Earlier this year, Iscariot Media started the roll-out of Digital Tracks – a program for Indigenous businesses in South East Queensland. Delivered in partnership with TAFE Queensland, Digital Tracks is about breaking down the barriers about technology for Indigenous small businesses. Our goals is to build capacity in everything technology from marketing and social media to cybersecurity and hardware needs. While the target industry is tourism, the learnings relate to most small business. And while the specific locations are Brisbane, Moreton, Toowoomba and Redlands, we were lobbied hard by friends and have added the Gold Coast to the mix as well for an intense 5-day event.
This week Emma and I are in Lorne, Victoria to attend the Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC). We presented on Day 1 and it was great to connect with everyone from around Australia working in Indigenous Tourism. Our presentation Indigenous Tourism – The reality of building a sustainable business focused talking about the key components of building a sustainable business over time.
It’s amazing what can happen when just a few people say ‘let’s do this’. For the 4th year in a row, we are celebrating Indigenous Business Month this October.
What do I need to start a small business?
Are you someone who is keen to start your own small business? Or have you been considering how to make your hobby or side hustle a full-time gig? One of the questions we get asked the most is “What do I need to start a small business”?
In 2013 I wrote a post titled Indigenous Issues + Graphic Design. I was responding to a question I’d been asked by someone about if it was okay if they (a non-Indigenous graphic designer) would be allowed to do ‘Aboriginal style’ illustrations for an educational company.
tl;dr: No, it’s not okay. This afternoon I saw my first “we’re a rugby team, submit a design and we’ll choose the best one for our jersey” post of 2018, and again (for probably the fourth year in a row) I’m cranky. Why?
Strong business requires strong foundations.
Just as you require a strong business model, financial processes, a clear sense of what you’re selling and who you’re selling it to, you also require strong IT practices.
I’m an avid Facebook user and an interested watcher of what’s happening in the Indigenous Business world. I spend a lot of time being asked for recommendations and ideas. And the only way I can do that is to keep up with what’s happening.
All business owners approach starting a business in different ways. Some talk about their ideas for years and eventually start, while others will just start trading with barely a word.
We meet so many different people in our work – old/young, experienced and not so experienced. We also meet folks who really have a head for digital and many more who do not. It’s really easy when you don’t know about something to have only a surface understanding of it. And with digital, it’s more often than not, much bigger and more complex, sophisticated and nuanced than you might realise.
As a volunteer organisation, we on the committee of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce find it easier to make quick updates and events on our Facebook page.
It is well known that Indigenous businesses are more likely to employee Indigenous people. Thus supporting the growth of Indigenous businesses is an important strategy in community development.
In 2016 most event planners are using social media to publicise events before events, as well as the wrap-up afterwards. There are an increasing number of events however that are using the event itself as an opportunity to share content through live-tweeting.
This week Vernon returned from Darwin for the final round of judging one of the country’s most prestigious art awards, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin. Joined by Kimberly Moulton, Don Whyte, at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the pre-selection was held a month ago, with a fantastic list of NATSIAA finalists chosen a few months later.