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COVID-19 forces closure of more than half of Victoria’s Indigenous businesses

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18 May 2020 Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander business sector is in severe decline from the impact of COVID-19 according to the preliminary findings of a survey by the sector’s peak body. Kinaway Chamber of Commerce said it began comprehensively surveying its 150 members early this year, initially in response to Victoria’s bushfire crisis, and then during the ongoing pandemic. Kinaway Chair, Karen Milward, said the survey had revealed a sector in serious trouble with more than 22% of businesses immediately ceasing operations in March 2020. “We expect that figure to have increased significantly by now with the survey predicting that by the end of May 58% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses in Victoria would be closed,” said Ms Milward. “Nearly every business surveyed said they would not remain operating beyond three months of the March lock downs.” “This is a catastrophe that eclipses even the…

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Board member Expression of Interest

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Due to a recent retirement, the Kinaway Chamber of Commerce invites suitable experienced applicants to register their Expressions of Interest to join the Kinaway board. The Kinaway Chamber of Commerce is an incorporated organisation. The role of the organisation is to grow the Victorian Indigenous business community. The Chamber represents the business community at Federal, State and local levels through advocacy, networking, information sharing and support services. The Chamber provides powerful leadership and considered solutions that support business success. As per Kinaway Chamber of Commerce, section 11.2, to qualify for appointment as a Board Appointed Director a person shall demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Board, knowledge and experience of at least 5 years in one or more of the following areas: (a) financial management; (b) business; (c) marketing; and (d) any other skill or area of expertise required by the Board. Individuals planning to submit an Expression of Interest…

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The Complete Social Media Marketing Course 2020

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The Complete Social Media Marketing Course 2020 by Claystone Marketing in collaboration with Kinaway Chamber of Commerce tailored for Indigenous Businesses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZbS8HYcjo8 Description Brought to you by Claystone Marketing. The Complete Social Media Marketing Course 2020 is for those: ready to go into business already in business.  Course objective: To provide an overview of social media marketing strategies and tools and to highlight online marketing opportunities for Indigenous businesses. You will gain the following: A solid understanding of how you can facilitate your marketing strategy online as an Indigenous business A good understanding of social media marketing and the channels available to your business A good understanding of email marketing using Mailchimp A good understanding of Google Analytics – what it does and how to apply it. Additional resources to get you started. Special Offer: Certified Kinaway Members will receive a special offer, a $149.95 discount on The Complete Social Media…

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Membership Fee Waived

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We are currently waiving all membership fees for new businesses looking to join the chamber and existing members looking to renew their memberships. To sign up as a member please observe our criteria on the Membership Page, and send through your application. If you require more information please direct your enquiries to liamm@kinaway.com.au, he will be able to point you in the right direction. We look forward to seeing some new faces and some old ones as well!  

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Wayapa Sessions With Alana Marsh

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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