THE business world is all about connections - and a group of Bundaberg women are banding together to show the boys how it's done.
The Inspire, Empower, Connect lunch at Oodies on Tuesday saw women from a wide range of fields, from farming and environmental science to trade and health, meet up to network and brainstorm business ideas.
Organiser Tracey Smith has started coaching business Energise You, a concept she has "had in mind for a few years”.
After working in employment and recruitment in Bundaberg for ten years, she decided this year it was "time for a change”.
"I wanted to be my own boss,” she said.
She is now studying coaching, and is excited to put it into practice.
"It's exciting to empower women and give them control over their lives,” Tracey said.
"It's about connecting women and supporting them in their business and personal life, and using networks in resourceful ways - looking at how people can work together, creating referral systems.”
She has a range of workshops planned over the next few months including Becoming You - "a kind of paying it forward for young up and coming women,” she said, offering practical tips and confidence building exercises for teenagers.
For details, visit EnergiseYou2016 on Facebook.