Former territory leader to address business women

Two local business groups are combining to bring a prominent speaker to Mount Gambier next month. The Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business and Regional Development will host a breakfast with the ACT’s former Chief Minister Kate Carnell (pictured) on June 9.

Ms Carnell, who is now a director and small business advocate, will speak about understanding resources available to small business and how this adds value to a business.

She will also share some of her successes from her five years as the Small Business Ombudsman, with her knowledge valuable to anyone who owns a business, leads or works in a business or considering opening a business.

Ms Carnell is a company director and small business advisor with extensive experience and knowledge in the business sector, having run her own small businesses for 15 years before becoming ACT Chief Minister in 1995 for a five year period. She completed her five year term as the inaugural Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) in March 2021.

Before her appointment as the inaugural ASBFEO, Kate held the position of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive, which represents more than 300,000 businesses across Australia. She has also served as chief executive of beyondblue, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Australian General Practice Network and the National Association of Forest Industries.

A pharmacist by profession, Ms Carnell was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the first female to become the national vice-president of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Ms Carnell was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.

Additionally, Rachel Leonow from NBN will present on the new business fibre initiative and how this can directly benefit Limestone Coast businesses with their digital connectivity and capability. Chamber of Commerce President Hayley Neumann said she looked forward to hosting such high-calibre speakers.

“This is a not to be missed event for all of the business community,” she said. “We are honoured to be hosting such a passionate small business advocate in Kate Carnell in our region.”

WiBRD Chair Jacinta Jones shared Ms Neumann’s sentiments. “We also believe collaborations with NBN Business are important in supporting locals in regional areas,” she said. “This event will sell quickly so we suggest booking early to avoid missing out.”

The event starts at 7am at the Commodore on the Park, visit www. wibrd.org.au for further information.

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