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Pie Face strikes deal to open more than 60 NZ stores

9:39PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian food franchise Pie Face plans to open more than 60 stores in New Zealand after granting an exclusive license to two local businessmen.

Pick up the key lesson from Australia’s fastest-growing SMEs

9:16PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Taskmaster

The winners of the SmartCompany Smart50 awards have been announced for 2012. This year’s winner has some valuable tips for your business.

Meet the Smart50 2012: 10 key trends from a new generation

9:10AM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Cara Waters

The Smart50 of 2012 were born in the GFC and have never known anything other than the patchwork economic conditions we've seen in the last few years.

Three ways businesses can cash in on the Asian Century

9:45PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new report identifies ways in which Australian businesses can take advantage of “Asian economic transformations”, including finance, infrastructure, manufacturing, tourism and food.

Six top tips to avoid an outsourcing disaster

9:38PM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Lloyd Ernst

Outsourcing can help boost your efficiency, but it does come with risks for the unwary. By following these six essential tips, you can make sure you avoid an outsourcing disaster. BY LLOYD ERNST.

RefreshHQ goes from idea to $350,000 funding in five months

9:00AM | Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Melbourne start-up RefreshHQ.com has raised $350,000 in funding from a clutch of Australian investors, just five months after founder Phil Bosua came up with the idea for the business.

Aquarius Films offers on-set role in $200,000 Pozible fund raising

9:00PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An Australian film production company is using crowdfunding platform Pozible in a bid to raise $200,000, rewarding pledgers with opportunities to be involved in the production of its latest film.

Melbourne firm partners with major telco to boost Mexican start-ups

9:55PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based Business Planning HQ will host an event for start-ups in Mexico later this month, after signing an agreement with multinational telco provider Telefónica.

Five ways the GST threshold report recommends changing the postal sector

9:51PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The postal sector could be revamped if recommendations for a new report are acted upon by the government.

Startup Chile to spice things up for Broccol-e-games

9:00AM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne gaming start-up says the Federal Government should offer something similar to Startup Chile, after being the only Australian start-up chosen to participate in the South American country's wide-ranging innovation program.

Another Mexican food franchise arrives – but this one’s aimed at uni students

9:58PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Another Mexican food franchise will attempt to carve a slice of an increasingly crowded market, but has created a point of difference for itself by opening some of its stores in universities.

Merchants tipped to benefit as eBay buys Svpply.com

9:47PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

eBay sellers are tipped to benefit from eBay’s acquisition of Pinterest-style shopping start-up Svpply.com, with the auction giant insisting the deal will allow it to offer more merchandising options.

The world’s top five most innovative businesses

9:14PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are you hoping to reshape an industry with your start-up? If so, here are five innovative businesses you should pay attention to. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Adelaide start-up Happy Inspector snags funding from US tech hub

9:00AM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Property inspection start-up Happy Inspector has raised a seed funding round from investors including Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, after lamenting the struggles it faced in securing cash in Australia.

Retail tenancy predictions prompt pop-up shop tips

9:13PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been urged to use pop-up shops as a way to test the market before making a larger investment, following predictions that “monolithic” large stores could be on the wane.

CSIRO identifies six megatrends and the business opportunities in them

9:05PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Cara Waters

A new CSIRO report identifies the six megatrends businesses need to know about.

‘No-nonsense’ Web Directions South event to launch start-up workshop

9:00AM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs can now register their interest in Web Directions South, a conference aimed at new tech companies, while Startup Weekend is to return to Adelaide for a second time.

Location key for retail start-ups amid foreign fashion wave

9:45PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A retail expert says small independent retailers won’t be too badly hurt by the wave of global fast fashion retailers entering Australia.

Cashback deals site founded by Adir Shiffman scores early investment from Aura Capital

9:58PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Private equity group Aura Capital has backed cashback deals site StartHere.

TiECON Sydney to dole out $50,000 through start-up pitch contest

9:00AM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been given an 'open door' chance at the TiECON Sydney event to land $50,000 from angel investors, with organisers claiming that the initiative is an opportunity for new ventures to hone their pitches.

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