How to support someone through a small business financial or mental health crisis
Business Advice

From financial advice to mental health support, ASBFEO says there is help at hand

- March 13, 2024 4 MIN READ

There’s been a surge in small and family business owners seeking support as economic conditions worsen. Free financial, business know-how and mental health help is available, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson. The latest economic report card will be no surprise to small business owners. Economic growth is barely limping along,… Read more »

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Opinion

Why it’s time to celebrate our hard-working self-employed

- July 11, 2023 4 MIN READ

  We rightly honour and respect people for the livelihoods they carve out and the contribution they make to workplaces and the economy. But what is often missed as a vital and valued path to meaningful livelihoods and economic contribution is self-employment, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson. Even our formal… Read more »

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Opinion

The great seafood debate that could seriously impact small businesses

- April 11, 2023 3 MIN READ

  A proposal to impose mandatory country-of-origin labelling rules for seafood would be a compliance nightmare for small businesses, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson. Like many Australians, our family enjoyed delicious Australian seafood for Easter. We are fortunate, wherever we live in this country, to have so many options –… Read more »

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News

Ombudsman launches inquiry into government small business contracts

- March 30, 2023 2 MIN READ

  Time consuming and confusing contract processes are holding back small businesses from taking advantage of the government’s promise to double small business procurement, according to the Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Bruce Billson. In 2021-22, the Australian Government awarded $80.8 billion in procurement contracts, of which less than a third (30.8 per… Read more »

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Opinion

It’s time for more action on digital disputes

- March 14, 2023 3 MIN READ

  Digital platforms have fundamentally changed the way in which small businesses connect and sell to their customers. However, when there is an issue with an account, solutions don’t come easily, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson. Digital platforms allow businesses to reach a significant portion of Australian and international markets.… Read more »

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Wellbeing

Why a strong business needs a happy, healthy owner

- January 10, 2023 4 MIN READ

With so many small businesses run by enterprising Aussies who have sunk countless hours and personal finances into their passions, it is obvious that taking care of business means taking care of yourself, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson. When you own a small business, it is just as important to… Read more »

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News

Why we need a better solution for insolvency

- December 14, 2022 3 MIN READ

  Entrepreneurs with great ideas may not always succeed. Many of our greatest companies and inventions were started by people who failed the first time. Yet, the current insolvency system is not sympathetic to honest failure and genuine prospects for recovery of the business or business owner, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman,… Read more »

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News

Prepare, respond, support: a new approach to disasters is needed

- November 11, 2022 4 MIN READ

When a natural disaster strikes, more certainty of response and certainty of support must be provided to small and family businesses, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson. In the aftermath of natural disasters, we typically see massive and heartbreaking clean-up efforts, a lengthy and hard-going recovery, and questions asked about how… Read more »

Small business tax breaks for digital uptake and upskilling staff
News

Small business to get a $120 tax deduction for $100 spent on digital uptake and upskilling staff

- September 13, 2022 3 MIN READ

The Albanese Government has committed to delivering tax breaks to help small business grow, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson. Plus, there’s also only one week left for small and family businesses to secure their shortened .au domain name and avoid their online identity being sold to someone else Government moves… Read more »