The 4th Annual Indigenous Business Month

Indigenous Business Month logo

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.


Call for participants – Indigenous business owners and their attitudes to business: A small study

Iscariot Media is helping to event manage three research focus groups that explore Indigenous business owners attitudes to business. This Queensland Government sponsored research project that will help inform understanding of Indigenous approaches to business.

What do I need to start a small business?

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”?


Creating best practise in Indigenous graphic design

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?


A strong business needs strong foundations – keeping your business secure

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.


Indigenous Business Networking with the Black Coffee Mornings

A few years ago I had this idea to have a weekly Indigenous business networking event – free and informal but value driven by the serendipity of new and unexpected faces.


Facebook killed my Indigenous Business Interest Lists so now I’m using pages

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.


Social media isn’t free anymore, not that it ever was

Prompted by this month’s Pepsi and United backlash on social media, I read a rant today about how companies should plan social media defence strategies before they even think about launching a social media campaign. He further quoted some ‘guru’ saying that with social media you never need to pay for advertising. I could write this post by arguing that United wouldn’t be where they are had their staff not be physically violent with their customers. I’d hardly blame social media for United’s problems at this point. But it’s this final point I want to focus on.


Promoting your Indigenous small business

5 ways to promote your Indigenous business through networking

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.


Conceptualising ‘digital’ for small business: It’s bigger than ‘should I tweet?’

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.


How to see posts from your favourite Facebook pages

How to see posts from our favourite Facebook pages.

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.


Supporting Indigenous Business in Queensland

Leesa Watego joins the Aboriginal and Torres Striat Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group.

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.


Happy Indigenous Business Month 2016!

Iscariot Media are proud sponsors of Indigenous Business Month

We’re excited and proud to again be supporting Indigenous Business Month. Indigenous Business Month came out of discussions we’d had as the Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass of 2015.


Use Live Tweeting to Amplify Your Event

Iscariot Media can live Tweet events

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.


Vernon Ah Kee: Judging panel for Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award 2016

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.


Learning to Fish – Which Way for Computers Workshops for Young People

Iscariot Media is running computer STEM workshop for Indigenous Young People in New South Wales in conjunction with ATSIMA.

This year we are excited to be working with Dr Chris Matthews and the ATSIMA team as part of a series of STEM workshops for Indigenous students throughout New South Wales. We will be running our new Which Way for Computers workshop where we will work with Indigenous young people to show them how to take old computers and get them up and running again.


Supply Nation 2016: Innovation for Impact

Innovation for Impact | Iscariot Media - Indigenous Creative Agency.

This weekend the Iscariot Media team are off to Supply Nation for the Connect 16 event in Sydney. Supply Nation is the national Indigenous supply and procurement body in Australia. It seeks to bring together (kind of like a dating agency) independent Indigenous businesses (the suppliers) and corporations and governments (the members). In addition to a


1st April – Digital Profiles Update Day

In addition to checking your fire alarms, we’re declaring the 1st of April to be the (unofficial) Digital Profiles Update (DPU) Day. Why? Because things change – are you still working at the job? have you just finished a deadly project? do you still look like that? have you just completed a course? is that description still the best way to describe your business? It’s easy to forget to update all your


Starting in business? You don’t need permission.

Starting a Business? You Don't need permission | Iscariot Media - Indigenous & Creative Agency

For many people new to business, it can take a while to realise there is no license to start. There is no official form, course or program. Some of you may require licenses for specific industry, eg. a taxi license, or council permits for food, but for many, you decide to go into business (you register a business name or maybe not if you’re just a sole trader) and you’re off and away. You don’t need


Responses to Vernon’s work in Istanbul

Brutalities by Vernon Ah Kee | Iscariot Media - Indigenous and Creative Agency

Vernon returned this month from Istanbul where he was part of the 2015 Istanbul Biennial. He recently posted on the Biennial in response to Adrian Serle’s article in the Guardian.