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Dear Guest,

With Courage and Hope.

My old school motto means more to me today than it ever did during my school years. Then, the biggest crisis I faced was whether or not I'd get tickets to Duran Duran - and permission to go.

That motto led my school through two World Wars and the very real threat of permanent closure. Today, it’s thriving. But the students must also draw on courage and hope to face today's challenges.

Overcoming adversity requires sacrifice, hard work and banding together for a common outcome. It also requires belief in your vision. 
This month, WNA's theme is Visualise. We will be tackling the causes and the solutions to avoid blockages and help us achieve our vision. Read on for more news on events and other happenings around the network.

And 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


P.S I didn't get those tickets to the Duran Duran concert - but I do have a very limited number of double passes to a free movie, The Duke, starring Helen Mirren, thanks to Transmission Films. Click here if you'd like one. No overnight sleepovers or queueing required!

More WNA events coming soon

With the gradual easing of COVID restrictions, WNA's event program is filling up.

Be sure to visit the events calendar on the WNA website for details and bookings, or keep reading below for the state-by-state update on what's happening in your area.

Ever thought of hosting a WNA event near you? While WNA hosts events around the country, we welcome the opportunity to support members who host their own WNA events. If you're keen for a catch-up in your area, email us at and we can assist.

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

Later this month 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

Thanks to those who responded to our podcast call out. If you produce a podcast, or have been featured as a guest, and would like to add your episode to our Podcast Library (coming soon!), 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.


The Carers Foundation Australia 'Play for Purpose' Raffle

You can support WNA's Charity of Choice by purchasing tickets in the Play for Purpose raffle.

First Prize: $250k Prize Pack including a new Audi E-Tron Sportsback valued at $174,697 and $75k in gold!

Second Prize: Myer Voucher worth $15,000

Third Prize: JB Hi-Fi Voucher worth $7,500

Proceeds from this fundraiser go to supporting unpaid carers in the community and providing specialised wellness programs. Purchase tickets here.


News from Queensland


Thanks to those who braved the rain to attend yesterday's Brisbane South networking breakfast at Ralph & Co, Camp Hill. WNA member Lisa Morris put on a beautiful breakfast for us and the coffee shop was buzzing. We'll be back there on Thursday 31 March, and at Dandelion & Driftwood, Hendra, on Tuesday 22 March as we continue our regular networking breakfast series. Click through to the 2022 Events page on the WNA website for dates and bookings. 


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. 


Disaster assistance has been extended to council areas across South-East Queensland as torrential rainfall and flooding continues to wreak havoc across the state. Nineteen zones are now activated for jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) assistance. These include: Brisbane, Fraser Coast, Gold Coast, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, Goondiwindi, Fraser Coast and Toowoomba. Impacted residents and businesses may be eligible for financial assistance, including:

Anyone impacted by the flooding event can apply for housing assistance, including home owners and private renters. Contact the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349 or go to the Queensland Government disaster portal for further information. 

News from New South Wales

WNA Victoria Ambassador and trade marks expert, Binh Rey, has been making her own mark with TAFE New South Wales and Women in Business. A NSW Government initiative, Women in Business has developed a suite of digital resources for small business owners. If you have an ABN and are based in NSW, you can register for the free program and access a range of resources, including Binh's video series on the importance of trade marks. For more about Binh and our team of WNA Ambassadors, click here. 

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.

Services and support for flood impacted areas

Residents and business impacted by flooding can access support services and assistance through the NSW Government. Click here for further details. 

News from Victoria

WNA Networking Breakfast - 7 April - Melbourne

Tickets are now available for our first 2022 live event in Melbourne. From a one-goat town in Greece to a life of passion and purpose in Australia, hear one woman's journey of growth and discovery; learning a new language, fighting cancer, depression and finally discovering her true creative self. Kassandra Behrendt is the founder and Creative Director of Pagoni, known for her keen eye, sense of style and unique creative flair. She shares her business and personal journey with energy and flair. Book your tickets here.

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. Grandvewe cheesemaker and Ewe Care co-founder, Nicole Gilliver, is never one to be part of the herd! She recently launched Australia’s first sustainable skincare brand formulated with sheep milk and native botanicals, adding to Grandvewe’s award-winning cheeses and Hartshorn Distillery producing sheep whey gin and vodka. Come along and hear Nicole’s story and her dedication to turning unwanted ingredients into a progressive, profitable and marketable product.
Click here to book your ticket.

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

Applications for the ACT's 2022-2023 Environmental Grants Program are now open. The program supports the community to address environmental issues they are concerned about, restoring and conserving natural places that are special to them, and engaging other community members to do the same.

There are two streams of interest to businesses:

  •  Environment (grants of up to $35,000)
  • Nature in the City (grants of up to $15,000)

Find out more here. Submissions close 4 April 2022.

Gamechangers is a new initiative under ACT Health’s Healthier Choices Canberra program that seeks to create powerful partnerships between local businesses and sponsorship-ready junior sport clubs, to create a win/win for both. This concept of proactive matchmaking between business and sporting clubs is something completely new in the space of  junior sport sponsorship. If you’re keen to be a pioneer in this space as a business sponsor, head to the website to register or email


Do you have news to share?

We love spreading the word about the achievements of our fabulous WNA members. If you'd like to have your news featured in a future edition of The Friday File, drop us an email to


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