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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.

  • 01 Apr 2019 12:53 PM | Deleted user

    The by-line on Lucy Mathieson’s website, Play Bake Smile, is “You only live once, lick the spoon” and that was the energy that she brought to the March 2019 SBWN dinner event at The Grove Gippsland vineyard and restaurant.

    Lucy Mathieson began her blog while a stay-at-home mother. Initially she worked from 4am-7am, then during school hours. Key was that she set aside time every day to work on it. 

    Lucy monetises her blog with 4 methods, and most blogs can use the same four.

    She also answered the question “How do you make money when you give away your recipes for free?”

    If you’re a member of the SBWN jump over to the member resources to review Lucy’s presentation or link over to to connect with Lucy or simply enjoy her recipes and connection with her audience.

    If you want to see more, including the presentation - become a member today!

  • 17 Feb 2019 11:10 PM | Deleted user
    Contact Georgia at the South Gippsland Shire Council, to book and arrange a time that suits you.
    (03) 5662 9894

  • 28 Sep 2018 12:12 PM | Deleted user

    Hi ladies,

    I have booked the Museum to view the

    Nelson Mandela – My Life exhibition 

    When: Tuesday 16th October

    Depart: 8:30 Leongatha

    8:45 Korumburra

    Cost: $60.00

    Alan Winterhalter’s coach will leave from Leongatha at 8.30 am – Korumburra 8.45 am

    The cost of $60 covers transport, including light refreshments on the coach, and entrance to the Exhibition at 11.00 am. It’s anticipated approximately 1½ hours are required to thoroughly explore the exhibition after which general admittance to the museum is available. There are several eateries in the museum precinct for luncheon opportunities at own expense – returning to Korumburra by 4.00 - 4.30ish.


    Proceeds from the day will support my education projects in Tanzania, East Africa, specifically my 3 students from The Tumaini for Africa Orphanage, I sponsor to an English Medium School,

    For group bookings of 5 or more, I will offer a 10% discount.

    Cherie Smirl,

    5668 6238 / 0407 668 6238

    click to download flyer

  • 14 Aug 2018 5:53 PM | Deleted user


    Judy O'Connell
    Victorian Small Business Commissioner

    "I invite you to share your views to help shape the way in which the Victorian Small Business Commission communicates with you.

    Please take 5-10 minutes to complete our survey to provide us with feedback:"

  • 27 Jun 2018 1:45 PM | Deleted user

    We are delighted to invite you to the 2018 Victorian Rural Women’s Forum.

    • The forum will run from
      • mid-morning Thursday 2 August to mid-afternoon Friday 3 August at 
      • RACV Goldfields Resort in Creswick.
    • Two fantastic keynote addresses: Sallie Jones of Gippsland Jersey; and Henry and Anna Terry, truffle farmers from the hit Channel 7 television series My Kitchen Rules
    • There will be four training workshops running concurrently over four sessions allowing everyone to participate in each (Leadership, Wellbeing, Social media, Financial literacy).
    • Structured and unstructured networking and mentoring opportunities.
    • Three-course gala dinner.

    All of this included in your FREE registration.

    Numbers are strictly limited and places will be allocated on a ‘first in’ basis. The forum is a participatory event tailored to suit all audiences. There will be a place for both experienced women and those with ambition to succeed. This forum is designed for maximum participation and participants should commit to contributing and taking away new skills and connections.

    Registration is open to subscribers of the Victorian Rural Women’s Network. Please follow the link below to the Rural Women’s Network website for details on how to register.

    We hope you can join us and look forward to meeting you at the Forum.

  • 30 May 2018 5:00 PM | Deleted user
  • 24 May 2018 4:05 PM | Deleted user

    The information revolution (internet) has changed marketing forever, and too many businesses are being left behind.

    So many small businesses are lacking sales because their marketing lacks impact.

    Don’t miss this 45 minute marketing workshop about the future of marketing, presented by respected marketing strategist Damian Morgan on 

    When: Tuesday, July 17

    Where: meeting room 1
    Leongatha Memorial Hall.

    2 Sessions to Choose From

    • 12.30-1.30pm (Light lunch provided)
    • 6pm-7pm (Canapes & drinks included)

    Attendance is free, but reservations essential.

    Call Jane on 5662 2294 or email

  • 23 Apr 2018 8:12 PM | Deleted user

    Bass Coast South Gippsland Business Alliance would like to invite you to a lunch in Inverloch on Thursday, 17 May 2018 to hear Dr Vaughan Reimers from Federation University talk about the foundations of marketing your business/organisation and why it is important to perfect it before promoting it. This event will include a keynote address and Q & A.

    Common sense dictates that one should never build a house on anything but the most solid of foundations. For some reason, however, this vital principle is often overlooked when it comes to running a business.

    In this age of online marketing and social media, too often we go for "promotion before perfection" by seeking to get our message out there before we've got our product or service right. This presentation helps address this common mistake by providing insight into specifically what it is that your customers/clients value, and how to undertake simple yet effective 'research' that provides insight into your customers' needs and how your organisation should go about satisfying those need. The presentation will also cover how to identify your organisation's source of competitive advantage, and how to go about analysing your competitors.

    Each of these "foundation stones" will be explained in a simple practical way using captivating and creative examples from the world's most successful organisations.

    Click here for invitation >>> Bass Coast South Gippsland networking lunch with Dr Vaughan Reimers

    Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues, friends and clients. Pre-event registration and payment is essential by Thursday, 10 May 2018.

  • 30 Mar 2018 11:36 AM | Deleted user

    SBWN is proud to have sponsored Lizzie Harms, a Year 11 student at Leongatha Secondary College, for her empowering women event in March.

    The event was the result of a school project aimed at helping women and girls take their power back, realise tiny ways in which we give away our power, and challenged our thinking about "normal" behaviour.

    Lizzie told her personal story of why this simple school project had become bigger than herself, after being targeted at school. She featured Clementine Ford, a well known feminist thinker and columnist as her guest speaker.

    Clementine's talk demonstrated a wide variety of hate mail and online abuse. She dealt with the serious topic with humour, giving the audience actionable tips and strategies along the way.

    Lizzie also provided the audience with a range of resources for young women in difficult situations. While we cannot list them all here, we are pleased to provide links to the online resources:

    more about the event here: and

  • 27 Feb 2018 6:42 PM | Deleted user

    International Women's Day is celebrated on Thursday, the 8th of March.  Its a day to support, inspire and celebrate women in business, in whatever form their business takes. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

    There are a few breakfasts in the region:

    Bass Coast

    Where: The Cape Kitchen

    When: Thursday, 8 March 2018

    Time: 9.30am for 9.00am start

    Cost: $30

    For bookings, please contact The Cape Kitchen on (03) 5956 7200 - places are limited.

    more information

    Women in Gippsland

    EVENT// Making Big and Little Things Happen 

    Thursday, March 8 at 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Tickets are $16.80 (including morning tea).

    Her Place - Women's Museum Australia

    Melbourne Museum has invited Her Place to participate in its week-long program to celebrate International Women’s Day. The Museum is focusing on Indigenous women for IWD 2018, so we are delighted to take this opportunity to celebrate three remarkable Indigenous women who have participated in our touring exhibitions: 

    1. Aunty Fay Carter, 
    2. Alma Thorpe and 
    3. Paola Balla. 

    From Mon 5 – Fri 9 March, their filmed interviews will be presented in the prominent area in front of the Forest Gallery at Melbourne Museum. 

    On International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March, at 10 am, all are welcome to attend a floor talk at this site about Her Place and the women featured (standard museum entry fees apply). 

    If you have an event for IWD, let us know and we'll add it to the list!

    155 Burnt Store Road, Lardner, Victoria, Australia 3820

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