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Business sales slide in July as consumers rein in their spending

8:15PM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator fell 5.4% in seasonally adjusted terms in July, while another survey shows the small business sector has become increasingly pessimistic about the economy.

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ANZ Innovyz START gets a second year as this year’s class graduates

8:00AM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The ANZ Innovyz START accelerator program, the Adelaide-based start-up program that's based on the US incubator TechStars, was confirmed for another year at the graduation of the program’s inaugural class.

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Audit reveals 50% of Victorian businesses awarded government grants failed to meet grant criteria

8:43PM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The Victorian Auditor-General's report into government grants says there needs to be more emphasis on business innovation.

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Directors still bear burden of proof in tax liability laws after new draft of bill

8:33PM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Company directors are being advised to pay tax debts sooner rather than later.

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11 simple ways to boost your profit levels

8:20PM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

With business criticisms of government mounting, start-ups are taking the initiative to boost profits without outside help. Here are 11 key ways you can grow your own profits. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Sydney incubator Pollenizer expands to Singapore, excited by “vibrant start-up ecosystems”

8:45PM | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney tech start-up incubator Pollenizer has branched out to Singapore, launching a new hub in the city state and launching its first start-up there.

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Crowdfunding pioneers hit back at ASIC

8:56PM | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The crowdfunding industry has spoken out against a statement made by the corporate regulator yesterday, warning about fines and possible imprisonment.

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Friendorse folds just six months after getting APN funding

8:00AM | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Pollenizer-backed start-up Friendorse has unexpectedly shut down, just six months after APN News & Media invested in the business.

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Businesses peer through the gloom as conditions hit three-year trough

8:35PM | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Business confidence picked up in July, despite trading conditions worsening to hit a three-year low, with the retail and wholesale sectors hardest hit, according to a new report.

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ASIC warns website operators about the risks of crowdfunding

8:24PM | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission issued a warning about the risks of crowdfunding today and said enforcement included fines of up to $22,000 and up to five years’ imprisonment.

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Advance awards program looks to boost university innovation

8:00AM | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

Advance, the Federal Government-backed network of Australians living overseas, has launched an awards program aimed at boosting innovation within Australian universities.

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Tax incentives under spotlight in company tax rate review

8:29PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Cutting the company tax rate to 25% would cost the Federal Budget $26 billion in revenue over four years, according to the Business Tax Working Group, which today released a discussion paper.

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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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