Announcing Indigenous Business Month 2023

Indigenous Business Month co-founders are proud to share this year’s theme in what is the 9th year of Indigenous Business Month, an important year that requires us:

To Gather, Together

Gathering is at the heart of building relationships. We gather to seek solace, to seek feedback, to find information and inspiration and to generate friendship and connection.

By gathering together, we challenge ourselves to broaden our minds, think anew, brainstorm solutions and act differently for better futures. It is in the spaces we create when we gather, that we connect and uplift one another in times of pressure and stress.

Strengthening our Indigenous business sector requires strong relationships at a local level, through gathering and exploring the crossovers between what’s happening in our businesses, in the community and in our personal lives. A rich tapestry of connections, information, ideas, and opportunities are woven each and every time we gather.

Therefore, in October 2023, Indigenous Business Month calls upon communities and Indigenous businesses To Gather, Together

“Great things happen when we come together, relationships are formed, opportunities brokered and action is taken”, Co-Founder of Indigenous Business Month, Director of 33 Creative Mayrah Sonter said.

“We encourage as many localised IBM gatherings as possible and urge mob to use IBM as a vehicle to showcase the diversity of the way we gather across our many and varied nations”, Co-Founder of Indigenous Business Month, Dr Michelle Evans said.

“Consider how you might support Indigenous business in the gathering you have, purchase from Indigenous businesses or host events at Indigenous business premises to raise their exposure amongst the community”, Co-founder of Indigenous Business Month, Director of Iscariot Media Leesa Watego said.

Acknowledging the importance and impact of connection, for this year only, Indigenous Business Month co-founders are not facilitating the national Indigenous Business Month awards competition. Instead, we are asking individuals and communities across the country to award exposure to their local Indigenous businesses and experience the collective sense of pride that is generated when we gather, together.

Your gathering can be as simple as a conversation over a cuppa with a local Indigenous Business Owner to support a new collaboration, partnership, opportunity or to share ideas.

We want to see many connections with Indigenous Businesses across the country in the lead up to and during October and encourage you to register your event, large or small, for the information of all via our website.

Share with us gatherings by posting to socials using #IndigBizMonth #IndigenousBusinessMonth. In the lead up to, be sure to like, follow and tag our Indigenous Business Month social platforms so that we can promote your gatherings this October.

To Gather, Together this October: we can all share in the celebration of Indigenous business success and strengthen our connections.


Indigenous Business Month collectively calls upon First Nations business owners and their non-Indigenous allies to gather, together online and in community.

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 2023 with a month of events.

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