"Getting on with Business in the Hunter"
Mandurah Hunter Indigenous Business Chamber (Mandurah HIBC) exists to support the economic and social prosperity of the Indigenous People in the Hunter Valley. We achieve this aim by building the businesses, procurement and employment capacity of Indigenous Business Operators and Communities and by promoting Supplier Diversity and the use of Indigenous products and services. Mandurah HIBC supports Private Business Operators and Social Enterprise Managers with a commitment to establishing and growing viable businesses and to creating Indigenous wealth and employment.
The Role of Indigenous Business Chambers
There is a major difference between mainstream Business Chambers and Indigenous Business Chambers. Mainstream Chambers are networking organisations, while Indigenous Chambers provide this AND they actively foster trade, educate their members on business, advocate for Indigenous business owners locally and promote wealth creation (most Indigenous business owners are first generation business owners).
Indigenous Business Chambers are the capacity building arm of the sector. Where the Indigenous Business Council of Australia (IBCA) and Supply Nation (formerly AIMSC) create a National environment for Majority Owned and Controlled Indigenous Businesses. The Business Chambers work within the regions to feed the supply chain by building capacity and transferring critical skills to Indigenous Business Owners and their employees. This often leads to an increase of Majority Owned and Controlled Indigenous Businesses which the Chamber then refers to Supply Nation for Certification.
ICC's advocate for their members at the regional level and promote their engagement to Industry and Government. They also play an important role in educating Industry and Government procurement teams about the Local Indigenous supply and in fostering new relationships between Indigenous and Non Indigenous Companies. Throughout the process the Business Chambers identify the needs and gaps within the ecosystem as well as any model and case studies which work well including government programs aimed at supporting the sector.
The findings of the regional Business Chambers inform the State Bodies, which then inform IBCA as the Peak Body. the IBCA uses this information to build a better and more prosperous Indigenous Business Sector.