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Women in Business & Regional Development Inc.

November Newsletter

The WIBRD Board have been flat out this month planning for 2017, we have some amazing events planned including to Influential Women in Business Awards in August. 2017 for Women in Business & Regional Development will be about supporting each other in business and celebrating influential Women and we invite you to be part of it. Please keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks as we mail out our membership and sponsorship packs for 2017, if you are interested in stepping up and joining our organisation as either a Member or Sponsor please contact Lydia on 0400 293 676.  Thank you all who have supported our events and come along, 2016 so far has certainly been busy with over 28 networking and training events planned and we have certainly hit the ground running.
See you again soon – Di Ind WiBRD Chairman

2016 Member & Sponsor Christmas Drinks

Women in Business & Regional Development welcome all valued members and sponsors for 2016 to our end of year Christmas Drinks and Nibbles. Hosted by our valued sponsor Barry Stafford and his staff at the Barry Maney Group Ford Showroom, this event is one not to be missed as we wrap up 2016 in style. 
Where:  Barry Maney Group Ford Showroom, 199 Jubilee Highway West, Mount Gambier, SA
When: Thursday the 1st of December 2016
Time: 5.30pm to 8pm
Cost: FREE for WIBRD Members & $35 for Non Members/Member Partners
Food:    A selection of Canapés provided by the Barry Maney Group
Drinks: Complimentary Beer, Wine, Sparkling & Soft Drinks.
Featuring the musical duo PAISLEY13
Ticket sales will close at 8pm on Wednesday the 30th of November

November Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Thank you to all who came on Wednesday the 16th of November to our last Empowering Women in Business Breakfast for 2016 at the Main Corner. Anelia Blackie, Manager of the Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre was an inspiration to us all as she shared her insight into refugee settlement services within our region and in particular the "I Made It" sewing enterprise program she has started at the Migrant Resource Centre thanks to a grant by the Stand Like Stone Foundation. Many thanks to the City of Mount Gambier Council who once again hosted us and to the fabulous girls from Presto Eatery who provided our amazing breakfast.

Congratulations UFS Chemist
Congratulations to UFS Chemist who are celebrating 100 years in business. UFS Chemist opened back in October 1916 and we they are still open 100 years later! One of the only locally run pharmacy’s in Mount Gambier, UFS Chemist are great supporters of Women in Business & Regional development and their Pharmacists/Manager Barbara Beal has been a very inspirational speaker at many of our events. UFS are celebrating this massive achievement with a number of sales so why not call in and check it out.

WIBRD Corporate Governance Training
The Board of Women in Business & Regional Development have this month been hard at work to ensure we remain a respected and viable network for the community and our valuable members. This work even includes training at 9am on a Sunday morning! Thanks to Bill DeGaris from DeGaris lawyers for running this valuable workshop and training for us.

5 Minutes with Caitlin Kennedy
This month we are talking to Caitlin Kennedy, previously a journalist for the Border Watch, Caitlin is about to start her new role as marketing and community relations coordinator for Country Arts SA based in Mount Gambier. Caitlin is one of our up and coming members and in 2017 will be taking on the role as Media Liaison for WIBRD to support us in our communications.
1. Who is Caitlin Kennedy?
I am 21, born and bred in Mount Gambier with my parents and two older siblings Brett and Alicia, along with a number of fluffy and cute animals over the years. I still live and work in Mount Gambier with my partner Sam. 
2. Your main professional areas/jobs you have worked in over the years.  
I began my working career in retail before accepting a job at the Border Watch newspaper group after I completed Year 12 as their receptionist. I completed a certificate in business admin, before becoming a journalist. After three years I have now moved onto a career with country arts SA and started on Monday. 
3. What is the Biggest challenge you have faced in your career so far?
My biggest challenge I have faced professionally would be branching my network from a young age. I worked hard to meet new contacts and with the help of WIBRD have met a number of fantastic new people. 
4. Your favourite place to visit in the Green Triangle area.
I love visiting the beaches in Robe during summer. 
5. Recommendation for our members to focus on/ take away.
Always strive for more. Some people are scared to make changes whether it is professionally or personally, I say embrace it. There's always more to learn, more to do and more to see. 

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
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.

2017 Wall Calendar
A collaboration between Julia Reader & Bianca Richardson
WIBRD Member and Sole Sister Julia Reader along with her fellow Sole Sister Bianca Richardson have collaborated and developed a 2017 wall calendar, ‘Little Riches’! Featuring artwork by the talented local artists, the calendar is a month to a page and is a fantastic Christmas idea.
With part proceeds donated to the Stand Like Stone. The Calendars will be available for delivery from Mid November 2016.
The Calendars are $35 plus postage and handling .
Visit for more information.

Support people impacted with blood cancer in the Limestone Coast and be in the running to win a 2016 Mustang GT V8 Fastback in the Leukaemia Foundation Christmas Community Raffle. Purchase your ticket now in the Leukaemia Foundation Christmas Community Raffle for only $100 and support the Leukaemia Foundation’s work in the Limestone Coast this Christmas season.  There are amazing prizes up for grabs:
  • First Prize: 2016 Race Red Mustang GT V8 fastback 6 speed Manual, valued at $59,485
  • Second Prize: $5,000 voucher from Tailor Made Travel
  • Third Prize: $2,500 cash
All proceeds from the raffle will go towards the Leukaemia Foundation, supporting families across the Limestone Coast impacted by blood cancer. For further information and to purchase your tickets CLICK HERE

After much consideration and member feedback from a survey of our network, Women in Business & Regional Development trialed our involvement in the ANZ Mortgage Introducer Program from March 2016 until October 2016. A decision has been made at our November Board meeting to continue with the 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 from the trial period will go towards the SARWG Scholarship, a Sub Fund of the Stand Like Stone Foundation, that seeks to support 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.
The decision to go ahead for a trial period for this program has been reliant upon the feedback received from our network and we thank all that have contributed to the WIBRD making the decision.
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

Housing for Women Survey

The South Australian Government is seeking to develop new types of housing assistance that respond to changes in our community. One of these changes is an increasing number of older women – especially older, single women needing affordable, safe, long-term housing.
One idea for new housing assistance is to make home ownership easier for older people with limited income and assets. There are several ways that this can happen including through “shared equity” products. Shared equity means that an individual buyer pays for a portion of a home (for example, between one-half and three-quarters of the total cost) with the remaining value contributed by another organisation that shares the ownership. This approach may reduce loan repayments and/or deposit requirements for the buyer. The share owned by the other organisation is repaid when the home is sold.
To better understand the type of assistance that is needed and the best help that can be provided, we are asking women to fill in this
anonymous survey.
Responses are sought particularly from single women over 45, however women of all ages are invited to participate.

UniSA MBA Scholarships- Now Open
 UniSA Business School and your organisation share a goal – we both want to address diversity in leadership, help grow the talent pipeline and foster positive economic growth.  With the Women in MBA (WiMBA) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MBA scholarships,  UniSA works in partnership with employer organisations, with each party funding 50% of MBA tuition fees. Under this partnership arrangement, all student tuition fees are covered.   This partnership has great advantages for organisations, aiding in staff retention, and bringing knowledge from MBA projects direct to your workplace.
An investment in an MBA scholarship at UniSA Business School, ranked in the Top 1% worldwide, is a statement that your organisation is serious and action-oriented about equality, now and into the future. Together, we can enable those with leadership potential who are underrepresented, to advance their careers into senior management and executive roles.
Scholarship applications are open now, to commence UniSA Business School’s 5 star MBA program in April 2017.
Find out more  
WiMBA Scholarship
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MBA scholarship

Announcing the opening of the Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Entrepreneurship (WISE) Programme - a key initiative of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).
The WISE Programme is an $8 million competitive grant programme that will fund activities that support women in STEM, and eliminate barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, including entrepreneurship. Funding will support outreach programmes that target girls and women and foster their interest in STEM studies and careers, including entrepreneurship; develop their innovation and entrepreneurial skills; and build their professional networks. The programme also provides funding to identify and celebrate STEM role models in science and research, entrepreneurship and corporate leadership to inspire school age girls.
Funding will support outreach projects that target girls and women to:
  • foster their interest in entrepreneurship
  • develop their innovation and entrepreneurial skills
  • build their professional networks.
The programme will award grants from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $250,000.
Information on the programme is available at 

'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.
Please note there will be no lunch in December and the lunches will resume in 2017.

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.

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.

We are pleased to present our Sponsorship Prospectus for 2017. Over the coming week the sponsorship prospectus will be sent out to a number of businesses. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor in 2017 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.




November Empowering Women in Business Breakfast

October Exit Strategy & Succession Planing Training

September Empowering Women in Business Breakfast

September Finance Training

August Gala Dinner

April Networking Cocktail Event

March Empowering Women in Business Breakfast

March Social Media Training

Feb Noorla Yo Long Training

2016 Launch



Christmas in July at METRO

Toastmaster Training

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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