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Visualisation without action is futile. Mental preparation and inspired action are both necessary to bring to life your desires.

As we close out February - can you believe it! - and say hello to Autumn, WNA will be shifting gears from Organise to Visualise. This new theme for the month will see us tap into our mental strength and tune into some tips and techniques to help turn dreams into reality.

For those who missed February's Virtual Business Insights session with our three experts on How to Organise Your Life, Business and Finances, you can watch the webinar here

March is possibly the busiest month in our calendar as we approach International Women's Day and many associated events. The theme for IWD 2022 is #BreakTheBias. It's a time to visualise and to take action to achieve a gender equal world. A world that's diverse, equitable and inclusive. I know many of our WNA leaders are speaking at or taking part in events this month and I look forward to you sharing your experiences with us.

Our WNA events calendar is also filling fast. Tassie members will meet mid-month at The Beach House, Blackmans Bay, to hear from an inspiring local food producer whose innovative and creative no-waste solutions honour their sheep and the land. From cheeses wrapped in frozen sheep wool rather than chemical ice bricks to keep cool, to compostable packaging, and pinot paste made from old pinot pressings and surplus local apples, Grandvewe is delivering a vision of positive disruption. Not to mention award-winning gin and organic skincare products! Book here for this event on 17 March. 

WNA will celebrate IWD 2022 by sponsoring the Jodie Purves Young Cricketer Development Scholarship, to be presented in Brisbane on Sunday 6 March to a support a promising young female cricketer with her education and sporting development. Female cricketers have been leading the way in recent years, demonstrating talent and leadership on and off the field. I recall a story from one former player who was awarded Player of the Tournament a few years back. Her prize was a vacuum cleaner! We've come so far...

Don't forget to download your free social media content planner for the month of March as we continue to help you turn your vision into reality!

Until next week,

Cheryl Gray


Would you like to be part of WNA's Business Book Club?

Later in March we will be launching the WNA Business Book Club where we will share reviews and recommendations about fiction and non-fiction great reads and latest releases. 

Would you like to be part of it? Email your expression of interest and we will put you on the list for Book Club news, reviews and freebies!


Podcasts coming soon

Late last year, WNA surveyed members to understand your priorities and what you'd like us to focus on during 2022. Topping the list was a WNA podcast.

It's on our 'to do' list for later in the year but we know there are a number of WNA members already doing great things in podcast land. So, later in March we will unveil the WNA Podcast Library where we will include links and promos of WNA Member podcasts.

If you produce a podcast, or have been featured as a guest, and would like to add your episode to our Podcast Library page, email us to arrange a link. Please note, this service is for financial members only. If your membership has lapsed, or you are yet to join WNA, drop us an email and we'll sort you out.


News from Queensland


Bookings can be made via the WNA website for Brisbane South and Brisbane North monthly networking breakfasts at Dandelion & Driftwood, Hendra, and Ralph & Co, Camp Hill. Click through to the 2022 Events page on the WNA website for dates and bookings.  We have a few seats left for Thursday 3 March at Ralph & Co.  


We have seats available for our free rom-com movie screening event in Brisbane on Wednesday 9 March, 6:30pm at Event Cinemas Myer Centre. Email us to secure your seats (yes, you can bring a friend!). Thanks to STUDIOCANAL. Watch a preview here. 

This is the last chance to apply for the Investing in Queensland Women grant program which closes Monday 28 February. Grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups and organisations to develop and deliver initiatives that align with the Queensland Government’s strategic priorities for women and address the unique issues faced by women and girls. Find out more here.

QLD COVID UPDATE - Mask restrictions easing from 6pm, 4 March
From 6pm on Friday 4 March masks will no longer be required in workplaces, schools and shops, including staff and patrons at hospitality venues including cafes, pubs and restaurants. Masks will still be recommended whenever you can’t socially distance and continue to be required in public transport, airports, planes, hospitals, disability care, aged care and prison settings. Density limits will be scrapped or lifted in a range of settings. Check the details and other updates on the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction.

QLD WORKFORCE SUMMIT — business survey on the impacts of Omicron
Businesses across Queensland have been invited to complete a short survey covering the impacts of the Omicron outbreak, skills and recruitment issues and other topics. Responses will help identify current challenges and opportunities that can be addressed at the Queensland Workforce Summit, being held on 11 March. This event brings together international and Queensland industry and economic experts, thought leaders and change makers to address current and future workforce challenges. The survey will close on 4 March. Access the survey here.

News from New South Wales

The NSW Women’s Economic Opportunities Review will consider how to improve women’s economic security over the next 5 to 10 years, including through increased participation in the workforce. The review will identify barriers to women’s participation in work and propose reform opportunities to address structural and non-structural barriers to support women to enter, re-enter and stay in the workforce. are requesting the NSW Government introduce at least a 5% gender equality procurement target for women owned and women led businesses. The US Government has a target of spending 5% of their budget with women owned businesses, which was introduced in 1994. Australian governments could do the same - with significant flow-through benefits to the broader community. Review submissions close Sunday 6 March.

News from Victoria

SAVE THE DATE - WNA Networking Breakfast - 7 April - Melbourne

Tickets to our first live event in Melbourne for 2022 will be available soon. This one is a breakfast event, so pencil the date into your calendar and stay tuned for further details.

Mental health support for small businesses

The Victorian Government is providing free access to an online support tool to aid the mental health and wellbeing of small business owners and employees. Supported by the Black Dog Institute and the University of NSW, Mindarma is an evidence-based online education program developed by leading researchers.

Through 10 short, interactive sessions, users learn mindfulness and other cognitive skills to help deal with work and everyday challenges, including ongoing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Victorian small businesses can register for free access to Mindarma until 30 June 2022.

News from Tasmania

Tickets are now available for WNA's Cocktails & Conversations on Thursday 17 March, from 5:30pm at The Beach House, Blackmans Bay. Click here for details and bookings.

News from South Australia

For information on SA grants and financial incentives for business owners, including COVID recovery grants, bookmark this site.


News from Western Australia

Planning is underway for our first WNA event in Perth. What's your favourite venue for coffee and conversations? Email us with your thoughts. 


News from the Northern Territory

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

Would you like to be a WNA Ambassador in the NT? Email for details.


News from the ACT

Innovation Connect (ICON) grants can help Canberra businesses develop innovative products and services; support market testing and prototyping; and determine commercial concept feasibility. The grant can provide early-stage businesses matched funding of between $10,000-$30,000. The next round of ICON grants closes on 8 April 2022. Find our more here.


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