C-BEAS success for local women

When a group of diverse people with different skills work together the outcome may either be harmonious or disastrous, but in the case the Clarence Business Enterprise and Advisory Service in Grafton – known as C-BEAS – the combined experience of four entrepreneurial women has equalled a great success.

Project coordinator, Di Ford highlighted the strengths of the women in her team.

“C-BEAS is assisted by a steering committee which includes three entrepreneurial women, Lyn Diskon, Wendy Bruszewski, and Karen Toms,” Ms Ford said.

“Lyn Diskon is the manager of the Clarence Business Centre and she operates her own business, as well as organising the dragon boat races.

“Lyn is a dynamic lady with a lot of contacts.

“Wendy Bruszewski brings a fantastic insight in training and education to the committee; she is the manager of TAFE in Grafton and the Trenayr Campus.

“Karen Toms is a councillor and also a business operator.

“Together they offer advice and assistance with ideas and networking, as well as in many other areas.”

Di said launching the Clarence Business Enterprise and Advisory Service has been a highlight of her career and it’s been a great opportunity to showcase the wealth of experience here in the Clarence Valley.

“We are purely focused on business in the Clarence Valley, and especially home based, micro and small to medium enterprises,” Di said.

“C-BEAS can provide assistance with business plans, marketing and coaching, human resources, performance management and the development of training programs.

“We see a lot of people with business ideas and being able to provide them with critical and objective input and then give them a direction, it’s a huge achievement to help them along and see them succeed.”

There have been other highlights too and Di says reviving the after hours ‘Networking the Clarence’ in Grafton last month would be on the list, but meeting other women succeeding in business is also a rewarding part of her job.

“I’m loving it,” she said.

“It has been learning curve but I’ve met some fantastic women in business and it’s great to see so many people coming along and encouraging to see so many new businesses starting up, especially women.”

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