Our sector – the Indigenous business sector – will face its own unique set of challenges. Indigenous businesses are in varying stages of maturity, from start up to growth. Some have never had to deal with an economic downturn like we are experiencing today. We’ve been fortunate to have focus and an increased demand for our products and services through Indigenous Procurement Policies - but the many who service governments will now be faced with the challenge of Government departments who are, rightly so, rolling out remote working arrangements and cancelling face to face events.
Through our experience in providing business advisory services, we know these businesses are susceptible and vulnerable right now.
Our message to our loyal clients this week has been clear. As an Indigenous small business, we need you now more than ever.
Our doors are open, and we need you to keep doing business with us.
We recognise the challenges. But we have a plan to continue to deliver services and projects for our clients, using a mixture of technology, innovation and good-old fashioned hard work and flexibility. Like many small businesses, we’re working very hard with our clients and markets to continue to provide services.
IPS is a proud advocate of Indigenous and small business. At this time, we urge those who have the opportunity to support small business to do so through their leadership. Government departments and big corporates – those that procure services from small business – need to keep doing so. Don’t shut your door on your suppliers.
And to our communities, please continue to support our small businesses, for all our sakes.
The key message here is ‘Keep the door open to business’. We need you to continue to release opportunities, to award contracts and let us deliver!