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For over two decades, the SBWN has organised hundreds of events and our members and guests have heard from business leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials and industry experts. Our events have been held in local pubs, cafes and restaurants across Bass Coast and South Gippsland. Check out a snapshot of these events below!

    • 15 Apr 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Burra Brewing Co, Korumburra
    • 5


    Michelle Jobson and Rita Bottomley connected over an idea and a glass of champagne. Their idea was simple, to empower women. In 2008 they formed Go Girls and set about making a difference in the lives of women. Both women had backgrounds in psychology and facilitation. Michelle had a depth of experience in coaching women, both in the corporate world and within her own business, while Rita had been counselling women for more than twenty years in her private practice.

    It was their dream and mission to honour women, celebrate women and connect women to each other and their communities. They encourage women and girls of all ages to chase their dreams and create their own destinies. They wanted to empower women so they could achieve their full potential, create optimum wellbeing and self-confidence so they were more able to take responsibility and embrace their future.

    Michelle and Rita discovered that there were a lot of women with talents, skills and motivation, who just needed a caring hand, a clear pathway and a supported platform to make a difference, not just in their lives, but also in the lives of others. On their journey, they met many women who had lost confidence and felt disempowered. They simply needed someone to believe in them.

    Today the Go Girls Foundation brings together an inspirational energy that is driven by real change. Women who are unemployed are supported to gain employment, women who have experienced domestic violence to move towards independence, migrant women who have faced social isolation to engage in their community, women who have experienced homelessness to overcome their circumstances, women recovering from breast cancer to find a new pathway, women in the workplace to take on leadership roles, and women in business to grow.

    Women have access to a suite of customised programs, workshops and retreats. The Go Girls Work Ready Program includes women of all ages from diverse backgrounds. Every woman who graduates from this five month program walks away with a new professional CV, interview skills, a new outfit, hair-do, and self-confidence. The women who participate in this program graduate with a plan, empowering them with a strong sense of their future. A personal approach is applied to planning taking into consideration job, career, financial and life circumstances and aspirations. This emphasis on personal development helps women to overcome obstacles that traditionally get in the way of successfully gaining and maintaining employment.

    Co-Founder of Go Girls Foundation

    Dip.T.(Phys.Ed), B.A.(Psych), Grad.Dip.(Org.Psych) inc

    As an educator, Michelle has always been passionate about the empowerment of women and girls through education. With a strong background in teaching, corporate facilitation, and as a business owner, Michelle has conceptualised, developed and written dynamic, ground-breaking programs. As a skilled business woman in her own right, Michelle has been involved in and lead many diverse corporate and community projects. Michelle has seen, first hand, the challenges that face women; issues related to newly arrived immigrants, domestic violence, homelessness, return to work, and women’s health. She believes that there lies enormous potential in every woman and with unconditional care and the right tools, every woman, no matter her circumstance, can realize that potential. Michelle is an active member of Go Girls, continuing to develop and deliver programs for women. While constantly involved in raising funds, as the Co Founder, she is often the face and voice for the Foundation. She is a passionate advocate for women and she is constantly striving to provide a platform where women can be connected, honoured and celebrated. While Michelle’s greatest joy has come from raising five sons, her work with the Go Girls Foundation has brought her enormous satisfaction and balance, to an already hectic and full life. 

     Our Venue


    12 Commercial Street, Korumburra

    Tickets - $45 Members, $60 Non-Members

    Burra Brewing Co are kindly allowing us to use their venue.  Please note this event will be catered by Not Just Tarts (2 courses - paella & dessert).

    • 20 May 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • To be advised
    • 50


    Jaci is sharing her inspiring story of "life taking you full circle, from South Gippsland to the world and back and from media to cooking and back to media".  

    Founder of Jacican Cooking and Food Studio

    Jaci grew up on a dairy farm in South Gippsland outside the town of Loch. As a young girl, her time was spent reading the cookbooks that her mother kept in the bottom kitchen draw. She was always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea spending many childhood weekends making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible. Not much has changed - have you seen her IG feed - she is still searching for recipes that she can cook using what she has on hand or is growing in her kitchen garden.

    At the age of 16, she announced that she wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. She believed that there was a career for her in television that combined both sports and being technical. There was, as a broadcast engineer working in outside broadcasts for Australian television.

    As all 16 years old’s, 30 seemed a long way away. After a career, she already knew that she would move back to Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. Fast forward 20 years, and Jaci returned to Gippsland to start Jacican Cooking and Food Studio in Mirboo North to follow her passion for growing food and cooking.

    Before returning to Gippsland, Jaci re-trained as a Chef (Cert 3 in Commercial cookery, William Angliss Institute of Tafe), worked in catering, hotels, and small businesses, both in Melbourne and Gippsland, before starting Jacican in 2012. Her small business journey led her to graduate with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Monash University).

    Undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Journalism (RMIT), Jaci has found life has brought her full circle. The skills she has gained through life has led to her combining her love of all thing’s food and Gippsland, with her initial passion, media.

     Our Venue

    Location to be confirmed

    Tickets - $45 Members, $60 Non-Members

    • 17 Jun 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • To be advised
    • 49


    Join us as we share Intuitive Life Coach Jess Harle who owns Train with Jess Harle, you can find her on instagram and facebook.

    Jess is passionate about supporting women in creating confidence, self esteem, self love and believes as a coach her philosophy is to walk alongside you through change, growth and facing your fears head on. Through Jess's coaching methods and systems in place, within 21 days you start seeing results.

    Don't miss this event where Jess will be sharing her top resources with you, her knowledge and her vibe. 

    Jess believes that everyone she crosses paths with should leave feeling better than they arrived, so with that you will also receive a gift bag, personalised from Jess herself.

    Founder of Train with Jess Harle

    About Jess: Based on the coast in beautiful South Gippsland, Victoria, I am an Intuitive Lifestyle coach with a holistic approach to living. I hold over 18 accredited qualifications in coaching, health, beauty and crystal healing, I work with clients all over Australia, New Zealand, the U.S and Canada. 

    A driven dreamer, I spent much of my early career as a successful business owner, using my creative innovative passion to build a unique salon offering services that would help my clients look and feel their best. 

    Alongside motherhood, I spent my 20s trekking a journey of self-discovery, determined to be the best version of myself, from the inside out.

    Whilst I love the hair industry, my passion in life is helping others to grow into themselves and really enjoy their life.

    My programs use the tools and skills that I myself use to live a life that I love. My programs are full of my passion and are designed to get results. 

    If you feel like you don't know who you are or where you're at - I can help you find some clarity. 

    If you feel a bit stuck, and aren't sure where to go next - I can help you find ways to grow. 

    If you're ready for the next step in your life - let me help you launch your business.

    Let me walk beside you as you create a life you may never even thought was possible. 

    It's time to decide whether it will be one day, or if today is day one. 

     Our Venue


    Tickets - $45 Members, $60 Non-Members

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14 Mar 2021 **RECORDING** Katrina Webb - Running on, no matter what. Turn your performance from silver to gold.
18 Feb 2021 (Now Online) Katrina Webb - Running on, no matter what. Turn your performance from silver to gold.
10 Dec 2020 Mingle and Jingle
17 Sep 2020 In Her Head - the nature, nurture and neurobiology of the female brain
16 Jul 2020 Why managing your energy is far more important than managing your time.
18 Jun 2020 Sneak Peek and Reconnect
19 Mar 2020 CANCELLED - What is SEO and how it works
20 Feb 2020 Three venues & three courses, with networking
16 Jan 2020 Insights into Managing in Crisis
12 Dec 2019 End of Year Celebration Event
21 Nov 2019 Everyone has a story to tell
25 Oct 2019 Workshop - Using social media to grow your business
17 Oct 2019 The Ark Clothing Co. story – from country markets to the national stage
19 Sep 2019 Soft is the New Hard: How to Communicate Effectively Under Pressure
15 Aug 2019 2019 Gala Event - Gillian Triggs, dare to speak up!
17 Jul 2019 Benefit your Business Bottom Line and the Environment
19 Jun 2019 Making the Most of Technology for Business Success
15 May 2019 Photography as a Bridge to Your Customer
11 Apr 2019 ‘On the Couch’ in Meeniyan: How do you revitalise a town?
21 Mar 2019 How Lucy Mathieson turned a hobby into a thriving full-time business
21 Feb 2019 How Indigenous Women Are Making Communities Safer
17 Jan 2019 Start 2019 With Focus for You and Your Team
13 Dec 2018 Christmas Network Event
15 Nov 2018 ‘Women’s Business’ - the importance of women’s health through life
18 Oct 2018 Do the Basics Really Well
20 Sep 2018 Out of Adversity Comes Opportunity
16 Aug 2018 Gala Event - SBWN's 20th Birthday!
18 Jul 2018 Don’t Die Before You Hear This Panel
20 Jun 2018 Shut the Hell Up: How to control that little voice
17 May 2018 ABC Workshop
16 May 2018 Cross Generational Management
19 Apr 2018 What Being an Athlete Can Teach Us All About Success
20 Mar 2018 Canva Workshop
15 Mar 2018 Your Sector – Your Solutions
15 Feb 2018 Building Customer Loyalty
18 Jan 2018 Finding The Confidence to TAKE ACTION in Work & in Life
14 Dec 2017 Christmas Gathering
16 Nov 2017 Wellbeing Strategies for Better Business
19 Oct 2017 Prom Coast Food Collective Creators
10 Oct 2017 Social Media – Facebook Workshop
21 Sep 2017 The New and Improved Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC)
06 Sep 2017 Master of Ceremonies Workshop
17 Aug 2017 AGM with Kieran Flanagan - Think Differently
19 Jul 2017 Brett Hamm
21 Jun 2017 The Elephant in the Room
17 May 2017 Seven Aspects of the Human Factor in Change, and How to Deal With Them
20 Apr 2017 How Partnership Marketing Can Transform Your Business
20 Apr 2017 Share the Dignity Collection
16 Mar 2017 Many local businesses are invisible to their potential customers. Are you one of them?
16 Feb 2017 Make your connections matter - 2 Guest Speakers!
19 Jan 2017 Culture is Everything - Guest Speaker Tristan White
08 Dec 2016 Holiday Season Dinner
17 Nov 2016 November Dinner - Guest Speaker Rebecca Slavin
20 Oct 2016 October Dinner - Guest Speaker Judi Fallon
15 Sep 2016 September Dinner - Guest Speaker, Mary Aldred
18 Aug 2016 August, SBWN AGM - Guest Speaker, Annette Kimmitt
20 Jul 2016 July Dinner - Guest Speaker, Melina Bath
15 Jun 2016 June Dinner - Guest Speaker, Natasha Williams
18 May 2016 May Dinner - Guest Speaker, Jordana Byrnes
09 Apr 2016 SBWN Day of Inspiration special event
17 Mar 2016 March Dinner - SBWN Power Panel
18 Feb 2016 February Dinner - Guest Speaker Brian Paynter
21 Jan 2016 January Dinner - Guest Speaker Judy O’Connell
10 Dec 2015 December Christmas Party
19 Nov 2015 November Dinner - Guest Speaker Sue Marriott
23 Oct 2015 A SPECIAL ALL DAY WORKSHOP with Sarah Valentine
15 Oct 2015 October Dinner - Guest Speaker Libby Thompson
27 Aug 2015 August AGM dinner event - Guest Speaker Alice Haemmerle
16 Jul 2015 July Dinner - Guest Speaker Fiona Hill
17 Jun 2015 June Dinner - Guest Speaker Philip Tracy
20 May 2015 May Dinner - Guest Speaker Danielle Snelling
15 Apr 2015 April Dinner - The Power Panel
19 Mar 2015 March Dinner - Guest Speaker Joan Liley
19 Feb 2015 February Dinner - Guest Speaker Chris Childs
15 Jan 2015 January Dinner - Guest Speaker Jane Benston
11 Dec 2014 December Event - Christmas Party
20 Nov 2014 November Dinner - Guest Speaker Terry Guilford
10 Nov 2014 November Workshop - Is it Dementia? for Business
16 Oct 2014 October Dinner - Guest Speaker Jen Burrows
18 Sep 2014 September Dinner - Guest Speaker Dana Hughes
14 Aug 2014 August AGM Dinner - Guest Speaker Christina Lovison
13 Jul 2014 July Luncheon - Special High Tea Social Event
15 Jun 2014 June Luncheon - Guest Speaker Cecile Lablache
15 May 2014 May Dinner - Guest Speaker Patricia Hanrahan
10 Apr 2014 April Dinner - Guest Speaker Megan Vuillermin
12 Mar 2014 March Dinner - Your point of difference by Kaz Hughes
13 Feb 2014 February Dinner - Guest Speaker Marcus Pearce
16 Jan 2014 Dinner Meeting - January 16 - Korumburra
12 Dec 2013 End of Year Gathering
14 Nov 2013 Be inspired by the journey of Jan Bull at the New Darcy's Cafe & Wine Bar!

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