Supporting Indigenous Business Growth in South East Queensland. Weekly Update - November 3, 2014
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Indigenous Business Update

Continuing to move forward

As we move closer to the end of 2014, I just want to say a quick thank you for your continued commitment to the SEQICC and to Indigenous Business. As a small organisation, our capacity to reach all of our members in person is limited. However our use of social media has seen an increase in our engagement over the past few months, as well as increasing Membership Applications. In 2015, we will continue to work as diligently as possible, connecting businesses, fostering trade and building capacity in Indigenous businesses across South East Queensland and beyond. 

Our Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Mornings have really taken off (see our Facebook page for our Coffee Morning photo album), with over 60 people attending our events so far in Brisbane and Ipswich. If we combine that number with the 70 or so people who attended our highly successful Indigenous Business Breakfast in early July, I think that for a small organisation we're doing pretty well. 

It's interesting to note that over the past two weeks, we have had a number of separate conversations about social enterprise. Increasingly, our organisations are beginning to see the opportunities that arise from social enterprise structures and activities. As a board, we've discussed social enterprise in quite a lot of detail and I hope that we may be able to develop activities, including workshops for South East Queensland in 2015. 

Finally, I'm pleased to announce that we have booked in a date for an evening end-of-year/ Christmas function at the Aboriginal owned and operated Nomad's Palace at Hamilton. Add in the 20th of November to your diaries. We will be taking bookings on our website shortly, so stay tuned. 

Once again, thanks for you for your continued support of the SEQICC and Indigenous business. 

Have a great week,
Leesa Watego, Acting President, SEQICC and CEO, Iscariot Media.

Indigenous Business Networking

Upcoming Dates for 2014

Indigenous Business Networking, image by Murray Saylor from Tagai Management Committee
Friday, 7th November, 2014

Event: Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Morning
Venue: The Moorings Cafe, 89 Esplanade, Golden Beach, CALOUNDRA, QLD 4551
Time: 7.30am - 10.00am
Hosted by the SEQICC, with Richard Brown, EKE Pty Ltd.

Friday, 14th November, 2014 - No event due to G20 disruptions

Thursday 20th November, 2014

Event: Indigenous Business Networking - End of Year celebration
Venue: Nomad's Palace, Eat Street Markets, Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton, Brisbane 4007
Hosted by the SEQICC, with Nomad's Palace.
Cost: To be confirmed (bookings and payment to be made via SEQICC website). Details to follow next week. 

Friday 28th November, 2014
Event: Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Morning
Venue: TBA
Time: 7.30am - 10.00am
Hosted by the SEQICC, with TBA

We welcome Indigenous business people, their partners, and supporters to the Friday Coffee Mornings.

Events around South East Queensland

News from our members

We are very happy to share news from our members. Here is what's happening around our region:

2014 QTIC Indigenous Tourism Employment Forum
Hosted by Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) and the QTIC Indigenous Tourism Employment Champions Networking, the 4th Annual QTIC Tourism Indigenous Employment Forum will take place on Thursday 27th from 12pm - 5pm in Brisbane. During the form, participants will link with a cross section of operators who are at various stages in their development. Topics will include recruitment, employment, and retention and mentoring strategies. Numbers to this event are strictly limited, so booking is essential. For more information, please visit the QTIC website

Help get the first Aboriginal woman elected to Queensland Parliament

Save the Date. 7pm Saturday 22nd November 2014. Meet the Challenge - Make History. Join us for a cocktail party to help elect the first Aboriginal woman to Queensland Parliament. Leanne Enoch, Labor for Algester. Email: Phone 0404 820 766.

Are you a member with news to share through the Indigenous Business network? Help us share your news easily, by reading our news guidelines.  

Be an Indigenous Business Networking Host in 2015

Let's keep networking!

What does it take to be a host of an Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Morning?
As I've said, in order for this event to be successful we need to travel it across the region. But we can't know what a great cafe is in your area. That's why we're asking our members to contribute by being hosts in their region.

All it takes is a bit of time, a few phonecalls to your local cafe, and working with the SEQICC team. We've created a document to support prospective hosts. Have a read and contact me ( to let me know what date works for you:

The document includes information on:

  1. What's the host's responsibility?
  2. What does the SEQICC do for the event?
  3. How to approach your local cafe?
  4. The 2014/2015 South East Queensland - Indigenous Business Networking Calendar

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

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