Josie the busi­ness in Syd­ney trip

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Indi­jiarts Cul­tural Creative­ness owner Josie Alec flew off to Syd­ney last week­end af­ter be­ing se­lected as one of 15 peo­ple in Aus­tralia to take part in a two-month busi­ness boot camp. Mrs Alec said the Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara’s Warlu Way pro­gram had proven in­valu­able in get­ting her on the trip.

The heal­ing power of ngurra is well known to the tra­di­tional cus­to­di­ans of the Pil­bara and a self­de­scribed spir­i­tual woman is hop­ing to take that power to the public with on-coun­try women’s heal­ing tours.

Kar­ratha-based Indi­jiarts Cul­tural Creative­ness owner Josie Alec has just jet­ted off to the east coast.

She is one of 15 busi­ness own­ers across Aus­tralia se­lected to take part in an in­ten­sive two-month Indige­nous Busi­ness Aus­tralia busi­ness ac­cel­er­a­tor boot camp.

The camp will con­nect Mrs Alec with busi­ness ex­perts and en­trepreneurs to fine-tune her busi­ness acu­men and im­prove her chances of suc­cess.

Mrs Alec said no mat­ter where you came from, coun­try em­pow­ered peo­ple to share their sto­ries.

“It has been a roller­coaster ride so far and now I’ve got a re­ally huge op­por­tu­nity to go over to Syd­ney, take my cul­tural wis­dom over and work with ex­perts to bring my busi­ness to­gether and bring­ing it back to the Pil­bara,” she said.

“I get up ev­ery morn­ing to be who I am and do what I do whether I get paid for it or not, and I’m re­ally glad to hon­our that and hon­our my old peo­ple and the wis­dom they have given me.

“You may have an old lady from In­dia who has a story of her own and comes back from coun­try so ful­filled be­cause she finds some­one else who has the same ex­pe­ri­ence. Those con­nec­tions are so pow­er­ful.

“Blow­ing peo­ple’s minds is what I do and I love it.”

Mrs Alec said she had found out about the pro­gram through the Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara’s Warlu Way pro­gram. She said the cen­tre had sup­ported her through the ap­pli­ca­tion process.

Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara tourism busi­ness ad­viser Jade Skot­niczny said the cen­tre was proud of Mrs Alec’s ac­cep­tance into the IBA pro­gram.

“I be­lieve Josie is bring­ing to the Pil­bara what tourists are cry­ing out for and we are very ex­cited to have sup­ported her through to this fi­nal stage,” she said.

“The busi­ness cen­tre has the time and ac­cess to these pro­grams, grants, fund­ing and av­enues of busi­ness sup­port that small busi­ness owner-oper­a­tors do not have time to ac­cess them­selves.”

BCP chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Jag­ger said the pro­gram would en­able Mrs Alec to bring to­gether a range of dif­fer­ent small busi­ness com­po­nents she had in Indi­jiarts.

“There is a strong well­ness and health fo­cus within Indi­jiarts that cel­e­brates Abo­rig­i­nal coun­try and cul­ture,” he said.

“We think it’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity which will help take her busi­ness to the next level.”

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr.

Indi­jiarts chief ex­ec­u­tive Josie Alec, right, with grand­daugh­ter Lil­lia, 6, and Busi­ness Cen­tre Pil­bara tourism busi­ness ad­viser Jade Skot­niczny.

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