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In April 2014, the AAMEYS (African Australian Multicultural Youth and Employment Services) in partnership with the Multicultural Arts Victoria and the African Think Tank invited 25 successful small business owners of African heritage to join in a path breaking initiative to establish the first ever African Australian Small Business Association.

Members of several Government agencies as well as Prominent African community leaders participated at a very successful inaugural dinner event on 12/05/2014.  

All small business owners present have expressed full support to the initiative and subsequently the AASBA (African-Australian  Small Business Association) was officially registered on May 23,2014.

 

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The African-Australian Small Business Association’s mission is to advocate for and promote the development of African-Australian owned businesses with the goal of creating a firm economic base that will support the empowerment and self-reliance of the African-Australian community by:

  • FINANCIAL GROWTH AND STABILITY   To identify and generate opportunities for growth and hence promote financial stability for African-Australian small businesses;

  • COMMUNITY VOICE To represent the Australian-African small business community in local, state and national government contexts to further their interests;

  • COLLABORATIONS To facilitate interactions and collaborations between members to optimize their collective human capital, technical skills, values and economic resources as partners;

  • MARKET OPPORTUNITIES   To support African-Australian businesses in gaining access to market opportunities, both domestic and international, with the business development strategies and capital needed to do so;

  • TRAINING   To provide training opportunities in entrepreneurial skills and other areas of professional development;

  • COMMUNITY PROGRESS To support and strengthen the economic base and overall advancement of the African-Australian community through the wealth creation and employment opportunities of small business;

  • PUBLIC RECOGNITION To achieve public recognition of the economic and social contributions of African-Australian business owners and thus give AASBA weight in alliances with governmental and other key organizations.

 

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As an organization, we are constantly at the helm, securing innovative means and policies that protect our constituency and their business interests.

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