Illawarra businesswomen connect

Terry Widdicombe with some of the leading Illawarra businesswomen at the Illawarra Women in Business Coffee Club on Friday. Back row: Maralyn Young, Wendi Leigh, Virginia Wren, Debbie Reali, Carol King and Margaret Biggs. Middle row: Delyse Del Turco and Glenda Papac. Picture: GREG ELLIS

Terry Widdicombe with some of the leading Illawarra businesswomen at the Illawarra Women in Business Coffee Club on Friday. Back row: Maralyn Young, Wendi Leigh, Virginia Wren, Debbie Reali, Carol King and Margaret Biggs. Middle row: Delyse Del Turco and Glenda Papac. Picture: GREG ELLIS

Three people who always push other people forward for recognition joined forces again last week to encourage Illawarra businesswomen, particularly those running small businesses.

IMB's national manager for Commercial Lending and Business Banking Terry Widdicombe teamed up with Illawarra Women in Business directors Glenda Papac and Delyse Del Turco on Friday to give many women busy running small businesses in the region a chance to network.

Mr Widdicombe said it was particularly pleasing to see businesses who had become finalists the first time they entered going on to win a category the following year.

He said it was important for any business to build networks and that was why he saw great value in supporting events such as the monthly IWIB Coffee Clubs.

The next one is at TIGS on July 4.

Share experiences

One of the most humble small businesswomen in the Illawarra is speaking at the next IWIB networking lunch on June 13 at Seacliff Functions & Dining.

Karen Meiring de Gonzalez, of Skin Correctives, is renowned for encouraging and pushing forward others for recognition at the IWIB and Illawarra Business Chamber awards.

Mrs de Gonzalez has even talked many businesswomen into entering the same category as her at business awards because she wants to see them succeed.

The 2013 State Business Awards finalist and 2014 Australian Small Business Awards finalist will next month share some of her personal journey in business.

IWIB directors Glenda Papac and Delyse del Turco asked Mrs Gonzalez to speak because they think she will encourage many of the network's members.

Chamber wants help

The Illawarra Business Chamber is encouraging local business to help the NSW Business Chamber with a Workers Compensation Survey it is doing in relation to reforms made to the NSW government workers compensation system in June 2012 to address a scheme deficit of $4.1 billion.

The government has announced an independent review of the scheme reforms and the state chamber wants help from business in shaping its submission.

A short survey at surveymonkey.com/s/nswbcworkerscomp2014 is providing that opportunity until May 30.

Fabulous after 40

Wollongong stylist Julie Rollinson, of Drab2Fab, is addressing many of the body and styling issues facing women in their 40s, 50s and 60s at what is being billed as a Fabulous After 40 style event in the Stockland Shellharbour Community Room on Thursday at 6.30pm.

Mish Matisse, of CasaMia and Breast Aware, will talk about the importance of and how to conduct a regular breast examination and fit a bra correctly.

And Karen Meiring de Gonzalez, of Skin Correctives, will discuss beauty from within and how to best look after your skin without invasive procedures.

Wendi Leigh, of Wendi Leigh Designs, will also have some of her fashions on show.

Further information at julie@drab2fab.com.au or on 0407 965984.

Volunteers wanted

Volunteers are being sought by the Para Meadows Ex-Students Group, which meets every fortnight on a Wednesday night to provide activities for adults with disabilities.

The special support group meets from 7pm to 9pm and anyone interested can email genovevecertificate@yahoo.com .au to find out more.

Smith Family appeal

The Smith Family Winter Appeal is running all May and June.

All money raised helps the Smith Family's work reaching more than 100,000 disadvantaged children, young people and parents/carers across Australia each year.

Tax deductable donations can be made to the thesmithfamily. com.au or on 1800 024 069.

Eisteddfod begins

The 120th City of Wollongong Eisteddfod kicks off this Saturday at the Wesley Church, Wollongong Mall, with classical vocal sections commencing at 9am and 1pm and the Operatic Aria at 7pm.

Wind instrument sections commence at the same venue June 2 until June 6.

Further information at wgongeisteddfod@big pond.com or on 4261 2989.

Cancer fund-raiser

Wollongong's Anne Connor has set herself a challenge on the weekend of November 8 and 9.

Mrs Connor and friend Kim Rimmer are planning to walk 60 kilometres in Sydney to raise funds as part of the Weekend to End Women's Cancers.

They are now planning a Ladies Night In function at Windang Surf Club on May 30.

Further information at mylifehouse.org.au.

Women inspired

The Leukaemia Foundation is to be the recipient of proceeds from the Inspire 2014 Women's Conference on June 6 at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.

Seats and tables can be booked at trybooking.com/EWXD.

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