October is Indigenous Business Month, an annual event that aims to promote national Indigenous businesses and give them a voice while highlighting the diversity of the Indigenous market.
Established by the alumni of Melbourne Business School’s MURRA Indigenous Business Master Class program, Indigenous Business Month was created to gather the best in Indigenous business owners, entrepreneurs and managers to develop new opportunities for Indigenous people. The initiative also uplifts business as a way of providing positive role models for young Indigenous Australians and improving the quality of life in Indigenous communities.
Continue reading to learn more about this year’s event and how you can get involved.
Indigenous Business Month 2020 – Theme and Awards
The 2020 theme is “Invigorate, Build, Maintain,” and recognises the challenges businesses have faced this year while acknowledging that we all have a part to play in keeping the Indigenous business sector strong.
The theme is a valuable reminder of the way every Indigenous business owner is continually working for the good of their sectors and communities – the importance of which has been brought to the forefront amid the challenges we have all faced in 2020. In addition to this, it’s an excellent chance to honour the resilience and innovativeness these businesses have shown as they’ve identified ways to pivot in the current climate.
Following their addition in 2019, the Indigenous Business Month Awards for 2020 will showcase the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses over the past 12 months. Embodying the theme, the awards ceremony will be held virtually in a bid to encourage participation while keeping communities safe, and the winners of the 121, Indigenous Digital Inventiveness and Indigenous Ingenuity Awards will be announced at the end of October.
How You Can Get Involved
If you would like to get involved in Indigenous Business Month, consider raising awareness through your business or the local community or participating in the various virtual or in-person events happening throughout October.
This is also an opportunity for all Australians to find new ways to support Indigenous businesses through investment as part of supply chains and as consumers. Whether you are an organisation needing suppliers or an individual doing your Christmas shopping, making a point to buy from Indigenous-owned businesses is a worthwhile way to contribute.
How are you helping to bolster Indigenous businesses during this time? We’d love to hear what you’ve come up with.