Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year break and are ready for 2017. The SEQICC Committee is looking forward to 2017 being a productive and exciting year, building on the many opportunities that now exist for Indigenous businesses.
In 2016, the SEQICC Committee was very busy. We held numerous networking events throughout the year, attended two Meet-the-Buyers events, held our annual NAIDOC Business Breakfast in partnership with the Queensland Government, and celebrated the 2nd Indigenous Business Month in October with an event at the Capital Innovation space in the CBD.
On a strategic and development level, Charlie and I have also been working over the past year with members of Townsville and Cairns Indigenous business networks to establish a Queensland Indigenous business body. This Queensland body will represent Indigenous business and community interests at a state and national level, and will also be a part of the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The SEQICC was the 2nd Indigenous business chamber established in Australia and November 2016 was our 10th birthday. So this year we're celebrating. Keep an eye out for our birthday event later in the year. Be prepared to frock up and let your hair down!
We have a lot of infrastructure work to do in 2017. With one decade down, we have an opportunity to build on what we've learned so far and to create an innovative community-controlled organisation that will serve the SEQ for at least another decade. Next month I hope to run a meeting or series of meetings for members where we can discuss matters such as the constitution and governance. We've been given an opportunity to have national accreditation with FACCI, but to do this we need to tweak our constitution, and we'll need everyone's input to get it right. I'm also hoping that by March, we will have everything ready for our next Annual General Meeting where you, the members, will elect a new board of management.
On a 'comms' front, I've broken my own professional rules and not used the website and newsletters as I should have. Unfortunately, this 12 months has seen me become too reliant on the SEQICC's Facebook page - it's such an easy and convenient tool to update we've spent most of our communications energy there. I encourage everyone to like our Facebook page and have your notifications turned on so you don't miss out on our updates. I also promise to get back to proper 'comms' practice and use our website and newsletters more, especially for our non-Facebook members. We've also updated our LinkedIn Group to a closed members only space. If you're not currently in the SEQICC LinkedIn group, please send us a message and we'll add you in.
We've booked our first event for 2017 on the 7th of February at the Paddington Tavern - it's an exciting professional learning workshop on customer experience, as well as a fantastic networking event. I'll be sending out a general email later this week - letting our broader database know the details, so you should hear from me twice in once week! I hope you can make it.
Thanks everyone for your support over the past twelve months. It's been an honour to represent the chamber. I also have to send a special thanks to the other members of our volunteer board - Karen Seage, Nancy Bamaga and Charlie Jia. I have to send a shout out to to Murray Saylor who stepped up to the leadership role during 2016.
I'm looking forward to continuing working for Indigenous business and our community well into the future.
Have a great month! Hope to see you in February