The next generation of Townsville Indigenous start-ups, innovators, and entrepreneurs will be launched next week at the Townsville One Business Indigenous Business Expo. The event will bring together Indigenous businesses with government, corporate, council and community buyers.
Hit hard by COVID lockdowns in 2020, the Townsville regional Indigenous business community has seized the opportunity to come together.
One Business’s coordinator Leesa Watego says,
“I love Zoom and use it nearly every day. I was so grateful for online opportunities in 2020, but there’s nothing like being in a room together in building business relationships and connections”.
Indigenous business owner and One Business lead trainer Brendan Bishop says,
“Business expos are like speed dating. It lets you connect with your brothers and sisters in business, but most importantly gives you a chance to meet potential buyers.“
The One Business Expo will commence with a pitching session. Up to ten Indigenous businesses have done intensive pitch training to present their businesses to buyers and the community. The Expo will also include a trade show element where guests get a chance to meet the businesses and talk about their services in more detail.
Fiona Mann-Bobongie who participated in the Solid Business program in Mackay in 2020 said about pitching,
“Getting up and pitching gave me the confidence I needed to launch my new business. I got great feedback and support. I know how scary it can be, but getting up and talking about your business is really important.”
Organisations and businesses wishing to support the emerging Indigenous business sector in North Queensland are invited to attend