Last month’s Professional Development Lunch was a huge hit. Rebecca provided such a welcoming environment that facilitated great conversations about team building, delegation, personality types and getting the right people in the right roles. The conversations were firing throughout the event and even sparked some promotional collaboration ideas between members.

Rebecca Walker with Anita Humpreys and Deborah Potts

Rebecca opened the lunch by explaining her move to the Sunshine Coast 10 years ago with her husband, Dave, to start their small-scale roofing business. During this hectic time Rebecca realised the skills she acquired as an intensive care nurse were also very helpful in dealing with the high-pressure situations of a rapidly expanding business. However, she soon recognised  these skills were not enough and they needed to fill the skill gaps by building a team. Rebecca notes this as a pivotal decision in the business which allowed them to meet their expansion goals.

Natalie Crombie from Etch and Co with Jodie Slade from Leadership Management Australia

Signature Guttering and Roofing was born in 2015, by adding to the team an accountant, marketing and sales agency and strategic planning professional.  Since then Rebecca and Dave have purchased a commercial property, reached a turnover of $5 million,  employed and sub-contracted 30 more team members. But they aren’t stopping there, currently they are also looking to open a new sector in Canberra and Sydney and are expanding their product range to include DYI patios.

Deborah Potts from Business Lifestyle Globally with Cheree Clarke from ABA Partners QLD

But all this didn’t happen without some serious hard work and after having their third baby, the next hurdle to overcome was creating a work life balance.  Rebecca explains “our theory was that we can never be working at more than 80% capacity otherwise we will not have time to be actively work on the business”. This meant letting go of certain responsibilities and trusting others with key roles such as estimators, procurement officers, operations managers, supervisors, admin, finance, and sales team members. These roles are so vital to our business that our mindset is ‘we are always hiring’, so if someone comes along that is amazing we create a role”.

Melissa Gardner from Meluka Design with Maria Faulder from Suite Three .

One of the great outcomes of the Professional development lunches is the quality conversations that develop between members during and after the event. During the lunch, many discussed the various techniques and tools they use to identify the right team members, such as Myers Briggs, DISC and AusIDentities. Following up after the event was the wonderful, Renee Woodhead, General Manager of SEBEL. Renee shared this link to a workshop being run by the Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce which discuss AusIDentities and how it will help identify your team’s personality preferences, leadership, and communication styles. If you are interested in booking please contact the COC.

Corrie Attneave from Secure Access with Karen Tyrrell-Conroy from Modere.


Funky Frog in Buderim


Rebecca Walker’s recent PD lunch on ‘Building your team’ gave such valuable insight into the employment side of business as she shared her journey from the first staff member through to the dynamic and successful team she has today. There were some great tips shared on what to look out for as well as realising the right time to hire when you’ve reached your working capacity. 

The table opened up with suggestions and recommendations enabling us to learn from the entire group. These lunches are a great way to learn from other professionals and to comfortably ask questions. We brainstormed together and even came up with ideas on how we can work together collaboratively and successfully, all whilst enjoying a delicious lunch.  

Melissa Gardner : Meluka Design – Property Styling

Three Cheers for Tania

On Thursday members were treated to a truly inspirational professional development lunch hosted by our Outstanding Business Woman of the Year, Tania Turner from Shine Beauty.

Wendy Chadwick from Express Print and Mail and Tania Turner for Shine Beauty

Tania did an amazing job of outlining the benefits of keeping up with technology, as well as how trend analysis from a resource based view could grow their business. What a privilege to hear such detailed and honest insights on how these strategies have returned for her business. It certainly left all who attended with a new mindset for why it is important to adapt to changes in the market.

Jodie Slade from Leadership Management Australia and Terri Everest from The CBA

Tania began by sharing how she started 18 years ago with no money, just a temporary lease and no thoughts about the internet. However, it did not take long before she realised the power and potential of the world wide web.

Tricia Keyte from Genxxlife and Martine Poulain from the Wishlist Foundation

This innovation transformed Tania’s business as she began to sell the available spaces at her salons at a discounted rate online. Resulting in online sales becoming greater than individual sales. By investing in her own in-house web development she could collect and analyse a variety of data, such as employee performance, salon productivity, P&L for each Salon, and even the success of her e-birthday campaigns. This technology has been pivotal in growing the business to six luxury beauty salons.

Melissa Gardner from Meluka Designs and Lyndsey Cox from Wandspro

Tania went on to explain the benefits that SCBWN members could achieve by understanding their market. Tania had the table in tears of laughter as she recalled the first time someone asked for a Brazilian… she did not know what it was but was willing to adapt to meet her clients demands. However, Tania did advise not to chase every fad, but to do your research and follow your gut feeling.


All attendees of the Tania’s Professional Development lunch were gifted a Free Facial… what a treat.

All the ladies who attended were very spoilt as they not only walked away with some amazing insights but were presented with a wonderful gift voucher from Shine Beauty for a free facial.  Also a special thanks to Kim Taylor for sharing some of her home grown produce with the ladies. Kim also donated a lucky door prize for a free seat at her next speaking workshop, congratulations to Melissa Gardner who was the lucky winner.

The next Professional Development lunch will be our Young Business Woman of the Year, Rebecca Walker from Signature Roofing and Guttering. Bec will be talking about building your team.

Attendee testimonials from Tania Turner’s Professional Development Lunch

“It was a wonderful lunch and a big thank you to Tania for your amazing insights and down to earth approach to business. You are certainly an inspiration.
In fact, each one of you is an inspiration – so thank you!” Kim Taylor from Ultimate Speaker.

“Thoroughly loved the Professional Development Lunch hosted by Tania. There is nothing more inspiring to women in business on the Sunshine Coast, than hearing a success story and how it came about, what challenges were experienced and how these were dealt with. Three cheers to you Tania! And thank you for our gift which was extraordinarily kind of you” Samantha Mackie from From Fuji Xerox Business Centre Sunshine Coast.



“The lunch today was fantastic as always. Hearing from Tania’s professional experiences certainly inspires me in my business to stay current and innovative. Tania delivered so many insights and take aways for me at least. As well as the professional development aspect of the lunch, catching up with so many amazing like-minded women is personally important for balance in my week”. Lindsey Cox from Wandspro – Innovative Outdoor Gear.

“Tania was a brilliant speaker, well prepared and had no trouble filling the time. I was amazed at her technological foresight and innovation in developing her online booking system that contained insights into every (and I mean literally every) aspect of her business”. Terri Everest, CBA.

“My own business revolves around making ‘Good People Great’” & it is just so inspiring & fabulous to hear of Tania Turner’s wonderful journey to success:- from the seeds of Desire & Determination that inspired the very first  salon of holes-in-the-walls- style leased premises 18 years ago,  to owning the building & now today, a prosperous enterprise  of 6 highly successful salons that has, aside from many other achievements I am sure,  bestowed on Tania Turner & her amazing ‘Shine’ team   an accolade of 3 Business Excellence Awards!  Congratulations Tania! And thank you for sharing your personal story that is truly that of an entrepreneur! I feel very fortunate to have attended the PD Lunch at Tides Waterfront Dining Bulcock Beach Caloundra amongst this wonderful network of women who make up the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network  & to have the opportunity to hear Tania’s amazing journey!” Jodie Slade – Leadership Management Australia.

On Friday 31st March, 919 Sea FM’s BarRat & Jess will walk 12 hours straight from Caloundra, heading north, in order to raise much needed funds for local 5 year old, Chase.

Chase loves dinosaurs, riding his bike and going for a swim…..and has cerebral palsy. After medical treatments every fortnight for the past 3 years, the goal is for Chase to walk unaided.

BarRat & Jess want to turn his dream to play and run into a reality, by helping his parents with the costs of upcoming treatment in Adelaide.

BarRat & Jess said, “When we first met this young family from Sippy Downs, and heard what they had been through, we instantly wanted to help them out. This is an opportunity for not only us, but the entire Sunshine Coast to change Chase’s life”.

Already this morning, the walk has gained attention, with Cricks Nambour and Noosa, home of the Sunshine Coast Best Used Cars, calling BarRat & Jess and donating a BRAND NEW Mitsubishi Mirage to Chase and his family!

BarRat & Jess said, “From the bottom of our hearts we are so grateful to the amazing team from Cricks Nambour and Noosa! Chase and his family have struggled for years and this will be life changing”.

Follow 919 Sea FM’s BarRat & Jess when they Set the Pace for Chase next Friday on air, online, and socially through Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

When: Friday 31st March

Where: Starting at Happy Valley Caloundra, walking north towards Coolum

Time: 6:00am start

Sunshine Coast, let’s help BarRat & Jess Set the Pace for Chase, more details on Chase can be found here:



Brooke Bennett

Marketing & Promotions Director 

91.9 Sea FM

Ph: 07 5443 8444


Mobile: 0448 688 444

A big thank you to Wendy Chadwick for sharing such valuable insights about her business on Tuesday. She shared her journey from back in 2003 when she used simple pamphlet deliveries to help market her business, through to how she backed her instincts, listened to her market and “thought outside the franchise box” to produce the biggest printing service on the Sunshine Coast.

Rebecca Walker – Signature Roofing, Melissa Gardner – Meluka Design Property Styling.

One of our newest members, Melissa Gardner, attended her first PD Lunch and shared her experience:

As a first time attendee of the latest SCBWN Professional Development Lunch, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I was greeted by the most welcoming group of women and was made comfortable from the very moment I arrived. 

Wendy Chadwick shared with the group her success story and we got to learn and laugh about it over a yummy lunch. Wendy asked if anyone had any questions she could help with and I immediately put my hand up. Usually a little shy at first time events, this group gave me the confidence to speak up and ask all the questions I wanted. Wow, I was not expecting that level of engagement! I had answers flying at me from the entire group. Everyone jumped in and we brainstormed ideas and solutions, there was no holding back! So powerful and so valuable.

This moment helped me realise just how valuable this group is. I recommend to others that attend to have an open mindset and willingness to ask questions as the value of putting my hand up allowed personal and business growth on such an incredible level. I am forever thankful to be part of such a dynamic and encouraging group of leaders. Thank you. 

– Melissa Gardner – Meluka Design, Property Styling.

Vickie Magic – President SCBWN, Roz White – White’s Grocers, Wendy Chadwick – Express Print & Mail, Maria Faulder – Suite Three

Afterwards, many of the members continued the conversation using the Sunshine Coast Facebook Closed Group. This group is open to all members so please, click on this link and send through your request to join the group. Once approved you will be able to continue the brilliant and collaborative conversations that happened around the table.

Lindsey Cox – Wandspro, Erin Bacchi – Live It Travel

Also, don’t forget to grab your tickets for the next Personal Development Lunch with Tania from Shine Beauty as it is only 3 weeks away. We would love to see as many beautiful women in the room as possible networking, connecting and inspiring each other. This is an open event so please feel free to bring a friend, colleague, partner, husband or the person you would like to nominate.

Tania Turner- Shine Beauty, Jakki Goodall – SCBWN Membership Managers, Corrie Orpin – Success Access.

Each of these PD Lunches are hosted by our Business Woman of the Year Award winners, which is a timely reminder that if you or someone you know would like to nominate for these awards please book your tickets to attend the Awards Launch Cocktail Evening.

Tsu Shan Chambers of Yin Health Named Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Outstanding Business Woman of the Year 2013!

“It is often quoted that it takes a village to raise a child, but in my view it takes a community to raise a business,” Tsu Shan Chambers of Yin Health the Sunshine Coast Business Woman’s Network 2013 Outstanding Business Woman of the Year shared with the audience of more than 230 people at the awards gala ceremony, held on Saturday at the Maroochy RSL.

The Young Business Woman of the Year was awarded to Carly Earl, who’s Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba based business Eco Child recently teamed with Sunshine Coast Regional Council to launch the Sunshine Coast’s first modern cloth nappy library.

Michelle Evans of 4 Ingredients was named Professional Business Woman of the Year who’s focus on understanding the heart of their customers, global expansion, adaptability to new trends and a soon-to-be launched unique Australian joint venture, has seen over 7 million books now sold worldwide.

Corporate Business Woman of the Year was Tamara Wrigley of Carolans First National Real Estate Nambour.

Renee Blackwell of Renee Blackwell Jewellery Design was announced as the Micro/Small Business Woman of the Year. Now stocked in over 150 stores around the country, Renee Blackwell said of her win, “Winning this award is the next step in my personal and professional life. It will give me the opportunity to share the wisdom gained in nearly 30 years of business.”

Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network president Michalle Faulkner, having previously being named as Micro/Small Business Woman of the Year in 2008, said this year’s winners are a shining example of the Sunshine Coast business community.

“Our winners this evening are in stellar company. Many past winners have gone on to become finalists of, or even gone as far as to win, both state and national Telstra Business Awards plus many other prestigious awards throughout their respective industry groups. The Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network is privileged to have the opportunity to showcase the dynamic business woman of the Sunshine Coast through our annual Business Woman of the Year program.”

Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network members and their guests are invited to meet this year’s winners at our September breakfast with a panel interview hosted by My Weekly Preview Editor Jemma Pearson. Booking details can be found at

Photography: Images of the evening can be previewed here. High res images can be sourced by contacting Alicia Aberley Photography on 0458 586 633.

Outstanding Business Woman of the Year 2013

Tsu Shan Chambers
Yin Health
Young Business Woman of the Year 2013

Carly Earl
Eco Child
Professional Business Woman of the Year 2013

Michelle Evans
4 Ingredients
Corporate Business Woman of the Year 2013
Tamara Wrigley
Carolans First National Estate Nambour
Micro/Small Business Woman of the Year 2013
Renee Blackwell
Renee Blackwell Jewellery Design

Update from Our Network President: Michalle Faulkner

As your President, I sit on the Board of the Sunshine Coast Chambers Alliance and in this capacity, share our network’s points of view and vote on key aspects of sustainable business here on the Sunshine Coast. Our membership to this group as well as our membership to the Sunshine Coast Business Council ensures that we are at the forefront of information and can table issues affecting us locally in business. I take this responsibility very seriously. It is very important to me that I can share this information back to you our members, and where we need to give our views, ask for and receive your contributions and valuable feedback.

I will provide members with regular updates of these meetings and the outcomes:

February 2013 Meeting:

ICN Gateway:

Industry Capability Network (ICN) is a business network that introduces Australian and New Zealand companies to projects large and small.

Companies are encouraged to register on the ICN Gateway for works packages that may become available in the coming months with respect to work on the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital. Companies, who aren’t registered, cannot be considered.


There was a unanimous decision at the last meeting of all collective chambers and networks represented to merge with Chamber Of Commerce And Industry | Queensland. The Sunshine Coast Chambers Alliance will now be known moving forward as CCIQ Sunshine Coast.

What does this mean for SCBWN members?

The chambers alliance is a group collective of representatives from each of the local business chambers of commerce as well as large networking organisations such as the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network. Merging with CCIQ ensures that we as collective network of local businesses owners (members of our respective groups) can have our regional issues gain interest at a national level.As one voice, we will have more leverage.

Michalle Faulkner, Managing Director, EastCoast Human Resource Group

Trade Tables at the Swim Above that Crowd Big Lunch hosted by the Professional Development Committee covered a variety of businesses that can help you “swim above the crowd”. In case you missed the lunch or need follow up contact details this blog covers the details supplied by the sponsors about their businesses and contact details.


Genevive Edmonds started little green dress in 2008, a vision to combine her love for beautiful garments & sustainability. Designed and made in Australia in limited editions her clothes proudly demonstrate that style and sustainability can coexist.

For women who want to dress well whilst caring for our planet.

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A CPA and accountant for over 20 years, Kerri O’Shea had humble beginnings.  Kerri is an Advanced Facilitator of Psych-K (techniques to work with the subconscious).  As well as a coach for Landmark Education, a transformational company that has changed the lives of millions in over 20 countries.   Like many people fresh out of college, she was book smart but not street wise.  Kerri struggled with what it really takes to understand and master the world of wealth and finances, both as a woman and as an entrepreneur — ultimately becoming a top accountant for a diverse array of companies with revenues up to 20 million (from manufacturing to sales, marketing, and public relations). From the classroom to the boardroom to the bedroom, where she started her own home-based business.

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