CALL FOR MARKET VENDORS for the SEQICC MarketPlace at the Queensland Murri Carnival

The SEQICC is managing the 2016 QMC MarketPlace at Redcliffe Dolphins Rugby League Stadium on the 21-24 September.  Great opportunities for Indigenous owned businesses, Community Organisations, Government Agencies and Corporate Leaders plus Food and Drink providers.  Last year 30,000 plus people attended this annual event.  For the MarketPlace Prospectus and Expression of Interest, please – Email – projects@seqicc.com.au

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The ATO’s SuperStream streamlining super for small business

superstreamThe Australian Taxation Office’s new SuperStream initiative is a new way to pay superannuation for your business and organisation’s employees. Through SuperStream businesses can now pay electronically. ‘Normal’ superannuation means that super is paid to different funds in different ways. With SuperStream all over this work is streamlined with employers able to make payments through one channel.

We encourage all our members to have a look at the SuperStream Employer Checklist to see you Superstream will benefit you.

Do you own an Indigenous business that employs 19 or fewer people? If so, it’s time for you to get ready for SuperStream. The SuperStream deadline was 30 June 2016. But small businesses with 19 or fewer employees have been given more time, and now have until 28 October 2016 to have everything in place. Start now and realise the benefits sooner. #superstream 

Jump Starting into Design Thinking

Design Thinking workshop with Indigenous business.

Design Thinking workshop with Indigenous business. Image from Supply Nation

This time last week the SEQICC was very honoured to be part of the Jump Start Entrepreneur Workshop – Two Day Pilot Program on the Gold Coast. The high-energy and highly interactive workshop that focused on Design Thinking will go down as one of the business learning highlights for many of the workshop attendees.

The workshop was led by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, in partnership with Qld Airports, HP Enterprises, and Supply Nation, along with Griffith University, the Queensland Government, and Australian Computer Society.

Winangali‘s Noel Niddrie said afterwards of the workshop,

The two day workshop represents a generous contribution into the real growth of Indigenous business. Rather than symbolic efforts to reconciliation, our people needs more of this type of “practical reconciliation” from corporates like CBA, Qld Airports, HP Enterprises and other sponsors.

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Be the user. Image by Positive Social Solutions

During the first part of the day, participants were introduced to Design Thinking. Design Thinking is a methodology that allows businesses to create practical and creative solutions to specific problems. Following on from the introduction, participates spent the remainder of the first day looking at Empathy in relation to customers. Empathy exercises included interviews and mapping. Monique Proud from Positive Social Solutions says,

With each group designing from a strength-based, human-centred approach, it was really exciting to see all the ideas develop and adapt over the 2-days. At the end of the workshop all the teams had generated very innovative and practical solutions, to address a variety of challenges faced by Indigenous communities.

The workshop however wasn’t all chalk and talk, it was highly interactive throughout the two days. With five groups developing individual projects that they would then later present to the Lion’s Den for coins. Future participants should be prepared to get creative!

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Image by Positive Social Solutions

Other feedback from participants:

The empathy exercises were really valuable, but I really got a lot out of the Business Model Canvas. I can really see us using this for business projects into the future.

Iscariot Media‘s Edward Ah Kee

 

The workshop was a great learning experience in gaining an understanding of design thinking and its application in a social and commercial planning context.

Tagai Management Consultants‘s Murray Saylor

Farewell Rochelle Cote

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Charlie Jia, Murray Saylor, Leesa Watego, Rochelle Cote, Karen Seage, Nancy Bamaga

Yesterday at our monthly management committee meeting, the board were joined by Dr Rochelle Cote. Rochelle has been a friend of the SEQICC over the past three years, as she engaged in a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Queensland. Having spent the past three years interviewing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business people from all over South East Queensland, and combined with her research into Indigenous business in both Canada and the United States, Rochelle has provided us with guidance and support.

Yesterday we discussed her initial thoughts about her research findings, the different segments that go into making up the Indigenous business sector in South East Queensland, and proposed a number of strategies that we can initiate to support our community. It was great to have an opportunity to talk through a range of ideas. We look forward to engaging further with her work after it’s been thoroughly analysed and written up.

Rochelle departs Australia this week to take up an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Newfoundland. We wish Rochelle our best wishes and look forward to hopefully catching up with her in the north in the near future.