Small Business (SME)

China's rate cut is all about saving credit-starved SMEs

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Having tried, and failed, to lower the cost of funding for SMEs through unconventional means, China's central bank had little option but to cut interest rates.

Pepperstone founders take top EY gong

Founders of online foreign exchange broker Pepperstone named Australian EY Entrepreneurs Of The Year.

Bain chooses banks for $3bn MYOB float

Bain Capital appoints banks to lead $3bn accounting software provider IPO: report.

The secret to getting investors for your small business

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Three little words could help owners of small businesses better target investors.

Xero, MYOB carve out the cloud for accountants

Approximately 70 per cent of accounting firms in Australia have embraced the cloud as SME demand picks up.

Smooth sailing for a true family partnership

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From coffee to island resorts, there’s a lot more to the Oatley family business story than just Rosemount Wines.

How China's richest will fund Australian innovation

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The government's plan to channel funds from the significant investor visa program into sectors that are hungry for capital is a smart move.

Melbourne start-up takes aim at SME funding gap

Moula ready to carve out a new channel to capital for small to medium businesses through an online platform that can provide a loan in minutes.

The hard sell on succession

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Amongst Australia’s baby boomers in business, a high percentage are looking to sell out.

Succession is still a taxing issue

How a family business is structured is often a key factor in whether it is passed on to the next generation or sold.

Why can’t Colbeck see the wood for the trees?

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Oppressive laws on the importation of wood products will put many small businesses on the chopping block. The government is either very short-sighted or is deliberately intent on culling the industry.

Three ways to help SMEs beat the lending crunch

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A pattern of weaker business credit is putting SMEs under increasing pressure, and limited access to alternative markets is only making the situation worse. It's time to explore other options.

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

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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

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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.

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