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ADVERTISING PROMOTION 14 Indigenous Jobs Australia Connect 2012: the big end of town wants to do business with Indigenous people The three-part AIMSC Connect 2012 event in April was a momentous occasion for the Indigenous business sector this year, with recognition and exposure given to successful Indigenous-owned businesses from across Australia. AIMSC -- the Australian Indigenous Minority Suppliers Council -- is largely responsible for the current progressive boom of the Indigenous business sector. The not-for-profit company focuses on providing direct purchasing links between corporate Australia, government agencies and Indigenous-owned businesses. AIMSC's CEO, Natalie Walker, says the staggering $22.434 million in transactions that AIMSC has achieved indicates that "Indigenous businesses are competitive and can supply to the big end of town and that the big end of town wants to do business with Indigenous people. That is something to be celebrated." The Connect 2012 event had three main parts: a conference, bringing more than 200 certified AIMSC suppliers and corporate members together; a trade show on the second day at the Hilton, Sydney, giving Indigenous businesses an opportunity to showcase their services and mix with the corporate sector; and finally the Gala Dinner Awards Night, where more than 450 people attended and 10 businesses went home with awards, celebrating their achievements in the Indigenous business sector. "I see so much opportunity for the Aboriginal people in Australia in terms of the ability to grow businesses here that may, in some ways, be better than the opportunities that I have seen from some of the programs in the US," said the keynote speaker Janice Bryant Howroyd, a successful African-American business mogul and an inspiration to those of a minority background who hope to rise to entrepreneurial success. Overall, the event achieved its objective of bringing together Indigenous businesses and the corporate sector. "It is this sort of collaboration that I hope will eventually help all Indigenous business owners throughout Australia," said Message Stick CEO Michael McLeod, who signed a partnership with Qantas at the trade show. For more information visit www.aimsc.org.au 'It is this sort of collaboration that I hope will eventually help all Indigenous business owners throughout Australia.' -- Michael McLeod Winners are grinners: all smiles at Connect 2012.