Government pressed to appoint minister for family-owned businesses

9:00AM | Thursday, 20 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A peak lobby group has called for the appointment of a dedicated federal minister to represent the interests of family-owned businesses, following the first National Family Business Day.

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Three quarters of SMEs set to ramp up recruitment: Report

9:11PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost three quarters of Australian small businesses plan to recruit more staff in the coming 12 months, new research shows.

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Consumer goods retailers set for tough year ahead: Report

9:58PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumer goods retailers can expect revenue to decline by 0.6% in 2012-13, according to a new IBISWorld report.

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FLIZ bike has Fred Flintstone appeal

9:47PM | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Remember the cars on The Flintstones? German designers have used the “modern stone age family” concept to create a new type of bicycle.

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Hong Kong’s first accelerator opens doors to mobile start-ups

9:43PM | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech entrepreneurs are being encouraged to consider Asia as a viable alternative to Silicon Valley, following the launch of AcceleratorHK, the first accelerator program in Hong Kong.

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Aussie light bulb start-up LIFX powers past Kickstarter funding goal

9:39PM | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-up LIFX has smashed its $100,000 funding goal three days into its Kickstarter campaign, having already raised more than $500,000 for its smartphone-controlled light bulb.

 | Business planning  | Websites

This is actually working!

9:13PM | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | Rebekah Campbell

There comes a tipping point that makes the sleepless nights worthwhile. It’s the moment when the product you’re working so hard to develop really starts taking form. BY REBEKAH CAMPBELL.

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Air Camera gets back to basics

9:07PM | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new device, dubbed the Air Camera, simplifies the design of a digital camera down to a Bluetooth-enabled lens and a motion-sensor shutter button mounted on two rubber bands.

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How I assembled a star-studded board for my start-up

9:47PM | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | Joanne Koh

There aren’t too many start-up boards that can match Jedo for heavy-hitters. Here’s how Anneliese Urquhart assembled a board most big businesses would be proud of. BY JOANNE KOH.

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QUT Creative Enterprise Australia launches $150,000 start-up fund

9:00AM | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland University of Technology is offering entrepreneurs in the creative industries up to $150,000 to develop and launch their ideas through its commercial arm Creative Enterprise Australia.

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Don’t leave the customer with work to do

9:28PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Taskmaster

The other day, an insurance salesperson called Taskmaster Enterprises. Having been a salesperson myself, I left them with some friendly advice.

 | Planning  | Marketing  | Sales and marketing

Optus to sponsor co-working hub Fishburners for two more years

9:19PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Sydney co-working space Fishburners has extended its sponsorship deal with Optus, effectively ensuring that it remains viable for the next three years.

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Australian telcos release iPhone pricing: Check out all the plans here

9:30PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Australian telcos have released their pricing for the Apple iPhone 5. Here are all the details.

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Three ways to encourage the banks to lend to start-ups

9:50PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Since the global financial downturn, the big banks have been reluctant to lend to entrepreneurs. Here are three practical ways to get lending flowing to deserving start-ups again. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Taking the guesswork out of gift giving

9:59PM | Monday, 17 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Are you struggling to find someone the perfect present? A new Australian app can help you choose a gift they’ll really want.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

TechCrunch Disrupt SF – seven start-ups to watch

9:46PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Californian start-up YourMechanic took out the top title at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, while other standouts included a self-balancing bicycle and a predictive database for app developers.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | How I did it

Adelaide entrepreneur launches coder marketplace

9:38PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian coders are being encouraged to use newly launched platform, where employers have to “prove themselves” to coders, rather than coders convincing employers.

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IT Invention Test returns with $50,000 prize pot

9:34PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An impressive lineup of speakers will take to the stage at the 2012 Technology Entrepreneurship Forum, including Jerry Engel and Leni Mayo, while start-ups will vie for $50,000 in prizes.

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Aussie innovation: Four cultural changes to support ideas

9:22PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Aussie innovation is not just being held back by the system. There are also deep cultural factors holding Aussie ideas back from the world stage. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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Luxury lunch bag taps into “stealth-wealth” trend

9:07PM | Friday, 14 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Fashion designer Jil Sander is tapping into the “stealth wealth” trend with a $280 paper lunch bag.

 | Planning  | Business ideas