When Michael Ovacik, owner of US Blinds, went looking for a business to buy in the summer of 2017, he couldn’t find what he was looking for on the west coast of Florida. When someone encouraged him to check out Volusia County, he discovered an opportunity to purchase a well-known business with an excellent reputation and a long history of successful operation.
Before he purchased the business, Ovacik was working as a commercial transactions attorney. He also owned a landscaping business, an auto body and classic car restoration shop, and a law practice that represented business buyers and sellers.
US Blinds is one of the largest and longest operated window treatment businesses in east central Florida, with operations centered primarily in Volusia, Flagler, and Seminole counties. They make, sell, install and service window treatments, including blinds, draperies, shades and shutters. They are also dealers for Florida made motorized and retractable awnings and screens. Despite having a great reputation and being well-positioned to service the needs of its customers, there were a few things that needed to be improved. Fortunately, Ovacik was up for the challenge.
“The previous owner had this business for a long time,” he said. “For most owners who are in the process of selling, the last three or four years is a ‘stay the course’ mindset. Upon purchase, this required updating the entire fleet, our four showrooms and starting to make the digital transition as a business.”
Looking ahead, Ovacik is focused on making continuous improvements in business processes and practices, while growing the company’s market area and range of products.
What advice does Ovacik have for aspiring entrepreneurs? “It definitely takes courage,” he said. His favorite quote is by Eleanor Roosevelt who said, ‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’. Ovacik also added, “Do your research by looking at the market in which you want to go into. If you’re advancing and developing new products or a service which is qualitatively different from your peers, you’ll ultimately be successful.”