Developing Business in Indigenous Communities

Monday, 13 February 2012  Features

How do Indigenous people become an important component of Australia's economy? How do we close the gap between Indigenous people and Non-Indigenous people? These were some of the important issues raised at a recent Centre for Social Impact (CSI) conference.

George Brown and Damian Shannon, Australian School of Business Indigenous students, were given the opportunity to travel to Perth to gain a greater understanding of the growing Indigenous business sector, at CSI's recent Indigenous Business, Corporations and Entrepreneurship Conference hosted by the University of Western Australia.

In an article written for the National Indigenous Times, George, an intern at Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC), and Damian, shared their insights from the conference and their aspirations to become future leaders in Indigenous business and economic development.

"The conference provided George and I with an opportunity to see firsthand the positive impacts business and Indigenous entrepreneurship is having on communities all over Australia", said Damian.

The conference explored the theme, 'Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship: New Models and Stronger Communities'. As George explained "the issue many Indigenous communities now face is finding ways to sustainably maximise their economic development once they have received land rights or native title".

Wayne Bergmann CEO of the Kimberley Regional Economic Development Corporation, Natalie Walker CEO of AIMSC, and Ian Trust, Executive Chairman, Wunan Foundation & Director of Indigenous Business Australia were amongst the speakers who attended the conference.

The Australian School of Business in partnership with Nura Gili at UNSW, offers a variety of programs and support services for indigenous students.

For more information please contact Rebecca Harcourt, ASB Indigenous Education Coordinator, email: rebecca.harcourt@unsw.edu.au phone: +61 2 9385 9746

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