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Start-ups warned over ponderous R&D refunds

8:21PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An expert has issued a warning to start-ups relying on R&D claims as a form of cashflow, amid reports of lengthy payment times, saying it all comes down to responsible money management.

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Employer groups push for changes to “sacred cow” weekend penalty rates

8:16PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Employer groups say penalty rates should be based on the number of days worked in a week, rather than just on weekends, or businesses will be forced to close their doors.

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Sydney start-up Pinion’s have-a-go spirit inspires backing from Microsoft’s Bing Fund

8:00AM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian gaming start-up Pinion has been selected as one of the first companies to participate in Microsoft’s new Bing Fund, after raising almost $2 million from Australian investors.

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Starbucks sinks $25 million into Square

8:39PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based mobile payment app Square has partnered with coffee chain giant Starbucks, which will invest $25 million in the start-up as well as use its platform to process debit and credit card transactions in-store.

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Why it’s time to get serious about grants

8:52PM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Marc Peskett

Are you searching for more capital or a new investor? If so, you should take a serious look at government grants for small businesses. BY MARC PESKETT.

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Travelling IT contractors warned over ATO scrutiny

8:00AM | Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A tax expert has issued a warning to “on call” home-based IT professionals, after the Australian Taxation Office confirmed it will place greater scrutiny on claims made by IT workers.

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RBA keeps rates on hold, says growth is "close to trend"

8:49PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The official interest rate has remained unchanged at 3.5%, in line with economists’ expectations, with the Reserve Bank saying most indicators suggest growth is “close to trend overall”.

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Start-up investors give their top 10 pitching tips

8:43PM | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The difference between an average pitch and a great one can be the difference between business success and failure. To make sure you get it right, here are 10 tips from the experts. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Start-ups urged to be wary of tax-free threshold “trap”

8:59PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs who operate a business part-time could be hit by changes to the tax-free threshold, with an expert warning anyone with more than one income source could be caught in a tax trap.

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Angry Birds developer Rovio sets its sights on 2013 IPO

8:56PM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Finnish gaming company behind much-loved mobile app Angry Birds is preparing for an initial public offering in 2013, but says it’s in no hurry in light of Facebook’s ill-fated stock market float.

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Major showcase Tech23 returns to Sydney with a $100,000 cash prize pool

8:00AM | Monday, 6 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Technology showcase Tech23 is returning to Sydney for its fourth year and is now accepting pitches from start-ups, to be perused by industry leaders including Bill Bartee, Steve Baxter and Doron Ben-Meir.

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$30,000 grants up for grabs for ICT start-ups – plus a trip to Azerbaijan!

8:21PM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups specialising in information and communications technology have until August 10 to apply for a $30,000 grant from the Information Society Innovation Fund.

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New “dream team” start-up fund Blackbird Ventures set to take flight

8:00AM | Friday, 3 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new venture capital fund is aiming to take the Australian start-up scene by storm, founded by a self-described “dream team” including Atlassian founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar.

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Early eCommerce adopters see results while others stumble: Report

8:00AM | Thursday, 2 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New research commissioned by PayPal shows business growth increased by an average of 5% in the last year for those who sell online, while those who don’t sell online saw business decline.

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What’s your business worth?

8:10PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Greg Hayes

Keeping in mind the potential value of your business will help you stay on track to building a business that can be sold for a good price. BY GREG HAYES.

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Pets Paradise franchisees set to be shielded from chain’s collapse

8:25PM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Pets Paradise franchisees won’t be affected by the collapse of the pet store chain, it’s been confirmed, but the receivers say company-operated stores have been struggling for 18 months.

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ImageBrief sets sights on New York after raising $600,000

8:00AM | Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up ImageBrief is in the process of setting up a New York office as it seeks to become the “99designs for photography”, after securing $600,000 from angel investors.

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Business credit demand slides as start-ups hunt funds elsewhere

7:14PM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Overall growth in business credit applications eased to 4.5% over the year to the June quarter, a Veda report reveals, suggesting start-ups are bypassing business loans for other forms of credit.

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Commercialisation Australia showers cash on Brisbane energy efficiency start-up

7:00AM | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Brisbane start-up will develop an energy-efficient shower system using a $795,000 grant, courtesy of Commercialisation Australia, which has unveiled its latest round of recipients.

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University R&D grants dwindle as industrial research forges on

7:51PM | Monday, 30 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The scope of a competitive grants scheme has been questioned after it was revealed university research and development supporting grants totalled $22 million less in 2012 than in 2011, despite the government’s heavy focus on this area.

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