A free Meet the Buyer Forum and Networking Event is being hosted in partnership by the MoU to Increase Indigenous Participation in the Queensland Resources Sector, the Townsville Region Indigenous Business Network (TRIBN), the Queensland Departments of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs (DATSIMA), Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), Supply Nation, Industry Capability Network (ICN) and the Black Business Finder. Greater contracting with Indigenous businesses is a significant industry trend as resource companies look to increase their supplier diversity and support local businesses.

Forum objectives
The Meet the Buyer Forum and Networking Event seeks to connect resource sector procurement managers and contractors with Indigenous businesses that could supply the Queensland resources sector. It will provide an opportunity to hear from resource sector representatives about what is happening in the industry and what contracting opportunities are available.

The forum provides networking opportunities for Indigenous businesses to promote their products and services to resources companies and major mining contractors in a one-on-one situation. It also provides an opportunity to talk and network with other Indigenous businesses and business support agencies.

Forum content
The Meet the Buyer forum will provide an opportunity for Indigenous businesses to meet with resource industry representatives one-on-one to promote their products and services, identify any potential contracting opportunities and develop ongoing business relationships. The forum will be run as a speed-networking event, with resource companies and contractors stationed at tables to be visited by Indigenous businesses. Indigenous businesses will have 4-5 minutes with each resource sector representative to present their business capabilities.

Who should attend?
Existing Indigenous businesses that are keen to expand into Queensland resource sector supply chains.

What do I need in order to attend the Meet the Buyer Forum?

  • Capability Statement - It is a requirement for the Meet the Buyer event to have a capability statement. Read below “Has Your Business Got a Capability Statement?”
  • Business Cards and Information - You should bring along plenty of business cards and information on your business to hand out to both the resource companies and other businesses.
  • Elevator Pitch - This is a short speech that explains your business and what you do in a couple of seconds. If you would like assistance with preparing an elevator pitch, please contact DSDIP for assistance.

Has Your Business Got A Capability Statement?
If YES, please forward a copy in PDF format to by the RSVP date of Friday, 31st October 2014. If required, copies can be printed for you.

If NO, or if you require assistance to update your Capability Statement, the Queensland Government Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning will be conducting a workshop to assist you draft a concise capability statement and develop your elevator pitch.

Date: Location: Townsville Business Development Centre Board Room, 184-188 Vickers Road North (off Harveys Range), Townsville – Thursday, 30 October 2014 (8am -1pm).
Cost: The workshop cost is $50.00 (light refreshments and lunch provided).

To register for the workshop, please follow these steps:

1. CLICK HERE for the workshop invitation
2. Complete the registration on Townsville Tickets via the link provided by Monday, 27 October 2014

Date: Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Time: 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Location: Holiday Inn, 334 Flinders Street, Townsville
Cost: Free
RSVP: by Friday 24th October 2014, to Scott Anderson, TRIBN on email:
Capability Statement Due Date: Friday 31st October 2014 - to TRIBN by email:

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact James Doyle, North Queensland Regional Office within the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning on 07 47583406 or email: