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Women in Business and Regional Development


April 2015

What a month it has been for the Women in Business & Regional Development. Since our last newsletter we have launched our Influential Women in Business Awards, held two networking breakfasts- one at the Lakes Resort and one at The Commodore on the Park and not to mention celebrated International Women's Day.

2015 is set to be huge with the Influential Women in Business Awards being held in August this year, Women in Business and Regional Development initiated the Awards in 2010 to recognise and celebrate the many achievements of women– those operating a business, working in a business or at a community level. We now  need you help to promote and encourage 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- this month we have a number of events from FREE training seminars to High Tea and Networking breakfasts. It would be great to see you all there.

Di Ind, Chairman

WIBRD Events Coming Up
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 21st May 2015
Time: 7am to 8.30am
Guest Speaker: Anelia Blackie, Chief of Staff at the Border Watch
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.


Free Toastmaster Training
FREE Toastmaster training seminar on learning how to communicate & present effectively.
Caffe Belgiorno  
When:   Wednesday 22nd April 2015
Time:    6pm to 8pm.


Nominations are open for the 2015 Influential Women in Business Awards, celebrating and recognising the many achievements of women who live and work in the Green Triangle region. The Awards are open to women operating a business, working in a business or at a community level. They provide a wonderful opportunity for personal and business development, recognition and up to $9,000 in prizes.

AWARD NOMINATIONS CLOSE 31 MAY 2015. 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.

Congratulations to Wendy Richardson 
Congratulations to Wendy Richardson on the amazing milestone of 25 years in business with Redgum Country.
Over the years Redgum Country has become a household name within the South East and Green Triangle regions and has been recognised as a very successful business...taking out awards such as the Glenelg Shire Best Retail Business in 2001, The Herald Sun Regional Small Retailer in 2002, The Victorian Best Retail Business in 2002 and the Best Retail Business at the Mt Gambier Chamber of Commerce Outstanding business awards in 2002.  With the  biggest coup being Wendy being awarded Business Woman of the year in 2011 for the UFS/Telstra Women in Business awards. 
Over the years Redgum Country has supported the wider community with many Fashion parades, donating to organisations and sporting clubs.  Redgum Country has also been the major sponsor of the Mount Gambier Gold Cup Fashions on the Field for the Past 20 years. Congratulations Wendy on your amazing achievement.

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. 

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.

Welcome to our NEW members.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members from the last month.
- Samantha Rees- Jelly Bean Street & South East Shearing
- Jennie Elliott- The Investors Club
- Sharon Fox- NBC Financial Services
- Alison Richards- Naracoorte Pharmacy
- Keely Delaney- Limestone Coast Osteopathy
- Julie Ridge- Peoples Choice Credit Union
- Melissa & Aurelie Butcher - Presto Roll Forming
- Sharon Tuffnell & Sherin Wilson- Bare Necessities Lingerie
- Natasha Attiwell- EON Property
- Jenna Bickley- Addcount
- Christine May- ENJO
- Liz Clements- Ali Vi Pty Ltd

Training for Members
We are endeavouring to schedule in some training events for the second half of 2015 and also for 2016 and we would 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.

Charter for Children
The Women in Business & Regional Development support the Mount Gambier City Council's 'Charter For Children' initiative.

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 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

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

On Wednesday the 11th of March we celebrated International Womens Day with a Networking breakfast at the Lakes Resort. With Guest speakers Barbara Beal & Caroline Hill a great morning was had by all.

On Thursday the 9th of April the WIBRD celebrated our first event in the 'Empowering Women in Business Networking Breakfast Series' held at the Commodore on the Park, the breakfast marked the launch of the nomination period for the Influential Women in Business Awards.

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.

Sponsors Workshops

with Amanda Gome ANZ


Media Training with

Alan Richardson CAS




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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