Growing an Indigenous business ecosystem requires leadership with depth

It’s the most satisfying feeling, when talking with a leader they understand exactly where you’re coming from and what your issues are. There’s no having to defend yourself, to over-explain, just state the issues and you move forward and talk big picture.

Well today, as part of a delegation from the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, I met with Queensland’s Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, the Honourable Leeanne Enoch, and that’s exactly what we got.
Leeanne is a Quandamooka woman, raised in Logan. Her life and work is based here, in this place. Her work was with community. I’ve always remembered her as a staunch community and family focused person. And today, as a Minister, you can tell where she has come from. And it’s good.
It was a breath of fresh air, knowing that the person that you’re talking to has knowledge and depth.
I’m optimistic about what can be achieved for Indigenous business in Queensland now and into the future. As I’ve said many times before, being in business is bloody hard work with no guaranteed pay-offs. But I’m more hopeful now than I have been in a long time.
I’m committed to working with the SEQICC for the foreseeable future, working to develop a state-wide representation.
There’s still so much to be done building and nurturing the Indigenous Business EcoSystem. And with Minister Enoch at the helm, anything is possible.

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