Something for nothing

Who doesn’t love something for nothing?

Clare Valley Chapter of the Women in Business Regional Network convenor Nan Berrett shared a raft of ‘free’ online tools which help small business grow at the group’s recent dinner.

Meeting at the Rising Sun Stables on Thursday, 12 May, the group discussed graphic design tools, appointment schedules, calendars, websites to help inspire content and a lot more.

“We are all time poor, but as small business owners we often have to do the majority of work ourselves – from marketing to delivering our services and products, so having access to tools which can take some off the load off is really beneficial,” Nan said.

“Pretty much everything you need can be found on the internet, so a quick search should provide a range of solutions for most questions – but it’s helpful if you can talk to someone about what their favourite tools are.”

Sadly, the Women in Business Network is closing in its current form, but those at the dinner were keen to see women’s business networking continue.

“Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey has done an amazing job of gathering and nurturing women all over regional South Australia, as well as some from interstate, who are interested in business, and we didn’t want to lose that momentum,” Nan said.

As a result, the group decided to continue meeting on a monthly basis for dinner at the Rising Sun Hotel in Auburn and also to start a Facebook group to connect with rural and regional South Australian women interested in small business and continue their networking journey.

The Facebook group is called – Rural Business Chics – and the next dinner in Auburn will be on Thursday, June 9 at 6pm – if you want to find out more email: nan@wordsolutions.com.au or give her a call on 0400 742 692.

(back row from left) Laura Mudge, Trudy Arbon , Carmel Vandermolen, Graciela Dorey, Sheryl Ryan, Elizabeth Haywood, Deb Keleher;
(front) Ali Guerin, Meg Mader, Marie Langtry, Abbie, Alice and Kelly Thomas.