Although many businesses are still suffering as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, the Women in Business Regional Network focused on the opportunities from the crisis when it met in Strathalbyn, late last month.
Network founder Carolyn Jeffrey said regional small businesses, particularly microbusinesses, appeared to be recovering well from the restrictions, although those in the wedding, travel and international tourism sectors were still facing tough restrictions and challenges.
"Although restrictions are easing it's important for everyone to realise we're not out of the woods and financially there's likely to be a lot more pain ahead, so businesses need to be taking advantage of every opportunity they can at the moment to not only make money, but to adjust their businesses to find savings too. We can't afford to sit back and just wait," Carolyn said.
"There is an increasing recognition that where people work from is no longer as rigid as it once was and it seems previously city-based workers are realising they can choose a great lifestyle location with a lower cost of living, and still access their city salaries.
"As regional businesses we must now stand up for our regions and promote the advantages of living and working outside the cities."
As well as outlining a checklist of things people could do to work on their businesses if they weren't as busy at present in their businesses on a day-to-day basis, Carolyn outlined some areas where she believed there were signs for growth.
The list included Australian-made products, health and well-being, local travel, online sales and services, social welfare, tech support, training and HR, cost-cutting including DIY, legal services, employment services, cleaning and business support.
The next Strathalbyn dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, with the venue and topic yet to be announced.
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.
For more information about the Women in Business Regional Network visit www.wibnetwork.com.au or phone Carolyn on 0435 432 203.