Murray Bridge women make quality connections

MURRAY BRIDGE: The need to make quality connections to get ahead in business was the focus for the first Women in Business Regional Network function in Murray Bridge for 2020.

Mary-Lou Griffiths, Liz O’Hara, Justine Svetec, Glynis Taylor, Tiahne Wareing, Elise Gordon, Jodie Austin and Madelin Oliver at the Murray Bridge lunch.

Discussion focused on how to identify, connect with and nurture quality connections.

Founder, Carolyn Jeffrey, said a quality connection meant more than just swapping business cards and contact details.

“The most valuable connections are those where there is mutual benefit to both parties and where you understand what each can provide to the other,” Carolyn said.

“It’s important women in business realise that not every connection is about achieving a sale there and then. We gain a great deal from quality connections including support, marketing and opportunities to learn new skills too.”

In attendance at the lunch at the Swanport Hotel were Elise Gordon from AusIndustry in Mount Gambier and Tiahne Wareing, the Assistant Principal for Entrepreneurial Education at Murray Bridge High School.

Elise outlined the range of grant programs, business support and resources that were available to small business through AusIndustry.

Tiahne spoke about the entrepreneurial focus for education programs at the local high school and encouraged those present to become involved in providing practical opportunities for the students to learn more about running a business.

The next Murray Bridge lunch will be held on Wednesday, April 8 at the Swanport Hotel when the SA/NT manager for nbn™ Local will be listening to concerns about the nbn™ from a business perspective and discussing how business can make the most of the network.