Do you have a great idea? Do you want to start your dream business? Do you want to grow your business?

Join us for the Mount Isa WiRE Business Women’s Bootcamp!

two days: 9 - 10 may 2019

Join us for an awesome 2 day Intensive Interactive Women’s Business Bootcamp with tools and support to explore and test ideas to start and progress your business. This Bootcamp is designed for women who are aspiring entrepreneurs, early stage entrepreneurs or at start-up stage. However if you already have an established business/venture and you would like to refresh your knowledge on some critical entrepreneurial topics, share your experiences and link with like minded women in the Mout Isa region, you are welcome to attend too.

What to expect

  • A two day, intensive practical bootcamp with tools and support to explore and test ideas to start and progress your business that’s still in its early stages;

  • Interactive group sessions to develop capability and systems to grow your business;

  • Practical application of skills and development of a clear action pathway for implementing new learnings;

  • Support from experienced facilitators, mentors, and each other;

  • Meet, share and build new networks with like-minded peers in the Mount Isa Region;

  • A free WiRE Bootcamp Workbook that participants will use during the Bootcamp and refer to after the event.


Day 1

9.30am - 9.00am Morning

10.00am - 11.00am Welcome and Introductions

11.00am – 12.00pm  Knowing yourself – Mindset is the Key  

12.00am – 1.00pm Lunch

1.00pm – 3.00 Giving your start up or business growth idea life

  • What problem are you solving? 

  • Why is it Important?

  • Who is your ideal customer

3.00 pm - 3.30 pm Afternoon Tea

3.30pm  – 5.00 pm Validating your idea

  • Your Why 

  • Value Proposition 

  • Crafting and Communicating  your Story 

Day 2 - 8.30am - 1.30pm

8.00am – 9.00am  Breakfast (Learnings from day 1)

 9.00am – 10.00pm  Check-in on key fundamentals in setting up and growing your business

10.00am – 12.00pm  Testing your minimal viable product, branding and marketing

12.00pm - 1.00pm Lunch

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Progressing your business/idea in a digital world   

2.00pm - 2.45pm Thinking Big 

2.45pm – 3.00pm  Wrap up and next steps 


Thursday, 9 May 2019, 10.00am - 5.00pm & Friday, 10 May 2019, 8.00 - 3.00pm


RedEarth Boutique Hotel and Isa Hotel, Cnr Rodeo Dv and West St Mt Isa QLD 4825


This workshop is free to participants!

In addition to support from the Queensland Government’s Women in Business Initiative, we have previously charged $90 for these Bootcamps to assist with the cost of meals etc. However the WiRE Program won’t be charging a fee on this occasion to support women in flood affected areas to start and grow their businesses.

About the Facilitators

Host and co-facilitator

Retha Wiesner

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Retha is Professor in Management and Entrepreneurial Behaviour and WiRE Program Director. Retha is an entrepreneurial research and capacity building leader specialising in analysing, developing and implementing innovative high performance entrepreneurial strategies. Retha is currently leading a major program in the Institute of Resilient Regions at USQ on entrepreneurial leadership and building high performance organisations/enterprises and has led (is leading) externally funded research projects worth more than $5m since 2009. 
Retha's research and capacity building projects are focused upon helping individuals and organisations, especially entrepreneurial women and SMEs, to leverage their skills, abilities and capabilities to the next level of performance. 

Much of her recent work centers around women entrepreneurial leadership. She has recently been successful in securing four large DFAT grants on empowering women through entrepreneurship, innovation and business sustainability in several overseas countries. Aside from her work in SMEs she has recently conducted research consulting projects in companies such as Linfox, Schweppes, Woolworths and BOC on achieving positive organisational outcomes through high performance peer teams. 

Retha has published over 80 research articles and co-authored 11 books on management, organisational behaviour and small business.

Bootcamp facilitator

Tara Jacobsen-Neven

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Tara Jacobsen-Neven is a facilitator in the WiRE Program. She is an experienced entrepreneur, business strategist, facilitator, and collective leadership specialist. Tara has over 20 years experience in applying strategy to corporate learning and development, education, business growth and organisational development.  An expert in human and social capital development, Tara uses new insights into providing a strategic approach to building and executing social capital solutions to build more productive, resilient and change agile teams, organisations and communities. Tara’s key fundamental philosophy is that we build human capital value in organisations by enhancing the way we structure our organisations and how we develop our people in order to best operate in the ‘wisdom age’. She has been successful in connecting people and organisations to collaborate to build sustainable and embedded learning which supports organisation and people skill development.  She has a number of years experience as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies at a number of Australian industry conferences on subjects such as leadership, culture development, social and human capital value. She also sits on a number of boards and committees in various roles and volunteers for a number of community groups. Tara contributes frequently to a range of local and state publications and is a regular writer for the international My Entrepreneur e-magazine. She is currently writing a book on the invisible threads that connect people and how to use this for personal and professional development to enhance social capital value.  Tara holds a number of postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in business including a Master of Business Administration.


To be announced

Register now! Don’t miss out on this tremendous opportunity! (numbers are strictly limited)

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I agree to fill out a confidential pre- and post-bootcamp survey that will be emailed to me by the WiRE Program Director *
The information in the pre-bootcamp survey will assist the facilitators to design the program according to the audience's needs. The post-bootcamp survey will gauge participants' experience of the Bootcamp.

This Business Women’s Bootcamp is supported by the Queensland Government’s Advancing Women in Business Initiative.

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