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Sunshine Coast to host inaugural First Nations business expo

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Council is inviting local First Nations businesses to be part of a showcase featuring their products and contributions to the region.

Council’s First Nations Supplier Day will be the first of its kind in the region

Community Portfolio Councillor, David Law said the event provided a great opportunity to build relationships between the local community and First Nations suppliers.

“By reinforcing the bond between First Nations suppliers, government agencies and non-government organisations, the First Nations Supplier Day aims to support a strong and resilient community which prioritises local First Nations businesses as the suppliers of choice,” Cr Law said.  

“This also allows us to nurture relationships and promote council’s role in the region while delivering on council’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

“We would love to see many First Nations businesses jump on board this excellent free opportunity, as it was First Nations people who were the first builders and engineers, the first inventors and scientists.”

Beachtree Distilling Co. Manager Kirra Daley said hosting the First Nations Supplier event was an opportunity to bring the community together.

“It will give other First Nations businesses a place to come together and yarn about who they are and celebrate their journey so far,” Ms Daley said.

“Events like the Supplier Day create opportunities for community support, brand awareness, establishing relationships and is an opportunity to share your journey with potential clients and vendors. It is exciting to think about the collaborations that can also come from events like these that bring the First Nations community together.”

First Nations businesses (where more than 51% of the business is owned and operated by First Nations people) can express their interest in hosting a stall by phoning (07) 5441 8629 or emailing firstnations@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au by 8 November 2021.

Council’s First Nations Supplier Day will be held at Beachtree Distilling Co. 14 Industrial Ave, Caloundra West, on Monday 15 November from 3-8pm. Entry is free. 

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