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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 »


How will AI take the risk out of trust?

- February 11, 2021 3 MIN READ

Trust is the genesis of democracy and our beliefs as they relate to society, culture, politics, economies and now, technologies. The conditions upon which we trust people, institutions, systems and tech have profoundly shifted away from traditional hierarchical based models where trust is concentrated in the hands of few institutions. Today we favour more democratised… Read more »

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Labor’s industrial relations policy is good for gig workers but what about small business?

- February 10, 2021 4 MIN READ

Anthony Albanese will risk a backlash from employers when he releases an industrial relations policy promising a Labor government would substantially increase the legal rights and protections for Australians in insecure work, writes Michelle Grattan. Wednesday’s policy unveiling will ensure industrial relations is a major political battleground in coming months, with the opposition already declaring… Read more »


An open letter to Scott Morrison from the events industry

- January 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

Dear Prime Minister, I, alongside a collective of small businesses, write to you regarding the announcement of the Federal Government’s $50 million Business Events Grant support package last September. When the support package was announced, we were delighted by the prospect of the Federal Government supporting our industry. As you know, our work came to… Read more »