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Dear Guest,

Winter is coming.

No, it’s not time to binge Season 1 of Game of Thrones – although, that could be a weekend option for some. 

The phrase “Winter is Coming” denotes a time in the future that will bring tests and trials.

It is an expression that means always be prepared; a reminder to be vigilant, just in case. Even in good times, plan for tougher times ahead.

In business, the less inspiring but equally important moniker is Business Continuity Planning. A business continuity plan will help you to identify and prevent, or reduce risks where possible. It documents the steps you need to take to keep your business running and cash flow coming in.

Okay, so it's not as exciting as the mythical continent of Westeros and watching nine families of higher nobility scramble bitterly to gain power over the seven kingdoms and the Iron throne (yes, that’s the synopsis for Game of Thrones…). But planning for hard times ahead – even if they don’t eventuate for your business – can help you sleep better at night. Surely that’s a noble cause!

In just over two weeks, we will hit the official start of Winter in Australia. You can already feel it creeping in. Cooler (or cold!) days and less daylight can impact our mood and evoke some prehistoric desire to hibernate!

If you feel the need for a little pre-season pep up, take a read of these blogs by WNA Members:

·  “Five Self-Care Mindset Tips To Beat The Winter Blues” by Sue Lester

·  “Winter Eating and Exercise Tips” by Leanne Sklavenitis

WNA Members can also access our extensive list of Health and Wellbeing professionals, as well as our Training and Education specialists in the WNA Member Directory. Don't be afraid to reach out, connect and seek help. 

With courage and hope,

Cheryl Gray

Get ready to tap into global supply chains

WNA is the Australian representative for WEConnect International, a global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world. Through WNA, you can join a hands-on, live session with WEConnect's support expert Melanie Oliver, who will step you through how to register FOR FREE on this global platform.

WEConnect International helps drive money into the hands of women business owners by enabling them to compete in the global market place. The WEConnect International network, ‘WECommunity’, allows women-owned businesses to register their business and connect with more than 15,000+ women-owned businesses across the globe.  When you join the WEConnect International network (free), your business profile can be accessed by member buyers, certified Women’s Business Enterprises and other WEConnect International-registered businesses and organisations.

If you'd like help to register on the WEConnect International platform, or find out how to become a Certified Women-Owned Business, take advantage of step-by-step walkthrough registration sessions by clicking link one of the following Zoom session:

If you have a product to sell, or want to help your clients succeed in sales, you need to listen to this! 

Join our lunchtime conversation on Monday May 16 with National Retail Association CEO Dominique Lamb who will share insights from her recent trip to Rome for the World Retail Congress. Learn about the rise of the conscious consumer, why customers place more trust in retailers as leaders, and the latest best practice insights from global retailers.  Click here to register for free.


News from Queensland


The technical issues experienced with the Queensland Government's Business Basics grants application portal on May 4 have been resolved. Round 3 of the Business Basics grants will open for:

  • regional Queensland applications at 9am, Monday 16 May
  • South East Queensland applications at 9am, Tuesday 17 May.
These grants offer $5,000 to eligible new or emerging businesses to improve their operations, such as upgrading websites, improving skills or adopting best practice. Program guidelines and other information can be found on the Business Queensland website

Brisbane Lord Mayor's Business Awards NOW OPEN

The Lord Mayor’s Business Awards recognise the best and most innovative businesses and entrepreneurs in Brisbane. The awards centre on the energy, drive and passion behind businesses in any commercial or industrial sector contributing to the growth of Brisbane’s economy. 

 Nominations for the 2022 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards are now open and winners will be announced on 21 October. Find out more and submit your nomination here. 

QUEENSLAND EVENTS - Supporting our Charity of Choice and Charity Partners

Dancing CEOs - Limited tickets still available

It's just over one week to go until the curtain goes up on Brisbane’s highest energy and most talked about corporate event, raising funds for Women's Legal Service Queensland. Yes, Dancing CEOs is almost here!


This is the hottest ticket in town and our friends at WLSQ have advised that a table has become available in the Auditorium.  If you are after a great night for an amazing cause, please email the WLSQ fundraising team directly and they can secure this table for you. Cost is $2,500 for the table or $250pp for an incredible night on 21 May, at Brisbane City Hall.


WNA Member Jo Sainsbury has been polishing her pink steel capped boots in readiness for her Dancing CEOs debut. Check out her groovy moves here You can show your support for Jo by purchasing tickets in  an incredible raffle with some fantastic prizes including a stunning Diamond and Ruby Rose Ring from Ruby Red Jewellery, four tickets to White on Whitehaven Long Lunch, an Empowering Women Portrait Experience from Mel Watt Photography and more! Click here to enter!   

There's also a separate raffle for the amazing Whitsundays Super Luxe prize where you and five of your friends board a private jet to the Whitsundays and board a super yacht for two days and nights to cruise the crystal clear waters.  Add a night at the Coral Sea Marina Resort and you have an amazing holiday worth over $110,000. Enter here

"Who Cares?" Luncheon, Friday 17 June

And don't forget the "Who Cares? Luncheon" on Friday 17 June - a major fundraising event for The Carers Foundation Australia featuring great entertainment and much more. Event information and bookings here. 


News from Victoria

****EVENT ALERT**** Join the Lord Mayor of Melbourne at this special WNA event

WNA is pleased to host the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, as we explore future opportunities for business in Victoria. Sally Capp was re-elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in October 2020 after having previously been elected in May 2018 and is the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor. Click the image below to book your ticket, or find out more about this upcoming event at the Hellenic Museum by clicking here.


News from New South Wales


Meet women in construction at Sydney Build on 2 June

WNA Members are invited to attend the Women in Construction networking session as part of Sydney Build on Thursday 2 June, 9:30am-11am. This networking event is sponsored by Blackwoods, with Partner Women's Network Australia.
Where: Networking HUB & Future of Construction Stage
When: 9:30am - 11:00am - networking at the HUB, Sydney International Convention Centre.

Register for free tickets (which include entry to two-day Sydney Build event) here

News from Tasmania

***EVENT ALERT*** Networking Luncheon at the Royal Yacht Club - Friday 20 May 

Our next WNA Hobart event will be held on Friday 20 May, Noon-2pm.

Join WNA Ambassador, Alison Rogers, for a networking luncheon with guest speaker Sophie Underwood, Artist/Advocate/Activist. Open to WNA members and guests, this event is a great opportunity to meet like-minded women in business and share your challenges, triumphs and more!

Book here today!

News from South Australia

Learn more about cyber security, artificial intelligence and machine learning in two free events hosted by the SA Department for Innovation and Skills and delivered by industry partners.

Part of the Limestone Coast Regional Innovation Festival, the events will introduce small and medium-sized business owners to the opportunities of adopting new processes and technologies.

  • Session 1: Cyber Resilience for Small Business with speakers from the Australian Cyber Security Centre and CyberSafe SA - 8.30am Wednesday 25 May. Register now
  • Session 2: AI and Machine Learning for Your Business with speakers from the Insight Via Artificial Intelligence (IVAI) and the Australian Institute for Machine Learning - 8.30am Friday 27 May. Register now

News from Western Australia


Join experienced Board Director, author and former senior public servant of Western Australia and Queensland, Lesley van Schoubroeck for Coffee and Conversations on Thursday 26 May from 9:30am about leadership, governance and wine! Having undertaken strategic policy reform and planning across governments, and in the mental health sector, Lesley reflects on how to create change and deliver better outcomes for communities. As WNA returns to live events in Perth, join Lesley and our Ambassador Marianne Rom for a buy-your-own coffee session, and rekindle your network. Register your attendance today and buy-your-own coffee on the day!


News from the Northern Territory

For information on Northern Territory Government grants and financial incentives for business owners, add this link to your bookmarks.


News from the ACT


We will be holding a networking coffee morning in Canberra. Stay tuned for details, or email us to confirm your interest in attending.


Recommended reads for May

Our WNA Business Book Club titles for May are:

Next week we will share our interview with Cynthia Dearin so you can find out more about her book and taking your business to the global market. 

Would you like to be a guest book reviewer? Email the WNA Team and we will send you a reviewer's book to keep and review. We will be sharing reviews and author interviews through this month.

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