On Wednesday July 15, women from all walks of life across the Singleton LGA and Upper Hunter gathered at Club Singleton to meet, collaborate and share their stories in a safe, socially distanced manner.
Singleton Women in Business (#SWIB) was formed over eight years ago with the main purpose being to support and inspire local women in business.
"We hold these events to help women expand their general business acumen and make meaningful connections with other like-minded women in a supportive non-judgmental environment. SWIB is an initiative of the Singleton Business Chamber with the calendar of events and presentations designed with our attendees in mind. " said #SWIB organiser Natalie Hewitt.
"Events are delivered in venues throughout the Singleton LGA and we engage an impressive list of guest speakers, business coaches/advisors and accredited trainers. The aim is to fill the void for small and medium businesses and provide them with inspiration. Our motto is: When women support each other, amazing things happen"
The first post-isolation event in July featured Lisa Harpley from The Business Centre who provided useful insights into the range of services available including virtual coaching sessions, digital solutions, and advice on how to pivot your business during this challenging time (pandemic).
"Our guest speakers are always one of the most well-received parts of the evening and we try to source our guests from Singleton and the surrounding areas," Ms Hewitt continued.
President of the Singleton Business Chamber Sue Gilroy provided an insight into the Spend in Singleton program which is an initiative of The Singleton Business Chamber in partnership with Singleton Council. The program is part of the Why Leave Town shop local initiative.
The Why Leave Town program, which was originally launched in Narrabri and now comprises 20 towns in NSW and QLD, works as a gift card system that ensure local dollars remain local and creates a community owned program.
The 'Spend in Singleton' Gift Cards can be purchase from one of 11 'load-up' stores/outlets and can be redeemed on purchases at any business participating within the Singleton LGA.
"We provided our attendees with a snapshot of the Spend in Singleton Program to help encourage local spending and even presented a number of our delighted business owners with their $250 Preloaded Spend in Singleton Gift Cards," Ms Hewitt added.
Along with an introduction to this popular initiative, President - Sue Gilroy gave an overview of the assistance which available from the Singleton Business Chamber and the many benefits of being a member including a 50% saving in membership fees FY2021 with thanks to Singleton Council.
"During the evening there was no pressure to participate in the light-hearted group activity "How to Master your 60 Elevator Pitch' but many of the ladies stepped outside of their comfort zones and amazed themselves. In fact, everyone enjoyed themselves so much, they didn't want to leave afterwards and continued forming new friendships and connections," said Ms Hewitt.
"We would like to thank local business-owners, Chantel Merrick from Pure Essence Skin, Body and Tanning and Tabatha Kattau of Sincerus Mindset Coaching for generously donating the lucky door prizes. That's another great way to raise the profile of your business and generate interest in the services or goods you offer."
The next Singleton Women in Business event will be held at 6pm on Wednesday August 19 at the Singleton Golf Club and anyone is welcome to attend. Tickets go on sale shortly.
"Let's help and collaborate with each other, have meaningful discussions and support one another."
"Thank you to everyone who attended our Singleton Women in Business event last Wednesday at Club Singleton, and special thanks to Brett, Mickila and the team at Club Singleton, Tabatha from Sincerus Mindset Coaching & Training and Chantel from Pure Essence Skin, Body and Tanning."