After Michael Stevens, 40, returned in 2003 from the first and only military unit to parachute into Iraq, he and his wife, Michele, a nutritional consultant for Mannatech Inc., began to explore several entrepreneurial avenues.
"I was reading the paper one day and realized just how many people were in need of home care services, especially in this area," Michele Stevens said, referring to the Rogers area. "Throughout our research process, no matter how many concepts we reviewed, Synergy HomeCare just stood out to us. We attended a discovery day to learn more, and the moment I met the founder, I knew Synergy was the perfect match for us," she said.
Synergy HomeCare provides nonmedical home care to seniors, the disabled, the convalescing or anyone who needs help with daily activities. The caregivers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.
Before purchasing the franchise, the Stevenses wanted to find dedicated and motivated partners. The couple's friends from church, Rob Denning, an accountant, and his wife, Jennifer, fit the bill.
"The four of us all specialize in something different, so combining our assets brings the business full circle," Michael Stevens said. "Unlike some business partnerships where everyone sticks to their specific role, we will have the attention of four people that are truly invested in the business' success."
With a relatively small amount of start-up costs ($60,000), the partnership team hopes to have eight in-state locations by the end of 2008. The first office is due to open Aug. 1 in Fayetteville.
"What makes Synergy different from other home care providers is they cover the whole spectrum -- providing their services to anyone who needs them regardless of age -- and we'd like to bring that commitment to the largest markets possible," Michael Stevens said.
"In three to six months, we'd love to open a second location in the Fayetteville area and continue to do our part to give those in need a healthy, enjoyable home care experience."