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Aspiring Entrepreneurs - Women and Small Business

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The Department of Local Government and Communities coordinated two free Aspiring Entrepreneurship 2017 events in May to support the many women interested in running their own small business.

Delivered in partnership with the Small Business Development Corporation, the speakers forum showcased the journeys and insights of three inspiring Western Australian Indigenous business women, followed by a 'Business Basics' workshop, presented by the Small Business Development Corporation, which provided practical information on establishing and running a successful small business.

Aspiring Entrepreneurship Speakers Forum

When: Wednesday 31 May 2017, 9.00am to 11.30am (morning tea provided)

Where: The Rise, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands

About the Speakers

Dale Tilbrook, Maali Mia

Dale Tilbrook

Dale Tilbrook is a Wardandi Bibbulmun woman from around the Margaret River, Busselton, Augusta area.

Dale’s Indigenous tourism and food journey started in 1996 with a small company making returning boomerangs. In 1998 she opened her first gallery and gift shop in the Swan Valley, moving to larger premises in 2004. Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery offers authentic and original Aboriginal art, quality hand painted gifts and souvenirs.

Education is an important part of Dale’s cultural journey and she has worked extensively with students of all ages, as well as delivering Cultural Awareness to corporate groups.


Amanda Healy, Kirrikin

Amanda Healy

After a successful career in the mining industry, Amanda is now focused on her next venture, the social enterprise Kirrikin, which is an Aboriginal word that roughly translates as ‘Sunday’s best clothes’. Made in Australia, her handcrafted silk and cashmere scarves, silk neckties, bow ties and pocket squares feature artworks of contemporary Indigenous Australian artists. A percentage of each purchase is returned to the Indigenous Australian artist involved in the design.


Robyn Smith-Walley, Ajinda

Robyn Smith

Robyn Smith Walley is a Wilmen Nyoongar woman born and raised in Whadjuck boodja Perth, with strong family connections to other regions within Nyoongar country.

Robyn co-owns Aboriginal Productions & Promotions (APP) with her husband Dr Richard Walley a production, promotion, education, consultancy business.

In 2016, they developed a home and office soap range called Boolamarr which means ‘Many Hands’ in their Nyoongar language. Presently they are developing a luxurious, sustainable and high quality personal care product range based on the sandalwood seed nut oil called Ajinda.


Aspiring Entrepreneurship Workshop: Business Basics

The workshop outlined the first steps involved in establishing a small business; from an initial assessment – including your suitability to run a business – to financing your business ideas and identifying sales opportunities.

Business Basics provides a practical overview of all the key points you need to consider, along with hints and tips on where to find more detailed information and advice.

When: Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 11.30am to 2.30pm (lunch provided)

Where: The Rise, 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands

Event format

Aspiring Entrepreneurship 2017 Speakers Forum

9.00amRegistrations open
9.00am - 9.30am Attendees network
9.30amEvent commences / housekeeping
9.40amForum overview and speakers' introductions
9.45amCase Study Speaker 1 (15 mins)
10.00amCase Study Speaker 2 (15 mins)
10.15amCase Study Speaker 3 (15 mins)
10.30amQ & A session
11.00amVote of thanks and closing comments
11.00am – 11.30amNetworking and morning tea. 
11.30amEvent Closes


Aspiring Entrepreneurship 2017 Workshop

11.15amArrive for workshop
11.30amWorkshop commences

12.30pm – 1.00pm

Lunch break
1.00pmWorkshop continues
2.30pmWorkshop ends


Disclaimer: These events were provided by the Department of Local Government and Communities as a public service. The views of the speakers are their own and do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Department. Any commercial products, process, or service they represent are not endorsed or recommended by the Department.