Government pressed to appoint minister for family-owned businesses

9:00AM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A peak lobby group has called for the appointment of a dedicated federal minister to represent the interests of family-owned businesses, following the first National Family Business Day.

Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Three quarters of SMEs set to ramp up recruitment: Report

9:11PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost three quarters of Australian small businesses plan to recruit more staff in the coming 12 months, new research shows.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Start-ups urged to not overlook social media policies

9:54PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups shouldn’t underestimate the value of social media policies, according to new research.

 | Technology  | Social media  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Five questions you should be able to answer

9:58PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Marc Peskett

Do you have a clear idea of who you are, what you do and why you do it? If you want your business to succeed, here are five questions you should be able to answer. BY MARC PESKETT.

 | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership  | Blogs  | Marc Peskett

The importance of job descriptions

9:39PM | Friday, 3 September 2010 | Taskmaster

The key to effective performance management is having good documentation, and that all starts with a position description for every staff member in your team.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

LinkedIn leads way for recruiters as Facebook and Twitter lag: Report

9:00PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Three quarters of recruiters use LinkedIn for promoting job vacancies and seeking candidates, a new survey shows, although employers have been advised that Facebook and Twitter comments may reveal more about potential staff.

 | Technology  | Social media  | Leadership  | How to hire staff

BoQ franchisee court case serves as due diligence reminder

9:56PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Franchisees and franchisors have been urged to do as much as “humanly possible” to scope each other out before entering into an agreement, as a court battle kicks off involving 10 former Bank of Queensland franchisees.

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

Three ways to encourage the banks to lend to start-ups

9:50PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Since the global financial downturn, the big banks have been reluctant to lend to entrepreneurs. Here are three practical ways to get lending flowing to deserving start-ups again. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Reduce your wardrobe choices

9:51PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Taskmaster

Can we cut the number of business decisions we have to make each day? To paraphrase an unlikely piece of business advice, “yes we can”.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Aussie innovation: Four cultural changes to support ideas

9:22PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Aussie innovation is not just being held back by the system. There are also deep cultural factors holding Aussie ideas back from the world stage. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Leadership  | Managing people

Start-ups tipped to benefit as R&D tax credits switch to quarterly basis

9:48PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The introduction of a quarterly credits system for the R&D Tax Incentive will “vastly enhance” start-ups’ ability to fund their research and development activities, according to a specialist advisory service.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Tax  | Leadership  | Sole trader

Workplace stress costing Aussie economy $730 million a year: Report

9:44PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Employers are being encouraged to offer flexible working arrangements to reduce workplace stress, which is believed to be costing the Australian economy $730 million a year in lost productivity.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Managing people

Aussie innovation: Six ideas to fix a broken system

9:59PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

By freezing Commercialisation Australia grants, the Federal Government exposed systemic flaws in Australia’s innovation infrastructure. Here's how to fix the system. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership

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.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership

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.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff  | Sole trader

Go on a company retreat

9:33PM | Friday, 2 September 2011 | Taskmaster

Pack your bags, load up the car and fill up the esky – Taskmaster Enterprises is going on a corporate retreat.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

Twitter co-founder urges start-ups to “pick a revolution” at TechCrunch Disrupt

9:45PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has urged budding entrepreneurs to “pick a revolution and join it” at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Leadership

Biotech start-ups warned of lengthening US approval process

9:40PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Biotech start-ups looking to go stateside have been warned to prepare for a long, drawn-out process, following reports the US Food and Drug Administration has become more conservative with its approvals.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

Commercialisation Australia chief confirms new grants on hold

9:29PM | Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The Federal Government has put new grants on hold, surprising many in the R&D and grants community.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Leadership  | Sole trader

Make your IT division sexy

9:13PM | Thursday, 8 September 2011 | Taskmaster

As Myer’s Bernie Brookes highlights, the importance of supply chain management and IT means you should treat these guys as heroes.

 | Technology  | IT  | Leadership