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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.

US media company Business Insider takes NSW start-up to court over name

2:04PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Oliver Milman

A NSW online media start-up has been hit by legal action taken by a similarly named rival, New York-based firm The Business Insider, which claims the Australian enterprise is guilty of “misleading and deceptive” conduct by using the moniker.

Coalition unveils small business disaster loan plan

2:54PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Coalition has revealed a policy for small business emergency assistance, including concessional loans of up to $100,000, with a business group now hopeful the party will unveil costed policies in other areas.

Deloitte and Norton Rose to press government on employee share options

2:50PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Deloitte has partnered with law firm Norton Rose to conduct a survey on employee share option plans in order to present the government with hard-and-fast data on the issues affecting start-ups.

Labor appoints fourth small business minister in two years

2:25PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The small business sector has been handed its fourth minister in two years, with former immigration minister Chris Bowen assuming the role as part of an unexpected cabinet reshuffle.

To whom it may concern: A letter to the small business minister

2:59PM | Monday, 4 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Last week, the Taskmaster suggested it was time to write to a few pollies ahead of the next election. However, after four small business ministers in just 14 months, it’s easier said than done.

Small business set to benefit from revised Code of Banking Practice

2:09PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Banks will need to give at least 10 days’ notice before making any materially adverse changes to small business customers’ terms and conditions, as part of the revised Code of Banking Practice.

Business tax concessions under threat as election rhetoric heats up

1:59PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says the Coalition will only release its policy costings after the government releases theirs, after the Prime Minister flagged a number of cost-saving measures to be considered ahead of the budget.

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