• Laura Berry, the CEO of Supply Nation, says the Indigenous business sector is growing rapidly. (NITV)Source: NITV
Hundreds of people have gathered for "Australia's largest Indigenous businesses event".
Douglas Smith

9 May 2019 - 4:15 PM  UPDATED 9 May 2019 - 4:15 PM

Nearly 200 Indigenous businesses from around the country have been showcased at the Connect 2019 trade fair in Sydney.

The event, organised by Supply Nation, exposes hundreds of prospective buyers to a wide cross section of products and services.

Anthony Wilson – who has Kaurna, Narungga and Ngarrindjeri heritage – was among the 2500 people expected to attend the two-day event at the International Convention Centre Sydney

He was promoting a new business called Nood which produces cleaning products each given an Aboriginal name.

“Born and raised in Adelaide and we thought, what a way to help educate people on Aboriginal language, and we decided to use the Kaurna language as our business is based there,” Mr Wilson told NITV.

“We’ve got our hand sanitiser and we call it Kudli which means clean in Kaurna language.”

“It’s a great way to also teach other people what the languages are and how completely different they are from each other.”

“It’s also a great way to not only start a business but to teach others about Indigenous culture.”

Supply Nation CEO, Laura Berry, says the Indigenous business sector has expanded rapidly over the last 10 years. 

"That's really having an impact on employment because it's a culturally safe place,” she told NITV.

“They're also reinvesting back in their own communities. So for every $1 that is being spent in an Indigenous business, $4.41 of social return is generated."