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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.

Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Tax

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.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Technology

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.

 | Franchising  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

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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Average household wealth up 20% but consumers still cautious

7:48PM | Monday, 30 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has attributed new figures showing an increase in average household wealth to Labor’s response to the global financial crisis, although consumer spending remains very conservative.

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London Olympics venue to be transformed into start-up incubator

7:09PM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

The London Olympics are set to provide a direct spur to start-ups, with the press and broadcast centre for the Games set to become an incubator for new businesses once all of the medals have been awarded.

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Sydney entrepreneur’s start-up smashes Kickstarter funding target

7:00AM | Friday, 27 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-born entrepreneur John van den Nieuwenhuizen has big plans for his Apple-inspired start-up Hidden, which is on the cusp of raising $1 million on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

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Economists unconvinced record-low inflation spells further rate cuts

7:24PM | Thursday, 26 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Economists have played down the prospect of a further interest rate cut, despite new data showing that inflation has slipped to its lowest point since 1999.

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Victoria’s $6 million Streetlife program kicks off Small Biz Festival

7:21PM | Thursday, 26 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have welcomed the Victorian Government’s $6 million Streetlife program, launched yesterday, which is designed to inject new life into small retail businesses.

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How do you keep the taxman at bay if you run a cash business?

7:00PM | Thursday, 26 July 2012 | Brad Callaughan

The ATO looks for businesses operating outside sector averages. If you order $100,000 worth of goods and only record $10,000 in sales, expect the taxman to ask questions.

 | Financing a business  | Tax  | Mentor  | Brad Callaughan

Five sectors set to thrive beyond the mining boom

7:15PM | Thursday, 26 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

Some analysts have predicted Australia’s mining boom is nearing an end. So which emerging industries are set to pick up the slack when the boom goes bust? BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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How we raised $1.2 million from Peter Thiel: ScriptRock

7:23PM | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Honesty is a virtue often underrated by start-ups seeking investment, according to local start-up ScriptRock, after it raised $1.2 million in a round led by vaunted US serial entrepreneur Peter Thiel.

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