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Women in Business and Regional Development


May 2015

It has been another huge month for Women in Business & Regional Development with two major events; our Toastmaster Training at Cafe Belgiorno's &  our Empowering Women in Business Networking Breakfast at the Commodore on the Park. Both events had over 50 people in attendance and were a great success.

The Influential Women in Business Award nomination period is in full swing with nominations closing this Sunday the 31st of May. Please help us by promoting and encouraging as many people as possible to consider entering, or nominating a worthy colleague/community member, great regional business or group. Please help us by encouraging people and/or businesses that should earn some recognition for a job well done to nominate for an award.  
Finally the strength of WIBRD is you, our valuable members and our ability to empower all women though training, networking and supporting professional women including small business owners, career professionals, up and coming business women and entrepreneurs. We welcome and encourage all to attend our events and bring along guests.

Di Ind, Chairman

WIBRD Events Coming Up
Investment Q & A Session & Networking Event ‘Invest for Success @ The Main’
Join us for an Investment Q & A session with a panel of experts from our sponsors ANZ, Sinclair Wilson, Blue Lake Homes & Complete Real Estate for a night of great food, networking and investment information for all stages of business and life.
Where: City Hall Reception Area at the Main Corner complex overlooking the Cave Gardens.
When: Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Cost: $25 WIBRD members/ member Partners
$30 for non-members
Food: A selection of Cocktail food provided by The Main Events Catering Company.
Drinks: Available to purchase from the Bar.
Host: Ali Villani


Empowering Women in Business Networking Breakfast.
Join us for our second event in our Empowering Women in Business breakfast Networking Series.
Where: The Commodore on the Park, 1 Jubilee Highway, Mount Gambier
When: Thursday the 25 June 2015
Time: 7am to 8.30am
Guest Speaker: Toni Vorenas, owner of Metro Bakery & Cafe & previous IWA Winner.
Cost: $22 for Members & $25 for Non- Members
Inclusive of cereal, toast with selection of spreads, juice, fresh fruit salad, Tea & Coffee along with a set cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon, tomato, and toast.


CALLING ALL WOMEN IN BUSINESS... Nominations Close this Sunday the 31st May
The nomination period for the 2015 Influential Women in Business Awards close this Sunday and we need you help to promote and nominate people for the awards so we get as many people involved as possible.

Please help us by encouraging people to nominate for an award.  You nominate for more than one award and the application process is easy. So get cracking and nominate yourself or a businesswoman / community person you admire today!

Application forms are available from The Border Watch in Mount Gambier or can be downloaded here or from

2015 Award Categories

BEST SMALL BUSINESS (5 and under employees)
Sponsored by AltusQ Experiential Coaching

Prize: $1,500 Business Coaching Package

BEST BUSINESS (over 5 employees)

Sponsored by Sinclair Wilson
Prize: $2,000 Business Advice & Consulting Package

YOUNG BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR (under 30 years at 31 May 2015)
Sponsored by Complete Real Estate

Prize: $1,500 Cash Prize

Sponsored by ANZ

Prize: $3,500 Half-day Mentor Session with Dr Jana Matthews

Sponsored by The City of Mount Gambier

Prize: $1,000 donation towards the winners initiative and/or organisation to encourage & support their community endeavours.

The application process is incredibly simple; you simply need to answer two questions about your business or role within an organisation, along with your experiences, in no more than 500 words .
 Award nominations close on 31 May 2015.
The Awards will be presented at a gala dinner at The Barn in Mount Gambier on Friday 14 August 2015. Nominees are encouraged to bring along a table of colleagues, friends and family to enjoy the celebrations and recognise the achievements of women in the region.

April Toastmasters Training
What a turnout we had for the Toastmasters training at Caffe Belgiorno on the 22nd of April. The training was run by former Mt Gambier girl & 2015 Toastmaster of the year Fiona Stopp. The event was a great success with 50 people in attendance. 20 members stayed on for dinner afterwards at Café Belgiorno and the feedback from the event has all been positive.

We would like to take this opportunity to once again Thank former Mt. Gambier girl & 2015 Toastmaster of the year, Fiona Stopp who ran the training. There was some interest expressed for a more intensive weekend Toastmasters training which we are working on and will be in contact when details are finalised.
Daniela Conesa has very kindly provided a graphic recording of the event which highlights the key messages from the training seminar, as a visual mixture of icons, drawings and words. Please find below the graphic recording for your reference.

May Empowering Women in Business Networking Breakfast
We had an absolutely fantastic turnout at our May Empowering Women in Business Breakfast. It is so exciting to see so many women supporting each other in business‬ and learning the skills of professionally networking! We absolutely loved hearing from Anelia Blackie Chief of Staff at the Border Watch, she shared some amazing stories.
One of the highlights of the morning was a member sharing how this network has completely changed her life and how she is kicking goals in her business.
Don't forget to book your tickets to our June Breakfast!

Membership Fees For 2015 Due
Individual $85 inc GST and Corporate $200 inc GST (3 memberships). Payable now through Sticky Tickets
Not sure if you are a current member? Check out our website to see if you are listed.
If not, contact our Executive Officer Lydia Mules at

2015 Women in Business Awards

The Influential Women in Business Awards will again be held in 2015 with nominations opening in late March.
This must attend Gala event will be held on August the 14th 2015 at the Barn Palais.
We are very excited to announce that we have secured Katrina Webb as guest speaker at the Awards.
Katrina Webb is recognised and acknowledged for her unique athleticism and outstanding success as a Paralympic athlete. She has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in athletics at three Paralympic Games. 
Off the track Katrina is the Director of her own business Silver 2 Gold High Performance Solutions. As a qualified physiotherapist and a person that knows how to achieve gold medal results more than once, her business specializes in ‘Turning Silver into Gold’ and improving the performance and health of organisations, teams and individuals. 

Welcome to our NEW members.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members from the last month.
- Eve Maywald- Blue Lake Cross Fit
- Louise Waters- Lou's Swim School
- Katie Fox- Katie Fox Make-Up Artist
- Sharon Wilson- Contemporary Interior Designs
- Claire Easterbrook- Claire Easterbrook Podiatry
- Mahalia Layzell & Team- Mahalia Coffee

- Meg Dohse, Bronwyn Pallant & Sue McDonald- GJ Gardner Homes

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.

Happy Birthday Di Ind!

Women in Business would like to wish our board member and Chairman of Women in Business & Regional Development a Massive HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY for today! Your contribution to the network is outstanding and we are so grateful! Have an amazing day and and fantastic week celebrating this milestone!


Members News- Free Blue Lake Cross Fit Trial.
New WIBRD member Eve Maywald from Blue Lake Cross Fit would like to invite you to a NO-OBLIGATION FREE try-out CrossFit Class, held Saturday the 6th of June at 9am. What should you bring? Water and excitement! No prior knowledge or experience is required, but bookings are essential. Phone Eve on 0427 345 917 or  email to book or for more information.
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.
2015 WiBRD Sponsors
The Women in Business & Regional Development would like to Thank the following sponsors for coming on board in 2015. Your generosity & support is much appreciated.

 Sponsorship Prospectus 2015

Our 2015 sponsorship prospectus has been completed and is available in electronic form from our website.
If you are thinking of becoming a new sponsor for 2016 please contact Lydia Mules, Executive Officer at or mobile 0400 293 676.




2015 Networking Breakfasts

Toastmaster Training
On April the 22nd we hosted Toastmasters training at Caffe Belgiorno. The training was run by former Mt Gambier girl & 2015 Toastmaster of the year Fiona Stopp. The event was a great success with over 50 people in attendance.

High Tea to celebrate Wendy Richardson's 25 Years in Business

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

The 2015 WiBRD Board

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


The Board is considering setting up a scholarship fund in 2015 to assist local women with costs involved with education, training, travel and relocation. If you would be interested in donating to the fund please ask for a copy of the new 2015 Sponsorship Prospectus for more information or contact the Executive Officer Lydia Mules at
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.

In 2015 there will be opportunities to advertise in our newsletters. Members and Sponsors will have first options as there will only be a certain number of spots available each month. Fees will be set by the Board in December.
Expressions of interest are welcomed and can be directed to

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