Empowering First Nations communities through social enterprise – Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation

Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation brought in the White Box Enterprises team to determine the feasibility of social enterprise so they could create new and meaningful employment for local Indigenous people.

Incorporated in 1994, Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC) was originally formed by a small group for the purpose of gaining cultural knowledge and recognition. In the decades since, the organisation has evolved into a supporting, caring community organisation empowering the Indigenous People/s of Circular Head to self-determination. They have expanded their services and needed to relocate to bigger office spaces several times as they have grown.

CHAC is an organisation that is ready to seize every opportunity that comes their way in order to serve their community in strong, practical and much needed ways. A long-held vision of CHAC was to develop a viable social enterprise. For CHAC, building a strong social enterprise was seen as the vehicle through which they could create new and meaningful employment for local Indigenous people, as well as a way they could continue to celebrate connection to Country and Indigenous heritage.

White Box Enterprises came onboard to help CHAC determine which enterprise model would best celebrate and leverage their connection to land and sea country, and inspire and empower future generations of Indigenous people.

The dedicated First Nations Partnership Team at White Box Enterprises kicked off the process with a feasibility study to explore the various social enterprise concepts that would be possible and that would unlock new revenue streams and long-term, culturally meaningful training and employment pathways for local Indigenous people.

The team travelled to CHAC headquarters in Smithton, Tasmania, in order to explore and understand the local environment, economy, people, organisational priorities and access to critical infrastructure. All of these factors are crucial to determine whether an enterprise could be developed and sustained for the long term.

After their visit, the team undertook extensive research into key product markets, assessing competitive factors, the commercial viability and impact potential of the enterprise concept.

Bringing it all together, White Box Enterprises proposed a social enterprise concept to State Government representatives, CHAC’s Board of Directors and the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) for initial discussion.

Our team is excited to now provide detailed business planning and execution support.

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We are proud to work with social enterprises all over Australia. We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the land we work and live on, recognising that Sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to the First People of this country, their culture and Elders past, present and emerging.