Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ce­cilia Allen

Bal­divis Home Busi­ness Net­work had its of­fi­cial launch last week with a morn­ing tea at Brother of Mine in Bal­divis.

The group was formed in May when a small group of work­ing women de­cided to a form a sup­port net­work.

The group has since be­come a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion and has more than 30 mem­bers.

Chair­woman Sarah Blake said the group was es­tab­lished to re­spond to the chal­lenges faced by women in small busi­ness, par­tic­u­larly those work­ing from home.

“Our aim is to pro­vide sup­port and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties so that women can reach their full po­ten­tial,” she said. “We want to cre­ate a safe space that en­cour­ages women to be strong lead­ers in all as­pects of their lives.

“We want to en­cour­age and en­sure that women have a strong voice in our com­mu­nity.”

Ms Blake said mem­bers in­cluded women from Bal­divis and the lo­cal area.

“They in­clude home busi­nesses, work­ing mums and women, small busi­ness own­ers and those who are in­ter­ested in em­pow­er­ing women in our com­mu­nity,” she said.

“You don’t have to run your own busi­ness, you just have to have an in­ter­est in sup­port­ing the pos­i­tive and suc­cess­ful role of women in our com­mu­nity.”

Mandy Lensink from One Stop Choco­late Shop, Rachel Lemon from Make Art, and Karen Wil­son, from Sisel In­ter­na­tional.

Rock­ing­ham Deputy Mayor Deb Ham­blin, Rock­ing­ham Kwinana Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Solin, and Owen Farmer.

Bal­divis Home Busi­ness Net­work com­mit­tee mem­bers Katie Beck­with, Kali Lan­g­ley, Sarah Blake, Sarah Baker and Sam Smith.

Bal­divis Home Busi­ness Net­work treasurer Sam Smith and Dar­i­lyn McMullen.

Kerri Hen­ley from School Pony­tails, and Tracie Brown from Seoul by Tracie Brown.

Karen McDer­mott and Monique Mul­li­gan, both from Seren­ity Press.

Jen­nifer Forbes and Michelle Smeets.

Sharyn McCaskey, from MDVS Busi­ness Ser­vices and Yolande Fry.

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