Earlier this month, REDI.E Retail Coordinator and Trainer Max Rabbett and Information and Communications Technology Officer Jacob Young attended the Supply Nation Connect Conference in Sydney.
The conference was held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour in Sydney. The theme this year was 'The Power of an Idea.'
There was a strong focus on innovation and collaboration, with Day One including the Connect Knowledge Forum & Networking Drinks for the attendees.
Max and Jacob were able to choose which workshops they wanted to participate in. They attended 'Social Networks: Content is King' for the morning session and 'Selling the Idea: The Change Makers' for the afternoon session.
Both Max and Jacob found the day was extremely informative.
‘The sessions gave us great insight into the Indigenous business sector as well as a greater understanding of industry in these areas,’ Jacob said.
‘Participating in these seminars were both informative and also very inspiring, as it helped show the path towards the future and the power of Indigenous businesses.’
There were many notable guest speakers on both days, with Day One featuring Supply Nation CEO Laura Berry, WINC CEO Darren Fullerton and the former president of NMSDC - and now principal in the business advisory firm HR Michel, LLC - Harriet Michel.
Both Max and Jacob took full advantage of the Networking event, where they chatted to other attendees and shared ideas about what they had learnt in their workshops that day.
The second day featured an Indigenous Business Tradeshow, which included 200 exhibitors.
Both said it was great to meet and network with each business at the exhibition at the Tradeshow.
‘It was awesome to greet and network with so many incredible Indigenous businesses and hear the stories of their beginnings and growth’
Day Two also included the annual Gala Awards Dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of Supply Nation. The dinner was hosted in the Grand Ballroom, with hosts Casey Donovan and Luke Carroll - and Jessica Mauboy as the headline act!
Several awards were given out, including Procurement Professional of the Year, Supplier Diversity Partnership of the Year and Young Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year.
Max and Jacob both agreed the dinner was spectacular, which showcased five star dining heavily influenced with native Indigenous ingredients and spices.
‘One of the highlights of the Gala Dinner was the Calling Country, where we were able to witness the next generation of songmen and women honouring protocol, and paying their deep respect to our old people on the lands of the Gadigal.’
‘It was such a wonderful night! One we will remember for a long time to come. We are very grateful for the opportunity to attend.’ Max said.
‘Overall the event was outstanding and it was great to see so many Indigenous businesses, men and women being recognised for their contribution to the business sector.’
Regional Enterprise Development Institute is proud to be a member of Supply Nation, which provides Australia’s leading database of verified Indigenous businesses.