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.

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