Read about what's happening with Women in Business and Regional Development across The Green Triangle Region.

Women in Business & Regional Development Inc.

March Newsletter

It has been another successful month at WIBRD culminating with the amazing International Women's Day Breakfast on March the 10th where we had a record breaking 100 in attendance. Over the coming few days all members will receive a hard copy of our 2017 Events Calendar and Member Handbook, the Handbook will also receive a detailed list of all 2017 Sponsors, we encourage you to support the businesses that support our network.
To ensure the future vitality and sustainability of our network the board will be conducting a strategic session this month- in order to better serve our members we request that you fill in an anonymous survey regarding the Board and our network so we can better plan for the future. A link to the survey is below.
As per previous emails and the notice below we are on the look out for two interim Board Members from April 2017 to October 2017, if you are interested in hearing more about the positions please contact myself or Lydia Mules on 0400293676 or email,au.
While this is a sad time to lose board members of such a high calibre as Ali Villani and Samantha Rothall, we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the contribution they have made to our network and wish them every success with their future endeavours.

See you again soon – Di Ind WiBRD Chairman

Events Coming Up

ARE YOU BEING SERVED? Free Customer Service Workshop.

Join us for our FREE April training workshop based around how to implement top customer service in your business. Facilitated by Barbara Lightburn, this panel session will feature four local business speakers who offer excellent customer service, will explain their “point of difference” for their customers in their business sector. Explaining what works in their business to achieve success while also identifying areas of concern regarding customer service in the region and will address key areas of improvement and will help any business in clarifying their customer service strategies.
Where: The Kosch Family Venture ‘The Silver Birch’, 183 Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier
When: Wednesday April the 5th 2017
Host: Tahlia Gabrielli
Facilitator: Barbara Lightburn
Panel: Toni Vorenas of Metro Bakery & Café, Wendy Richardson of Redgum Country, Katie Fox Make Up Artist & Barry Stafford of the Barry Maney Group
Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm start finishing at 9pm
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
Finger Food, tea and coffee provided
Book Tickets Here-
Event Panelists

WIBRD 2017 Event Calendar CLICK HERE

2017 International Women's Day Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Thank you to the 110 people who came to celebrate our International Women's Day Empowering Women in Business Breakfast today at the Main Corner Complex. A WIBRD first, the event included 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. Many Thanks to Talie and the team from City of Mount Gambier to help things run smoothly, the Presto Eatery girls for another amazing breakfast, Di Ind for hosting, the Soroptimist International Mount Gambier for helping to host this fantastic event and the wonderful IWD Committee including Sonya Mezinec, Councillor City of Mount Gambier and Heather Reilly for helping to pull the event together.

Position Vacant- WIBRD Interim Board Members
Women in Business & Regional Development are seeking Expressions of Interest for two interim Board Member positions after local Businesswomen and WIBRD Board Members Ali Villani and Samantha Rothall have announced their decision to step down from WIBRD Board as of April 2017. The reluctant decision to resign has not come lightly by either Sam, who is moving out of the region with her family or Ali who has experienced a significant increase in her workload with her two businesses and charity involvement which has called for her to travel extensively in the future and is a significant shift from the previous years.
With the resignation of Ali Villani & Sam Rothall, WIBRD have two vacancies opening in April 2017 for interim Board Members for the period from April the 10th 2017 to the WIBRD AGM on October the 9th 2017. We are seeking proactive individuals with sound Business standing within the community, experience in the area of Finance and business is preferred but not essential. 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

Board Strategic Session & Member Feedback
On April the 7th the WIBRD Board will be conducting a strategic session with Barbara Lightburn to ensure future strategic direction, Board efficiencies & succession Planning. To assist Barbara with conducting the workshop she has requested that members of the network fill in the following anonymous survey regarding the Board, the networks direction and how you see it growing. If you can please take the time to fill in the following survey it would be much appreciated.
To Complete the short survey CLICK HERE

5 Minutes with Frances Kirby..
This month we are talking with Frances Kirby from Kirby Financial Solutions who is about to embark on a volunteer assignment at a local NGO in East Timor for the next 14 months.  Empreza Di’ak (meaning ‘good business’ in the local Tetun language) work towards creating real change by giving local people the relevant skills they need to improve their lives.  They focus on rural and remote peoples and especially women.  Fran’s volunteering assignment is part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government initiative.  For more information visit:

1. Who is Frances Kirby?
I’m a Mt Gambier girl, I grew up here, I walked to school each day, participated in local sports including hockey and netball.  My first job was at Jonties café (if you remember that one).
2. Your main professional areas/jobs you have worked in over the years.  
Growing up in the family business, I’ve always been around figures, learning about accounting & tax with my dad as my mentor.  Not the most interesting childhood, but it did get me to start studying and working in a city practice.  After only part of a degree, I felt something was missing and took a gap year in London to figure things out.  On coming back to Australia, I had a mentor in Sydney who merged the worlds of financial planning, mortgage broking with accounting.  On discovering how the knowledge of all three areas could help clients, friends and myself around the complicated structures of tax savings and investment/retirement planning. Once again I took off overseas, beginning in Canada working with the Winter Olympics (in the Accounting department) in a team of 300 people from 20 different countries, all speaking English as their common language.  In Vancouver, I studied at night to become accredited to teach English as a second language. I then went to Mexico City, spending 3 years teaching Business English to executives in local and international companies. 
After 7 years in distant lands, I came back to my roots, back to where I started with my dad, at Kirby Financial Solutions.
3. What is the Biggest challenge you have faced in your career so far?
Traveling is one thing I love, and working in another culture is something I thought I had done well, until I really stepped my foot in it.  The Australian workplace culture is so easy to us, and we often feel comfortable to speak our minds to our colleagues and bosses fairly quickly, and we are rewarded for this.  In other cultures, there is a strict hierarchy so keeping your thoughts to yourself is rewarded.  Also going all Gung Ho is considered pushy and rude.  Maintaining relationships and giving respect (even when not due) is basically a requirement of your job, so its important to keep yourself in check.
4. Your favourite place to visit in the Green Triangle area.
When I’m out, you’ll probably see me running after my 2 year old nephew probably at Vansitart park.  I love hanging out with my sister and her two kids.  When you’re away so much, you really have to value the time that you have with family and friends, and really make an effort.  But when I have visitors in town, I have to show them every sinkhole in the area!  They think it’s weird and dangerous!.
5. Recommendation for our members to focus on/ take away.
Never stop learning.  I’m addicted to learning – I seem to be taking more than one online course at any one time, always trying to improve myself.  Perhaps its something specific to get you new professional opportunities, or transferable skills such as presentation, negotiation or social marketing skills to help you get the edge over your colleagues or competitors.  Even if you don’t finish a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), ensure you get something out of it that’s useful now.

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 HERE 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.

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

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.




March International Women's Day Empowering Women in Business Breakfast

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.
Copyright © 2017 Women in Business and Regional Development Inc., All rights reserved.
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp