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Eyewear start-up unfazed by sombre industry forecast

1:00PM | Friday, 18 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s optometry and optical dispensing industry is expected to grow just 0.4% in 2012-13, according to an IBISWorld report, but online eyewear retailer Sneaking Duck says it isn’t worried.

Seven top tips to boosting your business in 2013

1:46PM | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

MYOB has outlined seven steps start-ups should take to boost their business in 2013, after revealing more than half of small businesses hope to improve systems and processes this year.

Retailers rejoice over extended trading after November sales slide

1:01PM | Thursday, 10 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

New retail sales figures show sales slid by 0.1% in November, but the December figures could see a significant turnaround.

“I’ve suffered $1 million in losses”: Pie Face franchisee tells all

1:01PM | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A group of Pie Face franchisees are preparing to sue the company for millions of dollars, with one franchisee alleging that undisclosed costs were a key factor in the underperformance of his stores.

Businesses unfazed by surplus pledge backflip

12:31PM | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have downplayed the Federal Government’s concession the budget is unlikely to return to surplus in 2012-13, with one group describing the move as “neither here nor there”.

Failed start-ups should return funding, says local investor

12:44PM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A failed Canadian start-up has turned heads after promising to return all remaining funding to its investors, with the move applauded by one local expert.

Carbon tax has damaged eight in 10 retailers, industry body claims

12:00AM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The carbon tax has been dragged into the spotlight once again, with a new survey by the peak retail body showing 80% of businesses say they have been negatively impacted by the tax.

Clothing retailers set for new year slowdown: Report

12:27PM | Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There will be no relief for Australian clothing retailers in the new year, according to a new IBISWorld report, which shows industry revenue is expected to contract by 1.4% in 2012-13.

How to safely scale your start-up in 2013

12:00PM | Monday, 17 December 2012 | Michael Fox

Are you thinking about growing your start-up next year? If so, there’s a secret to steadily securely growing your business. BY MICHAEL FOX.

Insolvencies rise in October, but Christmas could bring a reprieve

12:17PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Insolvency experts predict many businesses might hang on through Christmas but could struggle in the new year.

Little chance of Christmas cheer as business confidence hits record-low

12:01PM | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business confidence has fallen to its lowest level since April 2009 according to NAB’s Monthly Business Survey.

Business belt tightening set to cut back staff Christmas parties

12:33PM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can celebrate Christmas with their staff without breaking the bank, experts say, after it was revealed less than two thirds of employers will organise a staff Christmas party this year.

How divorce can cause a messy split in your business

12:06AM | Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Greg Hayes

Despite the best intentions, many marriages don’t last “until death do us part”. However, the end of your marriage need not mean the end of your business. BY GREG HAYES.

RBA cuts cash rate to 3% as consumer spending stalls

12:41PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank has cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3% on the back of flat retail sales for the month of October.

Retail Food Group and Collins Foods franchises look to buck retail gloom

12:17PM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Food franchise giants Retail Food Group and Collins Foods have painted a positive outlook for their brands, bucking recent industry trends.

Businesses tip higher profits, but conditions still patchy: Study

12:00AM | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Businesses will end the year on a reasonably positive note, according to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest National Business Expectations Survey, but the outlook for 2013 is mixed, with rising profit levels but a “patchy” employment market.

Australia’s wealthiest suburbs revealed: The suburb with an average salary of $132,252

11:21PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Cara Waters

Residents of one ritzy Melbourne suburb are Australia’s highest wage earners, taking home an average income of $132,252.

Claims of a "tick and flick" approach by the ATO

11:54PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Cara Waters

A whistle-blower has made claims the ATO has neglected assessing cases by merit and adopted a quota criteria instead.

Food and travel outshine “traditional” retail as sales rise 3.6%

11:34PM | Monday, 26 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small business sales rose by 3.6% over the year to the three months to October, according to the latest ANZ report, as food and travel-related services continue to outshine “traditional” retailers.

Rags to riches to rags again?

11:39PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | James Thomson

SmartCompany editor James Thomson took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Today Tonight about the debt problems suffered by Nathan Tinkler, the former tradie who became Australia’s youngest billionaire.

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