Creating business opportunities

A Mango Hill-based not-for-profit organisation will use a Federal Government grant of more than $777,000 to help Aboriginal women and girls make their mark in business.

The organisation, founded by Dunghutti woman Carol Vale about five years ago, is called Tiddas in Business. Tiddas means sisters or very good friends.

Until now, Ms Vale’s core business Murawin has been funding the program in a bid to help Aboriginal women identify and pursue business ideas and build a platform for success.

She has a background in being a consultant to government on policy and programs, child safety and small business.

The grant, which is part of the Federal Government’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program, will be used to encourage Indigenous women in eight urban, regional, rural and remote locations in New South Wales and Queensland to start their own businesses.

Ms Vale, who grew up on a mission in Armidale, understands the barriers including family responsibilities and said recognition of this and flexibility were vital for Aboriginal women to succeed.

“It made a difference for me and it’s a good time to be in business for Aboriginal people,” she said.

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