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Commercialisation Australia confirms grants pipeline flowing again

10:42PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Grants are back on the table, it seems, with Commercialisation Australia now confirming the organisation is handing out new grants to small businesses after a temporary freeze.

Business planning  | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Sole trader

Consumers still spending on clothes and technology: Nielsen

10:27PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumers are prioritising spending on new clothes, entertainment and technology, according to a Nielsen survey, which shows consumer confidence rose by eight points in the third quarter.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

Garden-in-a-bottle appeals to wannabe green thumbs

10:17PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you struggle to find the time to look after your plants? Now you can buy an instant garden in a bottle – just add water.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Capture moments with a new lifelogging camera

10:20PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever witnessed something amazing that passed before you had a chance to take a photo? A new postage stamp-sized camera, called the Memoto, automatically takes two pictures every minute.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Samsung and Toblerone among this year’s Shonkys

10:37PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can learn from the mistakes of this year’s Shonky award winners, which include Toblerone for its “ridiculous” serving sizes, and waterproofing technology that doesn’t work.

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

StageBitz snags $890,000 from multiple investors

10:31PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech23 alumni StageBitz has raised $890,000 in funding from investors including ANU Connect Ventures and the Sydney Angels Sidecard Fund, as it seeks to revolutionise the arts industry.

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

Refunds remain consumers’ biggest irk as group buying gripes soar

10:24PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Refunds continue to be the main cause of consumer complaints across all product categories, according to figures from NSW Fair Trading, as group buying and discount deals gripes escalate.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Websites

Co-founder of German start-up Jimdo visits Oz – here are his five top tips

10:00AM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-ups should look beyond the United States and make careful considerations before accepting funding offers, says the co-founder of successful German start-up Jimdo.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Going local for your start-up funding

10:45PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Alexandra Cain

A small but growing number of local councils now offer grants to early stage ventures. Here are some key tips to help your business secure local government funding. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Legal matters  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Leadership  | Business Grants

Look for a “natural invitation” to promote Halloween, retailers told

10:37PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retailers should only promote Halloween if there is a natural invitation from their customers, an expert says, after a retail body revealed figures highlighting the rise of Halloween in Australia.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Sales

Govt highlights role of innovation in Asian Century white paper

10:32PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have praised the Federal Government for the goals outlined in the Australia in the Asian Century white paper, including a vision to transform Australia’s innovation system.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Toll to challenge Australia Post in parcel deliveries

10:09PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Transport and logistics firm Toll is squaring up for a fight with Australia Post to take a greater share of the parcel delivery business.

 | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Sole trader

Body-lengthening gym class reaches new heights

10:05PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A six-week gym class in the UK promises to add at least two centimetres to your height or it will refund the cost of the class. It’s a concept that’s sure to find a growing market.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Advance to offer five-day US stint in 2013 start-up program

10:00AM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Advance, the government-funded network for Australian expatriates, is encouraging start-ups to apply for its 2013 program, which includes a visit to Silicon Valley and the Innovation Summit.

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

Crowdsourcing venture DesignCrowd makes first foray into Asia

10:25PM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd has made its first foray into Asia, after launching its service in Singapore, India and the Philippines as part of a global expansion plan.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | How I did it

Organic retailers tipped to shine as industry value hits $1.27 billion

10:06PM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than one in 20 Australians purchase organic products on a regular basis, according to a new report, which predicts the $1.27 billion industry is set for 15% annual growth.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Yahoo! acquires celebrity-backed app start-up Stamped

10:02PM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Yahoo! has made its first acquisition under the direction of chief executive Marissa Mayer, snapping up celebrity-backed mobile recommendations app Stamped for an undisclosed sum.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Buy a business  | Sell a business  | Technology

Dreams “displayed” on computers

11:01PM | Wednesday, 9 November 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Scientists predict we could soon use computers to “see” what we have dreamed about, and perhaps even record dreams to watch the next day.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Four Tech23 start-up winners share in $100,000

10:00AM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ninja Blocks and ScriptRock are among this year’s winners of technology innovation event Tech23, which saw four start-ups share in $100,000.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | How I did it

Get away from the “bubble” of your industry

10:14PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Taskmaster

When you’re in “the bubble” of an industry, it can be surprisingly easy to lose your focus on the big picture. However, there are important reasons to look for sources of outside inspiration.

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