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Women in Business & Regional Development Inc.

February Newsletter

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all to 2016. The year so far has been action packed to say the least with a number of new members and sponsors come on board and our launch on February the 19th at the Commodore with over 100 in attendance. This year we have taken the initiative to publish our events calendar for 2016 and strongly encourage people booking in early for events as this will help the organisers immensely. We would like to encourage everyone to bring a friend to our events to help us expand our network.
As a board we are continuously looking at ways in which we can improve our organisation and i welcome all members to give us feedback on what you want from being involved in the network
Di Ind, Chairman WIBRD

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. 

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.

Marketing & Social Media Presentation
Join us for our March training workshop based on Marketing & Social Media strategies for business. This 1 hour presentation provided by Social Media ‘Rockstars’, WIBRD Board Members & Sponsors ‘Entrepreneurial Babes’, Ali Villani & Nicole Cunningham. This presentation will support you in setting up and polishing your social media strategy.
Where: The Lakes Resort, 17 Lakes Terrace West, Mount Gambier
When: Wednesday March 9th 2016
Presenters: WIBRD Board Members & Sponsors ‘Entrepreneurial Babes’, Ali Villani & Nicole Cunningham
Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm  
Cost: This training is a benefit of a WIBRD Membership and is FREE to members only. Non-Members welcome for a fee of $30

Book Tickets Here-

Empowering Women in Business Networking Breakfast.
To celebrate the 2016 International Women's Day, Women in Business & Regional Development along with the Soroptimist International Group present to you the first Empowering Women in Business breakfast for 2016.
When: Wednesday the 16th of March 2016
Time: 7am to 8.30am
# Further details to be confirmed in the coming days.

Events To Come
Wednesday 9th March 2016- FREE Member Training Event
Marketing & Social Media Training
Wednesday 16th March 2016- Networking Breakfast
Theme- International Women’s Day
Thursday 24th  of March 2016- Luncheon
Supporting Each Other in Business Luncheon

2016 Launch at the Commodore
On February the 19th we held our 2016 launch in front of over 100 guests at the Commodore on the Park. Thank you to everyone who came along to kick off an exciting year ahead for our organisation. The WiBRD Board would like to thank our amazing guest speakers Bill Degaris, Wendy Fennell and Jane Yuile. We would also like to thank all our incredible sponsors with special mention to our Major sponsor ANZ Bank. We would also like to thank all our members and their guests for attending the night.Thank you to everyone who came along to kick off an exciting year ahead for our organisation.
2015 Members & Sponsors Christmas Drinks & Nibbles
Thank you to all who came to help celebrate our FREE member & Sponsor end of year Christmas Drinks at the Commodore on December the 3rd. A great night was had by all, and well done to the girls for getting up and dancing the Nut Bush. Many Thanks to Tom and the team at the Commodore for helping us put on this wonderful event. 

'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.


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.

Major Sponsor ANZ- Stepping Up to the Challenge
2016 has seen previous platinum sponsor step up as a Major Sponsor of our network. ANZ have now sponsored WIBRD for a number of years. This sponsorship has not only been a monetary one with ANZ stepping up and providing a number of high profile guest speakers such as Jane Yuile who provided an inspirational speech at our 2016 Launch on February the 19th at the Commodore on the Park. We would like to take this opportunity to Thank ANZ for their support and look forward to working with them in 2016.
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 Beaurepairs Mount Gambier
Women in Business & Regional Development would like to congratulate Abbey & Jack Gabriellii on their new business venture Beaurepairs Mount Gambier. The Gabrielli's have sponsored WIBRD in the past through their other business Gabrielli Transport and have now increased their sponsorship to Platinum in 2016 with Beaurepairs.  We would like to wish Abbey & Jack all the best with their new Business venture.

New Sponsor in Focus- Opteon Property Group
Women in Business & Regional Development would like to welcome new Sponsor Opteon Property Group as Silver Sponsor in 2016. Local women Yasmin Warren & Jessica Kilsby head up the Mount Gambier office of Opteon Property Group providing property valuation and advisory services. Check out their website at

The National Rural Women’s Coalition is pleased to announce the launch of the new E-Leaders Advocate and Influence Program.
  • Make a difference in your community and/or primary industry sector
  • Learn effective lobbying and influence strategies
  • Become familiar with our Australian Political System
  • Investigate how leaders can become advocates to bring about change or raise attention to an issue
  • Develop an Advocacy Plan for your project
  • Participate in interactive learning with industry’s leading presenters
  • Applications open Monday, 7 March 2016  and further information can be found at

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.



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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