Women in Business & Regional Development (WiBRD) announced the 2020 Business Booster and Entrepreneurial Scholarships recipients at a sell-out event in Penola on Friday the 31st of July. The networking event hosted as a joint collaboration between Women in Business & Regional Development and the Riddoch Business and Community Association was held at Koonara Wines and featured a presentation from Mandy Curnow of MC Coaching.

Ilana Adam and Marika Gazzard of Lanamara and Danielle England of Black Island Produce were the joint recipients of the Entrepreneurial Scholarship. In a turn for the books the judging panel selected joint winners in the entrepreneurial category and in an incredible act of generosity, Scholarship Partners Flinders EnVision and Dare to Dream Business Coaching and Mentoring doubled their prizes to accommodate the joint recipients. Danielle was unfortunately unable to attend the evening as she was in isolation on her farm at Keilira following her daughters return from her Victorian boarding school, the scholarship was accepted on her behalf by WiBRD Board Member, Harriet Keatley.

Cindy Cross of Post and Rail Potager and Pantry was announced as the recipient of the Business Booster Scholarship by Southern Cross Austereo Representative Jazz Gritton.

Prior to the announcement of the Scholarship recipients Toni Vorenas, WiBRD Board Member and Member of the Scholarship judging panel reflected on the importance of the scholarships for the community.

“both of these scholarships epitomise the values that sit at the heart of WIBRD. They recognize the enormous creativity and talent we have here in the Limestone Coast, and they serve to offer the connections and mentoring that are so vital to all of us in business.” 

Toni went on to applaud the calibre of all nominees for the 2020 Scholarship program.

“What was clearly evident and the common thread in all the applications was just how passionate they are not only about their businesses and own personal development but also how passionate you are about showcasing our region and all it has to offer. “

The WiBRD Scholarship Program which has been developed in partnership with Dare to Dream Business Coaching and Mentoring, Southern Cross Austereo and Flinders University will take place for a year from July 2020 to June 2021.

Each scholarship is valued at over $2500 for women who demonstrate entrepreneurial potential and/or run an established business and are seeking support to help boost their businesses into its next phase.  The WiBRD 2020 Business Booster & Entrepreneurial Scholarship program supports the establishment and fostering of entrepreneurs and businesswomen in the Limestone Coast & Western Victoria.

The scholarships are directly aligned with the Women in Business & Regional Development strategic direction whereby the recipients of the scholarships will be supported and guided in their business pursuits  and underpin the WiBRD mission of growing the potential of regional women and supporting them to create powerful legacies.

Joint Entrepreneurial recipient on the night was Danielle England of Black Island Produce 
In establishing Black Island Produce 10 months ago Danielle became the first vegetable production business on the Limestone Coast with a plan to provide a large number of restaurants, cafes and homes with fresh, local, seasonal produce.

Danielle identified a gap in the market between smaller scale (homesteading), or large commercial scale businesses providing fresh produce directly to one of the large retail chains. Danielle also identified a need for local food options to support the tourism industry and local healthy living community.

Danielle’s goal for Black Island Produce is not only to help chefs to provide local eating experiences to their patrons but to also showcase Limestone Coast Food to locals and tourists alike. Based near Keilira in the Limestone Coast, Danielle’s business has excelled with demand out growing capacity.

Joint Entrepreneurial Scholarship Recipient was Marika Gazzard and Ilana Adam of Lanamara. 
Lanamara is the ultimate sister act, developed by sisters Marika Gazzard and Ilana Adam, it is affordable luxury handbags & accessories. Featuring leather, linen and other natural textiles and what sits at the heart of Lanamara’s product is sustainability and empowerment.

Focusing on creativity in design with the use of handcraft they hope to empower women to feel at their most confident when wearing a piece of Lanamara.

They have set up relationships with women in India to manufacture one range of their handbags, making a significant difference to the lives of these women. In addition, Lanamara will produce a limited-edition range of Australian made canvas and leather tote bags which will also have the option to be customised. Lanamara are also currently in talks with a local manufacturer in Mount Gambier.

Business Booster Scholarship Recipient Cindy Cross of The Post & Rail Potager & Pantry 
Cindy started her business the Post and Rail in 2018, named for the fence that built around her Potager Garden, which is the crux of the business. Cindy is a producer, foodie, teacher, holding sold out cooking classes using produce from her garden.

She holds classes for, Propagation Techniques, From Garden to Table, Preserving the Gourmet Edition, Slow Cooking, Wood Fired Pizzas, Cut Flowers, Fresh Cheeses, Fresh Pasta & Risotto to name a few.
Cindy is also a champion of other producers with her Post & Rail on wheels, as she travels around and showcases other producers in the region. She is a visionary, wanting to create life changing experiences through the power of gardening and cooking.


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