2018 Indigenous Business Excellence Award finalists


Alison Theurillat – Bas Le Mode

Alison is a dedicated hard working mum of 3 kids Brooklyn 6, Isla 4 and Deacon 18 months old. She works 6 days a week,

taking two of her children with her every day. Not only does Alison have a clothing Boutique, but she also has a coffee bar inside. On top of this Alison has launched her own label called Bas Boss, which has a range of Tees, Tanks and accessories in Mens, Women and Children. Alison has had her business for almost 5 years now and plays a big part in her community with fundraising, being the only Sole-Trading boutique in Innisfail (a small town in FNQ). She is a proud indigenous woman and her passion is supporting where she can. Alison never stops planning, helping and working and is about to launch her 2nd business in the next few months.



Cherie Johnson – Speaking in Colour

Founder and Owner of Speaking in Colour; Cherie Johnson is a Weilwun woman from Northern NSW. On leave from her Visual Arts and photography teaching position; Johnson is currently a PHd candidate and casual lecture at the University of Newcastle in Aboriginal culture and Education.

Established in 2016, Speaking in Colour Pty Ltd is a Newcastle based authentic and professional Aboriginal cultural service, certified by Supply Nation & accredited with National education standards authority (NESA). We educate, equip and encourage businesses and educators to understand and embrace Aboriginal culture.



Dorinda Cox – Inspire Change Consulting Group

Dorinda is the Managing Director of the Inspire Change Consulting Group, she founded the business after the birth of my first daughter and the business goals have evolved in the past few years based on expertise of the staff employed within the business and the needs of the sectors they currently service. She is the first Indigenous woman to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation Women and the Economy forum in 2016.



Fiona Moloney – The Lash & Brow Directory

In 2017 Fiona created The Lash & Brow Directory and has been growing and developing it since. Originally a place to advertise your business, this has flourished into a complete business resource for those in the Lash & Brow industry. Technicians can now take bookings from customers using an online booking system, get access to discounted insurance and get plenty of business and marketing support to help them run and improve of their businesses.

The directory is currently contributing to the safety of the industry by introducing the ability for businesses to verify their certifications and insurance on the site so potential customers can confidently choose a reliable and credible service and has recently added a membership site for all members to be able to access online learning tools and more.



Jessica Leggatt – Little Leggs

Jessica Leggatt is a mum of two young children, Billy and Marigold and is married to her husband Stuart. They live in the Melbourne suburb of Elwood with their overly affectionate Golden Retriever called Lola. They love art, and their house in filled with visual reminders of friends and family, the places they’ve fallen in love with during their travels and the memories they’ve created.

As a new parent, Jessica wanted to find an interesting, personal way of remembering their firstborn’s first day. Launching Little Leggs in November 2017, she is now making these beautiful, modern illustrations of your baby’s length at birth available to everyone.



Julie Okely – Yheduun Gauur (Strong Heart)

Julie Okely is a proud Kamilaroi woman who has a passion for business, education and reconciliation. Julie has been self-employed for the most part of her 30 years in business. Julie is a strong business leader and a proud mother of her two children, Taylah and Ayden, who are constant advocates for her business success and her passion for helping fellow indigenous Australians.

Julie’s business portfolio includes an Indigenous company; Baiame Group Pty Ltd T/A Yheduun Gauur (Strong Heart), which is a majority owned, led and staffed, National Indigenous consultancy business, located on Ngunnawal land – Canberra. Yheduun Gauur is a values-based business, which manages Indigenous centric projects from consultation to completion. Our in-house approach achieves economic outcomes, cultural, personal and business development with practical work conditions for all.



Marcia Edwards – The Cryogenics Group

I am a proud Woppaburra woman from Keppel Island off the coast of Queensland. I come from a large family and have 2 children of my own (Ahri 3yrs, Zahra 1yr). When I’m not busy growing my business, I can be found renovating properties. Real Estate is my second love and I’ve featured in local magazines as well as ‘Your Investment Property’ magazine. Mum and I own the only Indigenous Cryogenics Company in Australia, and it’s a fact we’re proud to shout out loud. Every year we save countless lives with skin cancer treatments through liquid nitrogen supply. We help make thousands of deserving people into parents at IVF clinics across Queensland. We’re constantly amazed at the incredible creations our chefs are cooking up with the help of liquid nitrogen. This year we are celebrating 25 years in business and we couldn’t be more proud.



Stevie Skene – Little Homies & Co

Little Homies & Co is a rap culture, streetwear inspired childrens’ clothing business owned by Stevie Skene. Started in 2015, LH&Co is dedicated to individuality, originality and paying respects to the original homies of rap and hip hop.