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Women in Business & Regional Development Inc.

October Newsletter

It has been another great and busy month with WIBRD, with  our Annual General Meeting being held as well as hosting another FREE member training event and luncheon.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome two new Board Members to the WIBRD Board, Cathy Lunnay of Benson Radiology and Naralilla Homes and Sam Rothall of the Laeukaemia Foundation. Cathy has also very kindly stepped up as the Deputy Chairman which is much appreciated. With the two new members we have unfortunately lost two very dedicated Board Members Fiona Hetherington and Nicole Cunningham who have stepped aside to focus on their personal and business endeavours. Thank You Fiona and Nicole for all you have done for our network over the years and I look forward to seeing you at our events soon.
The Board of Women in Business & Regional Development are currently in full planning and strategising mode for 2017 events and trainings.
With the new Board in full swing we are now also focusing on developing our Sponsorship and Membership prospectus for 2017, if you are interested in stepping up and joining our organisation as either a Member or Sponsor please contact Lydia on 0400293676 and we will be in contact as soon as the prospectus is ready. As we are coming into the later half of 2016, we are happy to offer a discounted 2016 membership to those  that wish to become a member for the remainder of the year. Please note there are still some wonderful events coming up so it is never too late. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Lydia at,au. 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

November Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Our Guest speaker at our final breakfast for 2016 will be Anelia Blackie, Manager of the Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre who will share 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. The breakfast will also give you the opportunity to get to know the wonderful people on your table, support the empowerment of women in business in the Green Triangle region not to mention there will be time and opportunity to above all, NETWORK!
Where: City Hall- Main Corner (entry via Cave Garden) Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier.
When:Wednesday November the 16th 2016
Time: 7am to 8.30am
Cost:$23 for WIBRD Members & $33 for Non- Members
Inclusive of a full breakfast catered by Presto.
Book Tickets Here-
Please note that ticket sale will close 24 hours prior to the event so please book early to ensure you do not miss out.
WiBRD Events to come in 2016. All Welcome.
Friday 28th October- Luncheon
Supporting each other in Business Luncheon
Wednesday 16th November- Breakfast
Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Friday 25th November- Luncheon
Supporting each other in Business Luncheon
Thursday 1st December
Free Member Christmas Drinks & End of Year Celebration

FREE Exit Strategy & Succession Planning Workshop with Bill Degaris
Thank you to all who attended our FREE Exit Strategy & Succession Planning session with Bill DeGaris on Wednesday the 19th of October. The event was a great success, with some very valuable training for all who came. A big Thank You to Tom Kosch and Christine Cock for providing the wonderful venue the Comfort Inn Silver Birch and amazing food and most of all Thank You to Bill of DeGaris Lawyers for a great session.

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.
Available now for pre-order until 31 October 2016. The Calendars are $35 plus postage and handling and if you order before the 31st of October you will receive a little gift.
Visit for more information.

Congratulations Metro Cafe & Bakery
Congratulations to Metro Bakery & Cafe who were in Sydney this week for the National Savour Awards for excellence. The talented team were National finalist for Best Breakfast restaurant AND National Winner for Best Bakery / Patisserie.
Well done guys.

WIBRD 2016 Annual General Meeting
On Monday the 10th of October Women in Business & Regional Development held their 2016 AGM. Thank you to the 21 members and Board Members who attended the night. Our 2016 AGM saw the resignation due to personal and business commitments of Fiona Hetherington & Nicole Cunningham and therefore there were two positions up for tenure. Congratulations to Cathy Lunnay & Sam Rothall for being nominated to the Board. If you are interested in reading the 2015/2016 Annual Report please CLICK HERE.
# Please note Board Members of Women in Business & Regional Development are elected to the Board for a two year tenure, there is a maximum 4 year tenure for each Board Member.
Current WIBRD Board
Name Position Board Tenure
Di Ind Chairman 4 year tenure concludes at 2017 AGM
Judy McKay Board Member 4 year tenure concludes at 2017 AGM
Ali Villani Treasurer 4 Year Tenure Concludes at 2018 AGM
Cathy Lunnay Deputy Chairman 2 Year Tenure Concludes at 2018 AGM
Sam Rothall Board Member 2 Year Tenure Concludes at 2018 AGM
Tahlia Gabrielli Board Member 4 Year Tenure Concludes at 2018 AGM
Fiona Pulford Board Member 2 year tenure concludes at 2017 AGM
Madelena Velotti of DeGaris Lawyers has very kindly stepped up to the position of Public Officer for the network, her knowledge and expertise will be a great asset to our network.

Thank You Fiona Hetherington & Nicole Cunningham
Women in Business & Regional Development would like to take this opportunity to Thank Fiona Hetherington & Nicole Cunningham for their hard work, dedication and commitment whilst serving on the WIBRD Board. Both women have resigned from their positions on the Board to focus on personal and business commitments and we wish them all the best in the future.
Fiona & Nicole both begun their tenure on the board in October 2014 and during that time they held various committee positions with Fiona holding the Public Officer position for two years.

5 Minutes with Jacinta Jones
This month we are talking with Jacinta Jones, Managing Director of Blue Lake Homes
1. Who is Jacinta Jones?
After growing up in Mount gambier I moved to Adelaide for University. I then moved to the UK where my now husband was living before returning to mount gambier 10 years ago.
2. Your main professional areas/jobs you have worked in over the years.  
I have been lucky enough to work across a variety of industries including retail, hospitality, car manufacturing, government and now the building industry. The roles I have held have also varied from training, recruitment, customer service, and business management. Now working in the building industry I am lucky enough to drawn on many of these roles using my experience in business management combined with my creative side working with customer to selection all design elements of their new home.
3. Your favourite place to visit in the Green Triangle area.
There are so many amazing parts of the green triangle area. I love the beach and enjoy Robe and Beachport. However I also love wine and the social element that wine brings. Therefore I would have to say the Coonawarra is my favourite place to visit with friends
4. Recommendation for our members to focus on/ take away.
WIBRD is a fantastic platform to remind us as individuals the importance of self development, networking and believing in ourselves. This fundamental basis enhances every area of our lives including our work. Loving what we do every day is vital to our success. I urge anyone thinking about becoming involved with WIBRD to do so! The board of amazing women offer so much value and you will not regret it!!!!

ANZ Mortgage Introducer Program- Review
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 must now be made at our November Board meeting if the program will continue, taking in to account the 2017 sponsorship prospectus.
Prior to this decision taking place we wish to invite all WIBRD members to express their views on the program via a survey we have set up the following
 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 to be involved we now request further feedback to aid us in making a decision to continue our involvement with the program.
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

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  

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.
WiBRD offers individual and Corporate membership. Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st each year. As from September 1st 2016 all 2016 memberships will receive a 40% discount on the general costs of memberships.
If you are interested in becoming a member please email and we will send you the information. 

'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 today the 30th of September, 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.




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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