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Women in Business & Regional Development Inc.

September Newsletter

It has been another great and busy month with WIBRD, with  a  FREE member training session, Empowering Women in Business breakfast and luncheon all being held.
As we are coming in to the later half of 2016, we are happy to offer a discounted 2016 membership to those  that wish to become a member for the remainder of the year. Please note there are still some wonderful events coming up so it is never too late. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Lydia at,au.

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.
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 be voted in at our AGM, if you would like to come along and exercise you rights as a WIBRD member to vote please book your tickets now.
See you again soon – Di Ind WiBRD Chairman

FREE Business Succession Planning & Exit Strategy Training
Join us for our FREE October training workshop based around business exit strategy & succession planning. This 1 hour presentation provided by a director of DeGaris Lawyers & Chairman of Stand like Stone Foundation Bill DeGaris will help any business in clarifying your business exit strategy and succession plan. 
Where: The new Kosch Family Venture ‘The Silver Birch’, 183 Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier
When: Wednesday October the 19th 2016
Speaker:Bill Degaris, Principal of DeGaris Lawyers
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 available on arrival.

Book Tickets Here-

WIBRD 2016 Annual General Meeting
All members and interested parties are invited to the Women in Business & Regional Development Annual General Meeting.
Where: The Tapas Bar, Caffe Belgiornos, 7 Percy Street, Mount Gambier
When: Monday the 10th October 2016
Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm


WiBRD Events to come in 2016. All Welcome.
Friday 30th of September- Luncheon
Supporting each other in Business Luncheon
Monday 10th October
WIBRD 2016 Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 19th October- Training
FREE Exit Strategy & Succession Planning Training
Friday 28th October- Luncheon
Supporting each other in Business Luncheon

September Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Thank you to all who attended our Empowering Women in Business breakfast on Wednesday the 14th of September at the new Thyme at The Lakes Restaurant at the Lakes Resort Mount Gambier. We had a wonderful turn out with over 60 in attendance and the food was AMAZING! Thank you also to our wonderful speakers Tammy Whitehead of Glenara Transport Pty Ltd, Sue Morris of The Distributors- Mt Gambier & Sharon Tuffnell of Bare Necessities Lingerie Mount Gambier. Congratulations Nick & Kylee on the wonderful new restaurant.

Business & Finance Workshop
Thank you to all who came on the 7th of September to our FREE member business & finance training. Thank you also to our wonderful speakers Renae Nicholson from Galpins Accountants, Auditors and Business Consultants, Abbey Gabrielli from Beaurepaires Mount Gambier & Darrel Soderlund from ANZ Australia who presented a 1 hour presentation on  clarifying your small business startup, ABN & GST requirements, financial implications and overall business and online business planning. Another thank you to Anna, Maria and the team from Caffe Belgiorno for being our hosts.

Congratulations Leanne Dunn
A shout out to WIBRD member Leanne Dunn who is featured in the Border Watch Mount Gambier  regarding her role as the Mount Gambier Cheer-Up Hut ambassador- which  transformed the Mount Gambier Library earlier this month. The Cheer- Up Hut & Club – first erected in 1915 as a rest and recreation venue for soldiers to provide a place for community storytelling as part of the Anzac Centenary. It is a digital storytelling program that provides members with practical assistance to research, write and enhance their Anzac stories during this important  period of national reflection (2014-2018).

WIBRD 2016 Annual General Meeting
All members and interested parties are invited to the Women in Business & Regional Development Annual General Meeting.
Where: The Tapas Bar, Caffe Belgiornos, 7 Percy Street, Mount Gambier
When: Monday the 10th October 2016
Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm

For the purpose of ensuring the correct venue size and for the Agenda and Annual Report to be emailed through can you please  confirm your attendance to the AGM through the above sticky tickets link.
AGM General Business
1. To receive and consider the following information for the period ended 30 June 2016;
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Auditor's Report
  • Statement by Directors
  • Treasurers Report
  • Events Report
  • Executive Officers Report
  • Year in review.
2. The election of a new Board Member to replace Nicole Cunningham & Fiona Hetherington who will resign from the board in October, 10 2016.
3. The election of Board Positions of Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Treasurer & Public Officer.
4. To consider any general business as has been put forward for consideration
# Please note Board Members of Women in Business & Regional Development are elected to the Board for a two year tenure, there is a maximum 4 year tenure for each Board Member.
Current WIBRD Board
Name Position Board Tenure
Di Ind Chairman 4 year tenure concludes at 2017 AGM
Judy McKay Deputy Chairman 4 year tenure concludes at 2017 AGM
Ali Villani Treasurer Up for re-nomination to 2018
Fiona Hetherington Public Officer Resigned
Nicole Cunningham Board Member Resigned
Tahlia Gabrielli Board Member Up for re-nomination to 2018
Fiona Pulford Board Member 2 year tenure concludes at 2017 AGM
WIBRD have received nominations to the two vacant board positions from the following persons.
-          Cathy Lunnay
-          Caitlin Kennedy
-          Sam Rothall
-          Renae Nicholson
In preparation for the AGM, if you wish to receive more information about the nominees please contact Lydia Mules directly at
Please forward any queries or information requests regarding the AGM to Executive Officer Lydia Mules by emailing, or by calling 0400293676. 

Second Hand MYOB Retail POS Software For Sale
WIBRD Member & MYOB Superstar Jenny Bickley has for sale second hand MYOB Retail Manager Point of Sale software including a computer, docket printer, barcode scanner and cash drawer. The Retail Manager comes with 1 licence and there is also another licence available for 2 users within a shop.
The price is $1500 inclusive of GST, this product retails for $ approx. $3,500 if buying new. If you are interested in purchasing this or would like information regarding it please contact Jenny direct on
 0419 854 390 or email her at

 Congratulations Nick & Kylee Katris
Congratulations to Nick & Kylee Katris of Vanilla Bean who have opened their new restaurant ‘Thyme’ at the Lakes Resort in late September. Women in Business & Regional Development held their September Empowering Women in Business September breakfast at the new restaurant and it was fantastic, 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  

Community Achievement Awards
Women in Business & Regional Development are proud to announce that we have been nominated and are semi-finalist for the Junction Australia Connecting Communities Award, which forms part of the South Australian Community Achievement Awards.

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

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.
WiBRD offers individual and Corporate membership. Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st each year. As from September 1st 2016 all 2016 memberships will receive a 40% discount on the general costs of memberships.
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 today the 30th of September, 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.




September Empowering Women in Business Breakfast

September Finance Training

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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