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This page features SBWN member news and events as well as useful information from government and not-for-profit sources. If you would like your business update to be featured here, email Please note this is available to members only - another reason to join the network.

  • 03 Dec 2019 1:24 PM | Deleted user

    The Work My Own Way program holds activities all over Gippsland almost every week. All our activities are free to attend, however, we do appreciate and ask that you book/register for planning and catering purposes.

    For a full list of events available over the coming months, go to the following page:

    Locations include Inverloch, Leongatha, and more around Gippsland.

    of special note:

    Always On, Unlimited Use and Fully Funded

    • Business coaching - weekly session blocks available, unlimited use
    • Professional services (Accounting, IT, Legal) - weekly session blocks available

  • 28 Nov 2019 1:23 PM | Deleted user

    Women have an opportunity to register their interest in a last-minute scholarship funding opportunity worth up to $7,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.

    Commencing early next year, the part-time courses cover topics such as Engaging with Challenge and Conflict, Creating Future Focus and Communication, Presence and Influence.

    The grants must be allocated by the end of 2019, and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form prior to 5pm, 13 December 2019.

  • 01 Nov 2019 5:01 PM | Deleted user

    Bass Coast Shire Council & Hatching Communications present

    We're excited to offer business owners the opportunity to attend TWO social media workshops on Thursday, 14 November at Silverwater Resort.

    Social Media gurus Hatching Communications will delve into the fundamentals of building a strong brand in workshop #1 and then share the tips, tools and tricks of social media marketing and advertising in workshop #2

    Places are limited so reserve your FREE spot now!!

    Session 1: 9.30am - 12.30pm

    Brand communication and building a strong brand presence on social media

    Session 2: 2.00pm - 5.00pm

    Introduction to social media marketing and advertising - tips, tools and tricks!

    Sessions are free to attend but places are limited and registrations essential

    Reserve your place now!
  • 21 Oct 2019 9:25 AM | Deleted user

    The story of Ark clothing is one of the wonderful success stories of friendship, starting from scratch, and flexing the business in different directions as your customers give feedback. Our entertaining speakers provided gems of wisdom and humour gained through their journey from a small home-based business selling product at markets to a 12million turnover business they sold .

    Key quote from the evening:

    You don't have a product you're selling, you have a product for people who want it!

    Become a member of SBWN to see all the notes from this evening, and receive additional member benefits as well. Join Us today

  • 24 Jul 2019 5:34 PM | Deleted user

    The Warragul Library will be hosting a Positive Psychology event with local speaker and founder of Mind Insurance, Mel Neil.

    Mel consults to businesses and groups on cultivating and developing positive psychology and is in demand as a practitioner and speaker. Her research and applied knowledge on the subject led her to develop the Mind Insurance program (

    Bookings are free but essential via Eventbrite:

  • 24 Jul 2019 5:09 PM | Deleted user

    Dr Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought provoking, powerful and life-affirming speakers in Australia.

    She is globally known as a survivor of the London terrorist bombings on July 7, 2005. She survived but suffered severe and permanent injuries, losing both legs from just below the knee.

    There are few people who have endured such unimaginable trauma and are able to rejoice and celebrate just being alive. Equally there are few people who can speak about a tragic event in such an engaging and uplifting manner. Her appreciation and gratitude is infectious and offers a brilliant reminder of just how precious our lives are.

    Inspiring is a word often overused, but Gill Hicks' remarkable courage and determination to truly triumph over tragedy is nothing but inspirational.

    An impressive career, pre the bombings, included Gill being at the helm of some of the UK's most prestigious and respected institutions - including Publishing Director of the architecture, design and contemporary culture magazine, Blueprint, Director of the Dangerous Minds design consultancy, and Head Curator at the Design Council.

    It wasn't until after the bombings that Gill decided to dedicate her life to being an advocate for peace.

    WHEN: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Thursday 5 September 2019

    WHERE: Premiere Function Centre, Grey Street Traralgon

    COST: $110 pp. inc GST (includes 3 course dinner)

    We will be raising funds for an Australian based charity Sight for All that is close to Gill's heart.

    Visit to learn more about the amazing work they do to restore sight. $10 from every ticket purchase and all proceeds from raffles will be donated.

  • 24 Jul 2019 1:25 PM | Deleted user

    Do you want to improve your leadership skills or learn what it’s like to sit on a board?

    Perhaps you are an experienced leader but don’t feel you’ve reached your full potential?

    Now is the time to consider applying for a funded place in the 2020 Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program.

  • 15 Jul 2019 11:18 AM | Deleted user

    Gippsland Business Festival is pleased to invite you to The Power of Influence with Chris Helder. Chris is a highly sought after speaker sharing his skills in communication, influence, human potential, leadership and customer service.

    Chris will guide you to master your mindset, create genuine connections with customers and take your business to the next level. His knowledge and experience will inspire you to reach new heights and turn your thoughts into action.

    This high energy session will be held at the Leongatha RSL on Tuesday 6 August from 6.30pm Be part of the journey, and book your spot today!

  • 15 Jul 2019 11:09 AM | Deleted user

    This workshop will put your business on the path to long term success by taking you step by step through the vital process of building a business plan to drive your business forward.

    Learn how to map out a plan that will show where your business is right now, where you'd like to be in future and, most importantly, help you develop a clear vision of the next steps and strategies that will take you there.

    This essential workshop will be on Monday 26 August from 6.00 to 8.00pm in the Council Chambers in Leongatha.

    Book Now

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