SEQICC Toolbox Talks: Is franchising for you?

Last week, the SEQICC hosted its first monthly lunchtime webinar with Kerry Miles from Franchise-Ed. A sponsored event, the webinar explored the ins and outs of franchising and the current project designed to provide opportunities for Indigenous people to get into franchising.

Special guests: Kerry Miles, Franchise-Ed and Karen Seage, SNAP Underwood.

Watch the video here:



Queenslanders At Connect 17: A Supply Nation Connect Round Up

I can’t believe it’s been over a fortnight since we returned from Connect 2017.

A wonderful event, where despite arriving at 9am, I couldn’t get around to every booth. My only bug-bear of the day is that booth holders are well and truly packing up by 3pm.

That said, I walked the Connect17 halls meeting up with some old friends as well as new faces, spreading the important work of the SEQICC, FACCI and introducing our new Black Coffee initiative. Face-to-face relationship building is so important and in most cases, it takes years. Hopefully the investment will continue to pay off.

The biggest shout-out of the whole event was of course our very own Dennis Jose from Jabin Project Management winning Registered Supplier of the Year. He joins an alumni of talented and hardworking Queensland-based Supply Nation winners.

Here are a few images of #QueenslandersAtConnect2017.

Hope to see you next year. (And if I missed your booth for the #QueenslandersAtConnect17 post, then make sure you grab me for #QueenslandersAtConnect18!)

Cheers, Leesa Watego
President, SEQICC

We Are 27 Creative

The WeAre27 crew had the best spot on the floor of Connect17!

Lovely to see Aunty Lilla at Connect, with Mundunara Bayles, from the Blackcard Course

Some of the Gilimbaa family.

Carol and Greg from Murawin and Game Enough

Not quite still a Queenslander, but he’s our former President so he deserves a spot – Dwayne Good from InTravel Group.

The fabulous Young brothers from Young Guns Container Crew.

Gold Coast based Pronto Projects

Noel busy at Winangali Logistics.

No time for a selfie. The Ergonomic Workstations Products crew are hard at it.

Just loved the simplicity of Brendon’s booth this year.

Hello Boomerang!

Not 100% Queensland, but with offices in Queensland Karlka make the gallery.

Well done Dennis Jose from Jabin Project Management.

Always ready is Nancy Bamaga from Black Drum Productions.

Naturecall Environmental – leading the way.

Dezigna making a great impression.

Great work Karen – our former board member and one of the hardest workers you’ll ever meet.

The Carbon Crew.

Carol Vale from Murawin and Noel Niddrie from Winangali Logistics

It’s not Queensland business without including ground-breaking business woman Gil Mailman. With Chris from Boomerang and I.

Great to catch up with the Shine People team.

Looking great Kennelly Constructions.

Dennis Jose accepting Registered Supplier of the Year Award.

Congratulations Dennis

Celebrating Indigenous Month in Brisbane

Nancy Bamaga, Karen Seage, Leeanne Enoch, Murray Saylor and Leesa WategoLast night the board joined Indigenous business owners from around South East Queensland, the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and the Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch to celebrate Indigenous Business Month.

Recognising the importance of Indigenous business to both the community and economy, the Queensland government announced the establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business and Innovation Group that will be chaired by Minister Leeanne Enoch.

The aim of the group will be to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs and innovators and support the developing of existing businesses across Queensland. The 13 members of the group include:

  • Charlie Jia, SEQICC
  • Colin Saltmere, Myuma Group and Rainbow Gateway Ltd
  • Donisha Duff, Kidney Health Australia
  • Leanne Wilson, Regional Economic Solutions
  • Leesa Watego, Iscariot Media
  • Leigh Harris, Ingeous Studios
  • Julie-ann Lambourne, enVision Group Inc
  • Michelle Deshong, Michelle Deshong & Associates Consulting
  • Noel Niddrie, Winangali
  • Shane Kennelly, Kennelly Constructions
  • Terri Waller, SevGen Indigenous Corporation
  • Wanita Gosbee
  • Wayne Denning, Carbon Creative

Visit the Indigenous Business Month Facebook page for more about Indigenous Business Month and images from the evening.

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.


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!


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

What will the budget bring Indigenous business?

budget 2014-15Last month, the country waited with baited breath, listening for what the future holds for their respective interests as the Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey handed down the 2014 Budget. As we analyse the outcomes, we are asking ourselves, is the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to Indigenous business clear?

While the Treasurer has committed to removing red tape in regulation, meaning for some Indigenous business owners a greater opportunity for improved productivity, there’s yet to be any indication of new or innovative programs that support for emerging and established businesses. And while the existing Indigenous Business Australia programs, including the successful Into Business workshops appear to be ongoing, it will be interesting to see if there is any additional support available for grassroots Indigenous business groups such as Indigenous Chambers of Commerce.

Establishing and maintaining membership-based Indigenous Chambers is not difficult, but it does require some resourcing. Unlike “mainstream” chambers, few of our members are established enough to provide the financial support base needed to keep up the ongoing work of fostering trade, building capability, advocacy and generating wealth. We also note the importance of networks in the success of Indigenous businesses in the Success Factors for Indigenous entrepreneurs and community-based enterprises Resource Sheet by Sam Morley published last month.

Now that the budget has been handed down, it is still a long way off being clear if membership and regionally based Indigenous Chambers, those made up of ordinary Indigenous business owners will see anything coming their way in the short term. In the meantime, we, many of us volunteers, will continue to function and work for our members as best we can.

Leesa Watego, Acting-President, SEQICC / Director, Iscariot Media

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