IKEA drops prices by up to 50% as online competition grows

10:15PM | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Furniture retailer IKEA is cutting its prices by up to 50% and expanding its store footprint as online players continue to put more pressure on supply chain costs.

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Small wins for business on unfair dismissal laws

10:47PM | Monday, 15 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten today offered limited relief on unfair dismissal laws to business but the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the reforms are unlikely to go far enough.

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An introduction to the Entrepreneurs' Organisation

10:35PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Andrew Sadauskas

Entrepreneurs' Organisation members in Australia and NZ talk about the personal and professional benefits of membership, as well as how the organisation helps them on their entrepreneurial journeys.

 | Leadership

Zero tolerance on sexism in the workplace

10:14PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Taskmaster

Taskmaster Enterprises takes a zero-tolerance approach to sexist language in the workplace. You’d be wise to do the same.

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Death threats and tyre slashings: Delivery wars escalate as WantItNow launches

10:01PM | Friday, 12 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Companies in the the transport industry are scrambling to stake their claim in the internet shopping delivery bonanza.

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ACCC to clarify country of origin labelling but Australian Made Campaign says "deceptive" rules need to be changed

10:56PM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The ACCC says its country of origin guidelines for product labelling are fine; consumers just have to learn to understand its system.

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Five key steps to start exporting overseas

10:42PM | Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Let’s face it, Australia is a tiny part of the world economy. If you’re ready to go global, here are five key steps to rapidly getting your export operation off the ground. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Beware legal claims when checking out staff on social media, SMEs warned

10:19PM | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Small businesses have been warned they are risking potential lawsuits by placing too much emphasis on information they find out about employees’ private lives on social media.

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Fair Work Ombudsman launches age discrimination prosecution

10:21PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Welcome to Australian employment law: Where two laws are always better than one.

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Companies caught in Alan Jones crossfire highlight key social media lessons

10:15PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

In the age of social media even SMEs have to be very aware of their media profile and branding, as illustrated by the Alan Jones controversy.

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Properly train all your brand ambassadors

10:42PM | Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | Taskmaster

Like it or not, all of your staff will represent your brand. So make sure they’re properly trained for the job.

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Design it with the future in mind

10:05PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Taskmaster

Recent renovations at Taskmaster Towers have unearthed a valuable business lesson for anyone planning or building a major project.

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ACCC flags financial penalties for Franchising Code breaches

10:31PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has called for stronger sanctions for breaches of the Franchising Code as the sector continues to boom.

 | Legal matters  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisor  | Becoming a franchisee  | Leadership

Complaints mount as national Business Names Register struggles

10:25PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Cara Waters

The national business name register is continuing to give start-ups headaches.

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The dangers of being a part-time entrepreneur

10:09PM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Alexandra Cain

A growing number of entrepreneurs launch start-ups while still in full-time work. However, if you’re thinking about building a business part-time, there are risks you must be aware of. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

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Gillard urged to help create 'Silicon Beach' for Australian tech businesses

10:38AM | Monday, 8 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

The tech sector has told the Federal Government that regulations need to change if Australia wants to have its own Silicon Valley.

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Tax watchdog calls for improvements to ATO’s audit processes

10:54PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The tax watchdog wants the Tax Office to improve its audit processes, after the ATO wrongly investigated almost 6,000 small business owners as part of a crackdown on the cash economy.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Tax  | Leadership

Time and cost of red tape on small businesses spiralling: Report

10:23PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Nearly three quarters of Australian small businesses spend longer complying with regulations than they did two years ago, according to a new study.

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The four-step plan to handle staff feedback

10:07PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 | Mark Capps

Staff feedback is important for any organisation, but being criticised can feel unpleasant. Here’s how to create an effective communication environment in your start-up. BY MARK CAPPS.

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Calls mount for US start-up visa to spur immigrant-founded start-ups

10:46PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a quarter of US tech start-ups were founded by immigrants, according to a new report by the Kauffman Foundation, but this figure is currently in decline.

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