Issue #28, 1 February 2017
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Community coming together

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month! 

I know it's well past midday, but after a busy day in the office I've only just found a little time in the early evening to send a quick email to everyone.

I hope you had a wonderful January and are ready for the new month ahead. 

And what a month it was!

Last Friday's Invasion Day march reminded me of the incredible spirit of our South East Queensland community. My family and I were proud to have marched alongside thousands in what was probably the largest Invasion Day march in Brisbane in two decades. While it was definitely a hot January day, it was great to see so many of our mob out in force. I know that many of you were also there. Our Indigenous business community in South East Queensland has strong community links and it's something that we will continue to build upon. 

On Monday evening I had the pleasure of an evening of networking with forty other Queensland business women at the Advancing Women In Business Networking event at 1 William Street. I was excited to meet Ms Maree Adsheed, Queensland's inaugural Small Business Champion. Maree expressed her desire to meet Indigenous business owners and networks and to find out ways her advocacy can support Indigenous business across Queensland. I'll get working on planning an event with Maree in the near future. In addition to meeting Maree, I also heard about the Queensland Government's early stage research into exploring the challenges that face Queensland's business women and the ways in which we can be further supported. I look forward to sharing more about this as it happens.  

As I mentioned in our last Members Newsletter, I'm hoping to revive my once regular News & Updates to members. If you have news you would like to share with the Indigenous business community, please contact me so I can include it. 

Before I go I would like to send out my warmest thank you to Karen Seage for her invaluable contribution and friendship to the SEQICC over the past twelve months. As we come up to our AGM, Karen has regretfully had to step down from the board. I highly recommend Karen's work at SNAP Underwood to you all. One of the most exciting things about Indigenous business is our continued commitment to working with each other as suppliers and clients, and Karen's work is a testament to those strong community values. 

I'm really looking forward to our first event of 2017 next week. There are still tickets available so please get in quickly. I'm looking forward to learning more about how I can better my own customers' experience as well as networking with everyone. Bring your business cards! 

Have a fantastic February. 

Cheers, Leesa. 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Event: Think you know what your customers are experiencing? Learning & Networking Event
Venue: The Trophy Room, The Paddington Tavern, 186 Given Terrace, Paddington
Time: 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start
Bookings: Essential via Eventbrite

Guests will receive a complimentary drink ticket upon arrival.

Thursday, 23 February 2017
Event: Black Coffee
Time: 7.30am - 9.00am 
Bookings: via Eventbrite

Tuesday, 4th July 2017
Event: Annual Indigenous Business Breakfast
Venue: TBC
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am
Bookings: TBC

Monday, 23th November 2017
Event: 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner
Venue: TBC
Time: 6.30pm til late
Bookings: TBC

We have plenty more events planned. We'll keep you posted throughout the year. 

50th Anniversary 1967 'Yes Vote' Referendum Gala Dinner
This May the Logan City First Nation Peoples Coalition is hosting a dinner in Logan City celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Anniversary. The event will be held on Friday 26th May at 6pm, at Logan Entertainment Centre, Wembley Road, Logan Central.  One of our members Damien Foley of Foley Business Management is co-ordinating a table. Tickets will be $100 per head. If you would like to be part of this very special Table of 10, please contact Damien 0437 028 006 at

Do you have news of an event you would like to share? We have over 700 people in our database who may be interested in your news. Contact us to have your news included in the next newsletter. 

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