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

CBWN SPONSOR BREAKFAST

Tuesday 27th July 2021
7am – 9am

Nexus Smart Hub
Amy Close, North Wyong NSW 2250

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

 

BOOK NOW

IRIS FOUNDATION's 15th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Tuesday 10th August 2021
6pm – 9pm

Breakers Country Club
Wamberal

Tickets – $35 Plus Booking Fee

 

BOOK NOW

MORE EVENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED

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

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

 

 

MORE EVENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED

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

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

 

 

Testimonials

“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 info@cbwn.org.au

IRIS FOUNDATION

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.

For more information, visit: www.irisfoundation.org.au

Thank you to our sponsors

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Applications are open for COVID-19 Micro-business Grants, a fortnightly payment of $1500 to lockdown-impacted businesses with turnover between $30,000 and $75,000. Apply online www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/2021-covid-19-micro-business-grant ... See MoreSee Less

Charities are doing it tough at the moment too. How great is the team (and a wonderful CBWN member!) from Sunshine Gifting Co donating 100% of profits to Central Coast charity Iris Foundation. Jump on the website if you would like to order cookies for delivery around the Coast this Saturday July 24th 🌺July 24th Cookies For A Cause - available this weekend from Laura & team at ☀️ Sunshine Gifting Co ☀️head over to the website to place your order & support our service at the same time💜
www.sunshinegiftingco.com.au/collections/irisfoundation
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Charities are doing it tough at the moment too. How great is the team (and a wonderful CBWN member!) from Sunshine Gifting Co donating 100% of profits to Central Coast charity Iris Foundation. Jump on the website if you would like to order cookies for delivery around the Coast this Saturday July 24th 🌺

Charities are doing it tough at the moment too. How great is the team from Sunshine Gifting Co donating 100% of profits to Central Coast charity Iris Foundation. Jump on the website if you would like to order cookies for delivery around the Coast this Saturday July 24th 🌺July 24th Cookies For A Cause - available this weekend from Laura & team at ☀️ Sunshine Gifting Co ☀️head over to the website to place your order & support our service at the same time💜
www.sunshinegiftingco.com.au/collections/irisfoundation
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Charities are doing it tough at the moment too. How great is the team from Sunshine Gifting Co donating 100% of profits to Central Coast charity Iris Foundation. Jump on the website if you would like to order cookies for delivery around the Coast this Saturday July 24th 🌺

Thinking of all our Tradie Ladies during this time - a flash back with Hotondo Homes Lyndsey Clarke💕 ... See MoreSee Less

A great resource for women💕⚖ Women’s Financial Toolkit – It’s your future ⚖

Taleen Shamlian, a board member of the NSW Government’s Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity, has been instrumental in advising on the Women’s Financial Toolkit; the NSW Government’s free, online resource that all women can use to find help with money concerns. Taleen brings her specialist expertise which aims to support women with building financial capability and economic opportunities.

Taleen is Director and Principal Consultant at Advisory Street, an economics and public policy firm providing advice on a range of stakeholder engagements and public policy issues, such as the Banking Royal Commission.

Taleen’s previous experience includes Head of Government Affairs for Visa and the Commonwealth Bank, and as an economist at Commonwealth Treasury.

Her hope is that all women will find the Toolkit useful and share it with friends, because everyone’s wish is to be economically empowered.

You can check out the Toolkit here: women.nsw.gov.au/resources/wft

To read Taleen’s full bio, visit: bit.ly/3hxV4Bo
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A great resource for women💕

Further restrictions Ladies..⚠️STAY AT HOME ORDER – ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS⚠️

Given the growing number of infectious cases in the community and unlinked cases of community transmission, COVID-19 restrictions will be tightened across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

From 5pm today (Friday, 9 July) the following additional restrictions will be in place:
- Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household);
- People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of home for exercise and outdoor recreation, with no carpooling between non-household members;
- Browsing in shops is prohibited, plus only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping;
- Funerals limited to ten people in total (this will take effect from Sunday, 11 July);

The four reasons to leave your home remain in place:
- Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person only);
- Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence to fulfil carers’ responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons);
- Exercise with no more than 2 (unless members of the same household);
- Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Restrictions in regional NSW will remain unchanged.

These tightened restrictions are based on health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant.

They are necessary due to the increasing number of unlinked cases in the community.

We understand this is a difficult time for the community and businesses. We thank them for their understanding and patience.

High testing numbers are key to finding unrecognised chains of transmission in the community, so please continue to come forward for a COVID-19 test, even if you have the mildest of symptoms.

For the latest information visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
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Further restrictions Ladies..

Another fabulous Panel discussion from the team at Stronger Than My Excuses💕 ... See MoreSee Less

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