2020 Calendar of Events

August 2020:

Monday, August 3 – 5.30pm – Adelaide Hills dinner – Barker Hotel, Mt Barker

Branding can be a huge exercise, involving applying design and marketing expertise to every layer of the public face of your business. But for those starting lean and keen, you need to know what’s essential, and what’s nice to have. What to do now, and what to roll out later. What you can DIY – and when it’s best to call in the professionals. Powdermonkey Design Founder, Demelza Thorpe is a freelance graphic designer based in the Adelaide Hills. Her business, is all about creative for the people which means means making personalised, bespoke graphic design accessible for start ups, small business and regular folk.  Demelza will take you through her step-by-step guide to branding for small businesses & startups explaining some of the jargon and solve some of the great mysteries plaguing small business owners – like what on earth is the difference between hosting and a domain name? BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Wednesday, August 5 – 12.30pm – Victor Harbor lunch – Hotel Crown, Victor Harbor

Find out what local government on the Southern Fleurieu is doing for small business at our next Victor Harbor lunch on Wednesday, August 5. As well as a great opportunity to network we’re hoping to welcome along representatives from the economic development departments of Alexandrina Council and the City of Victor Harbor to talk about what the councils are doing to enhance the local economy and the support that is available in the wake of COVID-19. Business Victor Harbor representatives have also been invited to outline information about their latest projects and partnerships. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Tuesday, August 11 – 5.30pm – Riverland dinner – Berri Hotel

Evelyn Pollard is an experienced HR professional who has assisted many businesses navigate this employment legislation landscape. At this event Evelyn will help us understand “Contractors vs Staff – Does it look and quack like a duck?” A number of decisions coming out of the Fair Work Commission and Federal Circuit Court have highlighted that the practice of engaging a contractor to perform work in lieu of staff is no longer an “easy” option, even for the small family business. Evelyn will take us through a process aimed at assessing whether the proposed work being undertaken is a true contractor or employee arrangement and guide us through the implications of making the incorrect decision, some alternatives to consider, and if it is a true contractor arrangement, what the contract document should look contain. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Thursday, August 13 – 6.00pm – Online dinner – via Zoom

“Contractors vs Staff – Does it look and quack like a duck?” A number of decisions coming out of the Fair Work Commission and Federal Circuit Court have highlighted that the practice of engaging a contractor to perform work in lieu of staff is no longer an “easy” option, even for the small family business. Businesses need to pause and assess whether the arrangement currently in place “looks and quacks like a duck”. Evelyn Pollard is an experienced HR professional who has assisted many businesses navigate this employment legislation landscape. During this session Evelyn will take us through a process aimed at assessing whether the proposed work being undertaken is a true contractor or employee arrangement. She will also guide us through the implications of making the incorrect decision, some alternatives to consider, and if it is a true contractor arrangement, what the contract document should look contain. Places are limited. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Monday, August 17 – 6.00pm – Members Online dinner – Via Zoom

This is an online networking dinner for financial members of the Women in Business Regional Network. During the event you’ll have the chance to talk about your business, pose problems and questions that you’d like input about, network with others, seek and offer support. This is a relaxed online function via the Zoom platform. Our online functions have enabled women in business to connect with others from throughout the network, no matter where they are located. They have opened up opportunities for some great collaborations and income opportunities for many. This is not a high pressure environment, but a friendly, relaxed and caring one. We look forward to seeing you online. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Tuesday, August 18 – 12.30pm Barossa lunch – Brauhaus (Angaston)

The inaugural Barossa lunch for the Women in Business Regional Network will have a focus on business planning, particularly strategic planning. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Monday, August 24 – 5.30pm – McLaren Vale dinner – The Meeting Place, McLaren Vale.

Have you ever thought about publishing a book? Many of us have stories to tell, or use journalling or even creative writing as outlets for relaxation or stress relief. We’re honoured to have Rommie Corso from Hardshell Publishing and the ChookPen Co-op to speak to us on the topic Book Publishing for Beginners. This will be our first McLaren Vale dinner since our COVID-19 shutdown so there’s sure to be lots of networking and catching up too.Rommie has assisted entrepreneurs enter the publishing world with a wide range of books and journals, and has even been published herself. She has also assisted other members of the network to get their works published.As well as publishing, Rommie has a wide scope of experience in marketing and graphic design, including working for not only businesses but also not-for-profits, social enterprises and government organisations. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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September 2020:

Thursday, September 3 – 5.30pm – Victor Harbor dinner – The Boulevard Cafe, Victor Harbor

Connecting with other business people for collaboration or support is important for business success. Our Victor Harbor dinner will take a look at how to make meaningful connections – whether for business or pleasure. We’ll be looking at opportunities for collaboration: how to identify them and how to pursue them; how to make quality connections at networking functions and how to identify the types of connections that will be of value to you in business. It’s important that these connections are done with a view to building a relationship and not as a hard sell, so we’ll look at how to go about it too. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Monday, September 7 – 5.30pm – Kadina dinner – Royal Exchange Hotel, Kadina

Got some problems in your business or issues you’d like to resolve? As well as networking with other local women in business this is your chance to put them to the collective brains trust of the network. We’ll have some fairly standard ones up our sleeve in case there aren’t any specific issues, but we’d encourage you to come forward with your ideas. Put your thinking cap on now and we’ll be sending out an email just before the function to gather some of your thoughts. Some of the issues we’ve dealt with in the past at these sessions have included: Dealing with difficult customers, Chasing up debtors, Cashflow problems, Managing social media pressures, Not enough time in the day. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Tuesday, September 8 – 5.30pm – Port Pirie dinner – Comfort Inn, Flinders on Main, Port Pirie

Evelyn Pollard is an experienced HR professional who has assisted many businesses navigate this employment legislation landscape. At this event Evelyn will help us understand “Contractors vs Staff – Does it look and quack like a duck?” A number of decisions coming out of the Fair Work Commission and Federal Circuit Court have highlighted that the practice of engaging a contractor to perform work in lieu of staff is no longer an “easy” option, even for the small family business. Evelyn will take us through a process aimed at assessing whether the proposed work being undertaken is a true contractor or employee arrangement and guide us through the implications of making the incorrect decision, some alternatives to consider, and if it is a true contractor arrangement, what the contract document should look contain. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Wednesday, September 9 – 12.30pm – Clare lunch – Rising Sun, Auburn

“Contractors vs Staff – Does it look and quack like a duck?” A number of decisions coming out of the Fair Work Commission and Federal Circuit Court have highlighted that the practice of engaging a contractor to perform work in lieu of staff is no longer an “easy” option, even for the small family business. Businesses need to pause and assess whether the arrangement currently in place “looks and quacks like a duck”. Evelyn Pollard is an experienced HR professional who has assisted many businesses navigate this employment legislation landscape. During this session Evelyn will take us through a process aimed at assessing whether the proposed work being undertaken is a true contractor or employee arrangement. She will also guide us through the implications of making the incorrect decision, some alternatives to consider, and if it is a true contractor arrangement, what the contract document should look contain. Places are limited. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Monday, September 14 – 5.30pm – McLaren Vale lunch – Angove Winery

Most of us get into our own businesses because we’re passionate about our chosen field, and want the freedom that comes from having our own business. Unfortunately what tends to happen is that we are now tied to a 24/7 job that can lead to our passion dwindling. At this event we welcome Holly Little, who is a Business Coach and also Women in Business Regional Network member and she will be talking with us on How To Create a Business You Enjoy. Holly also owns two large 24/7 fitness facilities and says that she implements these things in that business religiously and it has allowed her to scale and manage in a way that would not have happened otherwise. It doesn’t matter how big or small your business is though, once implemented you will see the benefits. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Thursday, September 17 – 5.30pm – Strathalbyn dinner – Victoria Hotel (VENUE CHANGE)

This event will have plenty of emphasis on networking and connecting with many new and former connections, but we will also be focusing on the opportunities available for regional women in business in a post-COVID world. If you’re wondering what the future is expected to hold for regional South Australia, we’re going to be talking about that too! This is a great chance for you to tell the rest of us what you’ve done with your business, if anything, during hibernation and don’t be afraid to share any new services or skills you’ve learned. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Tuesday, September 22 – Riverland dinner – CANCELLED

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Wednesday, September 23 – 12.30pm – Murray Bridge lunch – Swanport Hotel

We will be focusing on the opportunities available for regional women in business in a post-COVID world. If you’re wondering what the future is expected to hold for regional South Australia, we’re going to be talking about that too! This is a great chance for you to tell the rest of us what you’ve done with your business, if anything, during hibernation and don’t be afraid to share any new services or skills you’ve learned. We will also have plenty of emphasis on networking and connecting new and former connections. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Tuesday, September 29 – 12.30pm – Members Online Lunch – via Zoom

This is an online networking dinner for financial members of the Women in Business Regional Network. Today’s online catchup will look at how you can make the most of your Women in Business Regional Network membership to promote your business and to reach out for assistance. During the event you’ll have the chance to talk about your business, pose problems and questions that you’d like input about, network with others, seek and offer support. Our online functions have enabled women in business to connect with others from throughout the network, no matter where they are located. They have opened up opportunities for some great collaborations and income opportunities for many. This is not a high pressure environment, but a friendly, relaxed and caring one. We look forward to seeing you online. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

October 2020:

Thursday, October 1 – Online dinner – Via Zoom

Grants and proposals are a numbers game – you win some, you lose some – and you’ve got to play the game regularly get good at it. There’s lots of hints and tips around on how to write grants and there are some key factors that make a difference. At this Women in Business Regional Network online session we are fortunate to have Sharon McGann M.Ed (Adult Ed), B.Bus talk with us on writing Grants. Sharon is an experienced facilitator, adult educator and coach who is passionate about collaborating and creating the types of community and businesses we want to live in and work with – where considering people, the planet and purpose contributes to sufficient profit and an enjoyable lifestyle. Sharon has won two grants this year and is currently applying for a third in her volunteer role as Chair of the Onkaparinga Food Security Collaborative. In her business ‘A Passion for Results’, she has also succeeded with a number of business proposals for cross-sectoral programs, including one for co-mentoring between business and community leaders. Join us on this online session via Zoom, where we will learn more about how to set yourself up for success in winning grants and proposals, especially proposals that have a social impact focus. Numbers are limited at this online event. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Tuesday, October 20 – 12.30pm – Barossa lunch – 1918 Bistro and Grill

Would you like to know more about how you can get your business a higher Google profile without paying lots of money, with or without your own website? The next Barossa Women in Business Regional Network lunch will offer you tips on improving your searchability and therefore your chances of being noticed by potential customers.There’s even an option for a free website in case you don’t already have one. The session will be conducted in plain English, so even those who don’t think they know much about technology will be able to take back practical ideas they can implement themselves. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Thursday, October 22 – Members Onliner dinner – details to be confirmed

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Monday, October 26 – 5.30pm – Adelaide Hills dinner – Barker Hotel

Did you know Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island provides services to assist local small business? The guest speaker at our October Adelaide Hills dinner is Steve Shotton, the Regional Development Manager at RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island. Steve will tell us what’s available for local small business and there’ll be ample time to chat and ask questions. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Wednesday, October 28 – 12.30pm – Victor Harbor lunch – Apollon Motor Inn

Evelyn Pollard is an experienced HR professional who has assisted many businesses navigate this employment legislation landscape. At this event Evelyn will help us understand “Contractors vs Staff – Does it look and quack like a duck?” A number of decisions coming out of the Fair Work Commission and Federal Circuit Court have highlighted that the practice of engaging a contractor to perform work in lieu of staff is no longer an “easy” option, even for the small family business. Evelyn will take us through a process aimed at assessing whether the proposed work being undertaken is a true contractor or employee arrangement and guide us through the implications of making the incorrect decision, some alternatives to consider, and if it is a true contractor arrangement, what the contract document should look contain. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

November 2020:

Monday, November 2 – 12.30pm – McLaren Vale lunch – details to be confirmed

Wednesday, November 4 – 5.30pm – Victor Harbor dinner – Boulevard Cafe

Monday, November 9 – 5.30pm – Kadina dinner – details to be confirmed

Tuesday, November 10 – 5.30pm – Port Pirie dinner – Comfort Inn

Wednesday, November 11 – 12.30pm – Clare lunch – Rising Sun

Monday, November 16 – 5.30pm – McLaren Vale dinner – details to be confirmed

Thursday, November 19 – 12.30pm – Members Online lunch – details to be confirmed

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Tuesday, November 24 – 5.30pm – Riverland dinner – Berri Hotel

To Will or not to Will: that is not an option. “Iowa attorney and self-confessed woman hater TM Zink (unsurprisingly) left his wife nothing and his daughter just $5, the rest of his fortune was earmarked to open a very special, woman-less library”. True story! Chioma Amaechi, Principal of CA Legal and Migration in Loxton, will be our presenter at this Riverland dinner, she will talk with us about the things in life we never get to do – succession planning in life and business. Chioma will also tell us a bit about herself, share some ideas, laugh and make some beautiful connections with each other. She will talk about some of what to do and what not to do while we still can. Up for grabs on the night will be a copy of the book “Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable” by Seth Godin. BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE.

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Wednesday, November 25 – 12.30pm – Murray Bridge lunch – Swanport Hotel

Monday, November 30 – 5.30pm – Strathalbyn dinner – details to be confirmed

December 2020:

Saturday, December 5 – Christmas Dinner – details to be confirmed