Media release

Boosting Aboriginal business opportunities

01 November 2009

The State Government's new Aboriginal Business Unit located within the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) is encouraging owners and operators of Aboriginal businesses to access the full range of services now available to help their businesses grow and prosper.

SBDC Managing Director, Mr Stephen Moir says while the SBDC's services have always been available to everyone, the Aboriginal Business Unit will help smooth the way for those who may have been reluctant to seek out such assistance in the past.

"As part of the SBDC, the Aboriginal Business Unit provides a substantially increased range of services including business skills workshops and specialist business advisors," Mr Moir said.

"Through a network of 25 Small Business Centres located throughout regional and metropolitan areas, these expanded services are also locally available to businesses right across the State."

Mr Moir says these business services are provided on a 'no paperwork, no cost' basis eliminating the need for lengthy forms to complete and enabling advisory and mentoring services to be provided free of charge.

"Our staff are experienced in working with Aboriginal businesses and will assist clients over extended periods to develop a business idea or to grow an existing business," Mr Moir said.

"We want to develop long term relationships for long term success with these businesses, providing a strong foundation on which to build very successful enterprises.

"In addition, the Aboriginal Business Unit will draw on the services of other private and public agencies around the State to assist clients whenever necessary."

Aboriginal business owners and operators are encouraged to contact the SBDC or their nearest Small Business Centre by calling 131 BIZ (131249).

To acknowledge the current success of Aboriginal businesses in Western Australia, the SBDC has introduced a new category for the WA Regional Small Business Awards this year. For the first time, the Best Indigenous Business Award will be presented on 6 November at the Perth Convention Centre.

Media contact: Di Graham (08) 9220 0218 or 0409 089 159.

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