Meaningful ‘change’ for regional women in business

A program aimed at upskilling regional women will continue in Dubbo, with Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders announcing The Exchange will receive $50,000 from the NSW Government’s ‘Investing In Women’ fund.

Titled ‘The Change’, the program allows women from the regions to either attend in-person or online and brings together like-minded colleagues to workshop on commercial success, upskilling and network building.

Mr Saunders said he is excited that the program, which has successfully been piloted at The Exchange, has received funding under the program which is designed to advance the role, status and contribution of women and girls in the community and encourage more diversity and flexibility in the workplace.

“I am thrilled that the team at The Exchange has been successful with their application,” Mr Saunders said.

“On the back of drought and the pandemic, there has never been a more important time for there to be support for business owners, especially those who may be looking for guidance in trying times.

“Women play a massive role in business, particularly in regional NSW, and this program will provide practical assistance whether it is delivered in person or online.”

The Exchange’s program manager Malaika Mfula said she is excited the program has received further support.

“The Change program is an upskilling workshop series designed specifically for rural and regional women who have been considering starting or scaling a micro-business but are uncertain of what to do or where to go next,” she said.

“We are delighted that Women NSW shares our vision in mobilising our female regional talent.”

Since 2013, the Investing in Women Program has provided more than $2.3 million to projects that support women. For more information, visit

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