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StageBitz snags $890,000 from multiple investors

10:31PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech23 alumni StageBitz has raised $890,000 in funding from investors including ANU Connect Ventures and the Sydney Angels Sidecard Fund, as it seeks to revolutionise the arts industry.

Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Going local for your start-up funding

10:45PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Alexandra Cain

A small but growing number of local councils now offer grants to early stage ventures. Here are some key tips to help your business secure local government funding. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership  | Business Grants

Two-thirds of would-be franchisees rely on external finance: Report

10:29PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost 70% of prospective franchisees rely on external finance, according to a new report, which shows franchisees continue to gravitate towards stable sectors such as food and beverage.

 | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Advance to offer five-day US stint in 2013 start-up program

10:00AM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Advance, the government-funded network for Australian expatriates, is encouraging start-ups to apply for its 2013 program, which includes a visit to Silicon Valley and the Innovation Summit.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

R&D incentive spared after company tax cut scrapped

10:25PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

No changes will be made to the R&D Tax Incentive after the Business Tax Working Group failed to find a “revenue neutral” way to fund a company tax cut, which has been pushed for by lobby groups.

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Consumer spending up 3.9% but another rate cut looks unlikely

10:30PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Economy-wide spending rose by 3.9% in September, according to the Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator, but a spike in inflation has reduced the likelihood of another rate cut.

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Personal loans on the rise as consumers shy away from credit cards

10:57PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumer credit demand fell by 1.4% for the September quarter, according to consumer data intelligence company Veda, as Australian consumers maintain cautious spending and become more determined to reduce debt.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Regional tourism operators receive $48.5 million boost

10:33PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Regional tourism operators have been given until mid-December to apply for a grant of up to $250,000 through the Federal Government’s new $48.5 million Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund.

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Eight top tips to winning a Startup Weekend

10:08PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Isaac Souweine

Startup Weekend returns to Sydney on November 9th. Whether you’re there for networking opportunities or to pitch for finance, here are eight top tips for the event. BY ISAAC SOUWEINE.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Sole trader

Government lifts two-month freeze on clean tech programs

10:00AM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government has resumed its Clean Technology Investment Programs following a two-month freeze, but there are fears that the pause will have had a negative impact on prospective grant recipients.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow

New payment platform Fat Zebra aiming to help start-ups deal with banks

10:35PM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new online payment platform has vowed to help start-ups improve their relationships with the major banks, having already forged ties with the likes of Pollenizer and Fishburners.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Caution urged over crowdfunding as Kickstarter-backed venture crashes

10:31PM | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Kickstarter-backed gaming company was forced to stop development on its latest game after its programmers pulled the pin.

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Five ways SMEs will be affected by Wayne Swan’s budget cuts

10:33PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small businesses are bracing themselves for a hit following the release of Treasurer Wayne Swan’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which has downgraded the 2012-13 projected surplus to $1.1 billion.

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Female entrepreneurs suffering funding shortfall: Report

10:39PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A lack of risk-taking and a preference for service-based industries has been blamed for a shortfall in start-up investment secured by women, after US research revealed female-created ventures receive 8% less funding than men.

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WA leads the nation in economic activity: CommSec

10:36PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Mining-rich Western Australia is still dominating the rest of the country when it comes to state-by-state economic health, but the Northern Territory is gaining ground quickly, according to new research from CommSec.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

New York-based Aussie venture Roboinvest raises $125,000

10:00AM | Monday, 22 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Roboinvest, an Australian-founded web start-up that tracks financial trades in real time, has secured $125,000 in funding from a selection of New York-based investors.

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Four NSW digital ventures share $291,000 in funding round

10:00AM | Friday, 19 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Four NSW digital ventures have been backed with a total of $291,000 in state government funding, including, unusually, backing for a start-up to further develop its business plan.

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Government secretly freezes funding for start-up services

10:28PM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The Federal Government has frozen funding for small business support services while telling people the process was ongoing.

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Melbourne Uni start-up MetaCDN snags $2.3 million investment

10:00AM | Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

MetaCDN, a web start-up born out of the University of Melbourne, has secured $US2.3 million in an investment round led by Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures.

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How debt extinguished Nine’s claim to being the one

10:18PM | Wednesday, 17 October 2012 | Taskmaster

At Taskmaster Enterprises, we’ve been watching Channel Nine closely this past week. After all, they’ve been showing all of us an important lesson in business management.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Leadership
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