Small Business (SME)

The government should lend small business a helping hand

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Tax barriers, high compliance costs, and excessive red tape are preventing small and medium-sized businesses from succeeding, but is the federal government prepared to help the sector?

China's SMEs struggle to jump the credit hurdle

Small and medium-sized businesses are finding it increasingly difficult to gain financial support in China and can be crippled by high interest rates while larger, state-owned companies are enjoying an easier ride.

The real reason so many small businesses fail

Starting your own small business can be an exhilarating and rewarding adventure, but many entrepreneurs find the road to success is a rocky one.

Bookstores shake off the dust jackets

The internet might be hurting bookshops but they're not ready to become a bookmark in history just yet.

Confidence slips for mid-sized businesses: CBA

Firms look past federal budget to focus on growth, while mining confidence drops.

Politicians must dial down the volume of big business

The Abbott government's push to repeal the carbon and mining taxes underscores the great influence large corporates wield in public policy – sadly, to the detriment of the broader community.

The cooperative way out of retail strife

Co-branding could be a way around some of the crippling issues facing small retailers. It's something the big players like Hard Yakka and VB are doing with great success.

PIN-only: a boon to business or a major setback?

The phasing out of signatures for most Australian credit and debit cards from August 1 could catch some small and medium enterprises flat-footed.

Billson’s big promise to Australian start-ups

Much-needed reforms to benefit local tech start-ups may finally be on the cards, but supporting the sector from the small business portfolio comes with its problems.

The secret weapon every small business needs

The performance gap between businesses that leverage ICT and those that don't is staggering, but with cloud computing it's easier than ever for SMEs to bridge the gap.

Mid-size firms worried about staff recruitment: survey

Research finds attracting and keeping staff are key concerns for managers.

Why small business shouldn't cheer the budget

Small business has been deemed one of the few winners of the federal budget, but the lower corporate tax rate and a small and family business ombudsman may not deliver the benefits many expect.

Shining a light on Australia’s shady behaviour

Barry O’Farrell’s resignation has brought accountability into the spotlight, and it’s not only public officials feeling the pressure. Corporates are also finding that spin just won’t cut it anymore.

Reaping the rewards of a fair go for small business

There's a compelling moral argument for reviewing Australia's competition laws in favour of small business, ensuring a system that is equitable and just for all.

How long until Australia’s luck runs out?

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Tech giant Microsoft and consulting firm PwC have issued a wake-up call to business and government to better harness the untapped potential of SMEs.

Tell him he’s dreaming: why you need to know what your business is worth

Knowing your business’ real sale value can drastically change the way you operate. It’s about understanding where your value is coming from and protecting it.

SMEs warming to Abbott govt

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Research shows business sector's dissatisfaction with the government is down 18 per cent since September.

Private Business: The five step guide to the all-new Privacy Act

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The Privacy Commissioner will soon start flexing its new muscles and complacent businesses will be dragged to court or slapped with huge fines. These five tips will keep your business on the right side of the law.

Abbott's red tape bonfire has fizzled

Tony Abbott’s red tape ‘bonfire’ is just blowing smoke as far Australia’s small and family businesses are concerned.

How being a crowd favourite saved SPC Ardmona

Social media played a big part in the resurrection of SPC Ardmona. It’s a lesson family businesses can’t afford to miss – just ask one of South Australia’s favourites, Spring Gully Foods.