December 2018

Louise McNair, McNair Care Equine Therapy
Broadmeadows VIC | December 2018

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
Equine massage therapy. I’ve been operating for a few years. Equine therapy is an expensive therapy for horse owners. It is too expensive for many. Throughout the years I have been riding I have seen horses breakdown and it is often because the owners can’t afford the therapy. I am in an area where there a many semi-professional riders and clubs and I saw an opportunity to open up this business to these riders at a more affordable rate.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I was nursing up until mid-last year. Nursing wasn’t for me and I got an opportunity to ride in Melbourne. When I moved to Melbourne my qualifications didn’t apply in Victoria, so I had to work out what I wanted to do. In a new state and not knowing anyone, I wanted to focus on what I loved and so decided to pursue a career with horses. … Continue reading →

Jamie Dyer, JD Design
Stanthorpe QLD | December 2018

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I run JD Design, a graphic design business. I started up last year.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
Just finished doing a diploma in graphic design and was working as taxi driver. It was a 3 year diploma, online. I also had the birth of my second child at the beginning of the course. I loved doing the diploma. Before that I never really followed my passion. Now I’m doing what I love.

Who referred you to Many Rivers? When?
I found out about Many Rivers through NEIS. Old mate was handing out flyers at a NEIS event last year. I actually threw my flyer out, but I remembered Many Rivers and thought they might be able to help me get started. … Continue reading →

Paul Zaidman & Anna Selleck, Dance House International
Melbourne VIC | December 2018

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
We had an idea. My partner and I are dancers and we were working on cruise ships for 3-4 years. We named our business Dance House International because we were stopping at different ports around the world and teaching. We teach partner dance, specialising in Latin American and Ballroom. We’ve been at the studio I’ve just leased for 6 weeks. Before that it was a couple a years from operating at satellite locations.

Why did you want to go into business?
We’ve created a company that’s all inclusive, it allows people to feel comfortable. A business like this allows us to continue doing what we love. Our ‘business’ isn’t something we do for money, it’s something we do to spread the joy of dance.… Continue reading →

Bill Webber, Tree Lopping and Yard Maintenance
Kununurra WA | December 2018

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I started out beginning of last year as a part time thing. I’ve got a lawn mower that I picked up for $135, it cost me a little bit to get it going. I also picked up a whipper snipper and chainsaw.  I mostly do lawns because they’re consistent. And tree lopping when there are winds and storms and cyclone things. I’ve got a contract with the school, one with the Catholic school, one with WA Health. I hardly have any private customers.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
Flying. I’ve got about 5,500 flying hours. At one stage I was managing a cattle station, 1.25m acres. I did that for 7 years. I was an aerial stock locating technician. A helicopter cattle musterer. My wife is a teacher and so we moved out here. She saw there was a need for trees to be lopped and tied up. … Continue reading →

Marshall (Harry) Mowarin, Weymul Gardening Service
Pilbara WA | December 2018

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I run a Garden maintenance business. It been going for over 10 months. The business is going really well. I have secured a big sub contract that has allowed me to employ 3 other people and we have so much work that I have had to turn some weekend work away. We are working 5 days a week and doing 10-hour days.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?

I was driving trucks in the mines and that work saw me away from my family for weeks at a time so that was tough. Than secured another truck driving position that was poorly managed. It was hard to work for this manager, so I had to make a change. … Continue reading →

Jane Garrutju, Vending Machines
East Arnhem NT | December 2018

What is your business idea?
Opening up vending machines in my community to give people opportunity to get a drink or some food when the shops aren’t open or too far away.

Where did you get your business idea from?
I got the idea when I was interstate. I saw the vending machines and thought this would work back home. People can serve themselves whenever they are hungry or thirsty. Shops here are only open for short periods of time so a vending machine allows the community to self-serve. … Continue reading →