McLAREN VALE: The Women in Business Regional Network celebrated its third anniversary this week with a sell-out luncheon at Angove McLaren Vale.
Founder Carolyn Jeffrey reflected on how far the network had come in three years, now including more than 230 financial members across regional South Australia and Victoria with 10 physical chapters and regular online events too.
The network was formed as a social enterprise to create networking, training, support and advocacy for women in business in regional areas of South Australia. Now the plan is to take it nationally over the next year.
The guest speaker at the luncheon was Mount Compass member Holly Little from Odyssey Coaching who provided tips on how to create and run a business that you enjoy.
She encouraged the women to reflect on why they do what they do, and to also put in writing exactly what their business mission is.
Her formula included ensuring that procedures were in place for any actions in the business that you do more than once. This creates not only structure and culture for staff, but can also help sole traders if they need to enlist outside help in the future too.
Holly suggested writing down a daily or weekly action plan not only for work, but to also ensure mental health and personal time wasn’t overlooked.
The next McLaren Vale function will be a dinner on November 2. The venue and topic will be announced at a later date.