Commercialisation Australia confirms grants pipeline flowing again

10:42PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Grants are back on the table, it seems, with Commercialisation Australia now confirming the organisation is handing out new grants to small businesses after a temporary freeze.

The cashflow Grinch that could steal your Christmas

10:35PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Taskmaster

In the past couple of days, Taskmaster’s little helpers – the operations manager, the account managers and our accountant – have all been assembled in the meeting room to confront a potential crisis: Christmas.

Consumers still spending on clothes and technology: Nielsen

10:27PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumers are prioritising spending on new clothes, entertainment and technology, according to a Nielsen survey, which shows consumer confidence rose by eight points in the third quarter.

10 business safety nets every soloist should put in place

10:21PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Tom McKaskill

The high wire act of running your own business is made a little easier by knowing you have some safeguards in place. BY TOM McKASKILL.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Google looking at expanding its AdWords credit card overseas

10:10PM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Google may be looking at expanding its newest finance venture, where SMEs can access finance in order to fund AdWords campaigns, to Australia.

Australian female entrepreneurs to get a boost through Springboard funding

10:05PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Female entrepreneurs are about to get a boost from a new business accelerator program.

Five ways to keep your bank manager onside

10:44PM | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 | Greg Hayes

For many start-ups, cashflow is a perennial challenge. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can keep your finances strong and your bank manager happy. BY GREG HAYES.

Banks lag on passing interest rate cuts to start-ups

10:37PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Start-ups are receiving mixed messages from the major banks about whether they'll receive recent RBA rate cuts.

Facebook hits 1 billion users – but what about revenue?

10:50PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than one billion people now use Facebook each month, it’s been confirmed, but concerns remain around the site’s revenue.

Reserve Bank cuts cash rate to 3.25% as 2013 outlook weakens

10:03PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank has lowered the official interest rate by 25 basis points, admitting the growth outlook for next year looks “a little weaker” on the back of international developments.

Eagle Boys franchisee fined $30,000 for underpaying staff, lack of experience blamed

10:19PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Business inexperience rather than malice led to underpayment of employees by a NSW pizza franchisee.

How we raised thousands via crowdfunding

10:32PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

A growing number of Australian entrepreneurs are raising capital through crowdfunding websites. Here’s a look at some local entrepreneurs who have raised thousands. BY OLIVER MILMAN.