Rise for Regional Road Trip

This road trip means so much to me, I want our business community to be heard, I want regional business to be recognised for the impact it has on the economy, and I want my fellow business women to be celebrated for their successes, big and small.

Founder Jess Jones and her team (including a videographer) hope to raise enough funds to drive from Geelong to Townsville, holding events in six regional cities to promote National Regional Businesswomen's Day on 6 February 2017. Jess will also be interviewing successful businesswomen in eight locations along the way.

The trip will acknowledge and increase visibility of Australia's incredible regional businesswomen. To share their stories as well as to encourage, connect and support those who are striving for success.

With deep roots in regional business, Jess Jones, founder of Soar Collective, knows the challenges faced when starting up a new business and has kicked off a fundraising campaign to support and connect women in business and showcase emerging entrepreneurs and innovators across regional Australia.

'Call us crazy, but our little Soar Collective team, including three women and two babies are hitting the road to launch six new locations. We want to support the hoop jumpers, the plate jugglers, the determined, the savvy and the almost-broken-at-times but passionate dreamers from Geelong through to Townsville.'

Since launching Soar Collective in regional Victoria, Ms Jones has hosted 60 workshops and networking events, with over 800 attendees and a number of nationally recognised speakers who have made a name for themselves in small business.

Jess believes one of the best things about her job is hearing the stories of incredibly successful entrepreneurs and emerging talent. 'I am inspired, mentored and motivated by these women and I know the value of connecting with the community to grow my business. This road trip is about being a lifeline to women, anywhere along their business journey, it is so important to me.'

A film crew will document the stories of some of regional Australia’s finest business women along the journey, and will pave the way to fostering a business community that can learn and grow together. Through these stories, Ms Jones hopes to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs.