To celebrate Indigenous Business Month, the Wirra Hub in partnership with Curtin University hosted the Deadly Business Conference: Boorda Bidi. The event brought together Indigenous business leaders, industry experts and entrepreneurs, as speakers focussed on how businesses can forge new tracks towards economic recovery from COVID-19.
Among those experts were Aaron Morey – Chief Economist, Director of Policy and Influence at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, Gerry Matera – Director of Marrwar and Gather Foods, Kate Alderton – Director, Aboriginal Employment Directorate, Department of the Premier and Cabinet of WA, Phil Jeffreys – Head of Strategy and Community, BHP, Kirsty Moore – Executive Director, Products and Markets, Indigenous Business Australia, Nikky Irvine – Managing Director, Bunbara Group, Kevin Brahim – Group Manager, National Indigenous Australians Agency and Raquel Todd – Director, Sista Girl Sign and Print.
The event saw over 50 attendees, including Wirra Hub clients, government representatives and corporate business leaders, all of whom had the chance to network, build on their business knowledge and have a yarn over lunch.
General Manager of the Wirra Hub, Shane Devitt said events like the Deadly Business Conference are important to facilitate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and entrepreneurs coming together.
“The key messages of the day seem to be agility, networking and changing your way of marketing yourself, moving from the old walk ins to the digital world,” he said.
Curtin University’s Manager of External Engagement, Dr Megan Le Clus said the idea of the conference was powered from a passion to look at ways of finding out what’s going on with Indigenous business in the state.
“With the advent of COVID-19 the conference was about forging new tracks, looking at new opportunities and making sure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business had the resources, the skillset and the knowledge as a wraparound service to support businesses recovering,” she said.
Thank you to all those who presented and attended the Deadly Business Conference, making the day a huge success.