Forbes’ Australian rich list pits innovators with miners

2:23PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Forbes Asia’s annual list of the richest Australians is littered with mining magnates, including Gina Rinehart in the top spot, but it also features a strong contingent of entrepreneurs who have made their fortunes in other fields.

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HMV staff hijack Twitter feed, live-tweet mass layoffs

2:30PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

A disgruntled employee of collapsed music retail chain HMV hijacked the company's Twitter account and started live-tweeting about mass lay-offs.

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Need a fake girlfriend? There’s a site for that

2:05PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever wanted to make your ex-girlfriend jealous after a nasty breakup? A new website has the perfect solution: A fake Facebook girlfriend.

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How do I work out what my best business concept is?

2:52PM | Friday, 1 February 2013 | Brad Callaughan

There is no substitute for doing your homework before you decide to pursue a business opportunity.

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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.

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Australia up three spots in global innovation – but expert says we can do better

1:23PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A new report shows Australia has improved its global ranking in the innovation stakes, moving from 16th spot to 13th spot, although access to venture capital and public funding remains a problem for start-ups.

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Retail Food Group sees 120% post-Christmas spike in franchise enquiries

1:19PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Retail Food Group says it received more than double the number of enquiries this January compared to January 2012, as enquiries throughout franchising experience an upward trend.

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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.

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Chinese chocolate lovers indulge at chocolate theme park

1:21PM | Thursday, 31 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Ever dreamed of visiting Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory? Well, a theme park made of chocolate has now opened its edible, nougat-filled doors in Shanghai.

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Consumer credit demand up 4.1% but debt expectations at three-year low

1:59PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Consumer credit demand rose by 4.1% over the past year, according to new data from Veda, but a Dun & Bradstreet report shows expectations for household debt are at a three-year low.

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Aussie start-up seeks third co-founder for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam

1:48PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up is scrambling to find a third co-founder after being selected as a finalist for Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, which has a preference for teams with three founders.

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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.

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StealthWear Clothing has got you covered – literally

1:31PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Are you worried about the infrared scanners used by drone aircraft? Two New York designers have created StealthWear clothes for the times you don’t want to stand out from the crowd.

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Seven key challenges set to hit SMEs in 2013

1:42PM | Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | Greg Hayes

It is easier to overcome business challenges if you prepare for them ahead of time. Here are seven challenges you should start planning for in 2013. BY GREG HAYES.

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Melbourne entrepreneur offers $2,000 bounty in hunt for co-founder

1:51PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne-based entrepreneur has taken an unusual approach in his search for tech co-founders, offering a $2,000 bounty to anyone whose recommendation is eventually hired.

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8Bar Bike lights up the night

1:36PM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Cycling at night can be hazardous. Thankfully, a German company has had the bright idea of building a glow-in-the-dark bicycle, shedding some light on a business opportunity that’s sure to glow.

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Energy efficiency start-up BuildingIQ scoops $9 million in funding

1:22AM | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Energy efficiency start-up BuildingIQ has secured $9 million in venture funding, just 18 months after snagging $1.2 million in backing from Commercialisation Australia.

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Andrew Bogut hopes new start-up venture is a slam dunk

1:47PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Oliver Milman

Andrew Bogut, Australia’s premier basketballer, has launched a new venture that aims to help Australian start-ups gain contacts and funding opportunities in Silicon Valley.

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Combet warns the high Aussie dollar is "here to stay": Five ways to adapt

1:25PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Cara Waters

Greg Combet says struggling manufacturers should just get used to a high Aussie dollar and change their game plans to suit.

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Coffee-leaf tea offers best of both worlds

1:52PM | Friday, 25 January 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Do you prefer tea or coffee? Now you can have the best of both worlds, because researchers have discovered how to brew the perfect coffee-leaf tea.

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