More than 20 enthusiastic women from a wide array of businesses attended the launch of the Murray Bridge chapter of the Women in Business Regional Network on Wednesday, February 13.
The lunch was held at Wong’s Happy Gathering.
The group included women who had been in businesses for more than 30 years, as well as start-ups, plus people who managed or worked in local businesses. There was even one person who essentially runs her business as a volunteer providing a service for the local community.
As much of the function was taken up with getting to know one another, and outlining information about the network, its background, membership and aims, training was limited.
Time management tips were discussed and openly shared. Among the issues identified as being common across many in the group were procrastination, social media distractions, family distractions, demands on our lives from others and difficulties in dealing with the tougher tasks or those we don’t enjoy as much.
There were many tips given, including using online apps such as Google calendar, handwritten lists to remind us of what needs to be done and to plan our day, learning to say “no” and setting boundaries for loved ones and ensuring we program time for ourselves as well as time for our businesses.
Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey said she was thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm.
“It was only a few minutes into the function and already you could see collaboration opportunities developing simply through people meeting and talking about their businesses,” Ms Jeffrey said.
“I returned to Victor Harbor to be greeted by a barrage of messages of thanks from those who had attended as well as a clear indication that the network’s services are what has been needed in the area for a long time.”
A second luncheon is to be held at Wong’s Happy Gathering on Wednesday, March 27 with a focus on cost-effective marketing solutions.
Bookings can be made via Eventbrite.
There is also interest in holding evening functions for those unable to escape their businesses during the work day. Details of venues and dates for the first one of these are yet to be finalised.