Local Port Hedland business women last week came together to celebrate International Women’s Day with a luncheon and stories from some of the town’s most inspiring female leaders. The Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce Women in business Luncheon event featured two businesswomen who shared the good, the bad and the funny from their years in town. Local health food shop In the Mix owner Melanie Argent told her story of turning a market stall-based business into a shopfront which features countless other local businesses. “Today my shop has hosted nine months of showcase shelf to other small businesses. Something I am very proud to have been able to offer our community,” she said. “The community we live in is pretty unreal. Albeit transient at times, it also has a certain pride that cannot be undone. “I’m grateful to say that on this very important International Women’s Day, my success has not been by myself.” Bossy Bitch Podcast director, entrepreneur and single mum Elsa Mitchell shared her experiences running a hair salon, architecture business and mentor program. “2021 was hands down the hardest year of my life. I walked away from a business I loved, lost my best friend and business partner and walked away from my marriage,” she said. “And here I am.” Ms Mitchell said the mentoring business came as a result of the lack of resources for businesswomen. “It was never the plan to be Elsa Mitchell the business mentor. Nope, the plan was to be B Directory with my beautiful friend Kristy, but those plans went up in flames when Kristy passed away,” she said. “If you’re into the weird and wacky, having a laugh and don’t mind a bit of bad language while learning, being inspired and delving into how to grow a successful business with someone who’s doing it and doing it well, then come see the world through my lens.” A Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce spokesperson said the annual event had grown year on year, bringing together some of the town’s strongest women to celebrate their achievements.