Cyber Security Small Business grants program announced

- December 3, 2018 2 MIN READ

The Cyber Security Small Business Program will support small businesses across Australia to have their cyber security tested by a provider that has been approved by the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers Australia New Zealand (CREST). Applications are now open for small and micro businesses (with 19 or fewer employees) to apply for a… Read more »


Get ready to take your business online

- December 3, 2018 3 MIN READ

“The greatest innovation challenge facing the Australian economy and business community is getting traditional bricks and mortar businesses online,” says small business expert David Koch. Koch is so passionate about leading the charge to help Aussie businesses make the leap, he is launching Bricks and Clicks. Part TV documentary series, part mentor program, Bricks and… Read more »


VIC Premier names new ministers for innovation and small business

- November 30, 2018 2 MIN READ

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced two new ministers to his cabinet following former Innovation Minister Philip Dalidakis stepping aside to make way for more women in the cabinet. The move follows the Labor party’s crushing victory at Saturday’s state election, which returned the Andrews’ government for another term. As Minister for Trade and Investment, Minister… Read more »


Planning on recruiting staff? Avoid these illegal questions

- November 29, 2018 < 1 MIN READ

Recent research by SEEK has found an alarming four in ten job candidates have been asked illegal question during an interview. The research revealed 18-35-year-olds were most likely to be the target of illegal questions, which included being asked about their ethnicity and marital status. Those least likely to be asked illegal questions were candidates… Read more »


Last chance to take ASBFEO payment times survey

- November 29, 2018 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, is urging small businesses to take the payment times survey before it closes on Friday. Carnell is particularly keen for more representation from small businesses and family enterprises in rural and regional areas. “We know some of the worst payment practices are directed towards rural… Read more »


ACCC warns businesses to beware of BEC scams

- November 27, 2018 2 MIN READ

The ACCC’s Scamwatch is warning businesses about business email compromise (BEC) scams. This year, reports to Scamwatch about these scams have grown by a third, with businesses reporting losses totalling $2.8 million – accounting for 63 per cent of all business losses reported to Scamwatch. What are BEC scams? This is when a hacker accesses a… Read more »


AWS ground stations bringing affordable satellite access

- November 27, 2018 3 MIN READ

Thanks to our craving for constant connectivity, the emergence of the internet of things, and the lower cost of technology, there are currently 1000s of satellites orbiting our Earth. They send the data to our navigation devices, beam TV signals and provide internet connectivity. We use them to monitor weather patterns and deep space. STEM… Read more »


Influencer marketing found to have little impact

- November 26, 2018 2 MIN READ

A new study by Kaizen has revealed influencer marketing could be the worst way for your business to spend its marketing budget. The study found influencers have very little impact on increasing a brand’s search rankings or social shares. The news comes following hot on the heels of a survey by popular smartphone manufacturer, Oppo, which found… Read more »


Free tax clinics proposed for micro businesses

- November 23, 2018 < 1 MIN READ

In an effort to combat the challenges faced by small business regarding tax compliance, Labor frontbencher, MP Andrew Leigh, has proposed funding be established for 10 free tax clinics across the country to assist micro-businesses and low-income taxpayers in understanding their tax obligations. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the… Read more »