Supporting Indigenous Business Growth in South East Queensland. Weekly Update - November 24, 2014
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Making connections

Last week, I ventured out of my comfort zone, hired a care, and drove in Sydney traffic (!),  onto the highway and up to Maitland in the Hunter region. It was worth it. I visited Ms Debbie Barwick, the Chair of the Mandurah-Hunter Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and the New South Wales Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. It was an excellent visit because I finally got to meet one of the original champions from that generation of Indigenous business activists who helped to create many of the organisations we now have supporting us. Debbie's vision, passion and on-going commitment to Indigenous business is inspiring.

On-going commitment, for better or worse, really is a challenge, especially when you're the one who is doing all the work. Those of you who have volunteered in Aboriginal organisations know how tiring it can get when you're in the trenches, doing the tasks that no-one knows or even appears to care about. There is usually no-one around to pat you on the back or even say thank you when you get your minutes typed up, when you file that Treasurer's report, or submit yet another submission. Sometimes it can feel like people only notice your work when you slip up or make a mistake. 

Having conversations with people like Debbie, who through thick and thin has continued to work in the Indigenous chamber movement, inspires and re-energises. There is a lot more work to be done in this sector. Contributing to building a regional Indigenous Chamber network within Queensland, and building a strong national network - are just two of my goals, and two of the visions of the SEQICC.

As the end of the year approaches, I choose to continue to remain focused on these goals, and hope that you
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We have two more Indigenous Business Networking events for 2014, and one final newsletter, then we're taking a break until the New Year.

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.

Indigenous Business Networking

Upcoming Dates for 2014

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

Friday 28th November, 2014
Event: Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Morning
Venue: Springwood Tower Hotel, The Bistro Restaurant and Cafe, Ground Floor, 9 Murrajong Road, Springwood.
Time: 7.30am - 10.00am
Hosted by the SEQICC with AppsMakerStore

Friday 5th December, 2014
Event: Indigenous Business Networking - Friday Coffee Morning
Venue: TBC
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

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.

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Sharing news from our members

Award-winning Carbon Media

Last week, Carbon Media received then 2014 Screen Producers of Australia Breakthrough Business Award at the Association's ceremony at Crown Promenade in Melbourne. The award, is voted by an industry panel, and recognises a production company who has made a significant breakthrough. In early 2013, Carbon Media successfully pitched the concept of a mixed media clip 5 Kangaroos starring ... Read More ...

Weaving cultures and building businesses
If you were in Brisbane anytime of the past few months, you definitely could not have said "Gilimbaa, I've never seen any of their work". This hard-working and talented team's signature style has adorned Brisbane's cityscape in readiness for this significant international event. Read More ...

Drumming their way to the international stage
Black Drum Productions Pty Ltd is a Brisbane-based events company, that was recently catapulted from local Festivals such as QPAC's Clancestry, and into the international cultural events scene with its recent collaboration with the renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre for the 2014 G20 Summit. Read more ...

Has your business hit a goal or a milestone? We'd love to hear from you and share your story. For guidelines on how to share 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 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 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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