Friday, April 12, 2013

Linking Indigenous businesses with major projects

Queensland Indigenous businesses are set to get a bigger slice of the major projects pie
through the recently launched online business directory – Black Business Finder

Black Business Finder (BBF), launched yesterday by Minister for Education, Training and
Employment the Hon. John-Paul Langbroek, is an online database of Indigenous businesses
which will be used by major projects operators to source suppliers.

Industry Capability Network (ICN) Queensland, a division of QMI Solutions, was commissioned
by the Queensland Government to develop the BBF database and link to ICN's listing of major
projects Australia-wide - through an online tool called ICN Gateway (

The Queensland Government provided more than $200,000 for the development of BBF which
already has 130 businesses registered.

QMI Solutions CEO, David Harrison, said the BBF is a valuable resource for major project
owners to source Indigenous businesses to provide goods and services for major projects in

“The benefits of Black Business Finder are two-fold – it introduces efficiencies for project
owners in terms of locating and engaging local Indigenous businesses; and it serves to
strengthen Indigenous businesses through increasing their exposure to major project work.

Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment the Hon. John-Paul Langbroek MP launches Black Business Finder with Indigenous business owners Dylan Sarra and Suzanne Thompson.

Click here to read the full story.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Be part of the Third Industrial Revolution

Much has been said about the Third Industrial Revolution, part of which predicts the emergence of Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing as an enabling technology for anyone wanting to be involved in manufacturing. The introduction of such revolutionary technology makes the industry more accessible and customisable than ever.
See our previous post on the Maker Movement for more information.