June 2018

FY18Q4 Sarah Kearton1What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
My business is a boutique hairdressing salon and I’ve been operating for 3 weeks. It’s by appointment only, no walk-ins off the street so you’re never double booked or made to wait. It’s a bit more of a high-end feel. There are no apprentices and you’re not being passed around between different hairdressers. Your appointment time is just your time.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
Up until about a month ago I was a full-time employee at a busy hair salon but I’ve been in the process of starting the business for the last 3 months. The loan that I was able to get from Many Rivers has taken a lot of the stress off and made it a much easier process. … Continue reading →

Adi’s Coffee & Kitchen
Sydney NSW | June 2018

FY18Q4 Adis Coffee2What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
The business has been operating since April. It’s a vendor café, very small coffee cart at the front of a shop selling coffee from 7am to 2.30pm. We also do hot breakfast in the morning until 11.30 and lunch from 11.30 to 2.30. It used to be from 7am to 9.30am but we’ve extended the time because people were asking us to. People love it.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I was a stay at home mum but I’ve always wanted to do my own business. I did a barista course and have been well prepared when it comes to food, always doing research in running a business and doing a restaurant or café. … Continue reading →

Wendy Morgan, Cakes by Wendy in Rockhampton
Gladstone QLD | June 2018

FY18Q4 CakesbyWendy2What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
It’s called Cakes by Wendy and I make speciality and wedding cakes. They’re only to order and not to sell in a shop front or anything like that. I’ll organise with the client a particular cake they want and it can be in all shapes and sizes.

Officially, it only started in May because there were a few hiccups getting it off the ground, like the food business licence taking longer than they thought it would and silly little things like that. So, it kicked off in early May but I was trading prior to that as soon as I started doing the NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) program. If I got a cake order, I’d do it.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I worked 15 years in the tax office (ATO) as an investigative tax auditor but then they decided to close all regional sites in Australia. My husband had died barely 12 months before that and we were to be offered transfers but it was only to capital cities. We had no say when, where or how. The offer came through and they said we could be in Canberra in 7 days or that’s it. We’d be working in a call centre. That was harsh. … Continue reading →

Cindy Wright, Wright Supreme Cleaning Chinchilla
Roma QLD | June 2018

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I’ve just started a cleaning business and it’s been going since December. I offer bond cleaning, office cleaning, shampooing carpets and yard cleaning as well.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
All I’ve done for the last several years is cleaning in motels and stuff like that. I moved here about four to five years ago and was offered a job in Kings Park Accommodation which has 70 rooms. We built it from scratch and I ran it for a while doing the operations to start with. I guess I was the 2IC. The owners lived away. I had to order stuff, take deliveries, know how many sheets and blankets to buy and how many staff to hire. Last year I decided I had had enough so got out to do something else on my own and see what I could do. That’s when I started this business. … Continue reading →

Nunamawuy ‘Charlie’ Liyagalawamir, Uncle Charlie’s Takeaway
East Arnhem NT | June 2017

FY18Q4 Charlie2What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I do sausage sizzles, buy drinks and sausages from the shop and sell it. I’ve been running the business since 2002 but it wasn’t really good. I’m still trying my best and at the moment trying to get the money for my business.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I was a bit down and thinking of stopping the business. I was on unemployment benefits and getting money from Centrelink. … Continue reading →

Richard Mitchell, RM Electrical Services
Katherine NT | June 2018

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
It’s called RM Electrical Services. I’m an electrical contractor and have been operating for about six months.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I’ve been an electrician for about 18 years. I used to work at the gas plant in Darwin and for a while I did my own thing as well but that stopped about seven years ago.

Who referred you to Many Rivers? When?
It was the Northern Territory Government – the Trade, Business and Infrastructure Department. I think it was about Christmas time. … Continue reading →

David and Deanne Elliott, The Gazebo Florist
Newcastle NSW | June 2018

FY18Q4 GazeboFlorist1What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
The business is called The Gazebo Florist and we’ve been operating since 4th August 2017. We sell and deliver flowers, do weddings, sympathies and birthdays and other occasions like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and ANZAC wreaths. We also sell giftware.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
Deanne’s been a florist for about five years and she’s worked with a few other florists in different settings. One regional, one city, one fast paced… to get an idea of how different shops operate. She’s always wanted to own a shop. … Continue reading →