Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Nominations are now open for Supply Nation’s Connect 2014 Supplier Diversity Awards, recognising the achievements and excellence of Supply Nation’s Indigenous Certified Suppliers and Members.

Connect 2014 is an annual event which aims to bring together Certified Suppliers and corporate and government Members into a tradeshow and conference which culminates in a Gala Dinner Awards Night.

The two day Sydney event begins on May 26, 2014 and this year coincides with National Sorry Day and the launch of Reconciliation Week.

The spectacular Gala Dinner and Supplier Diversity Awards ceremony will be held on May 27, 2014.

The awards are Australia’s highest recognition of companies, government agencies and individuals who strive to grow Indigenous business and enterprise, Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse explained.

According to Mr Prouse: “The theme of Connect 2014 is Leading Change in Business. Our awards across all nine categories recognise the achievements of our Certified Suppliers and Members amongst their peers, at a gala dinner and celebration.

“Often the successes of our Certified Suppliers and Members go unnoticed in the mainstream. The Connect 2014 Supplier Diversity Awards showcase the economic contribution through Indigenous business diversity across the nation.

“I urge Supply Nation Certified Suppliers and corporates and government Members to enter the awards in 2014,” he continued.

The nine categories include;

-          Corporate Member of the Year - Sponsored by Message Stick Group

-          Government Member of the Year – Sponsored by Qantas Airways

-          Certified Supplier of the Year - Sponsored by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

-          Up and Coming Member - Sponsored by BP Australia

-          Up and Coming Certified Supplier - Sponsored by Telstra

-          Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year

-          Supplier Diversity Partnership of the Year

-          Supplier to Supplier Partnership of the Year

-          Special Recognition.

Nominations close 5pm AEDT April 17, 2014. Self-nomination is encouraged in all categories.

Supply Nation encourages applicants to enter nominations for as many categories for which they are eligible; however there must be a separate form submitted for each category.

The Connect 2014 Conference and Tradeshow will be held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, 26-27 May 2014, with the Gala Dinner Awards Night to be held at Sydney Town Hall on 27 May 2014.

To register for Connect 2014, go to

For more information about Connect 2014 Email: [email protected], or phone: 1300 055 298.

Thank you to all of our Award Sponsors so far this year:

·         Message Stick Group

·         Qantas Airways

·         Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

·         BP Australia

·         Telstra

To find out more about becoming a sponsor at Connect 2014 please follow the link to our website :

For all media enquiries, interviews or photos please call Maryann Weston at Gavin Jones Communications on (02) 4822 8230 or email [email protected]

Caption: Mr Stephen Roberts - Chairman Supply Nation (CEO Citi Australia) with winner of the 2013 Certified Supplier of the Year Outback Global CEO and founder Jasmin Herro, and Supply Nation CEO Charles Prouse.




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