FREE ‘Women on Wheels’ Workshop
The Barry Maney Group expert Service Advisors and Technicians will host this fun and interactive workshop with some hands on, and helpful how to. They will step you through workstations covering some handy hints to keep yourself and your car, safe on the road. Hosted by our valued sponsor Barry Stafford and his team at the Barry Maney Group Car Service Centre. Numbers are limited this is an event not to be missed.

Where:  Barry Maney Group Ford Showroom, 199 Jubilee Highway West, Mount Gambier, SA
When: Thursday the 9th November
Time: 6pm for a 6.30 start for an 8.30pm finish
Cost: This is FREE event.
Food: A selection of nibbles and drinks provided by the Barry Maney Group.
Dress: Casual clothes and flat shoes.
Early booking would be appreciated. 

                 BOOK TICKETS HERE- https://www.stickytickets.com.au/59926

October ‘Supporting each other in Business’ Luncheon
Where: Commodore on the Park, 1 Jubilee Highway, Mount Gambier
When: Friday the 27th September 2017 from 1pm
RSVP: If you can please text your attendance to the host of the luncheon Lydia Mules on 0400293676 at least one day prior to the lunch.
Cost:  Lunch specials start from $16.
If you are on a tight deadline we recommend booking your lunch prior by calling the Commodore on the Park on 87246400, the menu can be found at the following link http://www.commodoreonthepark.com.au/lunch-menu/?id=5 .

November Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Save The Date- Further Details to come
The Commodore on the Park, CNR of Bay Road & Jubilee Highway Mount Gambier.
When: Wednesday the 15th November 2017
Time:   7am to 8.30am

WIBRD 2017 Event Calendar CLICK HERE



Do you own a business, work in a business, want to start a business or are a budding entrepreneur? If so we would love for you to join our network! Women in Business & Regional Development is a supportive network that is open to all people including but not limited to small business owners, career professionals, up and coming business women, entrepreneurs and women looking to develop their personal skill set. The strength of WIBRD is our valuable members, sponsors and our ability to empower all women and ignite their potential though training, networking and supporting each other in business. 

Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st each year. Standard cost of individual membership is $85.00 (inc GST).  Corporate membership offers full membership for up to three (3) employees and is $200.00 (Inc GST). A membership of WIBRD entitles you to a 25% discount on all breakfast and professional development functions, free attendance to our training events and an exclusive complimentary ticket to our end of year Christmas Event.

Discounted 2017 Membership  Offer
WIBRD are now offering a 40% discount on 2017 membership, valid from the 1st of September 2017 through to the 31st of December 2017. This brings the cost of individual membership down to $51.00 and corporate membership to $120.00.
Please note fees are inclusive of GST and a sticky ticket surcharge applies on all membership payments via sticky tickets.
If you are interested in becoming a member please  email executive@wibrd.org.au and we will invoice you alternatively you can click on the following link to pay via CC https://www.stickytickets.com.au/59178 .


An outstanding 550 people from around the region attended The 2017 Influential Women in Business Awards and Gala event which was held at the Barn Palais, Mount Gambier to witness the announcement of the winners of the prestigious Women in Business & Regional Developments 2017 Influential Women in Business Awards.

Reflecting on the night Di Ind, Chairman of Women in Business & Regional Development congratulated this year’s winners, saying that the “depth and quality of entries had been outstanding”. “the awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the women in our community- their achievements, their continuing ability to improve themselves, their contribution not just to the business community but to the wider community also and we are so very proud of all involved in the process, not just the winners but the nominees, sponsors, judges and the WIBRD Awards Committee that organised the gala event”.
2017 Influential Women in Business Awards Winners

Business Woman of the Year         
Sponsored by ANZ
Awarded to Cathy Beckman of Salts of the Earth Mount Gambier

Best Business (over 5 employees)
Sponsored by DeGaris Lawyers
Awarded to Sue Morris of The Distributors Mount Gambier


Best Small Business (5 and under employees)
Sponsored by Ray White Keatley
Awarded to Lana-Joy Durik of Smiles All Round

Entrepreneur of the Year (New Business Start-up)

Sponsored by Metro Bakery & Café
Awarded to Kelsie Prowse of the Apple Farm


Employee of the Year
Sponsored by Redgum Country
Awarded to Sharon Disher of The Barry Maney Group


Community Leader
Sponsored by City of Mount Gambier
Awarded to Trudi Shelton of Mount Gambier Winter Wear for Kids in Need


The successful gala dinner and presentation on Friday the 4th of August 2017 was hosted by Selina Green and featured inspirational talks from 2015 Best Small Business Award winner Simone Kain of Hello Friday/ George the Farmer and Toni Vorenas of Metro Bakery & Café and winner of the 2013 Business Woman of the Year award. The sell-out event is reflective of the growth and momentum Women in Business & Regional Development is currently achieving under the direction of its Board.
“Celebrating the achievements of women is something that we as a board are very passionate about, as what we know for sure is that when we support each other, especially women it strengthens our communities and creates abundance in our economy” says Ali Villani, Chair of the WIBRD Awards committee and past Board Member. “This year the awards were bigger than ever with over 140 nominations received from all over the Green Triangle region from Naracoorte to Portland and the well-respected judging panel of Caroline Hill, Flexible Learning Options Area Manager, Department of Education & Child Development and Chair of the Limestone Coast Community Services Round Table, Lisa Rowley, Group Accountant with the Scott Group of Companies and Cheryl White, ANZ Home & Investment Lending Manager, Mount Gambier certainly did not have an easy job choosing the winner of the awards.”

2017 IWA Terms and Conditions

An intensive judging process has now been completed for the WIBRD Entrepreneurial Scholarships for 2017 with four finalists being shortlisted and the two winners, Kelsie Prowse of The Apple Farm and Caitlin Zukauskas of Luxe Glamping announced at the WIBRD 2017 Launch at the Commodore on the Park.
According to the WiBRD Scholarship Committee Chair, Fiona Pulford, “we are very proud of the number and calibre of all entries to the scholarships. The variety of talent and innovation within the Green Triangle is incredible; we have been highly impressed by the standard, with so many of the applicants demonstrating  entrepreneurial potential through setting up a new business and taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. They should all be very proud of what they have achieved and the number of applicants demonstrates the growing number of entrepreneurial talent our region has to offer.  The number of submissions is a strong indication that this new and exciting initiative of the WIBRD is considered a step in the right direction by providing further opportunities for local business operators to support and collaborate.”
The two scholarships offered by Women in Business & Regional Development were developed to support the establishment and fostering of entrepreneurs and up and coming business women in our region who demonstrate entrepreneurial potential through setting up a new business, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit along with ongoing involvement in networking.  Valued at over $1500 each, the scholarships are available to entrepreneurs and/or up and coming businesswomen in the Limestone Coast & Green Triangle area who demonstrate entrepreneurial potential.

We are pleased to present our Sponsorship Prospectus for 2017. Please note the sponsorships for 2017 have now closed, if you are interested in becoming involved in the network please contact executive@wibrd.org.au.


Women in Business and Regional Development are proud to announce our involvement in the ANZ Mortgage introducer program.
After much consideration and member feedback from a survey of our network, Women in Business & Regional Development would like to announce our involvement in the ANZ Mortgage Introducer Program.

 This opportunity by our Major Sponsor ANZ will enable us to receive additional funding to support the sustainability of our network through a mortgage introducer program whereby WIBRD receive 0.3% on residential loans and 0.6% of commercial loans from ANZ when members and sponsors of WIBRD mention their association with Women in Business & Regional Development.
The program will run for a trial period until from March 31, 2016 to October 1, 2016. A decision will then be made by the then current WIBRD Board if the program will continue taking in to account the 2017 sponsorship prospectus.

The WIBRD involvement in the program does not mean that we recommend the ANZ mortgage products over other mortgage products offered in the sector, and all people getting a loan are advised to perform their own due diligence in deciding what product is best for you or your business needs. 

The decision to go ahead with this program has been reliant upon the feedback received from our network and we thank all that have contributed to the WIBRD making the decision to be involved.

All money raised from this program from the trial period will go towards the SARWG Scholarship, a Sub Fund of the Stand Like Stone Foundation, that seeks to support women in the Limestone Coast to achieve their educational goals,  and operational costs for the WIBRD network to ensure our sustainability and ability to offer our members cost effective training and events.

Please note all enquiries are kept in the strictest confidence and any personal and/or business details are not shared with Women in Business & Regional Development.

If you are interested in hearing more about the program or ANZ products please contacting one of the following ANZ Mount Gambier Staff Members;

Darrel Soderlund

ANZ Business Banking Manager

0419 270 956


Cheryl White

ANZ Home & Investment Lending Manager

0417 138 407


Matt Foreman

ANZ Branch Manager

0403 367 447



Women in Business and Regional Development Incorporated is open to all professional women in the Green Triangle (Limestone Coast and SW Victoria) offering networking opportunities that are:

inclusive – collaborative – innovative – professional – fun

To join us TODAY simply download this WIBRD Membership Form and email or send it back to us.