Mr Whippy sues George Calombaris

9:35PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Cara Waters

MasterChef’s George Calombaris has been accused of “bullying tactics” after becoming embroiled in a legal dispute with Mr Whippy.

Legal matters  | Leadership

Refine your “on-boarding” technique

9:50PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Taskmaster

Staff turnover is growing in one of the departments of Taskmaster Enterprises. Now it’s time to find out why.

 | Leadership  | Managing people

NSW Opposition outlines details for small business commissioner role

9:26PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

NSW shadow small business minister Adam Searle has delivered a second reading of his Small Business Commissioner Bill, outlining further details about the scope of the proposed role.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership

New IP laws set to penalise “quick and dirty” patent applications

9:51PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A patent expert has issued some advice about Australia’s new intellectual property and patenting laws, urging start-ups to refrain from rushing into a “quick and dirty” patent application.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Intellectual property

Veteran fashion retailer Ojay collapses

9:33PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Cara Waters

Another fashion retailer bites the dust, this time it's women's apparel chain Ojay.

 | Marketing  | Legal matters  | Sales and marketing  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Attach a problem to each of your products

9:01PM | Tuesday, 6 September 2011 | Taskmaster

By attaching solutions to each product you have defined your ideal customers and created five little marketing campaigns.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership

Aussie no-go remains as UK plots state-backed small business bank

9:00AM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

UK Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a plan to set up a state-backed small business bank, although both sides of Australia’s political divide remain opposed to introducing a similar model here.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership

DMG Radio’s Rebekah Horne relocates to run LA start-up GumHouse

8:21PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US start-up GumHouse has a new chief executive in the form of Rebekah Horne, digital director of DMG Radio Australia and former senior vice president of MySpace International.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership

Need 2 know: How to get beyond start-up intensive care

8:25PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Jason Rose

The chaotic early days of a start-up should give way to a phase that concentrates on processes that stabilise and consolidate the business. BY JASON ROSE.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership

Competition watchdog turns filmmaker

8:42PM | Friday, 31 August 2012 | Oliver Milman

It may not win any awards at Cannes, but this new short film by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission does a slick job of warning businesses not to form cartels, through the fictional story of highly-strung underling-turned whistle blower Martin Tully.

 | Legal matters  | Leadership

Brief your family on your business performance

8:13PM | Friday, 12 August 2011 | Taskmaster

To help ensure your key support network – family, friends, mentors – know what your business is going through, why not arrange to have a special briefing?

 | Leadership

Start-ups tipped to suffer as government flags grants freeze

8:25PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There are fears that the Federal Government is to axe grants used to support Australian start-up innovation as the Treasury searches for billions of dollars in budgetary savings.

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

More than half of fast food staff failing to up-sell: Report

8:26PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Food retailers are being encouraged to improve the selling skills of their staff, after a report revealed more than half of quick service restaurant brands fail to up-sell to customers.

 | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Leadership  | Managing people

Troubled Ghermez Cupcakes will battle on, founder insists

8:20PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of four-year-old cupcake chain Ghermez Cupcakes insists the business has not collapsed and will continue to trade, following the appointment of liquidators and the closure of one of its stores.

 | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership

Need 2 know: How to handle the arrival of your first hire

8:07PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Vicki Crowe

Taking on your first employee is exciting but it also requires plenty of planning to ensure a satisfactory outcome for both parties. BY VICKI CROWE.

 | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Need 2 know: Why older doesn’t mean safer for start-ups

8:53PM | Thursday, 30 August 2012 | Greg Hayes

You’ve survived the first couple of years, but the hard work doesn’t stop if you want to be a successful start-up. BY GREG HAYES.

 | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Blogs  | Greg Hayes

Celebrate your start-up journey

9:34PM | Thursday, 1 September 2011 | Taskmaster

My instruction for today is very simple – plan to do something this weekend to recognise the amazing journey that you are on as an entrepreneur.

 | Leadership

Widespread sickies puts focus on start-ups’ sick leave policies

8:46PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups should “undoubtedly” put in place a sick leave policy from the get-go, an expert says, after a report revealed Australians are taking a third more sick leave than their UK counterparts.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | Managing people

"No Indians or Asians": Coles in hot water over a contractor’s racist ad

8:40PM | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | Cara Waters

A racist job ad has highlighted the need for business to establish clear rules of conduct for contractors.

 | Leadership  | How to hire staff