About Us

"We passionately believe it is the right of every business woman to hold her head high and, like the tall poppy, stand out from the crowd"

The Hastings Business Women's Network (HBWN) is an organisation of more than 150 local business women who come together to exchange ideas, information and inspiration as they strive for business success.

We have a proud history of encouraging, empowering and educating women in business in Port Macquarie and surrounding regions with a diverse member base from a cross section of industry sectors and demographics.

Membership activities, including networking events and educational services, provide valuable personal and professional development opportunities as well as a sense of belonging to a warm and welcoming business community.

By supporting and promoting the achievements of our skilled and talented members, the HBWN endeavours to raise awareness of the contribution of business women to the local economy and community.

The HBWN has a high profile in the local community and strong working relationships with the other business networks in the region.

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Our History

The HBWN was founded in 1999 by advertising executive Kellie Mills, who served as President for the first six years. Kellie was succeeded by newsagency owner/operator Gale Oxenford who held the position for the next six years. Following Gale, former bank manager Kelly Lamb, took on the role from 2011-2014. Current President, local businesswoman Kelly King commenced in the position in October 2016.

During its 16 year history, the HBWN has been an active part of the Port Macquarie Hastings community and has hosted a regular series of networking events, educational seminars, mentoring programs, sponsorships and fundraising initiatives. Key highlights have included:

  • Business Woman of the Year Awards
  • Superwoman Conferences
  • Mentoring Programs for Women in Business
  • Business Studies Scholarships
  • FreeThinkers Youth Initiative

Our future looks bright and we would love for you to be part of it!
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Our Vision

The Hastings Business Women's Network is committed to:

  • Inspiring members to achieve their goals
  • Dedicated to growth and development
  • Providing a sense of belonging
  • Remaining relevant to the needs of our network and the community

Growing Tall Poppies

The red poppy flower is the recognisable symbol of the Hastings Business Women's Network. In the HBWN tall poppies are celebrated, not cut down. The HBWN believes it is the right of every business woman to hold her head high and, like the tall poppy, stand out from the crowd. The organisation encourages members to be proud of and promote their success in all fields, at all levels.

What our Member's say

"As one of the first members of the Network, I am delighted to recommend the Network to any woman in business seeking advice, support, growth, chall...

Ann-Maree Crowe
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