IPS Director Kristal Kinsela-Christie facilitated the “Women in Small Business” breakfast seminar for NSW Small Business Month on October 10 in Port Macquarie.
A panel of three well-known, successful business women shared parts of their journey and experience with an entire room filled with business women at the breakfast, which was dedicated to promoting and celebrating the success of small businesses and recognising the important roles they play within their local communities and the NSW economy. The event was one of many hosted around Australia, which made the day empowering for all women in business around the country.
The Panel consisted of three speakers:
Ashley Sargeson, Owner of Touchwood Flowers
Stacey Morgan, Owner and Principal of Port Macquarie Performing Arts
Kayley Riddle, Owner and Director of People Engine and proud Vice President of the Hastings Business Women’s Network (HBWN)
These three entrepreneurs were asked a selection of questions revolving around how they managed to transform an idea that they had, into a thriving and excelling enterprise and what training and processes they undertook to get to where they are now.
The panellists emphasised the importance of having trust within their staff. Stacey Morgan stated that despite wanting to have everything perfectly completed and perfectly her way, she had to learn to let go, trust in her employees and to be happy when a task is done at “80%” to her standard “100%”. This not only helped relieve the pressure and stress from her, but also allowed her business to run a steady flow.
Ashley Sargeson bought and started her business at the age of 18, working as a florist there prior to buying the business with two other partners. Working as a florist was her all-time childhood dream career, but she felt even more proud of herself owning her very own florist. Ashley said that it was daunting at first, but with help and guidance from her business partners and family, she feels as though she couldn’t be at a job that calls her name more.
Although Kayley Riddle made the executive decision to take a year off work as she found her body had become physically, mentally and emotionally ‘run down’, she still is succeeding within her company and evolving it to what it is today. Kayley enjoys working with people and finds that the most rewarding part of her job is seeing the difference she can make in others lives through helping them reach their goals.
The highlight of the night was the open Q&A. I found that the Q&A allowed us all to get to know the panellists on a more personal and deeper level as they responded to our questions.
Photos courtesy of NSW Government
Kristal Kinsela-Christie and Jada Morris
Kristal Kinsela-Christie speaks to the crowd
The Guest Speaker Panel: Ashley Sargeson, Stacey Morgan and Kayley Riddle
Women in Small Business attendees
Women in small business speakers and event organisers