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Women in Business & Regional Development Inc.

August Newsletter

What a month it has been for Women in Business & Regional Development. We held our 2016 Gala Dinner on the 5th of August at the Commodore on the Park, which is held in alternate years to our Influential Women in Business Awards. A great night was had by all with a huge number of people from around the region attending. We took the opportunity at the Gala Dinner to launch the Women in Business & Regional Development 'Hall of Fame' to recognise contribution to our network and I am very proud to that Elaine Pollock the founder of WIBRD was our 2016 Hall of Fame inductee.
Thank you all who have supported our events and come along, 2016 so far has certainly been busy with over 28 networking and training events planned and we have certainly hit the ground running. Next month we have a training, breakfast and lunch all booked in, it would be great to see you there.
Our board is currently busy getting organised for the annual audit and annual report which will be available to our members at our AGM on October the 10th. As you can see further in the newsletter there are two positions vacant on the board to voted in at our AGM, if you believe you would like to put your hand up or would like to discuss possibly filling the role please do not hesitate to contact me.
See you again soon – Di Ind WiBRD Chairman

FREE Member Business & Finance Workshop
Join us for our FREE Member September training workshop based on small business startup and finance. This 1 hour presentation provided by a panel consisting of Abbey Gabrielli, Darrel Soderlund & Renae Nicholson will help you in clarifying your small business startup, ABN & GST requirements, financial implications and overall business and online business planning.  The training will assist any person that is in small business or looking to set up their own business or supplementary income stream and the choices available to them.
The Tapas Bar @ Caffe Belgiornos
When:Wednesday September 7th 2016
Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm start finishing at 7pm.
Cost:This training is a benefit of a WIBRD Membership and is FREE to WIBRD members only. Non-Members welcome for a fee of $30
Nibbles on arrival.

Book Tickets Here-

September Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Our September breakfast of 2016 will feature some short interviews of Women in our network, what they have achieved, their challenges and their wins in business over the years. This month we will be showcasing three successful businesswomen in our region in Tammy Whitehead of Glenara Transport, Sue Morris of The Distributors- Mt Gambier & Sharon Tuffnell of Bare Necessities Lingerie. The Breakfast will support the empowerment of women in business in the Green Triangle region and not to mention there will be time and opportunity to above all, NETWORK!
The new Thyme Restaurant at the Lakes Resort, 17 Lakes Terrace West, Mount Gambier SA 5290.
When: Wednesday the 14th September 2016
Time: 7am to 8.30am
Cost:  $23 for WIBRD Members & $33 for Non- Members
Please note that ticket sale will close 24 hours prior to the event so please book early to ensure you do not miss out.

WiBRD Events to come in 2016. All Welcome.
Friday 26th August- Luncheon

Supporting each other in Business Luncheon
Wednesday 7th September- FREE Member Training
Supplementary Income Stream & Small Business Start Up & Finance Information Session
Wednesday 14th September- Breakfast
Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Friday 30th of September- Luncheon
Supporting each other in Business Luncheon

August Gala Dinner
On Friday the 5th of August 2016 we held our 2016 Gala Dinner at the Commodore on the Park, with over 175 members, sponsors and people from around the region attended the event which finished up with a fair amount on the dance floor!  Thank you to all who came and made it such a great night and thanks to all our fabulous sponsors and members whom without we could not pull off these great events. A great night was had by all who attended which featured an inspiring speech by Kate Gibson, National General Manager of Small Business Banking at ANZ, an amazing showcase by the Sole Sisters Collective which was organised by the lovely Julia Reader as well as the announcement of the inductee to the 2016 WIBRD Hall of Fame, Elaine Pollock. Many Thanks also to Christy Radford from With Love Photography who took the beautiful shots on the night and Tom and the team from the Commodore on the Park who outdone themselves yet again.
Congratulations Elaine Pollock- Inductee to the 2016 WIBRD Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Elaine Pollock, who was inducted in to the Women in Business & Regional Development 2016 Hall of Fame at our Gala Dinner on August the 5th. Unfortunately Elaine could not be there on the night as she is on a well-deserved holiday with her husband John. Elaine has worked tirelessly for WIBRD over the years and was instrumental in its forming back in 1998. Upon Elaine's return from her holiday we will get her to one of our events where we can all hear some stories about the early WIBRD.  Nancy Withers, a founding Board member of WIBRD accepted the award on her behalf.  
The establishment of the  ‘Hall of Fame’ initiative recognise and thank individuals for their outstanding contributions and influence towards Women in Business & Regional Development.
We will seek nominations from our members and the Board will choose who to induct into the Hall of Fame every two years.

Stand Like Stone Partnership
On Friday the 5th of August, Women in Business & Regional Development held their 2016 Gala Dinner at the Commodore on the Park. In her Chairman’s address, Chairman of WIBRD, Di Ind, focussed her speech on the importance of collaboration and supporting each other in the community and in business which in turn helps to build a stronger economy.
This was reflected when Bill DeGaris, Chairman for the Stand like Stone Foundation was welcomed to the stage to receive a cheque on behalf of Stand like Stone from Women in Business & Regional Development for $1473.00.
WIBRD have been raising money at their Empowering Women in Business breakfasts for the past 12 months, with the money raised by WIBRD going towards the Stand Like Stone’s SARWG Scholarship Fund, which is a Sub Fund established via a donation from the Mt Gambier SA Rural Women’s Gathering and is supported by Women in Business and Regional Development. The SARWG scholarship was first offered in 2015 and provides scholarships to benefit rural women identifying with the Limestone Coast in the pursuit of their educational goals. The SARWG sub fund has given 2 scholarships to date and we look forward to further scholarships being given in the near future. 

Congratulations Jenny Bickley & Roslyn Taylor
Congratulations Mt. Gambier Business Consultants, BAS Agents, MYOB Partners & WIBRD Members- Jenny Bickley from Add-Count and Roslyn Taylor from Sums and Solutions for hosting their MYOB Small Business Seminars on August the 18th. Over 75 people from around the region attended the free training workshops.

 Congratulations Nick & Kylee Katris
Congratulations to Nick & Kylee Katris of Vanilla Bean who will be opening up their new restaurant ‘Thyme’ at the Lakes Resort in late September. Women in Business & Regional Development will be holding their September Empowering Women in Business September breakfast at their new restaurant and we look forward to having another wonderful restaurant in our region.

Announcing the opening of the Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Programme - a key initiative of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).
The WISE Programme is an $8 million competitive grant programme that will fund activities that support women in STEM, and eliminate barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, including entrepreneurship. Funding will support outreach programmes that target girls and women and foster their interest in STEM studies and careers, including entrepreneurship; develop their innovation and entrepreneurial skills; and build their professional networks. The programme also provides funding to identify and celebrate STEM role models in science and research, entrepreneurship and corporate leadership to inspire school age girls.
Funding will support outreach projects that target girls and women to:
  • foster their interest in entrepreneurship
  • develop their innovation and entrepreneurial skills
  • build their professional networks.
The programme will award grants from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $250,000.
Information on the programme is available at  

The Resilience Project
Do you want to learn the keys to help your child/children build resilience and be mentally healthy?
Come along to the Parent Community Information Night brought to you by the Naracoorte High School helping young Australians to be mentally healthy on Tuesday 6th September 2016 at 7pm at the Naracoorte Town Hall, Smith Street, Naracoorte.
All enquiries to Nadine DiGeorgio at the Naracoorte High School on 87621333


ANZ Mortgage Introducer Program
After much consideration and member feedback from a survey of our network, Women in Business & Regional Development would like to announce our involvement in the ANZ Mortgage Introducer Program.
 This opportunity by our Major Sponsor ANZ will enable us to receive additional funding to support the sustainability of our network through a mortgage introducer program whereby WIBRD receive 0.3% on residential loans and 0.6% of commercial loans from ANZ when members and sponsors of WIBRD mention their association with Women in Business & Regional Development.
The program will run for a trial period until from March 31, 2016 to October 1, 2016. A decision will then be made by the then current WIBRD Board if the program will continue taking in to account the 2017 sponsorship prospectus.
The WIBRD involvement in the program does not mean that we recommend the ANZ mortgage products over other mortgage products offered in the sector, and all people getting a loan are advised to perform their own due diligence in deciding what product is best for you or your business needs. 
The decision to go ahead with this program has been reliant upon the feedback received from our network and we thank all that have contributed to the WIBRD making the decision to be involved.
All money raised from this program from the trial period will go towards the WIBRD Scholarship fund that has been developed in conjunction with the Stand like Stone Foundation and operational costs for the WIBRD network to ensure our sustainability and ability to offer our members cost effective training and events.
Please note that all enquiries and financial or personal information is kept strictly confidential and no information is passed from ANZ to the network.
If you are interested in hearing more about the program or ANZ products please contacting one of the following ANZ Mount Gambier Staff Members;
Darrel Soderlund
ANZ Business Banking Manager
0419 270 956
Cheryl White
ANZ Home & Investment Lending Manager
0417 138 407
Matt Foreman
ANZ Branch Manager
0403 367 447

Position Vacant- WIBRD Board
WIBRD have a vacancy opening in October 2016 for two new Board Members for a 2 year term. We are seeking proactive individuals with sound Business standing within the community, experience in the sponsorship processes and attraction, writing of grant applications, government processes and Not-For-Profit constitution is preferred but not essential.
All discussions and expressions of interest will be kept confidential and should be addressed to the Chairman, Di Ind on 0417 273645, Executive Officer Lydia Mules on 0400 293 676 or by emailing

Expressions of Interest- Casual Administration Assistant
Women in Business & Regional Development are seeking expressions of interest for the role of a casual administration assistant to support the Executive Officer in administration tasks of the network including but not limited to assistance with mailouts, database coordination, report and policy development. We are seeking a contractor with their own ABN to work on a casual basis ranging from 2 hours per month to 8 hours per month. If you believe you can be of service to the network please email through your CV to All discussions and expressions of interest will be kept confidential and should be addressed to the Chairman, Di Ind on 0417 273645, Executive Officer Lydia Mules on 0400 293 676 or by emailing

Do you own a business, work in a business, want to start a business or a budding entrepreneur. If so we would love for you to join our network!
WiBRD is a wonderful and supportive network of like minded people. We provide networking and training events all year around.

The Membership Application form can be Downloaded HERE.
If you are interested in becoming a member please email and we will send you the information. 

'Supporting Each Other in Business' Lunches
The WIBRD ‘Supporting Each Other in Business’ Lunches will be held on the 4th or last Friday of every month.The informal lunches are open to all women and will be a set booking at a sponsors venue such as the Commodore and will provide a forum for those that attend to talk honestly about their business, develop professional relationships to work together to support each other, help each other through obstacles and mentor one another.In line with the newly developed strategic direction and action plan, WIBRD have organised this initiative to further support women in our region in all their endeavours and the lunches are a wonderful way to get out of the office meet some new people and have lunch!
Each member pays for their individual lunch and bookings are simply a text message at least a day prior to the lunch to the particular WIBRD Board Member hosting the lunch.
The next lunch is tomorrow the 29th of July, if you can please text your attendance to Di on 0417 273 645.

We are very proud to announce our sponsors for 2016. Thank you to all the wonderful businesses that have come on board with sponsorship 2016, we are humbled by the number and are excited by working with them all in 2016. Empowering women and igniting the potential of women is our key focus for growth in 2016 and to encourage business owners, up and coming, women in leadership positions, community members and entrepreneurs to join our network and attend our events. In the absence of any funding or grants, the reliance on memberships and sponsorships is crucial to the future and sustainability of Women in Business & Regional Development, we continually seek to achieve a balance between our vision of inclusiveness, administration costs and affordability for members.This year we have had a number of sponsors upgrade their sponsorships such as ANZ and welcome many new sponsors to the fold.

Training for Members
Thank you to all that responded to our call for training ideas we received some very valuable feedback. As we are continually trying to improve and expand upon our support to you, our valuable members we will always appreciate any feedback or recommendations as to what specific training our members would like to participate in. Please email our Executive Officer Lydia Mules on with your recommendations.

Sponsor & Members Milestones
If you or your business has an anniversary or milestone that you would like announced please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to publish it. Contact Lydia Mules at for for information.

Sponsorship Prospectus 2016
We are pleased to present our Sponsorship Prospectus for 2016. Sponsorship has now closed for 2016 however if you are interested in becoming involved in the network in 2016 or 2017 please do not hesitate to contact us.

Items for Newsletter
If you would like  to submit an article for inclusion in our newsletter please send to Articles will be subject to Board approval. We would also  like to hear about any good news our members would like to share. Any articles that particularly interest women are invited as well.




August Gala Dinner

April Networking Cocktail Event

March Empowering Women in Business Breakfast

March Social Media Training

Feb Noorla Yo Long Training

2016 Launch



Christmas in July at METRO

Toastmaster Training

Special thanks to our major Major Sponsor,
ANZ Bank  for making this all possible.

The 2016 WiBRD Board

Ali Villani- Treasurer, Tahlia Gabrielli, Judy McKay- Deputy Chairman,
Di Ind- Chairman, Fiona Pulford, Fiona Hetherington and Nicole Cunningham.
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