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Australia’s wealthiest suburbs revealed: The suburb with an average salary of $132,252

11:21PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Cara Waters

Residents of one ritzy Melbourne suburb are Australia’s highest wage earners, taking home an average income of $132,252.

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In pictures: Australia’s five key online spending trends

11:42PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

The internet is revolutionising shopping forever. With the eCommerce sales peak expected between December 7th and 10th this year, here are charts illustrating five key trends you need to be aware of. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

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TrekDesk puts you way ahead of the competition

11:28PM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

In today’s hectic world, it can be difficult to find enough time to exercise. Thankfully, a new invention solves the problem by putting a treadmill under your desk.

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Confidence creeps back among Aussie SMEs: Report

11:00AM | Thursday, 29 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Confidence appears to be slowly seeping back into Australia’s small business sector, with a sunnier outlook on sales and profitability starting to take hold, according to new figures.

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Melbourne-based incubator SeedLab hunts start-ups ahead of launch

11:07PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

A so-called ‘open source’ Melbourne-based incubator is set to launch in February, aiming its sights at early-stage technology start-ups that are looking to work on undeveloped ideas.

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Gerry Harvey says many retailers to collapse post-Christmas

11:04PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Gerry Harvey has predicted gloomy times ahead for the retail industry, saying that while the upcoming Christmas will be a bright spot for many companies, the aftermath will be worse.

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YO! Home represents a new frontier in city living

11:34PM | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Space is always at a premium in inner-city apartments. So a new design that can turn a bedroom into a lounge room at the touch of a button is set to really shake up the property market.

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Selling online this Christmas? Be ready for December 7

11:53PM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Online retailers will experience their highest volume of Christmas sales from December 7-10, according to a new survey, while sales for offline retailers will peak closer to Christmas Day.

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Innovation “front of mind” for family firms: Deloitte

11:59PM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Innovation is “front of mind” for family businesses, according to Deloitte Private, which has highlighted the increasingly crucial role of the sector as part of a federal parliamentary inquiry.

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Newly launched Crowd Valley offers DIY crowdfunding platforms

11:45PM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A new initiative called Crowd Valley says it wants to increase the level of democracy in the crowdfunding market, potentially offering a new path to funding for Australian start-ups.

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Don’t handle your customer complaints like the ATO

11:35PM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Taskmaster

Some people say Old Taskmaster is a cold-blooded animal. However, today I read something that made my blood boil, prior to it turning to steam and, ultimately, superheating into molten plasma.

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Controlling a toy helicopter? It’s all in your head

11:31PM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

How far would your kids’ imagination soar if they could control a model helicopter with their thoughts? You might soon be able to find out, thanks to a new Kickstarter project.

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Cyber Monday sales up: Three eCommerce lessons from the US

11:03PM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Patrick Stafford

A week after the Click Frenzy debacle in Australia, Americans have started Cyber Monday – the yearly sale that inspired the local version.

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GE’s low carbon challenge offers access to $10 million fund

11:02AM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have until Friday to enter GE’s ecoimagination Challenge for low carbon solutions, which, in addition to prize money, will see entrants gain access to a $10 million investment fund.

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Australia’s start-up scene fuels surge in VC activity: Report

11:00AM | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s venture capital industry experienced an increase in both investment value and volume in the 2012 financial year as a result of the growing start-up scene, according to a new survey

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It’s all about the passion for franchisees as top 10 franchises unveiled

11:40PM | Monday, 26 November 2012 | Oliver Milman

Franchisees are increasingly prioritising the passion they have for a business when deciding whether to stick with it, according to the 2012 Topfranchise.com.au Awards, which placed Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors in the top spot.

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Food and travel outshine “traditional” retail as sales rise 3.6%

11:34PM | Monday, 26 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Small business sales rose by 3.6% over the year to the three months to October, according to the latest ANZ report, as food and travel-related services continue to outshine “traditional” retailers.

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Topshop unveils Sydney pop-up shop: Three retail lessons

11:27PM | Monday, 26 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

British fashion chain Topshop is the latest retailer to tap into the pop-up shop craze, opening a pop-up shop in its new Sydney store, highlighting some key sales strategies for retail start-ups.

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Boyfriend pillow comforts singles

11:50PM | Monday, 26 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Are you sick of all the fuss that goes along with having a boyfriend? US-based firm Deluxe Comfort has invented a substitute – and it’s machine-washable too.

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