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March 2020

Wayapa Sessions With Alana Marsh

Wayapa sessions with Alana Marsh are here! We will be continuing these sessions on a weekly routine, for the next 3 weeks, many of our members found the classes informative, relaxing and intuitive. ALL ARE WELCOME First one is this Thursday! Week Two: 10am or 7 pm Thursday the 2nd of April Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/853688291 Meeting ID: 853 688 291 Week Three: 10am or 7pm Thursday the 9th of April Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/927383627 Meeting ID: 927 383 627 Week Four: 10am or 7pm Thursday the 16th of April Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/885509600 Meeting ID: 885 509 600 Alana has suggest that anyone joining should turn their video on, to better engage with the instructor and class.

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Helping Our Indigenous Businesses

Surviving covid19 as a person will require patience, resilience and community. As a business owner not only will you require the above, but much, much, more. Letting staff go, juggling bills, uncertainty of income, anxiety about the business in the next couple months not to mention home life and the heath concerns of friends and family. We have over 120 Indigenous businesses, we call them members. They are members of the Victorian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, the majority of our business are family owned or sole traders. Our members are family and our family need your support. OUR MEMBERS Our family are starting to make life changing decisions, daily, shutting down entire arms of the business, selling assets, taking out loans. Some of our businesses have let go the entire workforce leaving only the founder. Some of those employees have been there since day one. With our members making drastic…

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MEDIA RELEASE – IBA ASSISTANCE

As Australia moves to respond to the emerging global COVID-19 crisis, IBA wants to assure our customers that we are doing everything we can at this time to assist you and keep our operations running as smoothly as possible. We know that many of you will be facing uncertainty and economic hardship now and in the coming months and our teams are hard at work looking for ways we can assist at this time. IBA BUSINESS FINANCE AND EQUIPMENT FINANCE CUSTOMERS For IBA customers who have a start-up package, business loan or equipment finance product through IBA and have currently been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 situation, you will be able to apply for the following assistance: Deferral of business loan and lease payments for an initial four-month period Waiver of interest on business loans and leases for an initial four-month period Special assistance for customers experiencing hardship, including loan…

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COVID-19 Kinaway Update

Hello Staff, Members and Stakeholders Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and recognising the evolving global medical crisis and the potential risk to the wider community stemming from the virus, the Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Board has decided to implement a Continuity of Operation plan. This decision has taken into account the concerns of our staff , members and key stakeholders to ensure we minimise risk to our Kinaway ecosystem, whilst still having the capacity to deliver services and support to our members over this period. There are 4 phases to the Continuity of Operational plan Phase 1 Identify what risks are present to our staff, members and key stakeholders and how the COVID-19 virus would affect not just our operations, but our members and key stakeholders. Identify what services Kinaway provides and what capacity through out each of the phases looks like Establish delegation powers of staff and…

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Black Cladding – Are Indigenous Businesses Using Culture to Win Government Contracts?

In recent weeks, a well known Indigenous author Bruce Pascoe, was accused that he was not Indigenous and he has made money from pretending to be something he is not. The accusation came from another Indigenous person in the community, the motivation was unclear. Cases like this have happened in the past, such as Mudrooroo, with no real distinct conclusion. The concluding factor usually is confusion, frustration and hurt reputations. On that note, we’ve decided to address the growing trend of Black Cladding. In order to establish a long sustainable legacy, of capable and ethical Indigenous businesses. What is Black Cladding? Black – Denotes Indigenous peoples of Australia, this includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians that make up some 300+ Clan groups Cladding – A covering or coating on a structure or material. In a sentence – “They said they are an Indigenous business, but there were no Indigenous…

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Protocols – Message from the CEO

Dear Kinaway Members, As you know, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce has many member organisations working across different areas with different clients and stakeholders. We understand that some people in our community are more vulnerable to disease, and so, today we are announcing some guidelines for you, your staff and clients. If any you, your staff or immediate family or household members, have travelled through any of the higher risk and moderate risk countries that the Department of Health identifies at any time, the advice we have been given is that they must immediately isolate themselves and work from home for 14 days from the date of their return. They should only return to work if at the end of 14 days self-isolation they are showing no symptoms; If any you, your staff or immediate family or household members develop any of the identified symptoms, they should seek immediate medical attention….

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