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5 women’s business networks

Women comprise just over a third of all Australia’s business operators* and there are plenty of places to go for female-only advice and support judging by the rise in women’s business networking groups. Here is a taste of just some of them.


Women as Entrepreneurs

Women as Entrepreneurs (WE) was created to build, support and promote Australia’s community of like-minded aspiring and accomplished female entrepreneurs. With partnerships, empowerment and inspiration, WE encourages more women to step into entrepreneurship, increasing the current 17 per cent female presence in the Australian entrepreneurial space.


Business Chicks

Business Chicks is Australia’s largest and most influential community for women. Despite its name, it’s not only for women in ‘business’ or women who own their own businesses. The network helps all women whether they are running their own show, surrounded by others in an office, or just missing a sense of connection and support. Business Chicks is all about providing the tools needed to propel yourself and your business forward.



The HerBusiness community is a strong, diverse and vibrant group of more than 30,000 women in business from all over the world, with the majority in Australia and New Zealand. Members range from startups to experienced entrepreneurs within thriving companies. Click here to watch their video message.



Women’s Network Australia

WNA was set up more than 27 years ago with just a few women sharing business contacts, information and ideas. The membership-based organisation is now Australia’s leading network for women, offering business support, online services, business education and networking events. It aims to educate, guide and support women in their pursuit of success.



BPW Australia

BPW Australia focuses on issues that affect women and work. Members include employees and employers, students and retirees, women who work in corporate and academia, small business and professions, trades, not-for-profit and government. Its focus is on empowering women through education and a supportive network of women locally and worldwide.


*Australian Women in Business report prepared by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the Office For Women, 2015

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Gayle Bryant

Gayle has been a financial and business journalist and sub-editor for almost 30 years. She has written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines, custom and trade press and websites. Gayle’s articles regularly appear in the Sydney Morning Herald’s small business section and the Australian Financial Review’s special reports section.

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