New political party to fight for small business rights

- October 16, 2017 2 MIN READ

Local business owner, City of Sydney Councillor and small business advocate, Angela Vithoulkas, has decided to throw her hat into the ring for a shot at NSW state parliament. Vithoulkas is launching a new party, Small Business Matters, with the hopes to challenge the status quo and deliver a voice for small business in NSW.… Read more »


Small businesses continue to suffer from energy prices

- October 13, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

Small to medium businesses are reducing their investment in capital expenditure due to concerns over rising energy prices. A survey of 1280 businesses by East and Partners SME found 70 percent would reduce capital their expenditure with almost 40 percent suggesting they would scale back in the short term. A further 20.8 percent of businesses… Read more »


Do you have what it takes to be a regional online hero?

- October 10, 2017 < 1 MIN READ

In today’s competitive market you cannot run a small business without having an online presence. But getting that presence right is not as simple as just slapping up a DIY website. Delivering the optimal site for your brand can take time and money. Yet with millions of Australians now turning to the internet for their… Read more »


NAB introduces plain English loans for Small Business

- October 9, 2017 2 MIN READ

It’ll be an end to hidden surprises for NAB business customers, with the bank introducing shorter plain English loan contracts for its small business borrowers. It is expected that over 130,000 small business owners will benefit from the change which will see contract pages slashed and one-third of existing terms and conditions discarded. NAB Executive… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »