Supporting Indigenous Business Growth in South East Queensland. Weekly Update - December 1, 2014
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Final Update for 2014

Planning ahead

As I mentioned last week, we have one more Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Morning and this last Indigenous Business Update for 2014. The SEQICC will be having a couple of weeks break, while we do some much needed background work, including preparing for our Annual General Meeting for early 2015.

It's been a very full year with the SEQICC. We've certainly had our ups and downs. We made some great connections with individual Indigenous business people, Indigenous organisations and non-Indigenous agencies. Sadly however we had to let our office space go in the middle of the year, and have, for now, returned to our original volunteer-run networking model.  

Even as a lean organisation, we've continued to make connections through our networking events, as well as continuing to help established and emerging businesses as much as possible.

To help us plan for the future, and provide services that support our Indigenous entrepreneur community, we've begun developing a survey tool, the South East Queensland Indigenous Business Survey. Over the next four weeks, we will send out weekly reminders about the survey. I ask your patience over the coming period while we fill your inbox (and social media streams) with reminders. By mid-January, we will focus on collating and analyzing the data, ready to present at the Annual General Meeting. The findings of the survey will help us plan our activities in 2015 and beyond.

In closing, I'd like to send a very special thank you to our team. I hope
<<First Name>> that you will also take a little time to acknowledge Damien Foley from Foley Business Management, Murray Saylor from Tagai Management Consultants, and Richard Brown from EKE Pty Ltd, for their onging contribution to the SEQICC.

Once again, thank you for your continued support of Indigenous businesses in South East Queensland and across Australia. 

Have a great week

Leesa Watego
Acting President, SEQICC and CEO, Iscariot Media.

The South East Queensland Indigenous Business Survey

Gather, Analyse, Act

The SEQ Indigenous Business Survey aims to gather information that will enable the SEQICC to plan for the coming decade. We want to provide the best service we can, but to do that, we need you to tell us what you need. We have divided the survey into two key areas:

  1. Indigenous Entrepreneurs: Indigenous entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of Indigenous business activity and are the core clients of the SEQICC. In the survey we will ask you questions like: What type of business do you have? What kinds of services do you need? How can we help you grow your business?
  2. Indigenous Business Stakeholders: We're continuously approached by agencies and government programs to provide assistance and advice. Yet these organisations and agencies are not our members, nor are they necessarily our core business. In the survey, we will ask stakeholders to tell us about their organisations, its needs and how the SEQICC can develop products that they can access.

The survey will be sent out in the second week of December 2014. All responses will need to be returned by the second week of January 2015. There will be weekly reminders via email and through social networks.

We thank you in advance for you cooperation.

Indigenous Business Networking

Upcoming Dates for 2014/2015

Indigenous Business Networking, image by Murray Saylor from Tagai Management Committee

Friday 5 December, 2014
Event: Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Morning
Venue: Coffee Club, 29 Southgate Avenue, Cannon Hilll 4170
Time: 7.30am - 10.00am

Hosted by the SEQICC with The Blackcard Course

Friday 16 January, 2015
Event: Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Morning
Venue: Open Book Cafe, 2a/77 Camelia Avenue, Everton Hills, QLD 4053
Time: 7.30am - 10.00am
Hosted by the SEQICC with Leesa Watego, Iscariot Media

23rd January, 2015
Event: Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Morning
Venue: TBC
Time: 7.30am - 10.00am
Hosted by the SEQICC with TBC

We welcome Indigenous business people, their partners, and supporters to the Friday Coffee Mornings. We also welcome people working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, and social enterprises.

Meet Rochelle Cote

Researching Indigenous Enterprise

This year we had the pleasure of meeting, and now working with, Dr Rochelle R. Cote. Rochelle is a Canadian researcher attached to the University of Queensland. Her research in Australia is a continuation of projects in Canada and the United States focusing on urban Indigenous entrepreneurs and the factors that lead to successful businesses in urban marketplaces, like Brisbane. Read more ...

Get involved in 2015

Be part of Indigenous business development in SEQ

Host an Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Morning
We're looking for members and friends of Indigenous Business in South East Queensland (north to Sunshine Coast, south to Gold Coast, out to Toowoomba, Ipswich and Beaudesert, and east to Moreton Bay), to co-host our Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Mornings.  We would like to hold events in every region across SEQ, but we need your help to find the great cafes in your area. What does it take? All it takes is a bit of time, a few phone calls to your local cafe, and working with the SEQICC team. We've created a document to support prospective hosts. Have a read and contact us ( to have a chat.

Need inspiration for the event? Here's the vision for the Indigenous Business Networking event.

Contribute to the SEQICC in 2015 and beyond.
There are many different ways you can become involved with the SEQICC. We'll be looking for new board members in the coming year, so if you're keen, let us know. Perhaps you might like to write an article on our blog, or you have a workshop idea you'd like to try out. Read more here, send us an email.

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