Connect Program Overview
8:30am – 6:30pm
Wednesday 26 May 2021
Dress code: Business attire
The Knowledge Forum provides the opportunity for delegates to share supplier diversity global insights, local focus, practical strategies and their vision for supplier diversity success in Australia.
8:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday 27 May 2021
Dress code: Business casual
The Indigenous Business Tradeshow is the largest exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in Australia, showcasing the diversity, vibrancy and scope of products and services offered by Supply Nation’s Registered and Certified Indigenous businesses.
6:15pm – late
Thursday 27 May 2021
Dress code: Black tie
Supply Nation’s annual Gala Awards Dinner brings together the supplier diversity community to celebrate outstanding individuals and organisations. This event has sold out for the last two years with over 1,000 attendees in 2019.
Knowledge Forum speakers
Knowledge Forum sessions
As we strive for sustainability in the sector through an increased capacity to support Indigenous businesses and organisational and cultural change, there are many challenges and lessons learned to be had along the way.
Are you looking to expand globally?
Establishing new relationships with potential customers in the international markets can be a challenge and you may face questions as; how you identify the right customers, what are the opportunities in the market, what support can I access as an Australian business looking to expand?
Supply Nation’s Leadership Roundtable and Indigenous Business Advisory Groups joined forces in 2019 to collaborate on an initiative to support Indigenous business growth. The initiative was the ‘How to guide' for suppliers. In addition, Supply Nation engaged Inside Policy to co-develop with its Leadership Roundtable members a position paper on second tier procurement.
Data shows that Indigenous people generally entering in to business ownership later in life, after pursuing a full career and raising a family. However, that is a trend that these young business owners have bypassed.
Running a business is no easy task. On top of the business, many people have family and community responsibilities. Often, we are guilty of putting our own personal needs aside when trying to juggle work hours, maintain cash flow and personal relationships.
It has long been believed that the First Nations people of this country lead a 'hunter-gatherer' nomadic life. This concept was challenged with the compelling arguments presented with the release of Bruce Pascoe’s ‘Dark Emu’ in 2014.
Connect 2021 Sponsors
Thank you to our Connect 2021 sponsors. We applaud your committment to Supply Nation and supplier diversity, driving us towards a vibrant and sustainable Indigenous business sector.
There are limited sponsorship packages still available. For more information, email email@example.com