Supply Nation trip to NMSDC Conference 2011 features in The Koori Mail

Indigenous business taken to the world: Council’s vital role

The Koori Mail, Wednesday 30 November 2011

By Traci Williams

If the success enjoyed by Aboriginal woman Sharon Winsor at a recent trade fair and conference in the United States is anything to go by, Indigenous
businesses are on the right track in signing up to AIMSC as a way to grow their enterprise.

In the 15 years since Ms Winsor began her Sydney-based company Thulli Dreaming, it has grown from a traditional dance company to selling Indigenous skincare products, bush tucker products and more recently branded bottled water and flavoured water in Australia.

“For 15 years itʼs been a struggle setting up this business which has been self-funded,” she said.

Early this month, Ms Winsor became the first Indigenous Australian supplier to attend the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Business Opportunities Fair and Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. She said the experience had yielded great results and opened the door to growing her business
beyond Australia.

“I never thought I would be at the stage where I could leap into the international market, but it is a possibility,” Ms Winsor said.

“Disneyland have followed up already as they are interested in entertainment, gifts and food, and another company is interested in our native skin care products. Itʼs such an eye-opener to how much we are appreciated.”

AIMSC is a business-tobusiness membership body which connects Australian corporate and government organisations with Indigenous business suppliers, and enables organisations to buy goods and services from those Indigenous businesses.