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Keen to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and small business owners while listening to inspiring female speakers? Here are the events and conferences coming up that you’ll want to put on your calendar.

Being a female entrepreneur or small business owner in Australia can be tough. Although the number of female-run small businesses has grown by nearly 50 per cent in the past two decades, women only represent one third of all small business owners in Australia and bring in half the income their male counterparts do.

Despite the progress made in recent years, there’s a long way to go – and it’s essential that women continue speaking up and meeting to support one another and push for change. Here are some of the best conferences and events to do it at – and best of all, they won’t break the bank.

League of Extraordinary Women 2016

27 Oct, 2016 | Adelaide | Tickets $20+bf

16 Nov, 2016 | Perth | Tickets $20+bf

17 Nov, 2016 | Gold Coast | Tickets $20+bf

22 Nov, 2016 | Hobart | Tickets $20+bf

Just starting out in business, or seeking fresh motivation from those who’ve been there, done that? These evening events are not pure networking– they’re about real conversations and connections plus inspiring talks on everything from self-promotion to designing a life you love. Put on by entrepreneurial group, League of Extraordinary Women – a great community for women in small business who are looking for support from those who are in a similar stage of their business career.

Small Business Speed Networking

11 Nov, 2016 | Sydney | Tickets Free

If you’re the kind of person who finds networking intimidating, the Small Business Speed Networking event is the perfect opportunity to put yourself out there and meet like-minded entrepreneurs. Hub Sydney is all about creating events where you can make meaningful connections with other professionals in a warm and friendly space. This event is suited for start-ups and solo entrepreneurs who need a helping hand making businesses connections. They are also running a Free Social Media Clinic on Friday 25 November from 3-6pm in Sydney. Limited spots.

Mama Creatives Morning Tea ‘Wealth’ Masterclass

24 Nov, 2016 | Sydney | Tickets $45

Are you in a creative industry? Looking to grow your sales and learn strategies for investment, customer acquisition, conversion? Want to connect with women like you from the Mama Creatives community? This educational, inspiring and practical morning masterclass is primed to offer tips and strategies for small business owners who lack strategic direction. Learn how to how to manage investor expectations along with cashflow, and convert leads into customers. More info.

Kick. Start. Smart.

7 Oct, 2016 –  Sydney | 25 Nov, 2016 – Melbourne | Tickets $279 + booking fee

This event is particularly useful for start-ups and women who may be considering a career change. Merging practical advice with inspirational stories, this conference is key for those looking to get a foot in the door and turn a business idea into a reality. More info.

Creating your Dream Career – Entrepreneurs and Executives – Babes in Arms Event

7 Nov 2016 | Brisbane | Tickets $20 (member) or $35 (non-member)

For women who are struggling to maintain a work / life balance, this event will provide the tools and strategies that ensure both your business and personal life flourish. Hear real life stories from panellists who have managed to grow their business alongside their personal life, and learn tips and tricks for managing stress. Babies are welcome if you’re unable to find childcare or simply want to bring your kids along! More info.

State-based small business events

State-based business events are perfect for those who simply need a little more encouragement to upskill and take their business to the next level. Events such as Queensland Small Business Week 2017 and Spark Festival in New South Wales. Typically, these events comprise of a range of workshops, seminars and talks meaning that small business owners and entrepreneurs are bound to takeaway something relevant. You should consider 1:1 sessions too, for example the NSW SmallBiz Connect advisory program. Keep an eye out for relevant events in your state www.business.gov.au/events.

Looking for help growing your small business and need a small business loan? To learn more about a small business loan to support your business, talk to Prospa, one of Australia’s leading sources of finance for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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