THE Edith Cowan University’s Business Innovation Centre, which has 38 businesses in its incubator, has been praised helping to bring through successful new Indigenous businesses.
Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack made the remarks on his Western Australian ‘listening tour’ which was focused on small businesses, especially learning of Indigenous business success stories.
With indigenous employment and procurement a key focus of the Federal Government, Mr McCormack said he met with two businesses which participate in the Indigenous Supplier Development Program.
"I toured Tri Shield Services – an indigenous company providing maintenance, construction and security services to mining and resource companies throughout WA, as well as In-Balance – an Aboriginal-owned and family-run company which exports a range of unique, environmentally-friendly Australian industrial cleaning products to the world,” Mr McCormack said.
“Both these companies are Indigenous Australian Small Business Advisory Service clients and provide the jobs, investment and opportunities Indigenous communities in WA deserve.
“It was terrific to see directly how investment through the ASBAS program can deliver the confidence and investment the Government wants to see across Australia.
“It’s clear the National Innovation and Science Agenda, as well as our Crowd-Source Equity Funding program is helping many young people at Edith Cowan get their start and pursue their dream,” Mr McCormack said.