I have loved the beautiful Autumn purple Tiboochinas and the cool breezes that have embraced us as winter moves in. We have been blessed with wonderful sunrises, clear blue skies, and have continued to CONNECT, COLLABORATE and EMPOWER each other!
This week brought more business wins, and many of us waved children back to school. It was encouraging to see kids walking through the school gates eagerly and reacquainting themselves with their schoolmates. It is safe to say that schools, principals, teachers, parents and children have approached this flexible learning time with positivity and patience. I have a better appreciation for our educators who do their best every week to support our next generation.
This brings me to my topic of the week – SAFETY. It may not be glamourous, but it is important as we return to semi-normal work and school routines. Safe Work Australia has provided some great resources and advice on how business owners and managers can oversee some of these important duties such as managing vulnerable workers and supporting those who continue to work from home.
It is always good to share helpful information that can assist each other through this challenging time. For example, Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) has opened a new grant application process to assist businesses on the pathway to recovery from COVID-19. Check out the Membership section to read more about the COSBOA Application process.
As we wrap up Domestic Violence Prevention Month, check out the membership section to engage with the I Empower through My Power Campaign, find tips on how to manage your winter heating bill, and check out a couple videos which have recently been launched to promote and empower women with their financial literacy and decision making.
Don't forget, Socialise at Sunset, our FREE virtual meet-up each Friday afternoon in May. As we begin to connect more normally with our fellow members again, we will be moving to fortnightly S@S meet-ups after this week. After today, the next one will be Friday June 12!
If you haven’t joined S@S yet, please feel welcome! Bring your snack or drink and join your fellow WNA members via Zoom!
It’s a wonderful chance to engage with your WNA Tribe. Be present for our special Member Month prize draw to hear who will receive the last gift pack for May, delivered to their door!
Finally, I'm excited to let you know that the Winter Edition of the WNA magazine is currently in production and will be released in both digital and hard copy formats. We have some limited space still available if you are interested in taking advantage of our advertising 'recovery rates'. Email me to find out more.
As always, I am here to help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Wishing you a wonderful day!
Check out a preview of the two final WNA Virtual events to register for in June!
Wednesday June 3 – Episode 5
Join Jillian Bullock, the LinkedIn Ninja Down Under who will be joining us to talk about how LinkedIn can be your secret weapon in business. LinkedIn can be confusing and difficult to use as an effective and profitable business tool as so much of it is hidden. It is a powerful platform and is the most direct Social Media tool today on which to showcase your expertise within your niche. Without a great LinkedIn profile ‘selling’ on your behalf, just like a brochure or website, you are definitely missing out on potential business.
Meet Katrena Friel, an international expert in developing performance excellence and Business Mentor to the Awakened who will help you find out WHY you got into business in the first place and discover WHY that is holding you back. Learn what is the best emphasis for you and your business moving forward and how to build the business of your dreams.
Commitment and positive action have been the name of the game!
We’ve had members book in for their complimentary coaching session with WNA’s guest coach (win!), referred a few more WNA women business contacts (thank you!), and have written a few more insightful blogs (nice work Mary Philippou, Stacy Farrell, and Janet Bailey).
If you’d like more information about submitting a blog to the WNA website, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can email your blog to me in a word document, with an accompanying image, and I will post it for you.
I am delighted to introduce – Cally Lyons of KG Accom Pty Ltd, as our member of the week.
Cally is a successful businesswoman with acumen and experience in finance, accommodation, hospitality, telecommunications, travel and recruitment. Cally has an innovative, entrepreneurial track record of setting up and operating diverse successful businesses.
She is currently living the dream on a tranquil, rural Derwent Valley property in Tasmania, “far from the madding crowd” and offering authentic country accommodation alongside the platypus, as well as offering student accommodation for Kelvin Grove students. Rathmore House is a stunning property and certainly one to keep in mind for when the border re-open!
During Member Month, I have rewarded members who have participated via social media, virtual events or other activities. Congratulations to Melissa Donaldson-Hey who won the Friday May 22 prize.
Remember, the more you are engaging with WNA and our members, the more chances you have of winning a beautiful prize pack! The final prize winner will be announced this Friday at S@S virtual catch up, so if you haven’t reserved your spot as yet, please click below to register.
As mentioned in my introduction, COSBOA has opened a grant application process to help assist businesses on the pathway to recovery from COVID-19. These grants will be offered as a ‘one off’ payment of $10,000 (including GST) to 67 businesses across Australia.
They opened on Monday 25 May and applications will close on Monday 1 June, 2020. Electronic applications will be accepted. You will need to address key selection criteria. For further information please see the link below.
In a survey of over 1,000 employees, 72% of respondents regarded wellbeing as the most important aspect of their workplace, rating it above flexible working hours and their relationships with colleagues. Socials researchers Mark McCrindle and Ashley Fell provide a practical, data-driven guide to workplace wellbeing, equipping business owners and employees with a thorough understanding of what workplace wellbeing is, why it’s important and how to achieve it.
Creativity isn’t just a key driver of competitive advantage, it’s the foundation of a meaningful, successful and fulfilling career. In the new book Everyday Creative, cultural leadership expert Mykel Dixon cuts through the barriers that prevent creativity and original thinking, whilst giving you the confidence to unleash greater self-expression in your personal and professional life.
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