A THRIVING business, enjoyable social life and a friendly environment to raise children will keep Steven Olver in the Wimmera for life.
Steven moved to Horsham in 2006, after meeting his wife Danielle, from Warracknabeal, in Ballarat.
He had operated a Dryton carpet cleaning business in Daylesford for 13 years, and after six months of working for Wimmera Dryton, bought the franchise.
“I’ll never leave here, I love it,’’ Steven said.
“The Wimmera has a different personality to Daylesford – here people want to make you a cup of coffee and have a chat when we provide them a service.’’
Away from work, Steven loves to cycle, play cricket and enjoy water sports.
“That’s what is different in the Wimmera too – you’re not considered too old for sport when you are 35 and the clubs are very welcoming,’’ he said.
Steven and Danielle believe Horsham is a great place to raise children.
With twin daughters, 11, and a son, 14, Steven said it was important to live in a safe environment, with good schools.
Steven said the Wimmera provided him, and his family, with better opportunities than in Daylesford.
His advice to people considering starting a business in the Wimmera was to have a regional focus.
“Try not to solely rely on Horsham for your survival – explore the outlying towns,’’ he said.
“Look at what your competitors are doing and be unique.’’
Danielle said a substantial amount of their business came from towns other than Horsham in the Wimmera.
She also advised people to explore whether their business could cater for farmers and people in smaller towns.
And the Olvers know a thing or two about operating a business – Bug R Off won the Service- Industry category at last year’s Wimmera Business Awards and were runners up for Victorian Pest Managers of the Year.
Steven and Danielle were also able to grow Wimmera Dryton to be the number one Drytron franchise in Victoria within three years of taking over the business - despite a 40 per cent downturn in its first year.