5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Rose Powell Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has announced in his budget reply that small business will be a cabinet position in his Coalition government, if elected.
5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Cara Waters A small business which has been trading as Coffee Guy since 2006 is now struggling against the might of the Retail Food Group and its introduction of The Coffee Guy brand in Australia.
5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Michelle Hammond Sustainability is a motivating force for many start-ups. But as Polli founders Tess Lloyd and Maja Rose found out, growing an environmentally-sound business can pose some challenges.
5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Michelle Hammond Nearly half of Australia’s Twitter users follow a business on the social network in order to keep up to date with its products, rather than to receive discounts, according to a new report.
5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Andrew Sadauskas Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has emphasised cutting red tape for small business, maintaining the carbon tax compensation and providing a modest company tax rate cut “when affordable” in his budget reply speech.
5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Oliver Milman The federal government has been forced into a hasty rewrite of its own budget papers after initially stating that it will “phase out” National ICT Australia, following a recent article in StartupSmart.
5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Michelle Hammond A small business group is confident the additional $7.8 million allocated to the National Business Names Register in the 2013 federal budget will fix the problems businesses face with the regime, after the opposition voiced its concern.
5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Gunilla Haglundh In the latest of a 10-part series looking at the challenges start-ups face in 2013, we examine political uncertainty. Debt, deficit and the long election campaign are damaging to business confidence.
5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Rose Powell The federal government is facing criticism from innovation-focused businesses for the modest increase in venture capital investment announced in the budget this week.
5:49PM | Thursday, 16 May 2013 | By Rose Powell Tony Abbott will tonight deliver the Coalition’s response to the budget released earlier this week, with the Coalition leader expected to focus on the paperwork burden faced by small businesses.