Boosting First Nations entrepreneurs

Organisation:

White Box Enterprises

Amount:

$300,000

Project:

First Nations Business Coordinator role

Year of grant:

2022-2024

Co-funders

Private anonymous co-funder $400,000 (over two years)

The John Villiers Trust is co-funding an Indigenous Business Coordinator role to boost Indigenous enterprises and bring new income sources into country communities.

An enterprise turning feral animals into a sustainable source of soil conditioner and another offering unique experiences of First Nations maritime heritage are among the incredible indigenous enterprises supported across Queensland by White Box Enterprises, an organisation dedicated to helping create jobs for overlooked Australians through social enterprise.

To support indigenous entrepreneurs to build social businesses and bring new income sources and jobs into the community, The John Villiers Trust (JVT) is co-funding the three-year appointment of a First Nations Business Coordinator at White Box Enterprises.

Darryl Majid, has been appointed to the role, bringing experience in digital marketing and early stage business planning and development. Darryl’s primary responsibility will be to lead engagement with White Box’s growing portfolio of First Nations business partners.

“I share JVT’s commitment to creating meaningful, long-lasting change for communities in rural, regional and remote areas,” Darryl said.

“Working alongside Indigenous social enterprises in North Queensland to help build their businesses and create more local jobs is something I’m really passionate about. I’m also looking forward to working closely with the existing White Box Enterprises team and adding value on the ground in Cairns.”

Lea-Anne Bradley, JVT CEO, said the potential for indigenous enterprises to provide meaningful jobs was huge.

“White Box Enterprises expect their support for Indigenous enterprises will assist the creation of meaningful jobs for 45 young Indigenous Australians in North Queensland by 2024 and assist in countering the urban drift that saps the vitality of country communities,” Ms Bradley said.

“This project is forecast to create a further 125 new jobs in five years across eco-tourism, agriculture, environmental services, citizen science, food and beverage, and data analytics. Darryl’s input will be critical to its success.”

Ms Bradley said the project would support five First Nations enterprises by 2024 and a further five in the coming five years. The White Box team is currently supporting First Nations employment across three different enterprises to date.

“We are proud to support White Box Enterprises and their mission to ensure there are social enterprise job opportunities in every town. We want to see that every person who is struggling to find a job has the option of a pathway to employment through social enterprise,” Ms Bradley said.

“The love of country drives JVT. We collaborate with the community, thought leaders, government, social enterprise, philanthropists, and citizen donors on projects that have multiple, deep, and long-lasting impacts.

“We are really pleased to be supporting Indigenous job creation in North Queensland through White Box Enterprises”.

 

About White Box Enterprises

White Box works with social enterprises, government, investors and philanthropists to build, replicate and support large-scale social enterprises, employing overlooked and underserved people. By 2030, their goal is to enable 5,000 jobs through social enterprises.

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Growing First Nations’ Enterprises

The Project will support five First Nations’ enterprises by 2024, and establish the foundations for assisting a further five in the coming five years. The White Box team is currently supporting First Nations employment across three different enterprises, offering new products and services in feral animal control, cultural tourism and data analytics.