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.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

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.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

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 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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Eskimo Joe turns to Pozible for latest album

11:58PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian band Eskimo Joe is using Pozible to fund its next album, with the aim of raising $40,000 via the online crowdfunding platform.

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Revealed: Europe’s top up-and-coming start-ups

11:49PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Social ideas dominate a list of Europe’s top 10 up-and-coming start-ups, including a “social sound platform” and an app to help users find like-minded people while out and about.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

Melbourne entrepreneur Kris Bondin launches new TV program

11:46PM | Friday, 23 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A Melbourne entrepreneur has produced a national television program titled Money and Your Life, which enlists the help of experts to help families and businesses improve their finances.

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