Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosts networking event in Geraldton after Aboriginal Business Forum

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Key stakeholders attended the Chamber of Commerce after hours networking event.
Camera IconKey stakeholders attended the Chamber of Commerce after hours networking event. Credit: Jessica Moroney

Suits, ties and blouses appeared on Cathedral Avenue last Thursday night when guests from the Aboriginal Business Forum celebrated the successful turnout with an after-hours networking event.

The Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry held the Business After Hours event to further connect local businesses and deepen relationships.

Businessmen and women from Broome, Perth, Kalgoorlie and right across the State swarmed into the piazza outside St Francis Xavier Cathedral to network and taste new restaurant Laian’s twist on Middle Eastern food.

After the formal introductions and speeches at the Aboriginal Business Forum, the night provided opportunities for businesses to form long term partnerships with each other and reflect on the day.

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Raylene Bellottie, a director of the Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation and Gee Gie Pty Ltd, said she worked to nurture connections between Indigenous businesses and was excited to see Gee Gie awarded under the Abandoned Mines Program.

“Gee Gie is an Indigenous company providing professional opportunities and work for the community,” she said.

Garla Barna Civil & Mining director and partner Fred Taylor said the company worked closely to provide Indigenous employment opportunities and contracting.

“Fifty per cent of employees are Indigenous at Garla Barna,” he said.

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