December 2017

Dale and Michelle Thompson, CNC Creations Bendigo
Bendigo VIC | December 2017

FY18Q2 Bendigo2What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
It started out as a hobby with 3D printers, models and working with CNC milling and machining. My partner Michelle had finished up with work and the hobby sort of grew as people became interested and started buying our products. We moved away from 3D printing and focused on CNC Milling and suddenly it became viable as a business. We do personalised wooden pieces for weddings, births and celebrations. Most of our exposure is from weddings.

We’ve been operating since the start of the year and the income has allowed us to expand. We now have a CNC Laser, doubling our machinery. We’re trying to understand the different markets now and trying to appeal to different customer bases so experimenting with home decor, children’s decor and Christmas decorations.… Continue reading →

Darielle Brunton, Mama D’s Healthy Meals
Adelaide SA | December 2017

180131 Adelaide - Darielle Brunton Mama D's Healthy Meals 3What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I’ve been operating about 6 months and it’s called Mama D’s Healthy Meals. It’s vegetarian and vegan meals. I cook them here on the farm and use home grown or locally produced vegies or products and then I deliver them once a week to people that order – they do it all on Facebook.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was struggling on New Start and they came in through the disability stream. They were sending me off to lots of job interviews and things at horrible cafes selling meat pies and chips and all that and I just couldn’t bear it. How this all started, my best friend got cancer so during her treatment she couldn’t cook or anything but she needed to eat well so I did all her cooking for about a year. One of her friends said maybe you could cook for me too and then I just sort of thought I might do a Facebook page and see if there are other people that I don’t know, who might be interested. It just sort of took off in a big way from there which has been awesome. … Continue reading →

Charlie & Evonne Yebarrarr Dhamarrandji, Galiwinku Sports Store
East Arnhem NT | December 2017

180131 East Arnhem - Charlie and Evonne Dhamarrandji Galiwinku Sports StoreWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
We sell jerseys. Boys, girls, mens and womens. We have about 4 teams here. Business is going alright but we haven’t done much selling so we still have the stuff in the boxes. We’re waiting for the season and also trying to find the space where we can sell.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was working at the hospital, cleaning at the health centre.

Who referred you to Many Rivers? When?
My friend told me if you’re someone who wants a business, see this guy. That’s when I met Jarrod. … Continue reading →

Jacque Seliscar, Hometown Café Lithgow
Dubbo NSW | December 2017

180131 Dubbo - Jacque Seliscar – Hometown Café LithgowWhat is your business? How is your business going?
My business is a café called Hometown Café and the reason we came up with this name is because of the vision I had of wanting a café where people felt at home. The business is doing well and we are so happy with our customers’ feedback. They actually love it, and the community love it. Things we wanted to happen, it’s happened. We’ve had customers fall asleep in the café which makes me happy as it shows that they felt welcome and at home. Customers have become friends and when they see that we’re really busy, they come into the kitchen to help! It’s just absolutely beautiful.

What is your previous work history and experience? Why did you want to go into business?
When my Australian wife and I moved to Australia, I worked in hospitality and I didn’t like the way people managed things. They push you to go and clear and clean the table as soon as people finish eating. I wanted to create an environment where there was no pressure for customers to leave fast. We wanted to create a community. For example, having a baby is a full-time job and we wanted to create a small playground so that mothers could catch up with friends and spend time together. … Continue reading →

Glenn Deegan, Gardening Services Broome
Broome WA | December 2017

FY18Q2 BroomeWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
My business is called Gardening Services Broome and I had it registered in May. I’ve been through Morrgul who helped me start the business but then they got me onto Dan for the microfinance and it’s just been going from there.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was doing nothing. I was very lost for about 6 or 7 years. I was an alcoholic and a drug addict, on the dole and just bothering everyone. In about February, I ended up giving my heart to the Lord and ended up getting baptised. I go to church now and go every Sunday. Things have just been going really well for me. I’ve ended up having my own business and my own apartment. Life is all good. … Continue reading →

Rosemarie Vesper, Traditional Aboriginal Cleansing Soap
Grafton NSW | December 2017

180131 Grafton - Rosemarie Vesper SoapsWhat is your business?
My business is an Aboriginal bush soap business using bush ingredients that are native to Yamba. I make square soaps, dinosaur shaped soaps and also little soaps for kids so that they have something to buy when they come into the shops. It makes the kids happy. My soaps range from 50 cents to $10.

I’m also an artist painting and creating jewellery which I sell during NAIDOC week. I’m a teacher as well, teaching arts and crafts and bush medicine to kids. Once a year, I take Year 6 kids to teach them about bush medicine and have been doing so for the last five to six years. … Continue reading →

Anne Martin and Daniel Clancy, Paxton General Store
Hunter NSW | December 2017

180131 Hunter - Paxton General StoreWhat is your business? How is business going?
It’s a general store with groceries, ice-creams, cold drinks and a few hardware items. We also offer a post office service just for parcels. When posties can’t get a signature, the parcels come to us and customers pick it up from the store. This place has been going since the 1970s with different owners and we’ve been here since August 2016. We’ve got a good relationship with our customers. … Continue reading →

Patricia Coleman, Indigenous Artist
Gladstone QLD | December 2017

180131 Trish ColemanWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
It’s contemporary Indigenous artwork and I’ve been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. I’m pretty much self taught and I’ve also been doing some research into my Byellee language which is the local Aboriginal language here in Gladstone. I was told that stories would help sell the paintings but they’re quite personal so I didn’t really want to share them at first. So then I started doing research into our language. We only had about a 70 word list. There was no grammar or structure but we had a lot of words for animals so I started painting animals and putting the Byellee word with it.

I’ve also expanded into kindergartens now doing art stuff with them and also a 6 week Indigenous engagement program doing totems, what they mean to tribes and also to get the language into the schools. … Continue reading

Tabbatha Gallen, Stoned Saints Moon in Islington
Newcastle NSW | December 2017

180131 Newcastle - Tabbatha GallenWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
It’s a vintage clothing store and it’s been operating since September 2015. The business is going great, we just expanded in July last year taking over the store next door and we’ve added men’s clothing so it’s definitely growing.

What is your previous work history and experience?
I am a trained photographer and I do freelance on Fridays for a place in town.

Who referred you to Many Rivers?
I did the NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) business course and they gave me Dylan’s details. … Continue reading →

Michelle Dorries & Craig Mailman, Mitchell Roadhouse
Toowoomba QLD | December 2017

180131 Toowoomba - Mitchell RoadhouseWhat is your business? How is your business going?
It’s a roadhouse café which has been operating for three months. It’s going very well.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was a cook at the local restaurant. My partner was a self-employed roo shooter.

Who referred you to Many Rivers?
My partner was doing roo shooting and working for the dole and one of his supervisors told him about Colin and Many Rivers. … Continue reading →

Paige Lindsay, Paige’s Pop-In Nanny Share
Melbourne VIC | December 2017

180131 Melbourne - Paiges Pop-In Nanny ServiceWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I started Pop-In nanny share in May 2017. My business concept is to provide child care for small groups of children in the home of one of the families. It’s childcare that’s affordable, accessible and which becomes an extension of the families – which they think is awesome! I meet each family several times before care begins, getting to know them, their relationships and expectations, and of course their child/ren. I then put together local, compatible groups of children and parents, and the nannying begins!  I have a clear set of values about childcare – it’s individualised to each child and family, it’s flexible, and closely embedded in the life of the group of families I work for. It’s working really well and so far, I haven’t heard of anyone else offering a similar service in Melbourne. The huge uptake and number of enquiries I get each week shows how much families value the Pop-In Nanny Share model of care. … Continue reading →

Barrie Martyn, AB Shine Cleaning Services
Katherine NT | December 2017

180131 Katherine - Barrie MartynWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
We only registered and started in October. It’s a cleaning business and we do general yard cleaning as well. It’s 100% Aboriginal owned and we’ve bought a fair bit of gear ourselves. We’re starting to get a lot more interest now and have done about 7 vacate cleans and have some more coming up.

We’re targeting remote in our vision and we have stages. We want to do spring cleans on communities. I’ve talked to different councils and health boards to try to start a contract with them. I haven’t talked to the police, rangers or guys in education yet but everyone I’ve talked to is interested in the idea of having a spring clean 2-3 times a year. It could be that we go bush for 2-3 weeks to cover the community. … Continue reading →

Bernard Morales Creighton, DJ
North-East Pilbara WA | December 2017

180131 NE Pilbara - Bernart Creighton DJWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I’m a DJ and in the music production business. I’ve been DJing for 3 years but it’s only in the last 9 months that I’ve been using my ABN and doing everything properly. I do music production and have been doing that for about 3 years as well. I’ve got a couple of singles out too so a proper signed artist.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
My transition into this was from stage performing. I was a professional dancer and choreographer, teaching in high schools and community centres. I did that for years but as I was getting older and not doing as much physical dancing, the natural progression was getting into the music and that. … Continue reading →

Joshua Munro, Lawn & Garden Maintenance
Moree NSW | December 2017

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I started off doing my own thing with a bit of lawn mowing around town but then I got offered to start a business and it’s been over a year since. It’s going along pretty well at the moment.

I’ve got 2 real estates under my wing and NDIS. I do lawn maintenance and that. With NDIS I help do the lawns for elderly and challenged people and with real estates I do the lawns for vacant houses or places where people are ready to move in, just keeping it nice and tidy.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was doing traffic control. My work experience is mainly construction and labour. I was actually in the mines working in Perth for about 3 years and I got a bit of experience in scaffolding and rigging. I was unemployed when I met Nat but just doing my own little lawn maintenance here and there. … Continue reading