The forming of a new Aboriginal Business and Industry Chamber for South Australia (ABICSA) will create opportunity for Aboriginal enterprise and facilitate collaboration with the wider South Australian business community.

The first of its type for South Australia, ABICSA will be a membership based organisation designed to support and promote the sustainable growth of emerging and existing Aboriginal led enterprises across South Australia. The industry driven approach is designed to support the broader Federal and South Australian Governments Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy.

ABICSA President, Parry Agius said “There are many isolated Aboriginal enterprises without business support mechanisms. The ABICSA will showcase these entrepreneurs and strengthen Aboriginal enterprise through linking member organisations to resources and networks.”

Business SA is working with ABICSA to build the capacity of South Australian Business. Business SA Chief Executive Officer, Nigel McBride said, “An industry chamber such as the ABICSA will strengthen the capacity of Aboriginal business and South Australian business opportunities as a whole.”

The launch of the ABICSA will be held at the inaugural SA Aboriginal Business Summit 2015 on the 4 June 2015 at the Price Waterhouse Cooper conference facilities at 70 Franklin St, Adelaide. The Summit will bring together South Australian organisations with an interest in opportunities for Aboriginal business development.

BP, a founding program partner of ABICSA, is proud to be a major sponsor of the inaugural ‘SA Aboriginal Business Summit’.  It is hoped it will be the first of many member organisations from the resource sector. With Aboriginal enterprise spanning across 40 industry sectors, ABICSA are also committed to creating pathways between Aboriginal business and industry in less well known sectors including digital media and pharmaceutical.

The legacy and recognition of David Unaipon (1872 – 1967), preacher author and inventor that appears on our Australian $50 banknote will be an important aspect of the Summit. David Unaipon of Raukkan (formally Point McLeay Mission), South Australia, patented his most famous straight line shearing machine invention with no financial return and little acknowledgement at the time. David symbolizes the entrepreneurialism of Aboriginal business and the support and partnerships required to generate prosperity through entrepreneurialism.

For further information about ABICSA or to register interest in the SA Aboriginal Business Summit 2015 please contact Jamie Love at ABICSA via email jamie.love@abicsa.org.au  or phone on 0423 015 538.

L-R: Parry Agius- President - ABICSA, Renee Preece -  Community Affairs Advisor - BP Exploration Ltd, Nigel McBride - Chief Executive - Business SA

L-R: Parry Agius- President – ABICSA, Renee Preece – Community Affairs Advisor – BP Exploration Ltd, Nigel McBride – Chief Executive – Business SA