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Why community and connection are so important

Steph Ryan MP

This magazine throws a spotlight on the stories of more than 50 community groups and businesses, and over 110 people in Kilmore.

I’d like to thank each and every person who gave their time to share their stories.


Mitchell Women in Business

Some community groups just need the right person to come along to help unlock potential.

Left, Anita Gisch. Above, Laura Benbow presenting

“I took the reins of the community to create opportunity and to help others do the same,” Anita says. “While my clients are mostly in Melbourne, I see regional business owners struggle. I want to do what I can to help support the development of skills, knowledge and relationships.”

Members catch up monthly to network and listen to a guest speaker, who is usually a local business woman.

Each meeting has a theme, which is based on a variety of topics. These include financial management, online and social media marketing, leadership development, personal growth and branding.

Women with babies and small children are encouraged to attend. Laura Benbow, the founder of BenandBo, a branding and marketing agency, regularly attends with her one year old son, Henry. She’s even presented while holding him on stage, proving that business and babies can absolutely mix.

Gisch Consulting

Anita Gisch is an anthropologist who has travelled and lived around the world; New Zealand, Canada, the US and Australia. It’s obvious; her accent is a delightful mix of these countries.

But it is Kilmore that Anita and her husband have chosen to call home. They live on acreage with their two small children, where Anita also runs her consulting business and studies for her Ph.D. part-time. “You can picture the backdrop,” Anita says. “My kids get the country childhood experience and my home office looks out onto paddocks, where our horses are.”

Business-wise, Anita has been able to develop her network and clients in the city, whilst working from home and raising small children. She helps businesses in the construction industry integrate cloud technology to boost productivity and efficiency through project management, cost allocation and billing.

In addition, Anita has also recently taken over the Mitchell Women in Business community. A group of more than 450 women, the network is a local movement that Anita has revived beautifully. “In this day and age,” Anita says, it’s possible to run a business from home. We’re in Kilmore for the lifestyle and the community, so why not do this?”


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