And Barossa Valley makes 10

ANGASTON – The Women in Business Regional Network now has 10 physical chapters with the launch of a chapter in the Barossa Valley on Tuesday, August 18.

Bianca Muller, Sonya Thorn, Maxine Patterson, Kellie Thomas and Laura Mudge at the Barossa launch for the Women in Business Regional Network.

An inaugural lunch was held at the Brauhaus in Angaston attracting a small but enthusiastic group of local women in business.

This was the second attempt at holding a Barossa launch after the original was cancelled in March due to COVID-19.

As well as meeting a number of new faces, including member Laura Mudge of EcoPatch, the function had business planning as its presentation topic.

Founder Carolyn Jeffrey gave the women tips on how to prepare a strategic plan for their businesses, including analysing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Carolyn, a self-confessed passionate planner, says there’s no greater feeling than to have a plan in place and a strategy and being able to tick off the tasks one by one, particularly if you’re feeling a bit down and thinking you’re not making progress.

With the pandemic creating so much uncertainty and mental strain for us all, Carolyn recommended business owners don’t try to plan too far in advance if you’re feeling unsure.

“I think it’s probably a good thing to plan tasks in small increments so we can not only celebrate the small wins, but also stay ahead of any changes to t he current economic and legal environment surrounding the virus,” Carolyn said.

She urged women to also include their “why” in their plan to serve as a reminder when things get tough and we start to question why we wanted to own our own business. The network will be returning to the Barossa Valley on Tuesday, October 20 at a venue to be announced.  The topic will be how to get noticed online even if you don’t have a website.