The book’s launch coincides with an acute focus on policy to support Aboriginal business growth:
There are now 634 Aboriginal businesses registered with the WA Aboriginal Business Directory, up from about 410 in 2017. Of those the majority (342) are in regional WA, with 32 of those in the South West.
“As an Aboriginal woman and business owner, I live and breathe supplier diversity every day,” Ms Kinsela-Christie said.
“Supplier diversity in Australia provides an opportunity to level the playing field and open up opportunities for Indigenous business.
“It also provides an opportunity for Indigenous people as business owners to own their destiny, to have true self determination and to create businesses that can service and support a community.
“Indigenous businesses are so important to our economy. They are 100 times more likely to employ and retain Indigenous employees. For every dollar spent with an Indigenous business, $4.40 is injected into Indigenous communities.”