About the HBWN

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

Founded in 1999, the HBWN has a proud history of encouraging, empowering and educating women in business in Port Macquarie and surrounding regions.

The HBWN's 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.

Come join us and become a valued part of our success story. You can join here easily.


The Hastings Business Women's Network 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. The current President, former bank manager Kelly Lamb, took on the role in October 2011.

During its 13 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.

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 all members to be proud of and promote their success in all fields, at all levels.

What our Member's say

"When I joined the HBWN I was looking for a way to connect with the local business community, but I got a whole lot more than I bargained for! Not o...

Michelle Newman
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