2021 Scholarships

WiBRD 2021 Business Booster,
Entrepreneurial & women who Lead in Business Scholarships

Recipients Announced for the WiBRD 2021 Scholarship Program!

Women in Business & Regional Development (WiBRD) announced the 2021 Scholarship winners at their  Relax & Connect event in Mt Gambier on Friday the 16th of July. The networking event hosted by Ebony Moulden, Board member and owner of Brite Legal.  Dylan McQueen the Scroll Queen was the guest speaker and he spoke about scaling your business through, what we know, has been a tough time for many.

WIBRD are proud to be able to present theses scholarships year after year and are really pleased to have been able to add a new category – Women Who Led in Business.

The winners were as follows: Entrepreneurial Scholarship was taken out this year by Aleathia Holland and her business LeaLa Tea Co, Callena Rawlings presented the prize and represents Flinders EnVision, a partner of WIBRD and the sponsor of this scholarship. Congratulations Aleathia.

Our Business Booster Scholarship was won by Melissa Reilly of Total Therapy Solutions and this scholarship was presented by Patrick O’Donell, Southern Cross Austereo Manager, who are also a partner of WIBRD and sponsor of this scholarship. Congratulations Melissa.

New this year is our Women Who Led in Business, that was sponsored by Sally Klose Strategic Solutions, was won by Sharon Disher, from the Barry Maney Group, and presented by Sally Klose. Congratulations Sharon.

Prior to the announcement of the Scholarship recipients Ebony Moulden, WiBRD Board Member and Member of the Scholarship judging panel reflected on the importance of the scholarships for the community “these three scholarships exemplify the values that sit at the heart of WiBRD. They recognise 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 or working in business.”

Ebony went on to applaud the calibre of all nominees for the 2021 Scholarship program “What was clear 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. “She went on to say, “We are especially excited about the new category of Women who Led in Business and are excited to see what the mentoring opportunities will provide to Sharon with her project to develop mentoring for younger employees”.

The WiBRD Scholarship Program which has been developed in partnership with Dare to Dream Business Coaching and Mentoring, Sally Klose Strategic Solutions, Southern Cross Austereo and Flinders University will take place for a year from July 2021 to June 2022.

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 2021 Business Booster & Entrepreneurial Scholarship program supports the establishment and fostering of entrepreneurs and businesswomen in the Limestone Coast.  And the new category is about supporting women who work in a business in a leadership role.

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.

 

Women who Led in Business Recipient, Sharon Disher, Barry Maney Group

Sharon is an Administration Manager at Barry Maney Group, she is responsible for all aspects of administration in the business, including being a direct support to our General Manager and the other managers in the business. Recently she has been involved to include a larger focus on strategic direction.

Informally, Sharon is a key pillar in helping the wellbeing of their staff.  Life provides many challenges, and positive wellbeing is not about having or avoiding these, rather having sufficient resources to face them. For some people, the resources they need may come from the workplace. Such as flexibility, decision-making skills, financial literacy and managing demands are all important skills employees can use in developing resilience in and outside the workplace to help with positive wellbeing.

She is passionate about development of a mentoring program. With more young people stepping into leadership, they could be paired with other leaders. She believes that when new people join the business, we should not automatically assign roles and responsibilities that the previous role-holder may have held. Rather, we should consider the person and their strengths and should not be afraid to reconsider the role in context of the whole team.

 

Business Booster Scholarship recipient, Melissa Reilly, Total Therapy Solutions Pty Ltd  

Total Therapy Solutions is a business that provides Occupational Therapy services to the entire Limestone Coast of SA.  Melissa’s team is spread across the Limestone Coast and see’s clients in their own homes, she is opening an office in Mount Gambier as a base for meetings as well as face-to-face therapy.  Since, starting the business in 2018 demand has kept escalating and Melissa has employed more staff in the hope to meet demand, but recruitment & retention remain challenges.  As Melissa looks to grow the business, she is continually striving to find improvements across the business as it grows.  Melissa’s vision is to employ more staff to meet the growing demand and be able to consistently have waiting times below two weeks. This needs to be done in a way that keeps our high-quality services that she strives for.

Melissa is excited about the scholarship so she can re visit her business structure along with her role in the business into the future as she develops her goals and plans across the Limestone Coast.

 

Entrepreneurial Scholarship recipient, Alethia Holland, LeaLa Tea Co.

LeaLa Tea Co. started around the idea of collagen tea, collagen is something that our bodies have in an abundance until the age of 25, it keeps us looking youthful, our hair thick and our bones strong. However after the age of 25 it starts to deplete and helps accelerate the ageing process, hence why you are starting to see collagen supplements make its way into our everyday beauty food and products. Alethia began to search the market place and found only one other company selling collagen tea in Australia. Alethia realising there was a gap in the tea market formed an idea of bringing a beauty collagen tea to the market place.

Alethia’s idea is a breakthrough product but that she is teaming  with the no.1 most consumed hot drink in the world. It then bridges the gap between beauty and food to help to aid in replenishing our bodies with its depleting storage of collagen. The food and anti-ageing industries are both billion dollar industries within the market place.

WiBRD 2021 Business Booster,
Entrepreneurial & women who Lead in Business Scholarships

WIBRD is committed to building the capacity of women in the limestone coast. Through our scholarship program we offer women the opportunity to reflect on their businesses and we offer the resources and mentoring to move from working in their businesses to working on their businesses.

The benefits of our scholarship Program are

  • Opportunity for professional development
  • Opportunity for conversations
  • Opportunity to gain skills to take your business/career to the next level – your skills are the most important determining factor in the growth of your business
  • ‘Nudge’ to take a step back and reflect on your business and what it needs to move forward
  • Validation
  • The application process itself serves to clarify thinking, identify strengths and gaps

Women in Business & Regional Development, in partnership with Dare to Dream Business Coaching and Mentoring, Sally Klose Strategic Solutions, Southern Cross Austereo and Flinders University are offering scholarships for up to three women who demonstrate entrepreneurial potential and/or run an established businesses and are seeking support to help boost their businesses into its next phase, along with a new category for women who work in a business in a leadership role.

The WIBRD scholarships are valued at over $2500 each to the recipients who fit the defined criteria. The Scholarships will take place for a year from July 2021 to June 2022 and will be 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 by the WIBRD network. The scholarships which support the establishment and fostering of female entrepreneurs and businesswomen also provide a framework for women in our community to enhance business contacts, develop friendships and strategic alliances to continually strive for business and personal growth.

Details & Criteria

Business Booster Scholarship

Business Booster Scholarship

This scholarship is designed for any business that needs a ‘boost’ with their next stage of growth and planning. It requires that the applicants

  • Know ‘where’ their business is at. That reflective and review practices are part of the business practice
  • That there is clarity around purpose
  • That there is strong evidence of the capacity to plan and to set priorities
  • Know their numbers. That there is evidence of financial literacy, particularly cash flow projection

 

Scholarship Inclusions:

  • 1 x Full year Individual WIBRD Membership valued at $99
  • 1 x Southern Cross Austereo Marketing package to the value of $1350. Inclusions;
    • Digital Health Check, with the recipient receiving a one page document outlining their social media performance, best practices and direction for elevated strategy and improved execution, plus a website Search Engine Optimisation report with Southern Cross Austereo Digital Marketing Specialist via VC at SAFM and 963 Triple M office
    • 1 hour marketing brainstorm session with local Southern Cross Austereo team to review business marketing message
    • SCA radio marketing campaign to the value of $1,000
  • Coaching & Mentoring package from Dare to Dream Coaching & Mentoring valued at $1350. Inclusions:
    • 3 x 2 hour coaching sessions with Duncan Redman of Dare to Dream Business Coaching and Mentoring
  • 1 x complimentary pass to a WiBRD ticketed event(s) of your choice (excluding IWA). Once booked, tickets will not be transferrable to another event or person.
  • $750 contribution to a Training Program to further encourage and support the recipients business pursuits, donated by Flinders University. The training to the value of $750 is to be identified as an eligible training program by both the recipient and sponsor of funding Flinders University.
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Entrepreneur Scholarship

Entrepreneur Scholarship

This scholarship is designed for anyone who has an entrepreneurial idea and wants to see it come to fruition, or for someone who has started an entrepreneurial endeavour and wants to develop it further. The applicants will need to demonstrate an understanding of

  • What an entrepreneur is
    • Are in tune with their passion
    • Find problems and ‘imagine’ solutions
    • Question how to do it better
    • Get excited about possibilities/opportunities
    • Take calculated risks
    • Reinvent/change/thrive on competition
    • Above all they EXECUTE, they DO
  • Know their strengths and entrepreneurial qualities
  • Can demonstrate these qualities through concrete examples

Scholarship Inclusions:

  • 1 x Full year Individual WIBRD Membership valued at $99
  • Coaching & Mentoring package from Dare to Dream Coaching & Mentoring valued at $1350. Inclusions:
    • 3 x 2 hour coaching sessions with Duncan Redman of Dare to Dream Business Coaching and Mentoring
  • $750 contribution to a Training Program to further encourage and support the recipients business pursuits, donated by Flinders University. The training to the value of $750 is to be identified as a eligible training program by both the recipient and sponsor of funding Flinders University.
  • 1 x complimentary pass to a WiBRD ticketed event(s) of your choice (excluding IWA). Once booked, tickets will not be transferrable to another event or person.

 

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Women who Lead in Business Scholarship

Women who Lead in Business

This scholarship recognises women who work in a business in a leadership role. It affirms the role and value of leadership staff members to the success of a business. It will serve to further develop leadership capacities. The applicants will be nominated by their employer and will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of their leadership style with a focus on strengths and areas for development
  • The role that their leadership plays in the business as a whole
  • The capacity to identify leadership challenges and wins

 

Scholarship Inclusions:

  • 1 x Full year Individual WIBRD Membership valued at $99
  • Mentoring package from Sally Klose Strategic Solutions valued at $1350
  • $750 contribution to a Training Program to further encourage and support the recipients business pursuits, donated by Flinders University. The training to the value of $750 is to be identified as a eligible training program by both the recipient and sponsor of funding Flinders University.
  • 1 x complimentary pass to a WiBRD ticketed event(s) of your choice (excluding IWA). Once booked, tickets will not be transferrable to another event or person.

 

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KEY DATES:
Opening date for submissions: 5th March 2021 
Closing date for submissions: 31st May 2021
Scholarship winners announced: 16th July 2021
Training on how to write an application: Video released Monday 29th March
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ELIGIBILITY
The scholarships are open to women over the age of 18 years who own a business and/or actively pursuing a business or entrepreneurial goal. Applicants must be an Australian registered business owner (this includes partnerships, franchises and companies), and have an ABN.  They must reside and operate their business in the region of South East SA and Western Victoria. Past recipients of the WiBRD Scholarships are not eligible to enter again.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

  1. Self-nomination OR nominated by an employer (for Women Who Lead in a Business) OR someone from the community
  2. Written Application, including referees and a cover sheet
  3. Encouraged to attend a Training session on “How to write an application
  4. Successful applicants will make a commitment to WIBRD to present at a spotlight session or host one of the lunches etc – This is a way for us to capture experiences and learnings & should happen within 12-24 months of winning the scholarship

JUDGING
Judging will take place in June 2021
The Judging Panel will have the final decision and no correspondence will be entered in to.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF RECIPIENTS
The winners of the scholarships will be announced by the 16 July 2021, at the Empowering Women Breakfast and online via the WIBRD website, social media, emails, local radio and print. The partners of the Scholarships will be invited to present the scholarships to the recipients.

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Our Scholarship Partners

About Duncan Redman & Dare to Dream Business Coaching & Mentoring
Duncan is a Chartered Accountant, has qualifications in Human Resource Development, and has worked with leading accountancy firms in Adelaide, Hong Kong, London & Sydney.  He has worked in senior management roles across a range of dynamic and complex organisations in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors and served with distinction on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit organisations.  Since becoming a Business Coach & Mentor, Duncan has mentored a wide range of businesses to successfully implement sustainable change to achieve the desired outcomes of their owners. Duncan possesses the concepts, knowledge and insights to understand the challenges faced by micro businesses and as a result, is able to provide the guidance that will yield tangible outcomes to micro businesses on the road to success.

 

About Southern Cross Austereo Digital Marketing Specialist
Hit 96.1 and 963 Triple M Limestone Coast are owned by Southern Cross Austereo, one of the largest media organisations in Australia. Southern Cross Austereo is Australia’s pre-eminent and most diverse entertainment company, with audio and visual brands and content reaching 95% of Australians. Southern Cross Austereo has the largest regional commercial Radio footprint in Australia with stations in all states separated into two targeted brands. The Triple M network is an iconic radio entertainment brand bringing the best music, sport, comedy and entertainment to audiences around Australia. The Hit Network focuses on hit music, old-school favourites and RNB Fridays with hit shows at Breakfast and Drive. The SCA dedicated sales team produces creative solutions for clients, helping brands connect with their target audience in a unique and powerful way. SCA regularly communicate with their audiences to understand who they are, what they’re thinking, how they’re feeling, and most importantly, why? These insights enable them to help each client reach and engage consumers. SCA Research and Insights conduct more than 100 studies each year. Southern Cross Austereo’s digital marketing team build and manage products in: digital audio like streaming and podcasts; digital video, digital publishing and social media.

About Flinders University and the contribution to the recipients Training Program
Flinders University through its New Venture Institute (NVI) is Women in Business and Regional Development Major Partner for 2020 and 2021. The NVI’s focus will be to help develop SA’s regional innovation ecosystem and support current and future women entrepreneurs in the region, concentrating on breaking down the barriers between industry and education. The collaboration between WiBRD & Flinders builds on Flinders NVI’s strategic alliance with Mount Gambier High School, one of the State’s five Entrepreneurial Specialist Schools, and the one located furthest from Adelaide. As part of the co-location arrangement, the University now has the equivalent of a satellite site at Mount Gambier High School, known as eNVIsion Limestone Coast. The Regional Manager of eNVIsion Limestone Coast, Callena Rawlings is based out of the Mount Gambier High School.

About Sally Klose Strategic Solutions

Sally Klose has a passion for developing people, communities, businesses and organisations. Following a winding path, she has developed a versatile skill set and lived experience, giving her the ability to understand many perspectives, provide practical and outcome- based solutions which have created positive differences. Sally’s experience is backed by a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Management, Company Directors Course Diploma and the IAP2 Certificate in Engagement. Her career commenced with fashion retailer Country Road, gaining the best business and people management and sales and customer service training and skills ever (still to this day). Locating to the small community of Lucindale, in the Limestone Coast, South Australia, she and husband Chris established a business focusing on prime lamb production. Sally has been privileged to work with many communities across the Limestone Coast developing their communities and local economies.

 

Check out last years winners

A message from our 2020 Scholarship Winners

 

 

Are you interested in the WiBRD scholarships but need some guidance in the application process? If so, then this webinar is for you! To support the submission process and to encourage as many women as possible to apply for the Business Booster, Entrepreneurial & Women who Lead Scholarships, Women in Business & Regional Development produced a webinar which feature a presentation by Di Ind of Di Monty Training Solutions and Toni Vorenas of Metro Bakery on how to develop your application for the Scholarship program including tips for business plan development

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