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Kinaway Chamber of Commerce & Boost Templates

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Announcing Boost Templates and Kinaway Chamber of Commerce One of the main concerns for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses when starting off is getting access to legal help. Protecting Indigenous Business knowledge is very important to our entrepreneurs, it is more than just good practice, it is a sense of duty and honor to our ancestors and culture. “Boost Legal Templates will save time, money and keep our business on the go, we are very excited about the collaboration” Scott McCartney, Kinaway CEO For some of our businesses at Kinaway, they are often family owned or have a sole operator. Meaning time is money, they don’t have the resources to burn chasing up legal quotes, meeting with lawyers or following up for documents. “Boost Legal Templates gives access to our Aboriginal and Torres Islander Businesses in a way that is effective and easy.” Matthew Karakoulakis, AMK Law Founder The…

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Reconciliation in Action: Happsa Group

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In recent months we have seen a decline in the activity in the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business community, due to COVID and a slower economy, many of our businesses have been severely impacted. During the chaos some of our businesses have displayed awe inspiring resilience, wither that is delivering food to quarantined mob or holding virtual happy hours. Our wider Indigenous community have endured some hardships over the decades and this pandemic brought out some of the best characteristics in us, and maybe some of the things we need to work on.  Not all was doom and gloom, members also found themselves with sales growth that far exceeded their existing capacity and capability, and from that they were able to forge new relationships birthed out of a very trying time. These businesses then were scrambling for talent, Indigenous talent to fill the newly created positions.     …

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Why Black Businesses and Black Lives Matter

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MEDIA RELEASE  Tuesday 21 July The Kinaway Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting legitimate certified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Kinaway has a strict and transparent certification process that supports the achievement of Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment outcomes as a priority, through Social and Indigenous Procurement targets set by corporate and government organisations in Australia. These policies aim to “close the gap” through meaningful procurement and employment opportunities such as the Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework and the Federal Indigenous Procurement Policy. Recently, Kinaway member Unified Security had been identified as a recipient of a Victorian State Government contract under the State Government Social Procurement framework. In an article appearing on the front page of the Herald Sun dated Monday 20 July 2020, titled SECURITY CONTRACT RORT – Operators “weaponising” Indigenous policy – by Kieran Rooney, references were made to rogue security businesses in Victoria setting…

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Kinaway Tax Support Package

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Priority is given to those businesses  impacted by COVID-19 and employ people.  Ineligible for State and Commonwealth grants due to taxation and accounting requirements not being up to date.  ‘First-come-first-served’ basis.  Support will be provided for bookkeeping, accounting, preparation and submission of tax returns and BAS statements, online access to Xero or MYOB access, tax/payroll obligations, superannuation, and worker cover obligations to staff to a maximum capped value of $1,500 (exc GST) per business. For all T&C’s please follow the link to our Expression of Interest Page. Expression of Interest

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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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