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Women in Business & Regional Development Inc.

February Newsletter

What a start to 2017! We have kicked off 2017 in style with our launch at the Commodore on the Park on the 24th, we had over 145 in attendance which is up 50% from the launch in 2016. 2017 is set to be bigger and better than ever with a jam packed events calendar- please bear with us as we endeavour to send them out to all members in the coming weeks.
See you again soon – Di Ind WiBRD Chairman

Empowering Women in Business International Women's Day Breakfast
To celebrate the 2017 International Women’s Day, Women in Business & Regional Development along with The Mount Gambier Soroptimist Group present to you our March Empowering Women in Business breakfast.
Our first breakfast of 2017 will feature a live stream from the Adelaide International Women’s Day Breakfast supporting UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia. Featuring guest speakers the Honourable Julia Gillard and the Honourable Penny Wong. Regardless of your political interests this event is one not to be missed with the Adelaide event selling out in less than 24 hours. 
Where: City Hall- Main Corner (entry via Cave Garden) Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier.
When: Friday the 10th of March 2017
Time: 6.45am to 8.30am- please note earlier starting time.
Cost:  $25 plus booking fees for Soroptimist & WIBRD Members & $35 plus booking fees for Non- Members
Breakfast catered by Presto

2017 WIBRD Launch at the Commodore on the Park
Over 145 people from around the region attended our 2017 launch on Friday the 24th of February at the Commodore on the Park. The night was jam packed as ever with the announcement of the 2017 Entrepreneurial scholarship winners, an introduction to all 2017 sponsors as well as a lovely speech from 2016 WIBRD Hall of Fame inductee Elaine Pollock. A very big thank you to Cathy Lunnay for hosting the evening, Paisley13 for kindly donating their time and beautiful music and of course Thank you to Jess and Tom from the Commodore on the Park for providing such a lovely event. We had some amazing prizes donated as give aways on the night from Beaurepaires Mount Gambier, Barbara Lightburn, Josephine Patzel Massage Therapist & Aromatherapist & Moments to Savour.

Congratulations to our two Entrepreneurial Scholarship Winners
An intensive judging process has now been completed for the WIBRD Entrepreneurial Scholarships for 2017 with four finalists being shortlisted and the two winners Kelsie Prowse of The Apple Farm and Caitlin Zukauskas of Luxe Glamping announced at the WIBRD 2017 Launch at the Commodore on the Park.
According to the WiBRD Scholarship Committee Chair, Fiona Pulford, “we are very proud of the number and calibre of all entries to the scholarships. The variety of talent and innovation within the Green Triangle is incredible; we have been highly impressed by the standard, with so many of the applicants demonstrating  entrepreneurial potential through setting up a new business and taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. They should all be very proud of what they have achieved and the number of applicants demonstrates the growing number of entrepreneurial talent our region has to offer.  The number of submissions is a strong indication that this new and exciting initiative of the WIBRD is considered a step in the right direction by providing further opportunities for local business operators to support and collaborate.”
The two scholarships offered by Women in Business & Regional Development were developed to support the establishment and fostering of entrepreneurs and up and coming business women in our region who demonstrate entrepreneurial potential through setting up a new business, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit along with ongoing involvement in networking.  Valued at over $1500 each, the scholarships are available to entrepreneurs and/or up and coming businesswomen in the Limestone Coast & Green Triangle area who demonstrate entrepreneurial potential.

5 Minutes with Jessica Kilsby..
1. Who is Jess Kilsby?

I was born and bred in Mount Gambier being one of three girls, sisters Karlie and Brydie and parents Peter and Kerrie Sims. Went through primary school at St Pauls then onto Tenison Woods College before moving to Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Business Degree majoring in Property at Uni SA. I lived, studied and worked as a property valuer in Adelaide for 11 years before moving back to Mount Gambier in 2014 after my husband Jono Kilsby and I had our little boy Tyler. We have happily settled back into the country lifestyle where I now work 3 days a week at Opteon Property Group as a Commercial Valuer.
2. Your main professional areas/jobs you have worked in over the years.  
I commenced my professional work at m3property in Adelaide as a property research analyst whilst I was studying at university, after completing my study I became a residential property valuer within the firm then after two years on the job I completed my professional interview to become further qualified to undertake commercial/industrial/retail valuations. I was a commercial property valuer at m3property for approximately 6 years before going on maternity leave and during this time leaving the company to move to Mount Gambier.
I commenced work with Opteon Property Group in 2015 joining Yasmin Warren our residential property valuer to expand our local team covering all aspects of the property market. I predominately concentrate on Industrial, Commercial, Retail and some Rural valuations, however also assist with residential valuations.
3. What is the Biggest challenge you have faced in your career so far?
I would say the biggest challenge I have faced professionally would be being a young female working in a male dominated field, particularly when undertaking industrial valuations. It can sometimes be a challenge earning the respect of some clients in this industry.  Personally the biggest challenge I have faced would be since having my 2.5 year old Tyler working out the best work/life balance without jeopardising my work requirements and without the horrid feeling of ‘mothers guilt’.
4. Your favourite place to visit in the Green Triangle area.
Without a doubt my favourite place to visit is Beachport. We have a family beach house in Beachport and have been holidaying there for as long as I remember. I love the close community at Beachport having made lifetime friends and the beaches are amazing. In summer we get to Beachport most weekends.
5. Recommendation for our members to focus on/ take away.
Being part of a group like Women in Business provides great networking opportunities both professionally and personally. The property industry is a small industry where building up relationships with clients and other professionals in the field is invaluable. I highly recommend all members and any non-members thinking of joining to attend as many event as possible that The Women in Business group provide as it is so important to keep this group not only existing but to enable expansion in the future years.

Do you own a business, work in a business, want to start a business or are 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 for 2017 can be Downloaded HERE.
WiBRD offers individual and Corporate membership, individual membership is $ 85.00 (inc GST).  Corporate membership offers full membership for up to three (3) employees at a fee of $200.00 (Inc GST). Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st each year
If you are interested in becoming a member please  email and we will invoice you alternatively you can click on the following link to pay via CC Please note payments via CC will incur an additional processing fee.

Google Analytics & Search Engine Marketing Workshop
Our valued Sponsor Beachport Liquid  Minerals are seeking expressions of interest  for anyone interested in attending a  1 day workshop on “Introduction to Google Analytics and Search Engine Marketing (SEO)”  run by Clive Hawkins from the Web Training Workshop Australia in Mount Gambier. Further info about the course can be found here
Date: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Time: 8.45am – 5pm.
Cost: $250.00 per person (incl. GST)**
Where: Larnie Room, Commodore on the Park, Mount Gambier
Includes: Includes course notes and up to 30 minutes FREE follow up consultation by phone or email with Clive.
Lunch, morning tea, afternoon tea, coffee and tea are also provided as part of the course fee.
Please advise of any dietary requirements
**Please note that the price may decrease should they have over 15 people RSVP to the training course.
If you are interested in attending this event please email Tammy Flier at Beachport Liquid Minerals on

'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 Luncheon will be held on Friday the 31st of March 2017.

Sponsor News- Yes Optus NBN Info Night

At Optus they know a thing or two about helping your business GROW. That is why they are excited to announce that the national Broadband Network is coming to your area. They understand all businesses have very unique and specific needs so they want to give you the opportunity to have all your questions answered by their business specialist AND LET you KNOW what the nbn means for your BUSINESS.
Date: Thursday the 16th March
Venue: Sorentos Café 5290 Bar & Function area
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Further information and RSVP: Amanda on 0411807609 -

After much consideration and member feedback from a survey of our network, Women in Business & Regional Development are proud to continue with our involvement in the ANZ Mortgage Introducer Program
 This opportunity by our Major Sponsor ANZ  has enabled WIBRD to receive funding to the tune of $2,952 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.
All money raised from this program will go back towards  supporting women in the Limestone Coast to achieve their educational goals,  and operational costs for the WIBRD network to ensure our sustainability and ability to offer our members cost effective training and events.
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.  All dealings with the ANZ Bank are kept confidential and are not passed on to WIBRD.
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

2016 Free Member & Sponsor Christmas Drinks
What a great kick off to an amazing 2016. Thank you to all who came to our WIBRD Member & Sponsor Christmas Drinks & Nibbles. A very big Thank You to Barry Stafford and the staff at Barry Maney Group for being our wonderful hosts. Another big Thank You to Ali Villani & Jess from Paisley13 for providing an amazing atmosphere with their great singing and also to Koonara Wines for the lovely wines. Most of all thanks to the wonderful members and sponsors who came along and made it such a great night.

We are very proud to announce our sponsors for 2017. Thank you to all the wonderful businesses that have come on board with sponsorship 2017, we are humbled by the number and are excited by working with them all in 2017. Empowering women and igniting the potential of women is our key focus for growth in 2017 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.

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.

2017 Sponsorships
We are pleased to announce that Sponsorship's have now closed for 2017, if you are interested in sponsoring in 2018 please contact our Executive Officer at,au

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.




February 2017 WIBRD Launch

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

The 2016/17 WiBRD Board

Di Ind- Chairman, Ali Villani- Treasurer, Cathy Lunnay- Deputy Chairman, Tahlia Gabrielli, Judy McKay, Fiona Pulford and Sam Rothall.
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