Our Mob making a difference in the lives of Indigenous people
July 8, 2015
Continuing our show case of Indigenous owned business in Australia comes the story of a great business that has grown from start-up as an idea through to a successful hub for employers and employees. Like most entrepreneurs George Grose, of Kamillaroi heritage they don’t necessarily start off by thinking they are, well, entrepreneurs. George is the founder of ourmob.com.au
George says “Our Mob started as a My Space group whilst I was a student at UTS to share information about scholarships and cadetship’s in back in 2006 with my fellow indigenous students. It has grown to become the single largest niche job board giving wide exposure and promotion across Indigenous communities, universities, Tafes, schools, government agencies and Indigenous employment organisations.”
Unlike My Space, Our Mob is still kicking (many of you will know the story of My Space that could have been as big as Facebook but ended up with old hands and an old business model running it) and kicking some great goals.
Today they are a large online jobs board and fully fledged employment company where they are connecting employers with a dedicated candidate database of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from Queensland to New South Wales and Canberra to Perth. They also offer roles across a multitude of industry sectors and as Matthew Tukaki, former head of one of the oldest and largest employment companies Drake International put it: “Our Mob is pretty unique because the truth is you have a lot of recruitment companies telling prospective clients they have a dedicated indigenous candidate database when let’s face it, they don’t! There is a lot of honesty in one George and the team is offering and the unique part is an employer can confidence in the quality of the job board and the candidates.”
George describes one of the biggest success to date :”Landing advertising contracts with some of the largest corporations and government departments and then seeing our people get the jobs within those organisations via ourmob.com.au.”
Although things never come without challenges: “As small business operator doing what I love, I have to force myself to have weekends and not turn on the computer and do work( As per this moment )”
Challenges aside George wants to ensure Our Mob keep on kicking goals and he sees the use of online mobile apps to connect candidates with vacancies and employers as one opportunity telling us that he wants “advertising every state governments in Australia vacancies to our mob via the website, app and newsletter.”
So what advice does George have for other aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs?
“Find what you love doing. Then surround yourself with people that will advise, support, encourage and warn you. “ and of course: “I would have got a mentor “
And who inspires George and the team at Our Mob? “The likes of Natalie Walker, Jocelyn Grant, Debbie Barwick and Terri Janke for their strong commitment to indigenous business and sharing of knowledge. Furthermore organisations with great teams of staff like Supply Nation, IBA and The NSW ICC for the fostering and nurturing not only my the desire and motivation but all Indigenous people to participate in the economy as business owners.”
So there we have it yet another Indigenous small business owner who has managed to last the distance and who is always focused on the future. This is one business you want to connect with! If so hit the ourmob.com.au website and make sure you share it with your friends!
This story has been bought to you thanks to PwC, Allen’s Linklaters, the Maori Business Network, 107 Projects and entrehub.og.
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