Deb Barwick is an award-winning Aboriginal Entrepreneur and Business Owner who believes that Aboriginal people themselves, are the solution to social and economic parity and that, “enabling their leadership regionally, nationally and globally is a strategic and wise investment toward a stronger Australian Economy and Nation.”
Having dedicated much of her working life to supporting the aspirations of Aboriginal Entrepreneurship and Business, Deb is working with Government and Industry to ensure Aboriginal Business informs the development of Aboriginal Purchasing Policies.
Debs many achievements include:
Establishing Australia’s first Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Leading the National Network of Indigenous Chambers of Commerce to establish a new Peak Body to represent the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business Owners. Today, the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (FACCI) represent s over 4,500 members.
Deb is the recipient of a "NSW Premiers Award for Excellence", has been an MC for the World Indigenous Business Forum and in 2016, lead an Australian Delegation to the National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference in San Diego.
Deb is an experienced trainer on procurement and a respected advisor to State and Federal Governments on Economic Policy. She is an accomplished business owner herself, having operated several successful enterprises over the past decade including a Guest House in Pokolbin and Winya Indigenous Furniture, a rewarding Partnership with Furniture Expert Greg Welsh. Within 3 short years, Winya has become Australia’s fastest growing Indigenous furniture Company. This year, after winning a suite of regional and state business awards, Winya was named Grand Overall Winner of the Prestigious CIPS Australasia Supply Management Awards after winning its individual category Award. Respected as a benchmark for excellence, these Awards represent the most prestigious recognition a company or individual in the procurement and supply chain profession can receive.
Having taken out the best of the best business awards in Australia in 2018, Winya finished the year by being announced as one of the Worlds 10 Leading Companies demonstrating the United Nations Sustainability Goals. Deb and her business partner attended the 2018 United Nations Leadership Summit to accept this award. Winya, which provides Employment and contractor opportunities to Aboriginal People in different States and Territories across Australia has been invited to showcase its unique furniture lines on the World Stage in Milan in April this year!
What the Australian construction industry is saying about Sydney Build...
The Perfect Hire team and I thought the expo was fantastic. There was a great mix of people walking through looking at the exhibitions and we have gained a lot of quality leads due to this. We did not hesitate to sign up for the following year when approached to do so.
This expo has 100 percent given us very goods leads we could follow up on. This is the best form of marketing we’ve done so far. We’ve been able to connect with leads that are usually very difficult to get in contact with. We’re definitely coming back next year.
The show has a good variety of content including conference, summit and the exhibition itself. We got some quality leads as well. We will definitely come again next year.
I just wanted to say to you and the team, great job on an excellent event. I'd been in years before and this one was by far the best. You had great traffic. I was actually surprised. I'm definitely interested in a bigger speaking role next year and I'll likely exhibit.
We got some quality leads. The show is managed by very nice organizers. We enjoyed the content and environment of the show a lot.
The show is excellent for the business. There’s lots of good quality people to do business with. This is also the best show we’ve ever been to.
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