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.
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.
I admit I thought a capability statement was more or less a generic document, one that I could write up, throw up on my website and attach it to applications as I sent them off. However, this week I, along with twenty other Indigenous business owners in South East Queensland, found
It’s been a week since I’ve returned from Melbourne, and I’m still reeling from all the fantastic content we have been given. I am so grateful to have been accepted into the fourth class of the Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass at the Melbourne Business School of the University of Melbourne.
First, two examples –
1) For a Short Time is one of favourite songs on one of my favourite albums (Lethal by the Kilo) performed by one of my favourite bands (The Tiddas). They disbanded a few years ago and I’m so lucky that I have copies of all their albums. But. If you don’t already have a copy of their albums, there’s a really good chance that the only versions you’ll ever have access to are pirated copies (like the one in the YouTube clip above). I’m constantly wanting to tell Australian teachers how For a Short Time (and many other songs from their albums) is a fantastic stimulus text to discover Indigenous history and society. But I have nowhere to send teachers to buy a copy of it.
I am presenting at the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Increasing Indigenous participation in tourism forum in Brisbane tomorrow (Friday 25th November). I’m presenting on behalf of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
Below is the bulk of what I would like to say, though unless I read from the paper I won’t say it all. You can also listen to me read it at Flipzu.
Increasing Indigenous participation in business is such an large topic. Where do we even start?
Congratulations to the team at Inguides on their release of their iPhone and iPad applications yesterday and their Android application a few weeks ago.
This is probably the first mobile application by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. One of the hardest parts about being in business is keeping track of your vision through the ups and downs. The Inguides team should feel very proud of their acheivement and I hope continue to develop their products well into the long-term.
One a personal note, as a user, while I’m still getting used to it, I was really happy to have located an Indigenous business only two suburbs away. One that I’d never heard before.