Global Sisters is proud to be working alongside a range of amazing partners who are supporting Aboriginal women who are embarking on a business journey.

Thanks to the investment support of Tharamba Bugheen (Victorian Aboriginal Business Strategy) through LaunchVic, Global Sisters is offering business education and coaching to support Aboriginal women from regional Victoria who want to set up and grow a business.

Momentum is definitely building!

Since March, Aboriginal women have come together to explore business opportunities at ‘My Big Idea’ workshops offered in Wodonga, Echuca and Shepparton.

At the end of June, a group of women from the Wodonga area presented a range of business concepts to a pitch panel for feedback at the conclusion of Sister School – an eight-week, practical business intensive. Their business concepts ranged from delivery of culturally appropriate trauma services to design and making of metal jewellery, creation of clay-based soap and cleansing products, and the revival of Murnong – a once widespread traditional food source in Australia.

Role models, networking and coaching connections will be an essential part of the ongoing business journey for the Aboriginal women that Global Sisters is supporting through this program – ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’.

Two experienced and passionate Aboriginal women have joined our team to support delivery of the project supported by Launch Vic. Valda Murray and Corina Rose are drawing on and sharing their business expertise and cultural connections to support women as they accelerate in business.

Community role models are also invited to meet with women who are interested in growing a business.

Tahlia Biggs from Richmond Football Club recently returned to her hometown of Wodonga to support a Sister School pitch event.

Introductions to sales and marketing opportunities are also critical elements of business refinement and growth.

Three generous panel members – Paul from Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Vic Ltd, Celeste from Business Edge Accountants, and Phil from Regional Disability Advocacy Service were impressed by the scope of concepts presented at the Sister School pitch in Wodonga. Each of the panel members provided individual feedback to women who presented business concepts, including identifying sales and networking opportunities for growth.

In coming months Global Sisters plans to extend the impact of this project by offering more business education opportunities in Echuca and Shepparton and introducing women to the ever-growing ecosystem of Aboriginal-led businesses emerging in Victoria and beyond.

We’re committed to living out the theme of NAIDOC 2019 – Let’s work together for a shared future – with a strong focus on building a shared future of economic opportunity for women via business.

Global Sisters is all about making business possible for women who face barriers to mainstream employment due to their circumstances … women who are seeking financial independence. Sister School is a real world business education program that aims to equip women with the practical knowledge, skills and support needed to start a business or grow an early stage business.  Click Here to find out more.