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Queensland's Minister for Employment and Small Business to address forum for refugee and culturally diverse business owners and entrepreneurs.

The Small Business and Social Enterprise Forum this Wednesday, 23 September will include an address by Shannon Fentiman, Queensland’s Minister for Employment and Small Business on the economic outlook for Queensland and government plans to support social enterprise and small business.

The Forum is being supported by Brisbane’s Community Leaders COVID-19 Working Group, representing Brisbane’s diverse cultural communities, as well as Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) and Multicultural Australia.

The Forum aims to discuss initiatives to address the needs of small businesses and social enterprises owned and/or run by Queenslanders from refugee and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and will feature cultural Community Leaders and local entrepreneurs sharing their start-up stories and their experiences through COVID 19.

“Refugee and migrant enterprises create local jobs and contribute unique products and services to our local economy,” says Tim Draper, Acting CEO of Multicultural Australia.  “This Small Business and Social Enterprise Forum will help ensure that small businesses and social enterprises led by diverse Queenslanders will remain a viable and vibrant feature of our economy into the future.”

The forum, taking place via ZOOM from 5.30pm on Wednesday 23 September will also feature representatives of Federal Government about changes in Jobkeeper and from universities and organisations working in social enterprise and social procurement.

Media contact:

Sarah Pember 0422 089 628

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