Event aims to inspire women in business

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Boosting morale... Women in Business organiser Anna Hillis is inviting business-minded women to a high tea this Sunday at the Gore Town and Country club. PHOTO: MICHAEL CURREEN

A high tea at the Gore Town & Country Club this Sunday will get women to “love business again”, organiser Anna Hillis says.

The Local Women in Business event will feature guest speakers and is open to women whether they are just starting out, have been in business for years or are just thinking about it.

“There’s a lot of women in business around Gore,” Ms Hillis said.

“We’re all in the same position. I own a business and it’s hard.”

She was motivated by a similar event she attended in Auckland.

“I just left feeling so inspired and it was amazing. I thought, we need to do this in Gore because there are so many small businesses,” she said.

“After the last horrible few years we’ve had, I feel like everybody’s feeling just a bit low at the moment.

“So I thought it’d be really awesome to boost everybody back up and get everybody inspired because we’ve got some awesome guest speakers coming.”

Speakers included fashion and media specialist Mary Outram, Kate Scott of Landpro and Emma Lindsay of ELM Marketing, she said.

“[Emma] specialises in social media. The way the world is working now is social media and that’s how you advertise,” Ms Hillis said.

Ms Lindsay could have some valuable tips for promoting businesses.

“We’ve actually got another one coming too. Ngaire Peek, she is from Enable Me. She discusses financial freedom and how to reduce debt and build wealth. Any advice on that is amazing.”

There would also be a panel of Gore business leaders which would be answering questions, Ms Hillis said.

“There’s businesses closing down, there’s business that probably aren’t doing so hot, so it’s a chance to really boost people back up and find out what they can do to better [for] their businesses.”

It was also an opportunity to network and to celebrate getting through the tough years of Covid, she said.

“It’s formal dress, bubbles and food .. to be able to put on an event where you can go out and get dressed up is awesome. I feel like everyone’s longing for that.”

There would be a high tea and doughnut wall put together by Gore businesses and a local photographer would be there.

It would be hosted by former TrueBliss band member and radio host Joe Cotton.

“She’ll have everyone well entertained,” Ms Hillis said.

She hoped it could be an ongoing event.

“If this is successful, we’ll have one every year.”

Tickets are on sale on Eventfinda for $60.

Proceeds would go towards covering the costs of the event, Ms Hillis said.