Aboriginal Business Connect is an initiative of the South Australian Government and this site is managed on their behalf by Supply Nation.

Growing the Australian Indigenous business sector has significant, measurable and positive impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Research shows that Indigenous businesses not only deliver innovative products and services but are also up to 100 times more likely to employ Indigenous people. In addition, they reconnect their employees to culture, instil pride and aspiration in Indigenous communities, invest back into communities and help heal the trauma of the stolen generations.

Access and opportunity drives the development of the Indigenous business sector, and Supply Nation has played an integral role in providing this since 2009. Prior to the formation of Supply Nation, no data was collected on how much money organisations spent with Indigenous suppliers and there was no established, integrated national support or guidance for organisations that wanted to purchase from Indigenous businesses.

Supply Nation’s impact on the Indigenous business sector

Since 2009, Supply Nation has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses along with procurement teams from government and corporate Australia to help shape today’s emerging and rapidly evolving Indigenous business sector.

Supplier diversity increases the opportunities available to Indigenous businesses. Supply Nation makes it significantly easier for Indigenous businesses to connect and do business with corporate Australia and government at all levels. Supply Nation’s corporate and government members are committed to growing the Indigenous business sector through purchasing, mentorship and in-kind support.

The South Australian Government is committed to increasing the number and value of contracts awarded to South Australian Aboriginal businesses. Supply Nation is excited about working closely with the State Government to grow the South Australian Aboriginal business sector and ensure all South Australians have access to the benefits of economic participation.

Supply Nation’s vision for the Indigenous business sector

Supply Nation maintains its vision of a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector, and believes that a collaborative and united approach is the key to achieving real change.

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