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Australia's premier Aboriginal economic development forum heads to Darwin

Brendan Foster -

One of Australia's premier Aboriginal economic development events, which showcases the diversity and growth of Northern Territory businesses, will be held in Darwin this week.

The 11th Aboriginal Economic Development Forum, hosted by the North Territory Indigenous Business Network, kicks off on the 8th of November until the 10th at the Darwin Convention Centre on Larrakia Country.

The three-day forum provides an opportunity for First Nation businesses from across the Top End to showcase their products and services, reflecting diversity and growth across a broad range of industries.

This year's theme of IT'S OUR BUSINESS reflects on the importance of First Nations business enterprise ownership, self-determination and the sovereignty that can be achieved through economic empowerment.

The event is also a platform for developing First Nations business and private sector investment that supports the growth of the Territory's economy.

There is a huge variety of guest speakers, including award-winning journalist, author and Aboriginal advocate Stan Grant; entrepreneur and business leader from the Kimberley region and the Executive Chairman of the National Indigenous Times, Wayne Bergmann; the Native American Business Association president Amanda Smith and many more.

The thought-provoking program will also have several panel discussions celebrating the First Nations business sector but also addressing the challenges and innovations across business, industry, workforce development, country, and culture.

Running alongside the forum there will be a trade fair highlighting leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, entrepreneurs, services and programs from across the Territory and beyond.

More information about the Aboriginal Economic Development Forum is available online.

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