Now it its eighth year, Indigenous Business Month organisers have announced this year’s theme, ACTIONS TODAY, IMPACT TOMORROW, to inspire the next generation of First Nations business leaders.

The Indigenous business sector has created opportunity and change in many communities across the country and is a testament to the resilience, strength, advocacy and determination of First Nations people.

This year’s theme acknowledges that the journey for many business owners is not linear, and the stories and experiences we share can play a key role in inspiring the next generation. What we say and do today in our communities could be the spark that inspires our businesses of tomorrow, increasing the impact for people, communities and Country of the future.

Indigenous Business Month Co-Founder Leesa Watego reflects on Indigenous Business Month going from strength to strength in its eight years.

“It’s so great to see Indigenous Business Month go from strength to strength. The growth of IBM reflects the growth and development of the sector, its diversity, strength, and impact,” said Leesa, Managing Director of Iscariot Media.

Indigenous Business Month Co-Founder Dr Michelle Evans said the Indigenous businesses provide significant impact.

“First Nations businesses are making impact every day across Australia – Our business leaders bring the power of contribution to their families, communities and more broadly to the advancement of our people and our nation,” said Michelle, MURRA Program Director and Associate Professor of Leadership at the University of Melbourne.

Indigenous Business Month Co-Founder Mayrah Sonter said it’s timely to consider what impact we can create for future and generations to come.

“First Nations cultures are steeped in learning from the people who have gone before us. As a business owner today, we’re paving the way for the young people around us to learn, creating a ripple effect for our sector and opportunities for their future. I’m excited about the next generation of leaders and amplifying the impact for our sector,” said Mayrah, Co-Founder and Director of 33 Creative.

First Nations business owners are encouraged to reflect on their impact and share their business journey. Your story is one of inspiration and we want everyone to hear about it. No matter your path, your journey from where you were to where you are now – share your stories with us on social media using #IndigBizMonth and tagging @IndigBizMonth accounts.

Allies are encouraged to consider what actions today are impacting tomorrow, to support  First Nations business success. Where governments invest and where corporates expand, impacts on supply chains. Increased collaboration with First Nations businesses supports cultural appreciation and community reciprocity. Workforce strategies can provide key development opportunities for First Nations entrepreneurs.

Join us by taking actions now to create a greater impact tomorrow.  


Indigenous Business Month collectively calls upon First Nations business owners and their non-Indigenous allies to gather online and in community, to look at your actions today and how they will impact our tomorrow.

Indigenous Business Month runs from 1 – 31 October as an initiative driven by the alumni of Melbourne Business School’s MURRA Indigenous Business Master Class, who see business as a way of providing positive role models for young First Nations Australians and improving the quality of life in First Nations communities.

Indigenous Business Month will be officially launched on the 1st of October 2022 with a month of celebrations.

The Indigenous Business Month Awards applications officially open 17 August and close 25 September 2022 and a range supporting resources will be available via the website.

For more information or to register your event visit or connect on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn. #IndigBizMonth #IndigenousBusinessMonth


Haidee Allan