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New Year debt hangover puts small businesses in danger zone

- January 22, 2020 2 MIN READ

Leading online small business lender OnDeck is urging business owners not to pin their hopes on the support of family members or turn to personal credit cards this January to meet the cash flow needs of their small business or to clear debt but seek out alternative lending options instead

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You can now buy your lamb direct from farmers on this ecommerce platform

- January 21, 2020 2 MIN READ

A new e-commerce platform aims to bridge the gap between consumers and Australian farmers by allowing Aussie meat lovers to purchase their lamb direct from the farmer. The PDLmarketplace has been developed to lamb aficionados with quality assured Prime Dorper Lamb directly from Australian farmers.  PDLmarketplace Project Director, Joe Barnewall says the advantages of an… Read more »

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Shout a virtual coffee to help bushfire affected communities

- January 8, 2020 2 MIN READ

Lakes Entrance local, Tenille Bull, has found a way to contribute to the long-term futures of many tourist-based businesses in the East Gippsland area suffering from the current bushfire catastrophe with the creation of a virtual shopping site: ‘It’s My Shout’. Bull says rebuilding the tourism of bushfire affected areas is a priority for many… Read more »

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Tips to avoid ‘sickmas’ this Xmas

- December 24, 2019 5 MIN READ

While the festive season provides plenty of opportunities for people to catch up with family and friends it is also the time of year that can prove taxing for your mental and physical health. The added stress of the end of year deadlines, family celebrations that remind you of past dysfunctions, increased alcohol consumption and… Read more »

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From haunted houses to ‘destination venues’: How small businesses succeeded in 2019

- December 23, 2019 5 MIN READ

 Small businesses and entrepreneurs are vital to Australia, both socially and economically. From hip independent retailers and tech entrepreneurs to sustainable farmers and ‘destination cafes’, Australia is home to 2.1 million inspiring small businesses. The new year is a significant time for them as it presents an opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months… Read more »

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The tech trends boosting staff morale

- December 20, 2019 2 MIN READ

As technology continues to disrupt workplaces and industries, understanding and keeping abreast of the latest tech trends will be key to keeping staff motivated while giving your business the jump on the competition. So, what are the tech trends to watch out for in 2020? From Ai to machine learning, the rise of 5G and… Read more »

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How tech is driving the workplace wellness revolution

- December 19, 2019 3 MIN READ

There’s a revolution going on in the workplace as more employees are demanding better conditions that take their wellness into account. After all, we spend a third of our lives at work, so doesn’t it make sense to include a wellness strategy as part of your working day? While wellness used to be the mainstay… Read more »

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Ombudsman raises concerns on Banking Code of Practice changes

- December 18, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has raised concerns with proposed changes to the Banking Code of Practice set to go into effect in March 2020, suggesting some changes are unfair to small business owners, leaving them unprotected. “The ABA claims it has implemented the Royal Commission recommendations but it has… Read more »

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This sustainable coffee pod is heading to the US

- December 17, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Melbourne startup Pod & Parcel is taking their compostable coffee pods global, announcing they are launching into the US.  The coffee pod business was first launched in Melbourne in 2015 with an aim to bring sustainable barista-quality coffee to coffee lovers around Australia. Alarmed by the number of pods going to landfill, founders  Ben Goodman, … Read more »

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Small businesses lagging behind in tech adoption

- December 16, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Small business owners are lagging behind in their adoption of cloud accounting solutions according to fresh data from MYOB. 41 per cent of accountants and bookkeepers surveyed revealed more than half of their small business clients still rely on paper documentation rather than using electronic services. The accountants reported that despite the prevalence of cloud… Read more »