Indigenous Business Invitation - Mackay


‘Meet the Buyer Forum and Networking Event’
connecting Indigenous Businesses with the Queensland Resources Sector
Wednesday 16 July 2014 (12pm – 5pm) – Mackay Grande Suites Hotel, Mackay

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 Queensland Departments of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs (DATSIMA), the Australian Government Department of Industry, Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and the Black Business Finder. Greater contracting with Indigenous businesses is a significant industry trend as resource companies expand and look locally for contractors to help facilitate these expansion works.

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 and construction companies in a one-on-one situation. It also provides an opportunity to talk and network with other Indigenous businesses and business support agencies.

Forum agenda
Light lunch (12:00pm - 12:30pm)
Bowen Basin Indigenous Businesses Supply Chain Mapping Project (12.30pm – 1.30pm)

Mapping the Connections was developed by the Department of Industry to identify industry capability, and analyse supply and demand within industry supply chains. As part of the Department of Industry’s RAP, the pilot Supplier Capability Assessment project used Mapping of the Connections to identify and map a small cohort of Indigenous owned businesses in the Pilbara, Western Australia; Bowen Basin, Queensland; and the Northern Territory. The Department of Industry partnered with Anglo American and Arrow Energy for the Bowen Basin Mapping the Connections activity. In late 2013, the department conducted interviews with selected businesses in the Bowen Basin to gather data for analysis of the relationships of these businesses to resources and energy projects.
This session is to share the findings from the Bowen Basin Supply Chain Mapping Project and provide insight into the resources and energy sector capability of Indigenous owned businesses in the region. The Department of Industry will provide an opportunity to for those businesses that took part in the Mapping the Connections activity to find out what business services available to them.

Meet the Buyer Forum (2.00pm – 5.00pm)
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.

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?

  • Capability Statement- It is a requirement for this event to have 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.

Date: Wednesday, 16th July 2014
Time: 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Location: Mackay Grande Suites Hotel, 9 Gregory Street, Mackay
Cost: Free (canapés and beverages provided)
RSVP: by Thursday 10th July 2014 to, including the following details: your name, position, company, telephone and email address. Please also provide a copy of your capability statement.

Please forward this invite to any other Indigenous businesses that may have an interest in attending the event.

For enquiries please contact: Mel Sutton, Partnership Co-Facilitator, MoU to Increase Indigenous Participation in the Queensland Resources Sector, Ph: 0404 805 177,

Best Regards,
Black Business Finder
Industry Capability Network Queensland

33 McKechnie Drive, Eight Mile Plains Qld 4113
T: 07 3364 0670