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Networking, support, sharing and a laugh or two among fellow local businesswomen is on offer at the lunch function for the Women in Business Regional Network.
What are the things that motivate you in your life? Why do you do the things you do? And, why do you love doing them? These were among the questions posed to those who attended the latest Women in Business Regional Network lunch held at Victor Harbor Yacht Club on November 20.
The function had a planning focus with network founder Carolyn Jeffrey providing a session on business planning, including the reasons why planning is essential to deal with not only day-to-day problems that arise, but also personal matters that provide challenges.
She provided a basic rundown on the value of undertaking a regular SWOT analysis of your business, looking at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and giving consideration to strategies to deal with the opportunities to grow the business and the threats that can provide challenges.
Her address was supplemented well by a session focusing on how personal planning and personality impacts on business success. This was delivered by Susan Bennett, a results coach from Willunga.
As part of her presentation Susan offered a workshop session where those at the lunch were asked to consider how their personality and their personal goals could best be harnessed for business success.
For many this exercise proved challenging, but ultimately enlightening.
*Susan Bennett has studied organisational psychology, positive psychology and brain-based coaching.
She operates from Willunga. Phone 0428 616 296. For more details visit her website www.susanbennett.net.
Networking, support, sharing and a laugh or two among fellow local businesswomen is on offer at the launch function for the Women in Business Regional Network.
Come along and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and the chance to network and learn from local colleagues.
Although there will be opportunity for socialising throughout the luncheon and following there will also be some facilitated interaction.
As usual, if you don’t have a business at this time or are unsure about the answers to the questions, don’t stress. This organisation is all about support, learning and, of course, networking with like-minded people.
Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Location: Hotel Victor, Albert Place, Victor Harbor
12.30pm – Arrival
1.00-3.00pm – Luncheon (please note you may leave earlier if you wish)
3.00-4.00pm – After function casual networking
$35pp (members) & $40pp (non-members) cost includes:
A light luncheon, tea, coffee.
(The bar will be available for participants to purchase alcoholic beverages if desired).
Bring along: Business cards (for networking and a free draw).
For further information contact the organiser, Carolyn Jeffrey, on 0435 432 203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookings close: Wednesday, January 12, 2018 through www.eventbrite.com.au.
The Women in Business Regional Network was officially launched on Wednesday, October 25 at the Hotel Victor in Victor Harbor.
A total of 24 women were in attendance, but many others had sent their apologies due to date clashes and others had sent their well wishes for the success of the organisation.
The organisation was established following a successful Women in Business Lunch and Learn function at McCracken Convention Centre in Victor Harbor on September 13, organised by international entrepreneur and transformational educator, Rosemary Killip.
That luncheon was believed to have been the first of its kind held in Victor Harbor and it was clear from those in attendance that there was a desire and a need for the establishment of a network of women in business to support women in business.
Enter network founder Carolyn Jeffrey, of CJ’s Business Solutions Victor Harbor, who had been engaged by Rosemary to organise her Australian functions and promotions.
At the launch function Carolyn outlined the philosophies of the new organisation and also the roles and responsibilities of both the Women in Business Regional Network and its members.
“Essentially the organisation has been set up to facilitate regular networking and learning opportunities for women in business in regional areas,” she explained.
“And, because I recognise people are busy with their businesses, families and a range of other community responsibilities, the network won’t require women to be on a committee, attend regular meetings, nor be involved in fundraising activities.
“Aside from becoming a financial member, women will simply be asked to be actively involved in assisting other women in business in regional areas in a positive, supportive manner.”
Members of the new network will receive a regular newsletter (the early ones will be distributed to non-members too), access to a secure Facebook group, discounts and opportunities to attend learning opportunities, promotional opportunities through the network’s website www.wibnetwork.com.au and discounted advertising opportunities through the network too.
“I’m excited by some of the collaborations I’ve already seen taking place as a result of the renewed opportunities being offered for women in business locally to connect,” Carolyn said.
“Some of the success stories we’ve seen are small training workshops being developed and delivered to cater for a specific need, a local business making inroads to finding a more established ‘home’ for their operation and collaboration between businesses to ensure improved services are available locally to business.”
Although the organisation has been founded in Victor Harbor there has already been interest shown in taking it further afield.
“One of the dreams is to establish networks in regional areas outside of the Fleurieu Peninsula too so it creates further networking, support and collaboration opportunities for women in business in regional areas.
“I’ve been quite heartened by the support received through social networks to develop events outside of the Victor Harbor area too and I’ll be keen to progress these in coming months.
“The format for the events will be flexible and different to create variety and increase opportunities to gain from the experience of being involved. Events will be adjusted according to the feedback I receive.
“In a nutshell, the success of the organisation will depend on my ability to deliver programs that continue to attract interest from women in business in regional areas.
“I’ll be very much reliant on gaining quality and regular feedback from members and others to ensure programs are tailored to suit these needs and desires.”