Bringing local women & local stories together

Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.
– Brene Brown

Community and Business Women’s Network

Community and Business Women’s Network (CBWN) was founded in 2018 with a straightforward purpose – to connect women on the Central Coast.

Though population in the area had significantly expanded in recent years, it was clear that opportunities for women to connect socially and professionally had not. CBWN is built upon the idea that bringing women together creates opportunities for growth, resilience and inspiration at business, community and personal levels. Through a mix of networking events, business showcases and professional development opportunities, CBWN has expanded rapidly to include close to 300 active members. It is open to all women who want to network, make friends, learn, share ideas and support local business.

If you are keen to connect with other Central Coast women in a relaxed and friendly setting, book a seat at our next event or join the CBWN Facebook group today!

Community and Business Women’s Network is a project of Iris Foundation.

Events Calendar


Tuesday 27th July 2021
7am – 9am

Nexus Smart Hub
Amy Close, North Wyong NSW 2250

Tickets – $45 Member, $55 Non-Members
Plus Booking Fee




Tuesday 10th August 2021
6pm – 9pm

Breakers Country Club

Tickets – $35 Plus Booking Fee




Due to the COVID restrictions, future events have not been confirmed.

Please check back at a later date to see more upcoming events.




Due to the COVID restrictions, future events have not been confirmed.

Please check back at a later date to see more upcoming events.




“It’s such a warm positive environment. Everyone can come. Whetheryou’rein business, a community organisation, starting your own business or a work from home mum, this is the place.”

Crystal Russom, Southern Cross Austereo 

“The fact that you may begin the meeting as strangers but you end up having a whole range of other friends. If you want to meet and engage with people who have a passion for their community, a passion for their vision, then you should come here. 

Fran Cummings, Kids Day Out 

The best experience I’ve had being part of this group is probably the networking and connections that I’ve been able to build really quick from the get-go. Come along because there’s such a sense of support and connection and community that you just can’t find anywhere else. 

Kristen Budd, General Manager, Southern Cross Austereo 

“It’s grown to a massive supportive community. I’ve met so many different women and I can’t believe the growth that’s happened. We’re all the same, we’re all here for the same reasons and it’s OK if you don’t know anybody. 

Lindsey Clarke, Hotondo Homes Toukley 

I do like to socialize and it does become harder to get out as you get busy in work and family life. I was one of the first Sparkle Events and that really got my business out there. 

Nathalie Ainsworth, Ainsworth Accounting 

It’s inspiring. Every time you hear a story every week you take a little bit from it that makes it be OK to be you.

Kathryn WilkeXcllusive Business Sales 

Member Benefits

Personalised CBWN Namebadge

Discounted CBWN Event Tickets

Members Online Online Directory

Social Media Promotion

Members Only Zoom Meetings

Members Only Facebook Group

5 Promotion Spots Available Each Event

After Hours Hosting Opportunities

For further enquiries please contact


CBWN is a project of Iris Foundation, a local mental health charity that has been working to foster hope, resilience and connections in the Central Coast community since 2006.

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Congratulations Iris Foundation we are so proud to be part of your family!!💕We have some exciting news to share! We are a finalist in the N 2021 NSW Business Awards as an "Outstanding Community Organisation". Congratulations to all category finalists. Winners announced October 8th💜 ... See MoreSee Less

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💕You’re probably wondering how on earth we find ourselves in the the tail end of 2021, when we haven’t even begun to process how traumatised we were by 2020.
You’re probably wondering what happened to the time in between.
You’re probably feeling as though your life has stalled, paused, as though you’re playing catch up, re-learning how to walk, as it were.

And the truth is, you probably are.

The truth is, that we are in no way prepared for the onslaught of 2022, nor are we in anyway over 2020.
But that’s ok.
We are all the same.
Confused, dazed, slightly untrusting, wary.
Fatter, a touch more cynical and a whole lot more tired.

But we are here.
And just as Lady Time keeps marching on,
so shall we.
You don’t have to know the way.
You just have to trust.
March on and trust.

Better things are coming.

Donna Ashworth

Art by Paula Belle Flores

#2021 #2022 #wordsofwisdom #yourenotalone
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Thursday 9th September is RU OK? Day.
You don't need to be an expert to reach out - just a good friend and a great listener.
Your conversation can make a difference whether they are struggling with something big or small.
#ruok #ruokday #aretheyreallyOK #IrisFoundation
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CCKDO's Fun Behind The Lens*** CCKDO's FUN BEHIND THE LENS ***

Theme 1: Flowers and things that grow

Facebook event:

Share the joy of taking photos with the Kids Day Out audience.
For children between the ages of 1-and 12. This fun activity can be done in both your home environment and during lockdown walks.

Themes will be easy to find with an emphasis on FUN.
The CCKDO committee will view every entry and the theme’s winning photo will be prominently displayed on the Central Coast Kids Day Out website for everyone to see and admire.

An exhibition of the wonderful photos will be held at Red Tree Theatre Gallery, Tuggerah and feature at the next Central Coast Kids Day Out Event.

The idea of the activity is to bring joy in 2021 and to inspire all those young photographers out there to have fun with their passion for photos. Although we announce a winner for each of them, everyone is a winner and every photo will hold its own special beauty.

1. This is an activity for children, so photos are to be taken by the children 1-12yo themselves (not by their parents or carers)
2. PHOTOS ARE TO BE POSTED onto the CCKDO Facebook page with the CHILD’S FIRST NAME and AGE. (if you’d prefer your child’s name not to appear, please create an alias name for us to acknowledge them personally)
3. Place a HASHTAG each photo indicating its location, CCKDO and theme (no spaces when hashtagging eg. #bluehaven #cckdo #rainbows)
4. Only ORIGINAL photos are to be posted… no stealing of anything you’ve found on the internet
5. It’s ok to post a photo you ALREADY HAVE if you have a good one and as long as it was taken by the child
6. Only POSITIVE COMMENTS are allowed
7. NO BAD language or rude/indecent content permitted
8. NO ADVERTISING is permitted
9. For child protection and privacy reasons NO person is to appear in photos
10. THE WINNING PHOTOGRAPH of each THEME will be announced on the Facebook page and displayed on the CCKDO website. It will be the key photo of the activity until the next theme winner is announced.
11. HAVE FUN, set your child’s IMAGINATION free and enjoy seeing your child’s and others’ photos on the CCKDO Facebook page!

#CCKDO #CentralCoast #CentralCoastNSW #Kids #KidsActivity #photography #photographychallenge #lockdown #lockdownlife
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CCKDOs Fun Behind The Lens

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Training and Networking Opportunity For Your Business
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✨Member Share✨In case you missed it - in my latest podcast episode I am discussing the six main reason why you have performance issues with your staff, and how you turn your current underperformer into your next super star!

Listen now in your favourite podcast app 📲
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For those who would like to pen a special message for a loved one they have lost, Iris Foundation has available flame-retardant paper lanterns that can be illuminated with a candle or tea light. These writeable lanterns can be posted free of charge across the Central Coast. Click this link to order yours-
We are grateful for the generous support from local firm TrendPac to make this a possibility.
#shinealight #worldsuicidepreventionday #irisfoundation
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Has your business been impacted by the NSW Lockdown? Not sure if you qualify for the COVID-19 business grants offered by Service NSW?

Join Kate, Small Business Money Coach, Chartered Accountant, and owner of small business financial literacy company Valkyrie Enterprises, where she will help you understand your business financially.

TSB - NSW COVID-19 Help for your Business

Times: 10am - 12pm via Zoom

This workshop will cover the NSW COVID-19 Small Business Grant, the COVID-19 MicroBusiness Grant, and the JobSaver Scheme.

The two-hour session will include:
☑️How to calculate your annual turnover for the purposes of the COVID grants
☑️Calculation of income for your test periods and comparison periods
☑️Evidence required to submit to ServiceNSW.

Apply here:

You will also have the option of an additional 1 hour one to one session with the trainer to focus on your business.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and is $0 for eligible students.
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