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Dear Guest,

Can you commit to doing at least one thing just for YOU this weekend?

That was a question we put to a group of WNA Members who caught up for a Virtual Coffee and Conversation yesterday. Most of us on the call were feeling stretched due to illness, overwork, EOFY pressures, or a combination of these. 

It felt good to say it. It's been a crazy week. 

It also felt good to share it. 

And it felt even better when we each offered up one thing we would commit to doing for ourselves. From walks by the sea or in nature; time with family; a movie or massage; lunch with friends and a social media-free weekend. We wrote it down and we're committed to it.

Won't you join us by writing down your commitment to yourself?

With courage and hope,

Cheryl Gray

P.S. It's a short edition of The Friday File today due to multiple WNA events this week. We look forward to bringing you a full report and state-by-state business opportunities next week.

Congratulations to WNA Member Elena Gosse!

This week we welcomed the announcement that Elena has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her contribution to manufacturing and the community.

Elena has been a proud WNA member for many years, spoken at numerous events (most recently in Hobart) and inspired us many times. We look forward to celebrating this achievement with her. 

Events galore!

Today, WNA Members will be attending events in Hobart and Melbourne, as well as in Brisbane with our Charity of Choice, The Carers Foundation Australia. We look forward to sharing photo galleries on the WNA website next week.


News from Queensland

Brisbane Lord Mayor's Business Awards NOW OPEN

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. 

Brisbane residents can access free events and other small business support through Brisbane City Council. Check the BCC Business Events Calendar.


News from Victoria

Speaking up for homeless women

WNA Member and Official Ambassador for Vinnies CEO Sleepout, Marion Mays is passionate about ending homelessness for women. Here's why: 

  • The number of older homeless females has increased by 31% (ABS 2016)
  • 62% of people who seek help from homelessness services are women. (Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  • The top 2 reasons for people seeking assistance were: (AIHW)
    • family and domestic violence (42%) 
    • housing affordability (28%). 
We need to do more to provide safer pathways, particularly for older women.

Support Marion's CEO Sleepout campaign here.


News from New South Wales 

Women-led startups will get access to a $10 million venture capital fund as part of the New South Wales government’s 2022-23 budget, to be released later this month.

Named after fashion titan Carla Zampatti, the fund will target early-stage startups led by women. The fund will also collaborate with the private sector to expand the amount of money available.

The fund will open for applications by the end of 2023 after its design is finalised in consultation with industry. Around one third of small business owners in New South Wales are women. Read more here.

News from Tasmania

We look forward to bringing you photos from today's event in Hobart featuring guest speaker Adrianne Fleming OAM, Co-founder of Tristar Aviation. Stay tuned for news on our next event!


Recommended reads for June

Our WNA Business Book Club titles for June are:
(titles link to place of purchase)

Would you like to be a WNA book reviewer? Email the WNA Team and we will send you a reviewer's book to keep and review. 

What would you like to read about in The Friday File?

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