Financing a business



New credit card reforms: What your start-up needs to know

7:40PM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you use a credit card in your start-up? If so, you need to be familiar with the credit card reforms that came into force on July 1, and what these changes mean for your start-up. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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Sydney tech start-up OrionVM sniffs out Series A funding in US

7:00AM | Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based tech start-up OrionVM is preparing to close a Series A round in the United States, with plans to open an office in San Francisco and a datacentre in Silicon Valley.

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US start-up funding in decline, but local outlook not so grim

7:10PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new report reveals start-up funding in the United States is in decline, falling by 12% in the April-June period, but a local body says the fundraising climate in Australia isn’t quite as tough.

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Data underlines Australia's two-speed economy

7:40PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | James Thomson

Western Australia's mineral riches are keeping it ahead of the pack.

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Tech start-up funding revealed

7:00PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Silicon Valley was once emthe/em place for tech start-ups, but is that still the case? If your mobile app or eCommerce site is the next big thing, here's how (and where) to get funding. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Why the price is rarely right for start-ups

7:39PM | Monday, 23 July 2012 | Nina Hendy

Setting prices can be tricky: Too low and you go broke, too high and you scare off potential consumers. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure your price is always right. BY NINA HENDY.

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Annual spending up 10% but businesses told not to lose focus

7:04PM | Friday, 20 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Spending is up more than 10% on a year ago, according to the Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator, which shows Queensland has marked its 12th straight month of trend BSI gains.

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ATO highlights focus areas for 2012/13: Sham contracting high on its list

7:36PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Taxation Office has released its 2012/13 compliance program, with information for individuals and micro enterprises, prompting another warning about sham contracting.

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Business conditions suffer setback amid more global uncertainty

7:33PM | Thursday, 19 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business conditions weakened in the June quarter, according to NAB’s Quarterly Business Survey, with conditions deteriorating across most industries, while confidence also took a hit.

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Understand what your accountant is talking about

7:17PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Taskmaster

Are you looking to learn another language? Forget learning French, Chinese or Lithuanian! Instead, learn to speak your account’s language.

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Coffee and chocolate chain Oliver Brown collapses

7:38PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Cara Waters

Coffee and chocolate chain Oliver Brown has collapsed because of a dispute between a director and shareholder.

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Dell announces $60 million fund for storage start-ups

7:31PM | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech giant Dell is hoping a new $60 million fund dubbed the Dell Fluid Data Storage Fund will win the hearts of tech start-ups, insisting it will contribute sweat equity in addition to money.

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Micro firms least loyal business banking customers: Report

7:21PM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Micro businesses are the least loyal business banking customers, according to an East & Partners report, which shows corporates are by far the most loyal segment.

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7:11PM | Tuesday, 17 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

99designs co-founder Mark Harbottle is among the group of investors that has sunk almost half a million dollars into, a marketplace dedicated to minor website customisations.

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Startmate’s Ninja Blocks raises $1 million on three-week US tour

7:00AM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Startmate participant Ninja Blocks will return to Australia with very full pockets after securing $1 million from a group of high-profile investors, most of whom are US-based Australians.

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Buffett awards Berkshire Hathaway stock to young entrepreneurs

7:05PM | Monday, 16 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Billionaire speculator Warren Buffett has given away $13,000 worth of highly-prized shares in his company, Berkshire Hathaway, to a group of budding entrepreneurs aged under 16.

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Snooze latest to offer vendor finance to franchisees

7:33PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Bedding retailer Snooze has become the latest franchise to offer vendor finance for its franchisees, following in the footsteps of the likes of Baker’s Delight.

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Five key ways to reduce your business’ energy bills

7:12PM | Thursday, 12 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

The carbon tax is here, along with the opportunity to slash your tax bill by becoming more energy efficient. Here are five great ways to slash your energy bills, along with your carbon footprint. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Consumer sentiment up 3.7% as rate cuts make their mark

7:57PM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Westpac–Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment increased by 3.7% in July, suggesting the spate of interest rate cuts is finally having an impact on household spending.

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Shopify launches $200,000 Build-A-Business competition

7:47PM | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Shopify has launched its annual Build-A-Business competition, offering $200,000 to winners, with Australian entrepreneurs expected to fare well following last year’s stellar performance.

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