Riverland chapter launched at Berri

The Riverland now boasts a chapter of the Women in Business Regional Network.

A launch function for the new chapter was held over lunch at the Berri Hotel on Wednesday, May 29, when those in attendance also discussed and learned about cost-effective marketing ideas.

Women travelled from as far afield as Loxton, Waikerie, Glossop, Renmark and Berri to take part in the inaugural Riverland function.

The network was formed in 2017 and now boasts regular gatherings at Victor Harbor, Strathalbyn, McLaren Vale, Murray Bridge, north and south Yorke Peninsula and will soon be expanding to Port Pirie and the Adelaide Hills.

It aims to provide networking, support, collaboration and educational opportunities for women in business from regional areas of South Australia.

Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey said the organisation had undergone rapid growth over the past five months as regional businesswomen realised the benefits associated with supporting and learning from one another.

“The network has a philosophy that each person who attends one of our events has something to offer another woman in business, they just may not know it yet,” Carolyn said.

“We try to connect up businesses who would gain from collaboration, to identify and assist those who need support on an emotional, resource or training level, and we provide training opportunities that many women in country areas don’t always have easy access to.”

Although the first function was held in Berri, Carolyn said she hopes to work towards staging regular events in Waikerie, Loxton and the Berri/Renmark areas to maximise the opportunities for women in business to network with others.

“I’m extremely grateful for the support the network has received to date in the Riverland,” Carolyn said.

“Local lady Lorena Lyon, who was a colleague of mine in my Fairfax Media days, has been at the forefront of helping to bring the women together in the Riverland through the creation of the Riverland Women in Business group on Facebook.

“Local councils, PIRSA and Regional Development Australia, along with the local media have also shown immense support early in spreading our message.

“A big network means greater opportunities for women in business to connect with each other and gain support, so I encourage anyone who knows someone who might be interested to encourage them to come along.”

The next Riverland function will be a dinner on July 17 at the Berri Hotel when the topic for discussion will be business plans; why you need one and how to easily put one together.

Among those to attend the launch lunch for the Riverland chapter of the Women in Business Regional Network were, at back, Ella Winnall, Cushla Baldock, Chioma Amaechi, Elaine Blum, Lisa Robertson, Carolyn Huckel with, at front, Jo-anne Cain, Julie Day, Emma Gwiazda and Diana Van Dam.