FREE Member Training
Join us for our FREE Member September training workshop based on small business startup and finance. This 1 hour presentation provided by a panel consisting of Abbey Gabrielli, Darrel Soderlund & Renae Nicholson will help you in clarifying your small business startup, ABN & GST requirements, financial implications and overall business and online business planning.  The training will assist any person that is in small business or looking to set up their own business or supplementary income stream and the choices available to them.
The Tapas Bar @ Caffe Belgiornos
When:Wednesday September 7th 2016
Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm start finishing at 7pm.
Cost:This training is a benefit of a WIBRD Membership and is FREE to WIBRD members only. Non-Members welcome for a fee of $30
Nibbles on arrival.
Book Tickets Here-  https://www.stickytickets.com.au/42340

September Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Our September breakfast of 2016 will feature some short interviews of Women in our network, what they have achieved, their challenges and their wins in business over the years. This month we will be showcasing three successful businesswomen in our region in Tammy Whitehead of Glenara Transport, Sue Morris of The Distributors- Mt Gambier & Sharon Tuffnell of Bare Necessities Lingerie. The Breakfast will support the empowerment of women in business in the Green Triangle region and not to mention there will be time and opportunity to above all, NETWORK!
The new Thyme Restaurant at the Lakes Resort, 17 Lakes Terrace West, Mount Gambier SA 5290.
When: Wednesday the 14th September 2016
Time: 7am to 8.30am
Cost:  $23 for WIBRD Members & $33 for Non- Members
BOOK TICKETS HERE- https://www.stickytickets.com.au/41045

Please note that ticket sale will close 24 hours prior to the event so please book early to ensure you do not miss out.

‘Supporting Each Other in Business’ Luncheon- Friday 26th August
The WIBRD ‘Supporting Each Other in Business’ Lunches will be held on the 4th or last Friday of every month.The informal lunches are open to all women and will be a set booking at a sponsors venue such as the Commodore and will provide a forum for those that attend to talk honestly about their business, develop professional relationships to work together to support each other, help each other through obstacles and mentor one another.In line with the newly developed strategic direction and action plan, WIBRD have organised this initiative to further support women in our region in all their endeavours and the lunches are a wonderful way to get out of the office meet some new people and have lunch!
Each member pays for their individual lunch and bookings are simply a text message at least a day prior to the lunch to the particular WIBRD Board Member hosting the lunch.
If you can please text your attendance to Di on 0417 273 645 at least one day prior to the lunch.

WiBRD Events to come in 2016. All Welcome.
Friday 26th August- Luncheon

Supporting each other in Business Luncheon
Wednesday 7th September- FREE Member Training
Supplementary Income Stream & Small Business Start Up & Finance Information Session
Wednesday 14th September- Breakfast
Empowering Women in Business Breakfast
Friday 30th of September- Luncheon
Supporting each other in Business Luncheon


WiBRD offers individual and Corporate membership. Cost of individual membership is $ 85.00 (inc GST).  Corporate membership offers full membership for up to three (3) employees of the Corporate member and the fee is $200.00 (Inc GST).


Membership Fees can now be paid   Here by Credit Card or alternatively email executive@wibrd.org.au and we will invoice you. Please note payments via CC will incur an additional processing fee.


To lead a series of inclusive networks for like-minded women in a supportive and professional environment.


Women in Business and Regional Development Inc. supports and provides opportunities to:

  • enhance business connections
  • build skills base
  • develop friendships
  • develop supportive strategic alliances
  • be an identifiable and respected source of community and regional perspectives

Membership Categories:

WiBRD offers individual and Corporate membership. Cost of individual membership is $ 85.00 (inc GST).  Corporate membership offers full membership for up to three (3) employees of the Corporate member and the fee is $200.00 (Inc GST).

What is the purpose of WiBRD?

WiBRD is a network to support like-minded women to get together in a supportive environment. Our purpose is to provide relationships to enhance business, develop friendships and strategic alliances and to be an identifiable and respected source of community and regional perspectives, sought by policy makers and drivers.

WiBRD guiding principles:

  • Inclusion – provide a network that is supportive, accessible, flexible, and relevant to members.
  • Collaboration – work in collaboration with organisations whose charter has commonality and/or who provide opportunities for WiBRD members.
  • Innovation – provide access, network links and opportunities for members to enable innovation.
  • Professionalism – activities of WiBRD to be conducted in a professional manner. WiBRD aims to provide a quality program delivered in a professional manner. Expectation that members will conduct themselves with integrity.
  • Growth – to expand and develop all network memberships to enhance the potential of all members to grow their businesses and networks. To build on the past and seek ongoing successful rural and regional communities.

How is WiBRD funded?

WiBRD is currently funded by membership fees and sponsorship. In the future funding will be sought from external providers (Grants etc) to maintain and expand its operations. Currently WiBRD is operated by a voluntary Board and an Executive Officer on part time service contract.

WiBRD Membership Benefits

  1. WiBRD events discount for events
  2. Free ticket to the WIBRD Christmas function
  3. Access to Network events
  4. WiBRD infrastructure and support – Incorporated Body with insurance. (Network meeting groups have the benefit that all corporate governance and BAS,Audits etc are taken care of by the Board)
  5. Networking ability across the Green Triangle
  6. Be part of networking group with significant influence in the region.

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 WIBRD Scholarship fund that has been developed in conjunction with the Stand like Stone Foundation 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




We are pleased to present our Sponsorship Prospectus for 2016. Sponsorship has now closed for 2016 however if you are interested in becoming involved in the network in 2016 or 2017 please do not hesitate to contact us.


An outstanding 480 people from around the region attended the 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 2015 Influential Women in Business Awards.

Sponsored by AltusQ Experiential Coaching
Awarded to Simone Kain from Hello Friday & George the Farmer

Sponsored by Sinclair Wilson
Awarded to Kelly Nicholson from Beachport Liquid Minerals

Sponsored by Complete Real Estate
Awarded to Rachel Alexander from Windon Park Belted Galloways

Sponsored by ANZ
Awarded to Wendy Fennell From Fennell Forestry

Sponsored by The City of Mount Gambier
Awarded to Nel Jans from the South East Junction Mental Health Resource & Activity Centre

Women in Business & Regional Development would like to congratulate this year’s winners  as 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 and judges.


Please CLICK HERE for a full list of all nominees for the 2015 IWA Awards.

2015 Influential Women in Business Awards Terms & Conditions. Click Here.

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

2016 Sponsorship Prospectus  WiBRD_2016_Sponsoship_Prospectus

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