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Supply Nation reaches significant milestone


Supply Nation, Australia’s leading advocate of supplier diversity, has announced a significant milestone, with 5,000 verified Indigenous businesses now registered on its database.

The organisation, which has been instrumental in fostering the significant contribution of Indigenous businesses to the Australian economy, launched in 2009 with a cohort of just 13 Indigenous-owned businesses.

Kate Russell, Supply Nation CEO said the 5000th business to register, Weipa-based Arnya Consulting, is “another fantastic example of the excellence in business being displayed by our First Nations business leaders and women entrepreneurs.”

“The diversity of the Indigenous business sector cannot be underestimated. I am constantly overwhelmed and inspired by the passion and maturity of Indigenous businesses, particularly those in remote regions, and the growing contribution they are making to economic and job growth as well as the communities and customers they serve,” she said.

Supply Nation’s database contains businesses operating in agribusiness, food and beverages, construction, engineering and professional services, logistics and transport, hospitality and training, tourism, energy and resources, aerospace, satellite services and creative industries, as well as cybersecurity and data protection.

Sheridan Teitzel of Arnya Consulting – a business solutions provider specialising in bridging the distance between urban and remote areas by blending Indigenous knowledge with cutting-edge digital solutions – said it is wonderful to be part of Supply Nation’s milestone.

“I am deeply invested in driving the digital economy, to support economic growth in remote and discrete communities around Australia. It is critical for communities to have energy and digital infrastructure for them to become all that they can be,” she added.

Supply Nation’s members now number over 850 – with many ASX listed top 100 companies, industry associations, not-for-profit organisations and education providers – while the organisation facilitated and enabled $4.1 billion of spend with verified Indigenous suppliers in the 2022/2023 financial year.

“The Indigenous business sector is growing from strength to strength, and we will see that represented at our Connect 2024 event this year and reflected in our Supplier Diversity Awards. Australia is starting to fully appreciate how deadly Indigenous-owned business can be, here in this country and in our international markets,” said Russell.

Connect 2024 – Supply Nation’s annual flagship event for the Indigenous business sector – will be held, for the first time, on the lands of the Turrbal and Jagera peoples at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 28th & 29th August.

Over 2,000 participants are expected to attend the Connect 2024 Knowledge Forum, Indigenous Business Tradeshow and Gala Awards Dinner.

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