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Women in business start 2021 off right

VICTOR HARBOR – Getting off to the right start in 2021 was the focus for the first Victor Harbor event of the year for the Women in Business Regional Network.

Jan Acheson, Carol Bernie, Jude Matusiewicz, Caitlin Sullivan, Rommie Corso and Christine Taylor at the Women in Business Regional Network dinner. Pic by Connie Matthews.

The dinner, at the Hotel Crown last week, was all about shaking off the challenges and restrictive thoughts of 2020 and moving ahead with purpose and confidence.

Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey shared her personal experience of doing a “brain dump” and to take even small steps towards achieving goals.

“2020 left many people with a feeling of uncertainty and stress, even paralysis and fear about making plans for the future,” Carolyn said.

“By literally just dumping all your anxieties and painpoints on paper, or on the computer, and adding your goals and the associated steps to achieve them is not only therapeutic but gives you opportunity to see a future where you may not have.

“Even many small steps can add up to achieving a big goal, and let’s face it, after 2020 it feels even better to be able to tick off even the smallest step and to celebrate.”

There was much discussion too about opportunities for women to tap into business grants, including those currently on offer through Alexandrina Council and up to $10,000 through the State Government’s SME Business Advisory Program.

It was exciting to hear local business Nurture Podiatry was expanding and launching a new service in Port Elliot.

The next Victor Harbor area function will be a lunch at the Middleton Tavern on Tuesday, February 23 when Hindmarsh Island life coach and podcaster Elle Crawford Marsden will be speaking about managing your mind to achieve results.

The Women in Business Regional Network is open to business owners, managers, staff and those dreaming of owning their own business.  You don’t have to be a member to attend events, but bookings are essential via Eventbrite.com.au.

Debbie Crook and network founder Carolyn Jeffrey at the dinner. Pic by Connie Matthews.   
Connie Matthews and Wendy Norris at the dinner.