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Women in Business & Regional Development Inc.

July Newsletter

Our board is in full swing organising our 2016 Gala Event which will be held on Friday the 5th of August, if you have not already got your tickets I recommend you get them soon as this will be one event not to miss. We will take the opportunity at this years gala event to launch the Women in Business & Regional Development 'Hall of Fame' to recognise contribution to our network. The night will also be a celebration of what WIBRD have achieved over the years.
2016 so far has certainly been busy with over 28 networking and training events planned and we have certainly hit the ground running. July has been another crazy, busy & amazing month for WIBRD with a free member strategic planning session held by the wonderful Barbara Lightburn and our Empowering Women in Business Breakfast. Thank you all who have supported our events and come along.
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 however we are always seeking out funding for our organisation and endeavouring to achieve a balance between its vision of inclusiveness, administration costs and affordability for members. It is great to see all the new faces at our events, we encourage all people to come and check out our events.
See you again soon – Di Ind WiBRD Chairman

Women in Business & Regional Development would like to invite you to our 2016 Gala Dinner. Hosted by Selena Green from ABC South East, this is one event not to be missed. Featuring the announcement of the inductees to the WIBRD Hall of Fame, Guest Speakers, Dancing and Fun.
Date: Friday the 5th of August 2016 at the Commodore on the Park, 1 Jubilee Highway, Mount Gambier
Time:  6.30pm to 11.30pm  Dress: Cocktail
Cost:      WIBRD Members $65 plus booking fee & Non Members $80 plus booking fee
Including a gourmet 3 course dinner provided by the Commodore on the Park.
Guest Speaker: Kate Gibson National General Manager of Small Business at ANZ

BOOK NOW as tickets will sell fast

July Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Thank you all who attended our Empowering Women in Business Breakfast. Ali Villani & Di Ind hosted this lovely breakfast talking about the importance of investing into networking to gain friendships, opportunities, advice, assistance & being a positive influence for one another. A shout out for the amazing breakfast to the lovely ladies at Presto Eatery and once again thanks to Talie & the team at the Main Corner Complex for once again having us.
July FREE Member Strategic Planning Session
What a great Strategic Planning Training we had on Wednesday the 6th of July. A massive Thank You to Barbara Lightburn who inspired us all and Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast for hosting us. It was a fabulous event and thank you all for coming.

Congratulations Presto Eatery
Women in Business & Regional Development would like to congratulate and wish Lucy Von Stanke and Josslyn Lee all the very best with their expanded business venture, Presto Eatery, which is now open. The restaurant is open Tuesday to Friday 8am to 4pm and Saturday & Sunday 8am to 3pm. Why not call in and wish them all the best and while you’re there sample some of the amazing food on offer.
Congratulations Willow Finance
Congratulations to Tanya, Cristy and Pauline from Willow Finance who have once again expanded.Their business is growing, with two new financial planners and a paraplanner on board.  Willow Finance has also expanded to now incorporate the Woodward Financial Group so with that brings General Insurance arm as well.

 Congratulations Metro Bakery & Cafe
Congratulations to Toni & the team from Metro Bakery & Cafe who won Best Bakery/Patisserie Award AND Best Breakfast Award in Adelaide for the Restaurant and Catering Awards. Well done guys!

Five Minutes with Lizzie Clements
This month we are talking to Lizzie Clements, WIBRD Member and Artistic Director of the Light Collections. Lizzie launched her new venture the Light Collections earlier this month to great acclaim. Visit her website
1/ Who is Lizzie?
Grew up in the Adelaide Hills with my Mum, Dad and two brothers and enjoyed craft, arts, dance and horse riding. I always thought that I would make a wonderful nurse and commenced University studies, to find that this was not the path for me.
I packed my bags and started working abroad in seasonal destinations like Mt Buller, Noosa, Darwin and later Kings Canyon where I found the love of my life, Phil Clements. We continued to travel together and to my great delight, he was an extremely talented artist and we painted our way around magnificent destinations selling artworks to pay our way to the next spot. 20 years down the track, we live in Mt Gambier with our 3 beautiful children and enjoy the amazing qualities of living in the country. Into our retirement, we plan to re-visit our nomad lifestyle and continue our creative journey painting our way to the next magical place.
 2/ Your main professional areas/jobs you have worked in over the years.  
I have carried out various jobs over the years from being a nanny, housekeeping, waitressing, call centre team manager, administration and personal assistant work to name a few. I have always loved working with people and thrive in a team environment.
3/ Biggest challenge you have faced professionally or personally.
The biggest challenge I have faced both professionally and personally was working as my husbands personal assistant in the insurance industry. It was extremely challenging living and working together especially as our office was in our home. Thankfully on 28 January 2016, I was in a position where I could resign from this role and our relationship is better than ever.
4/ Your favourite place to visit in the Green Triangle area.
When asked my favourite place in the Green Triangle area, I could only narrow it down to my top 3 places as there are so many incredible places to visit. We are so blessed to live in such a divine location;
1 - Bobbing along the Glenelg River on a hot Summers day in our sea biscuit in the estuary at Nelson.
2 - Brown's Beach
3 - Bush Walking at Rainbow Rocks
5/ Recommendation for our members to focus on/ take away.
My top recommendation for our members is to find something that you are really passionate about and go for it because when you love what you do, your light will shine through.

WIBRD 2016 Hall of Fame
The board of Women in Business & Regional Development are very excited to announce the establishment of our ‘Hall of Fame’ initiative whereby an individual within the community will be inducted biannually at the August Gala Dinner in the alternate years to the Influential Women in Business Awards. The ‘Hall of Fame’ has been developed to recognise and thank an individual for their contribution and continuous influence towards Women in Business & Regional Development. The ‘Hall of Fame’ will be awarded based on the individual contribution to the WIBRD network and will be based on the following criteria;
  • Contribution to the network
  • Continued support of the network
  • Influence on the current WIBRD network
  • Length and depth of involvement with WIBRD
The inductees to the ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2016 will be announced at the 2016 Gala Dinner, we welcome all people involved in the network past and present to come along and help WIBRD celebrate those who have helped us become the network we are today.

ANZ Mortgage Introducer Program
After much consideration and member feedback from a survey of our network, Women in Business & Regional Development would like to announce our involvement in the ANZ Mortgage Introducer Program.
 This opportunity by our Major Sponsor ANZ will enable us to receive additional funding 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.
The program will run for a trial period until from March 31, 2016 to October 1, 2016. A decision will then be made by the then current WIBRD Board if the program will continue taking in to account the 2017 sponsorship prospectus.
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. 
The decision to go ahead with 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 to be involved.
All money raised from this program from the trial period will go towards the WIBRD Scholarship fund that has been developed in conjunction with the Stand like Stone Foundation and operational costs for the WIBRD network to ensure our sustainability and ability to offer our members cost effective training and events.
Please note that all enquiries and financial or personal information is kept strictly confidential and no information is passed from ANZ to the network.
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

Position Vacant- WIBRD Board
WIBRD have a vacancy opening in October 2016 for two new Board Members for a 2 year term. We are seeking proactive individuals with sound Business standing within the community, experience in the sponsorship processes and attraction, writing of grant applications, government processes and Not-For-Profit constitution 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

Expressions of Interest- Casual Administration Assistant
Women in Business & Regional Development are seeking expressions of interest for the role of a casual administration assistant to support the Executive Officer in administration tasks of the network including but not limited to assistance with mailouts, database coordination, report and policy development. We are seeking a contractor with their own ABN to work on a casual basis ranging from 2 hours per month to 8 hours per month. If you believe you can be of service to the network please email through your CV to 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

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.

'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 lunch is tomorrow the 29th of July, if you can please text your attendance to Di on 0417 273 645.

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.

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.




July Empowering Women in Business Breakfast

July Strategic Planning Training

June Networking Event

May Networking Breakfast

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

Invest for Success @ the Main

Toastmaster Training

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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