To celebrate Small Business Month, Cook Shire Council is hosting a Women in Business Breakfast on 31 May 2022.

Women in Business Breakfast

Join us at Nature's Powerhouse, in the beautiful surrounds of the Cooktown Botanic Gardens, on Tuesday, 31 March for a morning of networking, sharing, and support with like-minded, local businesswomen. 

The event will feature:

  • Keynote address from the Queensland Small Business Commissioner, Maree Adshead
  • A panel discussion featuring local industry professionals from arts and culture, environmental and waste management, Indigenous ranger programs, local government, and real estate sectors.
  • Networking opportunities
  • Breakfast
Event details
Time 7 am
Date Tuesday 31 May
Place Nature's Powerhouse, Cooktown

Maree Adshead, Queensland Small Business Commissioner

Maree Adshead is an experienced advocate and small business owner.

Maree spent 10 years in the legal profession, as a partner of a tier-one national law firm. She co-founded and built her own successful software start-up businesses; receiving multiple awards for excellence in innovation. Maree has also been instrumental in helping others to build their own businesses.

In 2017, Maree was appointed the inaugural Queensland Small Business Champion – establishing a trusted interface between business and government; advocating on behalf of the Queensland small business community; and triaging and referring disputes.

Building on these achievements, Maree is now the Queensland Small Business Commissioner (QSBC).

Maree's enthusiasm for supporting small businesses in our region, particularly women in business will inspire, motivate and empower women to continue achieving or taking on a small business.


  • Julie Hillhouse – Owner Manager, Platinum Realty
  • Lucretia Creek – General Manager, Coen Aboriginal Corporation
  • Steffi Reid - Owner Manager, Auswaste & Containers for Change
  • Lauren Bowyer – Yuku Baja Muliku Rangers.

This event is the beginning of creating a sisterhood of support, encouragement, mentorship, and empowerment for women in business in our region and developing an ongoing partnership.

Tickets are strictly limited. Book now.

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