Should you tandem skydive to grow your business? Three outlandish workshops

2:55PM | Monday, 18 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Business owners are being encouraged to “get their business flying” by participating in a workshop that begins with a tandem skydive, as business workshops become more outlandish.

Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sole trader

Do you run a business or just support a hobby?

2:25PM | Monday, 18 February 2013 | Oliver Milman

When you start making money from your hobby, you can enter a grey area between commerce and recreation. Here are the five signs you’re ready to cross the line from being a hobbyist to an entrepreneur. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Small business confidence falls in December quarter: NAB survey

2:28PM | Monday, 18 February 2013 | Patrick Stafford

Both small business confidence and conditions continued to fall during the December quarter, according to the latest results from a regular NAB survey.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership

Look at how the tech giants do retail

2:21PM | Monday, 18 February 2013 | Taskmaster

The future of traditional bricks-and-mortar retail could be shaped by an unlikely industry.

 | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales

CDs still hold a place in consumers’ hearts

2:11PM | Monday, 18 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

They say video killed the radio star. However, ARIA figures show CD sales remain strong despite the emergence of digital downloads.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Salt therapy entrepreneur among first BOD12 graduates

2:06PM | Friday, 15 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The co-founder of natural therapy franchise Salts of the Earth has spoken of his experience in the Board of Directors 12 program, after becoming one of the program’s first five graduates.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Sole trader

Biotech start-up scores $1.25 million to develop therapeutic peptide drugs

2:58PM | Friday, 15 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

A start-up launched by the ithree institute at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) plans to develop autoimmune drugs after receiving a $1.25 million investment from the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

We need an innovation council, says Australia’s chief scientist

2:53PM | Friday, 15 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups could benefit from the establishment of an Australian Innovation Council, proposed by Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb as one of five “breakthrough actions” to boost innovation.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Speed date a green designer

2:05PM | Friday, 15 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Are you looking to make your home more sustainable? A speed dating event for green designers might be just what you need.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Why Westfield isn’t a worry for myCube

2:49AM | Friday, 15 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Stanley Hsu is the founder of myCube, a retail store that features hundreds of “cubes” displaying innovative products, which won the Best Start-up Idea category at the 2012 StartupSmart Awards. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

VOLT Media to supercharge Alphabird following acquisition

2:07PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australian advertising agency VOLT Media has been acquired by San Francisco-based company Alphabird, less than six months after the two companies announced an exclusive partnership.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Buy a business  | Growing

Five reasons to be cheerful about the economy

2:48PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Economic news has been largely doom and gloom over the past few years, but there are five reasons the Australian economy is moving toward happier days.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Tax

Make a pledge on a crowdfunding site

2:38PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Are you uncertain about the concept of crowdfunding? It might be worthwhile to test the waters before diving in head first.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | IT  | Planning stage

McDonald’s gets a little bit fancy

2:32PM | Thursday, 14 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Linen tablecloths, fine china and cutlery – do you want fries with that? A McDonald’s outlet in New South Wales now offers full table service on selected evenings.

 | Planning  | Business ideas  | Planning stage

From the altar to IPO: Doing business with your partner

2:12PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Knowledge@Wharton

There are some unique challenges that emerge when your life partner is also your business partner. But there are also ways to mitigate the risks. BY KNOWLEDGE@WHARTON.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people

Young entrepreneurs offered $5,000 grant to apply for global summit

2:50PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Young entrepreneurs who apply for a spot at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA) Summit will go in the running for a $5,000 business grant, awarded by an expert panel.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Business advice and education  | Growing  | Business Grants

Stay fresh with odour-absorbing underwear

2:23PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

On a busy day, your local gym probably stinks. However, a Japanese textile firm says it has found a hidden solution to this smelly situation.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Wine entrepreneur among women chosen for Springboard Australia

2:12PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based entrepreneur Georgia Beattie is among the first group of Australian businesswomen selected to participate in the US-founded Springboard Enterprises program.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Facebook flags move towards movies, books and fitness apps

2:03PM | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook has highlighted opportunities for app developers after indicating its next major app categories will be movies, books and fitness, having conquered categories such as gaming.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Social media  | Planning stage

Sydney Dev Camp co-founder launches The Startup Community

2:09PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The co-founder of Sydney Dev Camp is attempting to create a directory of the “who’s who” of the Sydney tech start-up ecosystem, after launching a website called The Startup Community.

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