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Aboriginal business support

Tools and resources to support Aboriginal businesses to start, manage and grow businesses.

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  • Get support to start and run your business

Starting a business

Deadly Design graphic designers and printers, Black Olive Catering and Karen Milward Consulting are just a few examples of successful businesses founded by Aboriginal people. Starting a business is one way to achieve economic prosperity.

There is support and information is available to assist you:

Running your business

Whether your business is niche with a focus on your cultural advantage or another type of thriving enterprise there are resources to help you succeed.

Aboriginal business advisors: helping build stronger Aboriginal businesses

The Aboriginal Business Advisors Program (ABAP) is designed to support Aboriginal businesses.

It provides advice and skills in business coaching, mobile business support, business skills development, networking, and more. The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry manages the program.

Information about ABAP can be found here (PDF).

For more information about how ABAP can help your business, call 03 8662 5336 or email

Case Study: Using local knowledge to build a better agency

'When the organisation's culture can support an employee, great things can happen.'
Dixie Patten, Rumba Ripples

Read more about his story of growing confidence and success.

Attracting major clients