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Hiring an apprentice: A start-up guide

2:07PM | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Hiring an apprentice can be very rewarding – both from a business and a personal perspective. Here is everything you need to be aware of before you start. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Bowen calls Abbott's small business claims "hypocrisy and nonsense"

2:35PM | Thursday, 21 February 2013 | Cara Waters

Small Business Minister Chris Bowen takes a shot at Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's small business credentials.

Business crunched as average payment terms remain at 52 days

2:56PM | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Businesses have been warned to get their cashflow organised, with new research showing companies are now taking an average of 52 days to pay their bills.

ASX won’t be launching a start-up platform, but do start-ups care?

2:40PM | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian Securities Exchange says it won’t be copying the London Stock Exchange, which has launched a new platform for start-ups, but a start-up financing business says Australian start-ups don’t care.

Pollenizer launches law start-up following new privacy policy laws

2:13PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Pollenizer has launched a new online start-up dubbed LawPath, which is offering a free template to help businesses review their privacy policies after the laws changed in December last year.

Government backflips on plans to regulate SME access to credit

2:54PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Cara Waters

The federal government has backed down on draft legislation which proposed regulating small business credit after criticism it would make it harder for small business to get funding.

Mr Rental ordered to refund $300,000 for unfair contract term

2:40PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Household goods rental franchise Mr Rental says it has taken “the necessary steps” to satisfy the corporate regulator, which has ordered it to refund more than 1,500 customers because of an unfair contract term.

Australia Post's franchising hopes shattered by a 'secret agreement'

2:00PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Australia Post's shelved plans for franchised outlets will come under the legal microscope in a court case involving a disgruntled franchisee.

Deloitte Private to assist start-ups via BlueChilli partnership

2:01PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Venture technology agency BlueChilli says it is on track to invest in 100 start-ups by 2016, after announcing it has joined forces with Deloitte Private’s Entrepreneur Connect program.

Tech giants Apple, Microsoft, Adobe to appear before IT price inquiry

2:15PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

After months of deliberations and refusals to appear before the Federal Parliament's probe into IT pricing, tech giants Apple, Adobe and Microsoft have been summoned to appear before the inquiry and its board.

Government details flexible work changes, experts say clarity still missing

2:09PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

New legislation is on the cards for more flexible workplace arrangements, but industry groups say they are still in the dark about how it will work.

An industry wishlist for Small Business Commissioner Mark Brennan – and his take on things

2:36PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Mark Brennan recently began his new role as the federal small business commissioner. Here are the key issues industry groups want Brennan to address, along with Brannan’s views on the key issues facing business. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Fair Work changes coming, business hesitant over flexible working rights

2:21PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Flexible work arrangements are very much on the election agenda, as Labor releases more details about legislation changes.

Franchisee coalition outlines wish list for franchise code review

2:00AM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The National Franchisee Coalition has outlined its wish list for the federal government’s review of the Franchising Code of Conduct, including a specific definition of good faith and measures to combat the issue of “churning”.

Sports betting ban would cripple an industry, says online entrepreneur

2:47PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Calls for a nationwide ban on sports betting would cripple an entire industry, says the chief executive of horseracing site Punters Paradise, but he is adamant the move will never go ahead.

COSBOA tells govt to “get out of the way” ahead of HomeBiz Connect

2:06PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A small business group wants fewer regulations but more support for home-based businesses, which are being touted as “the way to Asia”, ahead of the HomeBiz Connect program.

The Australian economy under a re-elected Gillard government

2:37PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 |  Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer

While they’re behind in the polls, it’s worth taking a look at what another term of Julia Gillard and Labor would mean for the economy and your business. BY BERNARD KEANE and GLENN DYER.

Google wins High Court case against ACCC over online ads

2:05PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The High Court says misleading sponsored links were displayed by Google, but it did not create them.

“Bakers Delight stole my business”: Former franchisee tells all

2:03PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A former Bakers Delight franchisee has been asked to attend a mediation session with the company, after taking to Facebook to accuse the company of “stealing” his business.

Why lawyers are failing start-ups

2:08PM | Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | Oliver Milman

There are many regulations you need to deal with when starting a business. However, how many traditional law firms aren’t designed to help new start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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