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Small businesses urged to up their cyber-security

- October 9, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack is encouraging Aussie small businesses to take part in Stay Smart Online Week to understand the practical steps they can take to protect themselves from cybercrime. The Minister said more small businesses are falling victim to cybercriminals than ever before, as criminals look for any opportunity to extort funds… Read more »

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Aussie businesses embracing ‘buy local’ policy

- October 3, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

Research commissioned by the Australian Made campaign has found Australian businesses are throwing their support behind the buy Australian policy. The report discovered a clear majority of Aussie businesses support the campaign, with 74 percent saying they favoured locally made products. Certain sectors favoured Australian-made goods over their overseas counterparts – with ‘Australian-made’ considered more… Read more »

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Will Millennials reshape the way Aussies do business?

- September 26, 2017 2 MIN READ

“Millennials would rather be well-rounded than financially wealthy. They are motivated by new experiences, and are willing to save to make these a reality,” says Lauren Greschner, Event Head, Millennial 20/20 summit. The summit, which takes place at Carriageworks in Sydney in November aims to shine a light on the spending habits and rising expectations… Read more »

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Calls to cut red tape for small business registration

- September 19, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman has called for the government to cut the red tape surrounding registration requirements for small business. Ombudsman Kate Carnell made the comments in a submission to the government’s consultation on Modernising Business Registers. Technology has advanced significantly since the government established the business registry service but the systems… Read more »

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Late payments continue to be an issue for small business

- September 19, 2017 2 MIN READ

Despite efforts by the Small Business Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, to tackle the culture of late payments in Australia, a report by Dun and Bradstreet confirmed the big business end of town is continuing to fall down in its efforts to stem the issue. Whilst late payments fell during the second quarter of 2017 by 4.6… Read more »

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Family businesses are the backbone of the Australian economy

- September 19, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

Family businesses are the backbone of the Australian economy with almost 70 percent of businesses in Australia family owned and operated. Every 19th of September we take time out to celebrate the contribution family business makes to the community, the economy and Australian culture with National Family Business Day. This year, the Australian Small Business… Read more »

Features

What you need to know to stay healthy in small business

- September 14, 2017 3 MIN READ

Pursuing your passion and being your own boss can be both exciting and stressful. Long hours, unpredictable cash flow and multiple responsibilities can make you mentally exhausted, stressed, anxious or depressed. These feelings could challenge your ability to run your business and affect your employees, suppliers, customers and family. Watch out for the warning signs… Read more »

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Parliament passes fairer competition laws for small business

- August 17, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

An amendment to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 has passed the Senate, leaving small businesses hopeful of fairer competition in the marketplace. The amendment to section 46 of the act will protect the competition process and address many of the concerns small businesses currently have in regards to anti competitive conduct. Australian Small Business and Family… Read more »

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Treasurer slams Commonwealth Bank culture as ’epic fail’

- August 11, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison has labelled the Commonwealth Bank’s alleged breach of Australian money laundering laws as an “epic fail”. The Treasurer suggested it was now up to the bank to regain public trust, following what he described as “serious allegation”. Despite this, Morrison ruled out the possibility of the government pursuing a Royal Commission.  Morrison… Read more »

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Postcard business Avant Card finds new buyers

- August 7, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

Beloved postcard advertising business Avant Card has received a reprieve after businessman Sam Dell’Aglio snapped up the brand’s Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane displays and distribution lists. Avant Card founder Pat Mackle announced she would be closing the iconic business in July, saying the free postcard model was no longer viable in this world of digital… Read more »

Finance

Goodbye Gap: Oroton pulls the plug on its franchise

- August 7, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

The Gap’s six Australian stores are set to close their doors within the next six months; with Oroton Group announcing it will end its relationship with the American clothing giant. Oroton said it expected to cease trading at its Gap stores by January 2018. The troubled accessory brand is said to be closing The Gap… Read more »