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Dear Guest,

Welcome to the "Thursday Edition" of The Friday File!

Are you excited to be having a long weekend, followed by a long weekend and, in some states, three in a row? How are you adjusting your business to take advantage of these breaks? And, importantly, how are you using this time to look after yourself? Rather than lament the interruption to normal business flow, this is an opportunity to recharge, refresh and plan for the rest of the year.

One of my goals for WNA in 2022 was to establish a global connection. Today I'm pleased to announce that WNA has been confirmed as the Australian partner for global women-owned business certifier and connector, WEConnect International.

This global connection will not only provide an opportunity for WNA Members to gain exposure to major buyers, you will also benefit from education and access to opportunities through joint WNA/WEConnect International activities and events this year.

A briefing on WEConnect International and the opportunities that may benefit women-owned businesses will be held next month. Please take a look at the WEConnect International website to find out more.

Also today we welcome Leanne Elich as our new WNA Ambassador in New South Wales. We are incredibly fortunate to have a generous and willing cohort of Ambassadors around the country. Read more about Leanne here, and all of our WNA Ambassadors here.

With courage and hope,

Cheryl Gray

Mental health support for small business owners

Beyond Blue has developed a free mental health coaching program for small business owners. The program is designed for businesses with 20 staff or less to give owners support to manage stress and get back to feeling like themselves. Find out more here.

Incentivise with these special Member offers
As WNA's theme of the month is "Incentivise", we're calling out some workshops and offers to get you through the month.

Front Page SEO founder Janet Camilleri is hosting a free webinar at midday on 18 May on "How to Check Your Own SEO". Event information and bookings here.

The Rebel Money Coach Melissa Meagher is all about talking money. She has launched "The Powerhouse Collective" with regular Facebook Live training on all things MONEY. Join here.

Lisa Lockland-Bell of Performance Studios has a special 10% discount offer currently available for Queensland WNA members looking to boost their vocal confidence.  Click this link and use code TWV10 when booking your spot for "The Woman's Voice".

Janeen Vosper is offering a free copy of her book "Being Unstoppable" for the first 30 registrations to a free webinar – Discover the Top 5 Steps to Unlock the Science of Living Fearlessly, on Thursday 21 April, 7pm. Register here. 

Kristina Coyne has an opportunity for a limited number of business owners to take advantage of a staff insights tool, free until end April 2022. Contact Kristina to find out more.

For more Member Incentives, check out the WNA Facebook Group where you can also post your own offer to Incentivise during April!

News from Queensland


The next round of the Queensland Business Basics grants program will open at 9am on Wednesday 4 May 2022. 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 is available from the Business Queensland website to assist businesses to check their eligibility and gather materials needed to submit an application. The schedule for upcoming grant rounds of the Business Growth Fund and Business Boost has also been updated.

Brisbane North Networking Breakfast - Tuesday 26 April, Dandelion & Driftwood, Hendra

We have a couple of seats remaining for the Brisbane North Networking Breakfast on 26 April. Come along and meet new WNA Member Dr Gail Crossley-Craven who will host an engaging conversation as we enjoy a splendid breakfast and divine coffee! Numbers limited. Book your seat at the breakfast table here.

Are you ready for some fun-raising? Join in the fun at "Samba at Sunset", at Hanworth House on Sunday 1 May, in support of our Dancing CEO, Jo Sainsbury, and Women's Legal Service Queensland. There's exotic food and dancing, amazing raffle prizes and excellent company! As a charity event, we are opening this one up to non-Members, partners, friends and colleagues, so feel free to organise a group! Oh, and there just happens to be a public holiday the next day for you to rest your tired Samba feet! Book here. 

Other events

The Brisbane Business Hub's On the Couch series continues, offering free opportunities to connect with some inspiring speakers. Next week, four-time Olympic gold medallist Libby Trickett talks about her career in sport and after, including her struggle with mental health and determination to advocate for others. Details and bookings here.

Conversations with Carers

The Carers Foundation Australia will hold the first in its "Who Cares? Conversations" series at the Samford Community Hub on Wednesday 11 May, 9:30am-11:30am. The inaugural speaker is Geraldine (Geri) Munnich, who is familiar to many of the WNA Brisbane members. Event information and bookings here.

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.

Mind Your Fashion at the Races

Racegoers have an even better reason to attend the Brisbane Racing Club's Stradbroke Season High Tea on Friday 13 May, 10:30am-1:30pm. A portion of ticket sales and proceed from raffles will go to Mind Your Fashion, raising awareness of mental health in fashion and creative industries. Event information and bookings here


News from Victoria

Please SAVE THE DATE - Friday 17 June when we will host City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, and others to discuss the future of Melbourne. Register your interest here to be the first to find out all the details.


News from New South Wales

New WNA Ambassador 

Welcome to our new WNA Ambassador Leanne Elich who will join our new CEO Cheryl Gray and a group of WNA Members and guests for a special networking opportunity at the superb Shell House, in the Sydney CBD, on Thursday 28 April. Limited tickets are available here

Read Leanne's profile here.

News from Tasmania

The next WNA Tasmania networking event will be held on Thursday 28 April,  from 6pm, at The Beach House, Blackmans Bay. Click here for ticket bookings and more information.

Free business advice

Do you have a business idea that you would like to explore? Are you considering setting up your own business?  All the services from Business South through the Entrepreneurship Facilitators Program are provided free of charge when considering a business start-up. Entrepreneurship facilitator Sharon Harvey can help with tailored mentoring and other support. Find our more here.

News from South Australia

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

The closing date for applications to the Small Business Assistance Grant - December 2021 has been extended to 31 May 2022. This grant provides support to eligible small businesses in the hospitality, event, creative and performing arts sectors that sustained financial impacts over the festive season restriction period between 23 December 2021 to 4 January 2022.  Businesses that meet the criteria may be eligible for payments of up to $12,500 ($4,400 for non-employing sole traders). Check the eligibility details and apply here


News from Western Australia


We will be holding a networking breakfast in Perth in mid-May. Stay tuned for details, or email us to confirm your interest in attending.


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 evening in Canberra in mid-May. Stay tuned for details, or email us to confirm your interest in attending.

Are you looking to supply goods or services to the ACT Government? 

Download the new Step-by-Step Guide to successfully navigate the process from start to finish.

Discover how to prepare your business to identify opportunities and respond with confidence. Learn about lodging a tender or quote, getting feedback, and if you are successful, follow the tips for managing your contract. This Guide supports fair and equitable opportunities for all businesses, including women owned, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and Social Enterprise businesses. For more information call the Procurement ACT Helpdesk on (02) 6207 9000.

Is your COVID Safety Plan up to date?

It is essential to have an up to date COVID Safety Plan in place to protect staff, your business and the broader community. The ACT Business Hub provides guidance on COVID safety matters for business, including a COVID Safety Checklist to help in the development of your COVID Safety Plans. The Checklist was drafted on the basis that businesses are open to customers/patrons. By completing the Checklist, you will ensure that your COVID Safety Plan satisfies any requirements under the Public Health Direction.


Recommended reads for April

Our WNA book reviewers are hard at it! This month we are checking out three new titles:

We will be posting reviews and author interviews during the month, so stay tuned!  We will also be adding titles published by WNA Members to our online library, so email us if you'd like your book included.

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

We love your feedback. Tell us what you'd like to read about in future editions of The Friday File by emailing us at


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