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March Newsletter

Welcome to “March Madness” – as you will see below we have some great stories to share from our events this month and I encourage you all to read this whole newsletter as we have a couple of new articles worth reading.
It has been great to collaborate with the SI Mt Gambier group this month to celebrate together International Women’s Day. I would like to thank Christine Plunkett for helping to make the event a huge success.
I am really very excited to see so many new faces at our events, of course I love seeing our regulars too, it proves to me that we as a network are heading in the right direction. Of course if you have any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them.   
Finally, officially Lydia – welcome back from maternity leave we have missed your incredible skills that you bring to the role of our Executive Officer.
See you again soon – Di Ind WiBRD Chairman

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.
Membership Fees can now be paid Here or alternatively email and we will invoice you.

April Professional Development Cocktail Networking Event
Join us for a Branding Q & A session with a panel of experts for a night of great food, networking and branding information for business as well as personal branding and identity building.
Where: Metro Bakery & Café, 13 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier
When: Wednesday the 20th April 2016
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Cost:  $32 WIBRD Members & $42 for Non- Members
            Including a selection of gourmet canapés provided by Metro Bakery & Café. Drinks available to be purchased from the bar.  
Host: Ali Villani

Panel: Nicole Rescke from Koonara Wines, Julia Reader from Julia Reader Design. Print. Web, Barry Stafford from Barry Many Group & Jacinta Jones from Blue Lake Homes.
Events To Come
Wednesday 20th April- Networking Event
Professional Development & Networking Cocktail Event
Friday 29th May- Luncheon
Supporting each other in Business Luncheon
Wednesday 11th May
Leadership & Development Training
Wednesday 18th May- Networking Breakfast
Empowering Women in Business Networking Breakfast
Friday 27th May- Luncheon
Supporting each other in Business Luncheon

March Empowering Women in Business Networking Breakfast
A fantastic breakfast was had by all at our first Empowering Women in Business Breakfast of 2016 celebrating International Women's Day with the Soroptimist International Mount Gambier Group. Many thanks to Lucy & Josslyn from Main Events & Catering for a fantastic meal & the City of Mount Gambier Council for a fabulous venue. Hosted by Di Ind, we had over 60 in attendance which was great and we heard from Christine Plunkett, who gave us a great insight in to the Soroptimist and then Ali Villani gave a short presentation about executing your elevator speech.
 Free Member Social Media Presentation- Wednesday the 9th March
On Wednesday March 9th we held our FREE members  Social Media presentation & training which was brought to us by Social Media ‘Rockstars’, WIBRD Board Members & Sponsors ‘Entrepreneurial Babes’, Ali Villani & Nicole Cunningham. Thanks girls, it was sensational! Thank you also to Val and the crew from the Lakes Resort Mount Gambier for kindly hosting the event.

World's Greatest Shave
Congratulations to WIBRD member Sam Rothall and the team from the Leukaemia Foundation for a very successful World's Greatest Shave held at Louise Adam’s event in Mount Gambier. Just under $10,000 was raised for a very important cause. Well done to everyone involved in the event and thank you Louise for holding this free event for Mount Gambier. WIBRD Board members Di Ind & Ali Villani even got caught up in the action!

International Women's Day Breakfast in Adelaide
On Friday the 4th of March WIBRD Chairman Di Ind and Deputy Chairman Judy McKay represented our network in Adelaide at the 2016 International Women's Day breakfast. With guest speakers such as Fran Kelly from ABC radio and over 2500 people in attendance, this was a great opportunity for both Di and Judy.

'Supporting Each Other in Business' Lunches
The WIBRD ‘Supporting Each Other in Business’ Lunches will be held on the 4th 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.


Five Minutes with Barbara Lightburn
This month we are talking with Barbara Lightburn, Manager of Economic & Business Development for RDA Limestone Coast.
1/ Who is Barbara?
I grew up in the outback on a very isolated sheep station. It was a lot of fun and I learnt to do everything by working with animals on a large scale. 30,000 sheep, lots of horses, lots of dogs.  My Mum and Dad were my teachers.  My Dad read to me every night,  poetry, plays and short stories.  I spent a lot of time on my own and became self sufficient, creative and adventurous, a trait I have passed on to my children. I now live in Mt Gambier with my husband Chris, Kelpie pup Little Miss Darcie and a 16 year old Russian Blue who I refer to as Queen of The Empire.  I have four adult children and spent 15  years as their bread winning business owner and sole parent.  We are a very close supportive family and know how to work together to be successful. 
I never realized  sexism existed until I went to university and listened to the crap they were teaching about women.  From that day on I became an outspoken feminist, supporter of human rights and advocate for social justice.  
2/ Your main professional areas you have worked in over the years & biggest challenge you have faced professionally or personally.
I have owned and run some very successful businesses including a farm, a civil construction company that specialized in foundations, drainage and bridges, and a communication and training consultancy that specialized in the wine industry. 
My biggest professional challenge since coming to this region  has been chairing the Fork and Cork Festival.  I loved every minute of it.  I love working with ambitious game changers and what we are doing through this festival is changing culture. 
I bought my first house when I was 24, now have four and since moving to Mt Gambier have rented a house  - for the first time ever ! which is VERY challenging. 
3/ Your favourite place to visit in the Green Triangle area?
I love Pt Mac beach with my dog, The South Aussie with my friends, and the magnificent coastline of Southern Australia.

4/ Recommendation for our members to focus on/ take away.
If you want to be successful, you have to acknowledge success, your own - but more importantly the success of others. Listen more than you speak and ask lots of questions. Pay particular attention to the answers that make you feel uncomfortable, because there rests your truth.  Be brave. Have fun. Drink good wine. Eat local.

Noorla Yo Long Free Member Training- Sunday February the 28th
On Sunday the 28th of February WIBRD held our FREE the Noorla Yo Long Outdoor Adventure Course free training. A great day was had by all and it was a great way for those in attendance to build the team skills.

Sponsor News- ANZ Small Business Hub & Business Ready
WIBRD Major sponsor ANZ have developed a site for all small business customers from new business to those who have been in business for generations. It has a lot of information and also insights into different industries.Check it out at
ANZ have partnered with Honcho to set up a new 'Business Ready' platform, which allows new business to start from creating an ABN, registering an Business name, email, website, logo & invoicing. This is all based on a Monthly fee and also links up to the SBHub.

AC Care Luncheon
Our network booked a couple of tables at the Support Homeless luncheon in 2014. WIBRD have done it again for this year's luncheon that is being held at The Barn on Friday April 8th from 12 noon. Tickets are $100 per person, all proceeds go directly to AC Care to help provide much needed support and resources to members of our community. If you would like to join us at this year's event please contact Di Ind on 0417 273645 who is on the organising committee for this incredible event and would love to see as many of our members support such a worthy community fundraiser.
Congratulations Barry Maney Group
On Thursday the 17th of March Barry Many Group launched the new Ford Mustang at the Rail Lands in Mount Gambier.  The cocktail event was attended by a number of people from throughout the community and a great time was had by all. If you are interested in hearing more about the new Mustang range or any other cars please call in and see WIBRD members and sponsors Sharon Disher, Barry Stafford or one of their helpful staff at 199 Jubilee Highway West Mount Gambier.

New Sponsor in Focus- Account Assist
Women in Business & Regional Development would like to welcome new sponsor Account Assist Services.  Mary Neale from Account Assist Services has been supporting the network for some time and in 2016 stepped up as a Logo sponsor.
Account Assist Services specialises in tax accounting for sole traders, partnerships, companies and trusts in business and individuals including farm partnerships, investors in shares and rental properties.   Providing support and assistance for business (on site if required)  in administration, human resources and account management by way of  bookkeeping, payroll, superannuation, workcover and tax administration including BAS preparation.  Mary is a Fellow of National Tax & Accountants’ Association, a Registered Tax Agent and has experience of more than 20 years in professional business.  Professional friendly service for all your tax and accounting requirements, please call Mary on 08 87247002 or email her at

2016/17 Small Business Workshops
The Department of State Development has launched a series of its cost-effective professionally delivered workshops across metropolitan and regional South Australia. 

Marketing Wednesday 4th May 
Digital Business Thursday 5th May
Understanding New Markets Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th May
Business Planning for Established firms  31st May
Staffing Recruitment Wednesday 1st June
Business Planning for Growth Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd June
Bookings and Registration. Please click the following link to make a booking:,

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.

Looking to grow your business?
AusIndustry are hosting two free and practical introductory webinars to help you learn how to:
The webinars are offered under the Entrepreneurs' Programme. The Programme offers easy to access advice, assistance and tailored support to small and medium enterprises to help them become more self-reliant, competitive and growth focused
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.



March Empowering Women in Business Breakfast

March Social Media Training

Feb Noorla Yo Long Training

2016 Launch



Christmas in July at METRO

Invest for Success @ the Main

Toastmaster Training

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

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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