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The rise of Queensland’s tech start-up scene

7:59PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland has historically been known for its beaches, theme parks and State of Origin dominance. In more recent times, the Sunshine State has also become known as a major technology start-up hub. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Technology  | Social media

Darrell Lea placed in administration as competitors steal market share

7:16PM | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The trend towards high-end chocolatiers and chocolate cafés has finally got the better of industry stalwart Darrell Lea, which has been placed in voluntary administration after nearly 85 years.

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

Green start-ups targeted by new $200 million innovation fund

7:49PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Green start-ups are becoming increasingly spoilt for choice with regard to funding programs, following the launch of the $200 million Clean Technology Innovation Program.

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

Company collapses imperil independent subcontractors

7:37PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A debt recovery specialist has highlighted the perils of operating as a subcontractor, particularly in the construction industry, in light of the recent collapses of various construction companies.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Retail body calls for penalty rates to be halved in Fair Work review

7:22PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retailers are calling for penalty rates to be halved, as part of a Fair Work Australia review, with a leading industry group insisting retailers simply can’t afford to pay staff more.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Five industries set to fly in 2012-13 and five set to flounder

7:45PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Karen Dobie

If you’re about to launch a business, it’s essential to know how your sector is expected to perform this financial year. Here are five sectors you should start-up in, and five that you should think twice about. BY KAREN DOBIE.

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

Learning to listen

7:26PM | Monday, 9 July 2012 | Nina Hendy

The social media age has empowered consumers to share their experiences like never before. Here's how to harness customer feedback in a way that will boost, rather than sink, your business. BY NINA HENDY.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Nearly half of businesses bracing for “bad times”, research reveals

7:30PM | Friday, 6 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business confidence remained relatively steady in June, Roy Morgan research reveals, but nearly half of businesses believe Australia will face “bad times” economically over the next 12 months.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

12 key things investors look for in web start-ups

7:04PM | Friday, 6 July 2012 | Oliver Milman

The collapse of online retailer Shooii, after they failed to find a “cornerstone investor”, has been a stark reminder of the importance of cashflow. If you’re starting up online, it’s essential to know the 12 key things potential investors are looking for. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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ASSOB not to blame for Shooii’s financial woes, chief insists

7:30PM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The chief executive of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board denies the funding platform failed Shooii, following news that the online shoe retailer has been placed in administration.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Retail start-up Shooii in administration just months after launch

7:00AM | Thursday, 5 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Niche online shoe retailer Shooii has plunged into administration, despite only launching in March this year, with a lack of outside investment blamed for the company's woes.

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"Let the carbon tax take the blame": Brumby's busted blaming price rises on carbon tax

7:48PM | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Bakery franchise Brumby’s has been caught red-handed attempting to blame price rises on the carbon tax, after a letter sent by the company to franchisees was leaked.

 | Cashflow  | Tax

Government start-up advisory service put up for tender

7:00AM | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business enterprise centres and registered business organisations have been invited to apply for funding of around $100,000 per annum over two years, under a tender for the Small Business Advisory Services program.

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

RBA “hibernation” looms as interest rates remain on hold

7:47PM | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank has decided to keep interest rates on hold, with an analyst suggesting that monetary policy could go into “hibernation” this winter.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Nearly half of firms borrowed money last year to stay afloat: MYOB

7:39PM | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost half of Australian business operators borrowed money to stay afloat in the last 12 months, with just a quarter of them borrowing money to spend on their business, new MYOB research shows.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

How to be your own venture capitalist

7:56PM | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 | Jason Rose

Even if you aren’t in the market for funding, you should practice your pitch as if you are. In particular, there are three common VC questions you must know your answer to. BY JASON ROSE.

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Online sales growth continues to slow amid “saturation” warnings

7:00AM | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 | Rachel Baxendale

Online retail growth in Australia continued its slowdown in the 12 months to May 2012, expanding by 14% year-on-year, according to NAB’s most recent Online Retail Sales Index.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Financing a business  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites

Manufacturing sentiment plummets amid wage rises and high dollar

7:34PM | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Concerns over staffing costs and the high Australian dollar are taking their toll on local manufacturers, with a new report showing industry sentiment has taken a significant dip.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Telstra’s cashed-up VC arm invests in cloud-based IPscape

7:21PM | Monday, 2 July 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Telstra’s cashed-up venture capital group appears to have embarked on a spending spree, announcing its third investment in a month in the form of local cloud-based contact centre provider IPscape.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Technology

Credit insurance claims surge as sectors suffer

6:44PM | Friday, 29 June 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Last month saw a sizeable increase in the number of credit insurance claims, according to a new report, with the engineering, electrical, building and manufacturing sectors identified as the hardest hit.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow
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