Program to bolster Aboriginal enterprise
A new program will support new and existing Aboriginal businesspeople and combat low levels of economic participation in the Goldfields.
The Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission will introduce an Aboriginal Business Leadership Program early next year.
The three-month program will offer current or emerging Aboriginal businesspeople the opportunity to receive leadership training and mentorship to develop individual businesses or initiatives.
GEDC acting chief executive Kris Starcevich said the program would be a driving force in changinf attitudes in the community and embracing Aboriginal people in business.
“Economic participation for Aboriginal people in the Goldfields is low and the region experiences low levels of engagement with Aboriginal people by employers,” he said.
“The program will empower Aboriginal people to be resilient and capable business leaders.
“It will support new and existing businesses to thrive and grow and change the perceptions within the community.”
Emerging Aboriginal businesspeople receive tailored mentoring through the program to develop a specific business project or initiative.
“Initiatives such as this will assist the community to embrace Aboriginal people as employees, clients or business suppliers, advancing acceptance and diversity in the workplace,” Mr Starcevich said.
Goldfields businesses will assist in the development of the program and the GEDC has been in discussions with local Aboriginal businesses and organisations, which have shown interest in the program. The program has been successfully implemented in the South West and Mid West regions.
Businesses and people interested in the program can contact the GEDC on 9080 5000 or visit the website at gedc.wa.gov.au.