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ASBFEO: I’m here to support small businesses

- March 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

The past 12 months have been punishing for Australia’s small and family businesses. A horrific bushfire season was followed by a pandemic-induced recession, which has taken a heavy toll on our small business community, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson. Indeed it has never been more important to ensure Australia is… Read more »


An open letter to the PM: ensure the upcoming budget makes the lives of working women easier

- March 11, 2021 2 MIN READ

Dear Prime Minister, As you know, this week marked International Women’s Day. In line with the theme of IWD21, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, we are calling for you, Prime Minister, to address Australia’s gender crisis. We know that while inequality persists, true development and economic growth can never… Read more »

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Saying NO to the status quo

- March 9, 2021 3 MIN READ

The saying “that’s just the way things are done around here” isn’t a sign of things being done the right way. What many don’t realise is that the exact reference “The way things are done” is literally the culture of an organisation. It sets the tone of what is acceptable and what isn’t. This is… Read more »

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Women leaders share how we can achieve an equal future

- March 8, 2021 5 MIN READ

Today is International Women’s Day and the theme this year is Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. We asked some of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs, small business owners and leaders to share their thoughts on the theme. Achieving an equal future post-COVID Cassandra Hili, Head Rule-Breaker of Millennium Communications Now has… Read more »

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5 reasons entrepreneurs are a special breed of people

- February 24, 2021 3 MIN READ

Anyone who knows an entrepreneur fully appreciates that entrepreneurs are a special breed. Even the unusual sound of the word ‘entrepreneur’ gives an early warning of something different. ‘Entrepreneur’ is one of the purely French words that make up 29% of the English language, writes Alan Manly, CEO of Universal Business School Sydney (UBSS) and… Read more »

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Thanks, Zuckerberg – truly! Proof that relying on one marketing channel is bloody dangerous 

- February 22, 2021 3 MIN READ

I want to thank Facebook and Zuckerberg sincerely. I truly do. The blindsided vengeance of this past week has proven beyond doubt how dangerous it is for small businesses to rely on any marketing channel they do not fully own and control. Many were Zuckerberg-ed  into believing that Facebook loved them and would be a never-ending fountain… Read more »


How the government handed Facebook a free pass

- February 19, 2021 4 MIN READ

The Conversation is a great news site. But, for the most part, people don’t read it like a newspaper. Instead, articles on specialised topics are shared with other people. One way is via Facebook. Yesterday, almost none of that was possible worldwide for the Conversation’s Australian content because Facebook opted to ban all news (even… Read more »


How the planned super increase will likely mean the end to pay rises for workers

- February 11, 2021 4 MIN READ

There’s something odd about those television and internet advertisements telling us we are getting more super. The money seems to come from nowhere, writes Peter Martin, visiting fellow at Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. “Pretty soon,” explains the woman getting onto an escalator, “the amount of super paid on top of our… Read more »