To complement the 9th year of Indigenous Business Month this October, Indigenous Business Australia hosted a number of workshops and events across the country.
Centered on the theme "To Gather, Together," the activities were designed to emphasise the importance of collaboration and relationship-building in our country’s growing Indigenous business sector.
Sean Armistead, a proud Potaruwutj Padthaway man and IBA's Executive Director of People and External Relations, underscored the importance of Indigenous Business Month.
"Growing and supporting the Indigenous business sector is an integral pathway to sustainable financial futures for Indigenous Australians. Gathering has always been central to our community, culture, and trade," he said.
IBA arranged a number of events that supported Indigenous Chambers of Commerce nationwide, organising functions tailored to the needs of local business communities. Highlights included the Kinaway member morning tea series, the Indigenous Business and Expo Forum in Toowoomba, and the Canberra Indigenous Entrepreneurs Centre Business Showcase.
Between now and the end of the year, IBA will continue to run free online workshops to help Indigenous businesses who are starting or in their growth-phase. The workshops, which cover the basics such as getting a business plan together through to budgeting, marketing and understanding requirements such as tax, superannuation and employer obligations.
According to Armistead, these initiatives not only recognised past and present contributions of the Indigenous business community but also aimed to pave the way for future growth.
"There's still more to do, but there's also so much to celebrate," he said.
For more information on the workshops, visit www.nit.com.au/events