The Women in Business Regional Network was officially launched on October 25, at the Hotel Victor.
A total of 24 women were in attendance, with many others sending messages of support.
The organisation was established following a successful Women in Business Lunch and Learn function at McCracken Convention Centre in September, organised by transformational educator Rosemary Killip.
That luncheon was believed to have been the first of its kind held in Victor Harbor and it was clear from those in attendance that there was a desire and a need for the establishment of a network of women in business to support women in business.
Network founder and former editor of The Times Carolyn Jeffrey had been engaged by Rosemary to organise her Australian functions and promotions.
At the launch Carolyn outlined the philosophies of the new organisation and the roles and responsibilities of both the Women in Business Regional Network and its members.
“Essentially the organisation has been set up to facilitate regular networking and learning opportunities for women in business in regional areas,” Carolyn said.
“And, because I recognise people are busy with their businesses, families and a range of other community responsibilities, the network won’t require women to be on a committee, attend regular meetings, nor be involved in fundraising activities.
“Aside from becoming a financial member, women will simply be asked to be actively involved in assisting other women in business in regional areas in a positive, supportive manner.”
Members of the new network will receive a regular newsletter, access to a secure Facebook group, discounts and opportunities to attend learning opportunities, promotional opportunities through the network’s website www.wibnetwork.com.au and discounted advertising opportunities through the network too.
“Some of the success stories we’ve seen are small training workshops being developed and delivered to cater for a specific need, a local business making inroads to finding a more established home for their operation and collaboration between businesses to ensure improved services are available locally to business,” Carolyn said.
Although the organisation has been founded in Victor Harbor there has already been interest shown in taking it further afield.
The next Women in Business Regional Network function is a lunch on Monday, November 20, at the Victor Harbor Yacht Club where the focus will be on planning for both business and life.
For more details and information visit www.wibnetwork.com.au or phone Carolyn on 0435 432 203.