Business Support Links
How to set up a business
The requirements for establishing a new business in Australia depends on the State you live in. The links below are for Queensland businesses.
Mentoring Women in Business
The Business Queensland website provides information specifically for mentors who might mentor women with low confidence. Low confidence is an issue that affects everyone at some time. Their information is taken from the Mentoring Women in Business brochure that Irene D. Baker developed with support from the Advancing Women in Business Initiative.
If you are seeking a mentor, the Business Queensland website provides information for women to access the Mentoring For Growth program.
Resources for female entrepreneurs
This link was kindly suggested by the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Council, Troop #1490 as they researched female entrepreneurs online while they could not meet up physically. Finding my website helpful, they suggested this particular link as a way of saying ‘thanks’.
While predominantly focused on networks and organisations in the USA, there are many interesting finds here that are relevant to women in Australian and New Zealand as well. Definitely worth a look to discover like-minded organisations all working to support women in business.
Inspiring Women Websites
Women In Antarctica
I’ve been interested for years in stories of adventure, but to find adventures that have a woman at the front is another matter.
Homeward Bound is a ground-breaking, global leadership initiative, set against the backdrop of Antarctica, which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet. Their 3 strategic focal points: I am willing and able to lead. We are stronger together. We are taking actions with impact.
While not strictly ‘business’ as most of us know it, saving the planet is certainly big business today, and much is learned and shared by these women’s stories.
Female Entrepreneur Association
Their mission is to help you build a wildly successful business, but what I like about this site is the stories of real women doing real things in business. Not focused on the media darlings of business like Naomi Simson or Lisa Messenger, but offering case studies and lessons learned by everyday women giving business a go.
Australian business Femeconomy is about where you put your money in order to support women in leadership. They write on their website:
“We know you love to (or have to) shop. But did you know your purse has the power to change the world? To make it more equal for women the world over.
At Femeconomy we’ll show you your favourite brands and identify which ones have women in leadership. So you can choose to switch to brands that support female leaders.
If you are a woman in business, why not use your procurement power to support brands with female leaders?”
SHORT READ: How to Fail Safe
I discovered Debra Millman in her book, Think Like a Great Graphic Designer. This short manifesto on how to ‘fail safe’ is applicable particularly to women thinking of starting a business. She writes, ‘Even though I wanted …’the whole wide world’, I thought it was prudent to compromise. I told myself it was more sensible to aspire for success that was realistically feasible, perhaps even failure-proof. It never once occurred to me that I could have it all.’
Your Brain on Confidence
Stacie Grossman Bloom is a neuroscientist who studies confidence in women. She explains how the brain uses what we pay attention to, to wire in its pathways for anything we want to do, including learning to become more confident. The Claim Your Confidence program explains this process in easily understandable terms, and echoes Stacie’s research into the area.
“My Cadette Girl Scouts and I just wanted to give proper thanks for your awesome page, because it’s been an excellent source of information for our Entrepreneur badges. We’ve been doing some distance learning together since Girl Scouts meetups have been canceled until further notice. They miss the sense of community that Girl Scout meetings gave them, so this is another positive way to stay connected!”