Web start-up Tweaky.com hunts for a “founder apprentice”

8:00AM | Monday, 20 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian online start-up Tweaky.com is on the hunt for a “founder apprentice”, who will work closely with the business’ co-founder Ned Dwyer on day-to-day operations.

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Online start-up Fab sues rival for copyright infringement

8:47PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based online start-up Fab is suing its rival TouchOfModern for copyright infringement, accusing the company of copying Fab’s site design and aesthetic, and lifting copy from the site.

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Cobblers cop a load as complaint results in $206,000 back-pay for 260 workers

8:41PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than $206,000 has been reimbursed to past and present employees of Cobbler Plus and Watch Works kiosks across the country, following a complaint from a worker.

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ACCC attacks “unscrupulous industry practices” in door-to-door selling

8:34PM | Friday, 17 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The consumer watchdog has issued a warning about widespread unscrupulous industry practices in the door-to-door sales industry, but the industry says many of the practices raised by the ACCC have been addressed.

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Audit reveals 50% of Victorian businesses awarded government grants failed to meet grant criteria

8:43PM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The Victorian Auditor-General's report into government grants says there needs to be more emphasis on business innovation.

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Australian economy could miss out on $90 billion if productivity not addressed, report warns

8:37PM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The end of the mining boom might bring a rude shock to an Australian economy showing signs of productivity slowdown.

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Directors still bear burden of proof in tax liability laws after new draft of bill

8:33PM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Company directors are being advised to pay tax debts sooner rather than later.

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11 simple ways to boost your profit levels

8:20PM | Thursday, 16 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

With business criticisms of government mounting, start-ups are taking the initiative to boost profits without outside help. Here are 11 key ways you can grow your own profits. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Crowdfunding pioneers hit back at ASIC

8:56PM | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The crowdfunding industry has spoken out against a statement made by the corporate regulator yesterday, warning about fines and possible imprisonment.

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Xenophon proposes bill to exempt small businesses from paying penalty rates

8:52PM | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Independent MP Nick Xenophon says small businesses are being killed by the current penalty rates regime.

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Act with purpose

8:38PM | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | Taskmaster

Sitting behind a desk in Taskmaster Towers, your Zen-like Taskmaster is at one with this business idea. But be warned: Mastery of this business rule will take focus.

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ASIC warns website operators about the risks of crowdfunding

8:24PM | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission issued a warning about the risks of crowdfunding today and said enforcement included fines of up to $22,000 and up to five years’ imprisonment.

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Change the way you talk about older workers

8:13PM | Tuesday, 30 August 2011 | Taskmaster

Do you have an older employee in your business? You may need to rethink the way you speak about them.

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Tax incentives under spotlight in company tax rate review

8:29PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Cutting the company tax rate to 25% would cost the Federal Budget $26 billion in revenue over four years, according to the Business Tax Working Group, which today released a discussion paper.

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Start-ups warned over ponderous R&D refunds

8:21PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An expert has issued a warning to start-ups relying on R&D claims as a form of cashflow, amid reports of lengthy payment times, saying it all comes down to responsible money management.

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Employer groups push for changes to “sacred cow” weekend penalty rates

8:16PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Employer groups say penalty rates should be based on the number of days worked in a week, rather than just on weekends, or businesses will be forced to close their doors.

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ACCC gives start-ups more time to fix Facebook comments

8:10PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Cara Waters

The consumer watchdog has weighed in on the debate over false and misleading comments on brands’ Facebook pages, calling for a 24-hour turnaround for large businesses and more leeway for SMEs.

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Get up earlier

8:53PM | Monday, 13 August 2012 | Taskmaster

I’ve noticed people have been getting up extra early around Taskmaster Towers these past few weeks. After reading Maha Sinnathamby’s new book, I understand why.

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COSBOA calls for new IR award for small business

8:17PM | Thursday, 9 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The peak small business group is calling for changes to workplace rules that would see award rates determined by the size of a business rather than the industry it is in.

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Caution urged over unemployment rate dip

8:04PM | Thursday, 9 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s unemployment rate eased to 5.2% in July, according to new figures, although a Westpac economic note warns it would be “inappropriate” to interpret the fall as the start of a tumble in the jobless level.

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