• Indigenous Economic Development Conference: 26 & 27 April 2007, Hilton on the Park Hotel, Melbourne



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Conference Program


INDIGENOUS YOUTH GATHERING, 10am - 5pm, Hilton on the Park Hotel

An opportunity for Indigenous young people aged 18 - 25 to meet with role models and champions and share their aspirations for the future. Following the forum in the morning, participants will then attend the Essendon v Collingwood football match at the MCG in the afternoon. CONFERENCE WELCOME RECEPTION, 6pm - 7.30pm, Hilton on the Park Hotel

The Welcome Event is a great opportunity to network and meet industry colleagues from around Australia and overseas. The Welcome Event will also feature the launch of the Victorian Indigenous Business Directory 2007 - a comprehensive listing of Indigenous businesses and service providers in Victoria.


  • 9.00am - 9.30am Conference Registration
  • 9.30am Welcome to Country & Conference Opening
  • 10.15am Opening Ministerial Address
  • 10.25am Building Strong Communities & Economic Prosperity (Speaker TBC)
  • 10.40am Morning Tea
  • 11.00am Jodie Ryan - The Failure of the Triple Bottom Line: Urgency in Acknowledging the Cultural Dimension
  • 11.20am Chief Clarence Louie - Models for Indigenous Economic Growth in Canada: the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation
  • 12.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm Workshop Sessions

Show Me the Money – Access to Finance & Capital

Strategies & Skills for Business Success

Building Business Partnerships & Networks

Ethics & Entrepreneurship

Managing Cash Flow

Jodie Ryan, Ingenuity Business Group

Strong Mind, Strong Body, Strong Business – Building self esteem & leadership in business

Kim Bridge, Kim Bridge & Associates

The Yarnteen Journey

Leah Armstrong, Yarnteen Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation, NSW.

Lake Condah Sustainable Development Project

Damein Bell, Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation

Taxation for Small Business

Des Rose, Australian Taxation Office

Getting Started in Business – how to turn a good idea into a good business

Glenn Bird, The Didjshop Internet Café

Cooperative Models for Economic Growth – the WornGundij Experience.

John Collier, WornGundidj

Indigenous Products – Applying traditional wisdom

Access to Capital & Grant Programs

Presentations from banking representatives and funding bodies.

Business Mentoring – how mentoring can help you achieve your goals.

Victorian Small Business Counselling Service

Networking for Success

Julie Guest, Belmores Consulting

Artists in the Black – Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Arts Law Centre

  • 3.00pm Afternoon tea
  • 3.30pm Dr Dennis Foley - Indigenous Australian Entrepreneurs: Not all community organisations, not all in the outback. A look at some of the inhibitors and motivators for urban Indigenous entrepreneurs.
  • 4.00pm Panel Discussion
  • 5.00pm Close
  • CONFERENCE GALA DINNER, 7.30pm - 11pm, Hilton on the Park Hotel

    The Conference Gala Dinner will feature an exciting line-up of Indigenous entertainment, guest speakers and networking opportunities.

    DAY TWO - FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2007

    • 9.30am Welcome & Summary of Day 1
    • 9.45am Aden Ridgeway - Indigenous Tourism: Looking to the Future
    • 10.30am John Moriarty - From the Outback to International Success: Strategies for Building a Successful Business
    • 11.15am Morning Tea
    • 11.45am Shane Jones MP (New Zealand) - Developing the Maori Economy: the Fisheries Experience
    • 12.30pm Building Strong Communities & Economies: The Way Forward (speaker TBC)
    • 1.00pm Lunch
    • 2.00pm Workshop Sessions

    Know Your Rights

    Strategies & Skills for Business Success

    Embracing Business Opportunities

    Education, Employment & Training

    The Trade Practices Act – Working to Protect Your Business

    Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

    Marketing Your Business

    John Moriarty

    Cultural Heritage – Training & Business Opportunities

    Aboriginal Affairs Victoria

    Increasing Indigenous Employment Opportunities

    Bob Harvey, Dept. of Employment & Workplace Relations

    Giving Small Business a Fair Go: the Victorian Small Business Commission

    Mark Brennan, Victorian Small Business Commissioner

    Using e-business to Grow Your Business

    Cordell Kent, Australian Native Gold

    Developing Sustainable Indigenous Businesses in QLD

    JM John Armstrong, Blak Business Smart Business Indigenous Business Hub

    Ladders to Success Program

    Adrian Appo & Leah Lindrea-Morrison, Gambina Koori Economic Employment & Training Agency

    Code of Practice for Galleries & Retailers of Indigenous Art

    Terri Janke, Terri Janke & Company & Janina Harding, City of Melbourne


    Dept. Of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development

    Indigenous Entrepreneurs – Case Study (TBC)

    Big Success in a Small Town

    Jason Naylor, CVGT Employment & Training, Echuca.

    • 3.30pm Afternoon Tea
    • 4.00pm Panel Discussion
    • 4.45pm Summary & Close
    Conferenceworks Conference Works | Suite 2, Level 1, 120 Railway Avenue, Ringwood VIC 3135
    Phone +61 3 9870 2611
    Cover background art: Lisa Kennedy, Dreaming of the Landbridge 2005
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