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.

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

Fork the Cookbook is a personal scrapbook for recipes

2:58PM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

One of the great joys of cooking is putting your own twist on a recipe. Now a new website called Fork the Cookbook makes it easier than ever to share your secret ingredients with the world.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

The Founder Institute opens its doors for autumn program

2:00AM | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The Sydney branch of start-up accelerator The Founder Institute has opened applications for its autumn 2013 program, having enjoyed huge success since it opened its doors in late 2011.

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

Recruitment platform OneShift in bid to raise up to $30 million

2:01PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Recruitment start-up OneShift is hoping to raise up to $30 million to fund its expansion into New Zealand and south-east Asia, with US venture capital firms among the list of possible investors.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Business advice and education  | Growing  | Sole trader

Spend money to make money

2:43PM | Monday, 11 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Napoleon Perdis has suggested Australian department stores could reverse their fortunes by investing in staff. It’s a suggestion with implications far beyond the retail sector.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Chocolate stamps a sweet touch

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

How do you make sending letters more appealing to a generation raised on email and social media? Belgian company Bpost hopes its new chocolate flavoured stamps will be a sweet selling point.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

From a YouTube clip to global distribution deals

2:21PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

After winning the Best Green Start-up title at the 2012 StartupSmart Awards, Recycling Solutions founder John Cross has been busy building partnerships with international partners. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

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

Reckon looking to take on Xero by joining cloud accountancy battle

2:09PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Warwick Goodman

Reckon is aiming to shake up the Australian accounting software market when it launches its first cloud-based product Reckon One in the next quarter.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | IT

Matching tattoos a cheeky marketing stunt for Squeeze1 founders

2:05PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

The founders of Squeeze1 are hoping to draw attention to themselves – and their business – by promising to have the company’s logo tattooed on their body if they reach 15,000 signups before they launch on February 24.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Sales and marketing

Turn your sales staff into “interns” one day each fortnight

2:59PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Yesterday, the Taskmaster outlined why it’s a good idea to have your staff spend one day per week or per fortnight in sales. But should your sales staff spend time in other departments?

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales  | Leadership  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Bob’s burger packaging is good enough to eat

2:31PM | Friday, 8 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Millions of tonnes of waste packaging gets dumped in landfills each year. Now one Brazilian fast food franchise is dishing out a delectable solution to this biting eco-problem.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Airtasker snaps up TaskBox as it prepares to tackle global markets

2:18PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney-based start-up Airtasker has made its first acquisition after launching just one year ago, picking up smaller competitor TaskBox, as it seeks to ramp up growth here and overseas.

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

Unemployment rate remains steady but is set to weaken

2:29PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Australia’s unemployment rate remained steady at 5.4% in January, despite predictions it would rise, but NAB has warned the labour market will weaken as business conditions deteriorate.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Leadership  | How to hire staff

Send your staff to the sales coalface

2:44PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Taskmaster

Are your staff getting lazy? Old Taskmaster says it’s time to send them to the coalface!

 | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales  | Leadership  | PR  | Managing people  | How to hire staff

Happy campers head indoors

2:13PM | Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Traditionally, caravan parks have been a low-cost form of accommodation. However, entrepreneurs in Germany are taking the experience upmarket with Hüttenpalast, the world’s first indoor caravan park.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Startmate seeks “exceptional” techies to act as trump cards

2:10PM | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 | Michelle Hammond

Mentor-driven seed fund Startmate is seeking “exceptional” developers and designers for its newly launched Trump Cards program, which offers insight into life as a start-up.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Business advice and education