The 2-day Women’s Small Business Summit was a huge success

The 2-day Women's Small Business Summit was a huge success!

Blog post by Sheree Rubinstein

28th July, 2023

How we are supporting women-led small businesses in partnership with Pin Payments.

There was a flurry of energy and activity as 200 women entered the Science Gallery at Melbourne University for Day 1 of the Women’s Small Business Summit. It was the first major event we hosted in-person this year. The room was full of colour, conversation and laughter. The one barrister rostered on definitely couldn’t keep up with the coffee orders. 
The focus of the Summit was on digitisation. We brought together over 20 speakers and experts across 2 days of in-person and virtual events to share their tips on building an online business or using online tools for business growth and automation. Our keynote speaker Jen Sharpe, Founder of ThinkHQ, shared how she built a cash flow positive business turning over tens of millions of dollars, with a headcount of over 80 employees. She recounted when she started out with no networks, no business experience and just $5k in the bank. 
We like to design our events with purpose and a difference. So our attendees were put into breakout groups with guest speakers covering a range of topics specific to automating and digitising your business. With 3 rotations, this allowed for deeper and more intimate discussions to take place with an expert.
On Day 2, we held a virtual panel event with a group of women founders who have all built and scaled online businesses and global movements. They shared their tactics, successes, failures, hardest moments and their next big goals.  

This Summit marked the beginning of another year of our partnership with Pin Payments. 

Pin Payments allows small businesses to take card payments online. They are Australian-based and the company is led by an amazing woman co-CEO. Their clients include many of our friends Finders Keepers, Fig & Bloom and Pet Rescue. One Roof are also proud clients! Like us, Pin Payments goes above and beyond to help small business owners.

As part of the partnership, Pin Payments has kindly sponsored 30 women with a One Roof membership for an entire year. This means each of these business owners gain support, connection, coaching, mentorship and business resources for one year – all for free.

We are so excited to welcome such a diverse range of women and businesses to the community, including a food photographer, podcast expert, subscription based business, the owner of a peanut butter powder and even a breastfeeding apparel brand. 

Shout out to Yasinta Widjojo, Caitlin Zotti, Maya Lochan and Rajina Dhillon from the Pin Payments team. We look forward to continuing this incredible partnership and thanks for all you do for women business owners!

Special discount from Pin Payments

Pin Payments offers a special rate of 1.5%+30c per domestic transaction

Pin Payments helps small businesses in Australia and New Zealand accept online card payments. From solo entrepreneurs to businesses with global ambitions their customers include Pet Rescue, Finders Keepers and Fig & Bloom. Accept payments from your website, invoice, favourite business platform or set up recurring payments from their platform. 

It’s free to create an account, and if you have any questions, their local team is only a phone call away.

To create your account and receive our special rate sign up here today.

Congratulations to all our sponsorship winners!

Click below to check out their businesses.

Michelle Kvello, Lantern Partners

Asha Hudson, Made by Hudson

Abby James Atkinson, The Self Blossom

Vasylika Gunaridis, Naked Hero Foods

Saskia Farfull, Metarial

Ana Asanovic

Ophelie Mouton, OMM Label

Nicole Turnball, Neon Shed

Natalie Dumitro, NDA Communications

Jessica Cairns, Well Fed Minds

Ayesha Ahmed, Diagonal Horizon

Suan Kim, My Fashion Crate

Jamie-leigh Hecht, Jem Leigh Strategy

Amanda Parker, Mayella

Heather Rivendell, HER Creative

Lortta Bolotin, Free to Feed

Elle Kiffer, folduP

Joanne Taranto, Good for the Hood

Margarita Alamo de Parkin, beverlyic

Kate Robinson, Petite Maison Play

Laura Morellon, Studio Morellon

Susie Hopkins, Lilo Wellness

Laurie Mooney, Queen of Wands Alchemy

Emma McMillan, Emma McMillan Copy

Zelda Ibis, Zibis & Co

Chelsea Woolf, Mama Club

Cass Ponton, Good Chat Media

Nidhi Sampat, Cocoa & Chill

Kiyoung Sung, ReMI Beauty

Alexandra Kazantzidis, Lellu Hair Studio and Amora Body

Exclusive for members

Members will get to book a complimentary call with their go-to expert for online payments, Maya Lochan. Well versed in the Australian and New Zealand business landscape, Maya has helped start-ups and SMBs scale their online payments.

If you’re not already a member, you can learn more about how membership can take your business to the next level. 

About the Author

Sheree Rubinstein is a former corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur who is the founder of One Roof, a community driven all-in-one platform for entrepreneurial women.  What was once the leading co-working space for women-led businesses in Australia, One Roof pivoted to digital due to the pandemic and has since onboarded over 1500 members.

Sheree is affectionately known as the “Queen of Community” and has been well recognised for her efforts in supporting and mentoring women in business. She is a 2022 Finalist in 3 categories for AusMumpreneur, 2022 Finalist for the Outstanding Leadership Awards in the Entrepreneur / Startup Leader of the Year category, recognised as an AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018, a Finalist in the Leadership Category for Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2017 and was awarded the 2016 Victorian Young Achiever in the Leadership Category.

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