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Dear Guest,

I write to you this week from the comfort of my home and current office - my kitchen table! I have been speaking with many of you over the phone and through social media and email, and while the tension is real for business owners all across Australia, there is much gratitude to be found. I say it many times but one of the best things about our WNA membership network is the way we all step up and support each other in the prosperous times and during the frankly arduous times!

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been an incredible distraction for me during the day when I have needed to walk away from the computer or clear my mind - the Australian athletes have been formidable, inspirational and their positive attitudes have reminded me of the power of unity and teamwork. From multi-Olympics trooper Andrew Hoy in the equestrian, to rising star Poppy Olsen in the skateboarding, and of course Emma McKeon - wow four gold medals! And I am looking forward to following Bec Henderson in today's 20 kilometre race walk!

I am so excited about the Velvet Rewired Concert Tour which will be gracing us in Brisbane in November as part of Wynnum Fringe and will give our members something to cheer about when lockdown ends! Marcia Hines is bringing back the funk and we are encouraging WNA members to share your memorable boogie moments in our WNA Facebook Group to win a double pass to the event. We have two double passes to give away, so make sure you join in and read on for more information!

Next Tuesday's Episode Two of our Business Insight Virtual Series will be fantastic! Tune in from 12.00pm to 1:00pm AEST with Debra Yuille - General Manager of Mediaglue. Make your ham and cheese toastie and cup of tea, line up your computer and learn away as Debra shares her marketing and advertising experiences online. Lock it in now

Finally, read on for the benefits of blogging on our WNA website and win your free ticket to the latest Pierce Brosnan film. I have also researched a number of options for COVID-19 business grants nationwide which will support our WNA business owners and leaders to sustain and adapt their businesses during these difficult times.

As always, I am open to your feedback and only ever a phone call away.

Stay safe and well this week and reach out if you need.

Janelle Bostock

CEO of Women's Network Australia


Introducing Velvet Rewired, a glittering spectacle of circus, cabaret and a dazzling love-letter to disco - it opens as part of Wynnum Fringe on November 17. Since its world premiere in 2015, born in the sequins and disco dust of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, this original big, bold and beautiful extravaganza has travelled the globe to thunderous applause and sold-out performances. Six years later and 1,200 shows on, from the Sydney Opera House to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this disco-fuelled cabaret spectacular returns as a brand new, revamped, reinvented celebration! 

This fresh, totally reinvented extension of the Velvet journey continues to chart the progress of a young man on his path of self-discovery. He returns to the club known as โ€˜Velvetโ€™ and is again embraced by its inhabitants. Blind to colour, creed, class, gender, size and sexuality, Velvet Rewired continues the underlying theme of celebration, family and freedom! In an age of uncertainty and compromise, Velvet Rewired is a story of hope, resilience and bravery as the production rolls the dice on recovery, ticket sales and a future for Australian theatre. 

Excitingly, we have two double passes to giveaway away so we are calling on WNA members to share their best Boogie Wonderland moments in the WNA Facebook Group. It could be your favourite disco outfit, or a favourite memory of boogie-ing the night away! You have until 15 August to post your image and we'll choose the best two and reward them with double passes. Importantly, this event is in Brisbane, so while we encourage members from interstate to participate, preferably the winner will be based in Brisbane and will be able to attend the event without any potential border hitches.    


If you have a spare hour and would love to learn something new, the WNA Business Insights Virtual Series could be the option for you. Last month we were inspired by Caryn Walsh and in our second session marketing and advertising expert Debra Yuille will help us explore the concepts of generating enquiries, targeting the right people at the right time, focusing your time and money, and converting your hard earned enquiries into sales.

Debra is the General Manager of Mediaglue, a Google Premier Partner Agency who specialises in Google Advertising for Trade Services, Allied Health, Law and those in the Entertainment Industry. With her experiences as a solopreneur in small business and a passion for human behaviour, we are excited to welcome Debra to our virtual platform on Tuesday 10 August for an hour of power from 12.00pm-1.00pm AEST!

And the great thing is, if you can't make the lunch hour session, it is recorded so don't hesitate to sign up today.


Yesterday was Blogger Day and we heard those keyboards tapping away! Women's Network Australia provides members the opportunity to blog for free! In fact, we encourage you to submit as many blogs as you can for inclusion on our WNA website. What are the benefits we hear you asking? Well, here are just a few!
๐Ÿ’Ž Including backlinks to your own website in your WNA blog will benefit your business ranking on Google
๐Ÿ’Ž Sharing blogs on the WNA platform allows you to share your business expertise and gain awareness of your business amongst our many members nation-wide
๐Ÿ’Ž Blogs shared on the WNA website are also shared across our social media platforms and broadcast to our network and beyond.

Celebrate today by putting together a blog of your own and sending it in for inclusion on the WNA blog! You can also read about the benefits of using outbound links on your website in this blog by Nici Bickley of Autom8Now.


Coming soon to your screens is the movie The Misfits and we have multiple double passes to giveaway courtesy of Rialto Distribution. After being recruited by a group of unconventional thieves, renowned criminal Richard Pace finds himself caught up in an elaborate gold heist that promises to have far-reaching implications on his life and the lives of countless others. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Chung and Nick Cannon, this movie will be a fun night out for WNA members. Contact me if you are keen for some free tickets!


It's a tough environment for all businesses right now and with the extension of lockdowns, business owners need more support than ever. There are some good options for WNA members to research now to help you through this challenging period. Please check your State Government website to access more information on how you can access business grants or other support services. I've listed a few below:

  • Lump sum payment to support workers unable to earn an income due to the public health order - may involve a lockdown, hotspot or movement restrictions.
  • Watch this video to learn more - you will need an online MyGov account as a starting point

  • $5,000 grants will be made available to small and medium businesses across QLD affected by the lockdown that commenced on Saturday 31 July 2021 and lockdowns in other states
  • This grant may be used for business expenses
  • You must have experienced at least a 30% reduction in turnover as a result of the lockdown
  • Applications will open in mid August 2021 
  • 2021 COVID Business Grant - One-off payment to help businesses with cashflow support for the first 3 weeks of lockdown ($7,500 to $15,000)
  • Job Saver - Fortnightly payments to maintain employee headcount
  • COVID-19 Micro-Business Grant - Fortnightly payment for small businesses with turnover between $30,000 and $75,000
  • Business Growth Loan SchemeWill support businesses to recover, adapt, grow and develop enhanced business models that support employment retention and business growth and support new projects that contribute towards employment and growth of the Tasmanian economy.
If you are aware of any other business support opportunities that are likely to benefit our WNA members, please share them in our WNA Facebook Group.

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