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Five reasons to be cheerful about the economy

2:48PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Economic news has been largely doom and gloom over the past few years, but there are five reasons the Australian economy is moving toward happier days.

Don’t ignore tax obligations if you are a company director

2:21PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Greg Hayes

Did you know that company directors can become personally liable for their company’s tax obligations? If you run a business, here are the key details you must be aware of. BY GREG HAYES.

Make a pledge on a crowdfunding site

2:38PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you uncertain about the concept of crowdfunding? It might be worthwhile to test the waters before diving in head first.

Wine entrepreneur among women chosen for Springboard Australia

2:12PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based entrepreneur Georgia Beattie is among the first group of Australian businesswomen selected to participate in the US-founded Springboard Enterprises program.

Ingogo on the go after securing fresh funds

2:07PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based taxi booking app Ingogo has secured a fresh round of funds from a host of new, high-profile investors, with founder Hamish Petrie flagging plans for a national rollout.

Australia records sixth highest deal volume in 2012

2:23PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia had the sixth highest deal volume of any nation last year, according to a new report, which shows total acquisition value in the Asia-Pacific rose 258% from 2011 to 2012.

Recruitment platform OneShift in bid to raise up to $30 million

2:01PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Recruitment start-up OneShift is hoping to raise up to $30 million to fund its expansion into New Zealand and south-east Asia, with US venture capital firms among the list of possible investors.

An industry wishlist for Small Business Commissioner Mark Brennan – and his take on things

2:36PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Mark Brennan recently began his new role as the federal small business commissioner. Here are the key issues industry groups want Brennan to address, along with Brannan’s views on the key issues facing business. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

From a YouTube clip to global distribution deals

2:21PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

After winning the Best Green Start-up title at the 2012 StartupSmart Awards, Recycling Solutions founder John Cross has been busy building partnerships with international partners. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Secret Recipe collapses after investors spent $7 million in start-up costs

2:52PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Cara Waters

An ambitious food franchise chain has come unstuck after start-up costs doused its flames.

Airtasker snaps up TaskBox as it prepares to tackle global markets

2:18PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up Airtasker has made its first acquisition after launching just one year ago, picking up smaller competitor TaskBox, as it seeks to ramp up growth here and overseas.

New lending company aiming to make start-up funding easy

2:02PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new specialty lending company called EasyTech Finance is promising to help start-ups without trading histories secure much-needed funds, but insists it’s not a venture capital firm.

MYOB boss Tim Reed joins start-up Healthshare following capital raising

2:57PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

MYOB chief Tim Reed has joined the board of digital health platform Healthshare, which has announced the successful closing of its capital raising, although the amount is undisclosed.

The Australian economy under a re-elected Gillard government

2:37PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 |  Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer

While they’re behind in the polls, it’s worth taking a look at what another term of Julia Gillard and Labor would mean for the economy and your business. BY BERNARD KEANE and GLENN DYER.

Three tests to see whether your start-up is investment ready

2:19PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Marc Peskett

Is your business ready for outside investment? Here are the three key benchmarks you need to look at before you start seeking finance. BY MARC PESKETT.

Online sales growth takes seasonal December slip

2:54PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Warwick Goodman

Online retail growth took a dip in December compared to the previous month, according to new figures, but an economist has played down concerns that eCommerce spending is on the slide.

Tech start-up stays Nimble with $1.5 million cash boost

2:44PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland-based tech start-up Nimble will ramp up development of its credit assessment and fraud prevention platform, after raising $1.5 million from a number of high-profile investors.

Coalition unveils small business disaster loan plan

2:54PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Coalition has revealed a policy for small business emergency assistance, including concessional loans of up to $100,000, with a business group now hopeful the party will unveil costed policies in other areas.

Anything’s Pozible for musician Clare Bowditch following funding success

2:31PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian musician Clare Bowditch will accelerate the development of her side project Big Hearted Business after smashing her $26,450 target on local crowdfunding platform Pozible.

Telstra’s venture capital activity set for rejig as Deena Shiff departs

2:28PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Telstra executive Deena Shiff has resigned from her role as head of the telco’s in-house venture capital team, which has invested in a clutch of start-ups, such as IPscape and Dimmi.

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