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Five ways the GST threshold report recommends changing the postal sector

9:51PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Patrick Stafford

The postal sector could be revamped if recommendations for a new report are acted upon by the government.

Uncovering the Canberra start-up scene

9:43PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

There are more than just pollies and bureaucrats in Canberra. The nation’s capital is also nurturing a healthy start-up scene. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Cardboard queen creates $19,000 bracelet

9:09PM | Monday, 10 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

How much would you be willing to pay for a bracelet made from salvaged industrial cardboard? Californian jewellery designer Keariene Muizz hopes your answer to that question is $19,000.

Single, 40-something men most likely to go bankrupt: Report

9:50PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Single men in their 40s are most likely to go bankrupt, new research shows, but a small business expert says this is due to men’s aversion to ask for help as much as their risk-taking nature.

The world’s top five most innovative businesses

9:14PM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

Are you hoping to reshape an industry with your start-up? If so, here are five innovative businesses you should pay attention to. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

Adelaide start-up Happy Inspector snags funding from US tech hub

9:00AM | Friday, 7 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Property inspection start-up Happy Inspector has raised a seed funding round from investors including Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, after lamenting the struggles it faced in securing cash in Australia.

NSW Opposition outlines details for small business commissioner role

9:26PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

NSW shadow small business minister Adam Searle has delivered a second reading of his Small Business Commissioner Bill, outlining further details about the scope of the proposed role.

Three green trends from clean tech competition finalists

9:22PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Seven finalists have been announced for the 2012 Australian Clean Technologies Competition, with a range of ideas covering everything from green manufacturing to improving crop care.

Retail tenancy predictions prompt pop-up shop tips

9:13PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been urged to use pop-up shops as a way to test the market before making a larger investment, following predictions that “monolithic” large stores could be on the wane.

CSIRO identifies six megatrends and the business opportunities in them

9:05PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Cara Waters

A new CSIRO report identifies the six megatrends businesses need to know about.

Five top pieces of business tech from the IFA show

9:21PM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Oliver Milman

The annual IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin wrapped up yesterday. Here are five products from this year’s show your start-up might use in the near future. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

‘No-nonsense’ Web Directions South event to launch start-up workshop

9:00AM | Thursday, 6 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Entrepreneurs can now register their interest in Web Directions South, a conference aimed at new tech companies, while Startup Weekend is to return to Adelaide for a second time.

Three start-up trends from the RMIT business plan competition finalists

9:56PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

RMIT University has announced the finalists of the 2012 RMIT Business Plan Competition, with ideas ranging from green fuel to eco-friendly beer packaging.

Twitter founder: Why scale is crucial for start-ups

9:49PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The founder of Twitter has shared his views on what it takes to create successful new technologies, highlighting the importance for companies to allow room to scale on a global basis.

Location key for retail start-ups amid foreign fashion wave

9:45PM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A retail expert says small independent retailers won’t be too badly hurt by the wave of global fast fashion retailers entering Australia.

TiECON Sydney to dole out $50,000 through start-up pitch contest

9:00AM | Wednesday, 5 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been given an 'open door' chance at the TiECON Sydney event to land $50,000 from angel investors, with organisers claiming that the initiative is an opportunity for new ventures to hone their pitches.

New IP laws set to penalise “quick and dirty” patent applications

9:51PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A patent expert has issued some advice about Australia’s new intellectual property and patenting laws, urging start-ups to refrain from rushing into a “quick and dirty” patent application.

Interest rates left on hold for third straight month

9:42PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Interest rates have remained on hold for the third consecutive month, with the Reserve Bank board attributing the decision to “quite firm” consumption growth and low unemployment.

Access to finance the biggest sore point for small firms: Study

9:00PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Access to finance remains one of the biggest problems faced by start-ups, according to an academic study, which finds small firms are also struggling to keep up with the growth of technology.

Online security stats prompt key tips for start-ups

9:55PM | Tuesday, 4 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have been urged to reassure consumers of the security of their sites, after a report revealed 95% of consumers would terminate their relationship with a company if it mishandled their data.

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