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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.

Business groups fear policy paralysis following election announcement

1:43PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Yesterday’s announcement of the 2013 federal election date garnered a largely positive response from business groups, but there are now concerns about “policy paralysis” within government.

The one (election) day in September we want to remember

1:39PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Taskmaster

The 2013 federal election has been called for September 14. Old Taskmaster says it’s time for a little less conversation and a little more action.

Start-ups’ federal election wish list

1:25PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

With an election coming up in September, both parties will be keen to win your vote. Here are five areas the major parties will need to focus on if they want to win the support of start-ups. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Businesses with dodgy bookkeepers should be penalised, says IPA

1:45PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups using dodgy bookkeepers to prepare GST returns would miss out on deductions under a proposal by the Institute of Public Accountants, which has released its pre-budget submission.

Election announcement welcomed by business as focus turns to policy

1:40PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s surprise announcement about this year’s federal election has been welcomed by the business community for giving “certainty” to small firms.

Julia Gillard calls federal election for September 14

1:34PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Bernard Keane

Australia will go to the polls on September 14 after Prime Minister Julia Gillard unexpectedly used her first major speech of the year to announce the date.

Former Rich Lister Eddy Groves declared bankrupt

1:30PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Fast Eddy was nowhere to be seen when an Adelaide court delivered its ruling in bankruptcy proceedings brought by the Commonwealth Bank against the former Rich Lister.

Four changes that would help home-based businesses

1:02AM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

When it comes to the national agenda, home-based businesses are all too often invisible. However, four simple reforms could make a world of difference to boosting an essential part of our economy. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Flood insurance claims set to hit $50 million

1:38PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The total claimed losses from the floods affecting Queensland and NSW are likely to hit $50 million this week, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

Government urged to better support home-based businesses

1:26PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Leading ‘mumpreneur’ Cas McCullough has highlighted the struggles of home-based micro businesses ahead of International Work At Home Person Week, calling for more support from government and industry.

Seven in 10 employers fearing Australia Day sickie surge

1:31PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

More than seven in 10 employers expect staff to pull sickies due to the Australia Day weekend, although it appears that bosses can only do a limited amount in order to prevent them, according to a new study.

Industry praise for new cyber security centre

1:27PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Australian arm of global tech giant Huawei has welcomed the establishment of an Australian Cyber Security Centre, announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard earlier today.

Fair Work Commission awards fashion employee 22 weeks' pay for unfair dismissal

1:45PM | Thursday, 24 January 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

The Fair Work Commission has found Dolina Fashion Group unfairly dismissed an employee of 17 years, without a valid reason for termination or appropriate warning.

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