Sapphire Coast Business Women (SCBW) are softening the blow to women in business by opening up their virtual doors to online co-working and learning.
It comes as South Coast businesses brace for yet another economic hit following the tightening of travel restrictions and the NSW statewide lockdown currently in place.
While SCBW has grown in popularity among local businesswomen, the COVID crisis has presented new challenges and this has led to the adoption of alternative business models.
SCBW co-founders Mia Maze and Julie Novotny see it as an important opportunity to further support local women by providing more virtual options for their community.
SCBW now holds two monthly virtual meetings: a casual 'Eat and Meet' and 'The Learning Table' as well as a 'Monthly Social Lunch' at either Eden, Merimbula, Tathra or Bega and bringing much needed business to local restaurants.
The next scheduled event is 'The Learning Table', where women come together in a virtual boardroom to learn from business professionals and mentors, as well as find kinship and support in unscripted discussions.
This month, Sheree Rubenstein from One Roof will be joining the table. Dedicated to supporting, empowering, and celebrating women, Sheree is a former corporate lawyer and entrepreneur.
Dubbed the 'Queen of Community,' Sheree is the founder of One Roof, Australia's first and largest co-working facility for women.
As a result of COVID, Sheree now runs One Roof as a digital membership for female leaders and entrepreneurs, which has grown to over 500 women across Australia in just nine months.
Sheree is a Telstra Business Women's Award Finalist, an AFR 100 Women of Influence, and a guide to numerous women on their business and career paths.
Mia said SCBW see the need for women on our coast to stay connected.
"Our mission remains the same: to provide a safe space for women to interact with like-minded women in a nurturing, supportive, and women-led environment," she said.
"For the time being, our focus is on digitally supporting our community through our incredible collaboration with One Roof, so that even when our borders to Victoria, other regions of NSW, and now the ACT are blocked, our connections are unlimited."
SCBW encourages all women in business to take advantage of this chance to learn about the importance of co-working and hear from Sheree Rubenstein about how they can access the One Roof digital membership as part of the local Sapphire Membership option for masterclasses in pilates, meditation, journaling, professional assistance, and more.
Mia and Julie are currently exploring additional funding options, partnerships and collaborations to deliver even more to support women in business.
"It's more crucial than before to stay visual and come together," Mia said.
"We need to keep communicating and supporting each other as the tightening limitations have a negative influence on women's networking chances, and we are on a mission to redefine networking options for women."
This event is free and is open to both members and non-members.