Doing business overseas


Nanotek chief offers franchise expansion tips after Russian foray

7:32PM | Tuesday, 12 July 2011 |  The head of global car-cleaning franchise Nanotek says franchisors looking to expand internationally must mould their franchise model to the market they’re entering.

Government program to boost declining number of female exporters

7:38PM | Monday, 4 July 2011 |  The Federal Government is relying on its upcoming Women in Global Business program to boost the number of female Australian exporters, with research revealing that figure is declining.

99designs co-founder makes’s 30 Under 30

6:45PM | Tuesday, 28 June 2011 |  Mick Mickiewicz, the co-founder of Australian-based start-up 99designs, has been named in’s 30 Under 30, alongside the founders of Dropbox, Foodspotting and Grasshopper.


6:22PM | Monday, 27 June 2011 |  StageBitz is the latest project of Catherine Prosser, who founded Canberra-based theatre software company Production Genie in 2007.

Govt launches competition for clean tech start-ups

6:16PM | Thursday, 23 June 2011 |  A new nationwide competition for clean tech start-ups offers the winner the chance to represent Australia at a similar competition in the US and potentially win more than $100,000 in services.

Lily Loves Pearl

6:11PM | Friday, 17 June 2011 |  With 34 stores across Australia, organic skincare business Lily Loves Pearl is more than just a pretty name. Founder Samantha Molineux talks to StartupSmart about being in the organic industry.

Aussie businesses struggling to bridge China divide

6:56PM | Monday, 6 June 2011 |  Australian businesses can help to close the cultural divide with Chinese companies by sending their “A-team” to China to develop effective working relationships, according to industry experts.

How do you get around the language barrier with Chinese suppliers?

5:54PM | Tuesday, 24 May 2011 |  Overcoming the language barrier when dealing with Chinese suppliers is one of the biggest challenges you are likely to face when starting an importation business.

How to snare a US investor

5:16PM | Monday, 23 May 2011 |  A flurry of recent deals demonstrates that US investors are keeping a closer eye on Aussie start-ups than, arguably, ever before. Here’s how to get a look-in.

Tapping into the green tech surge

5:35AM | Thursday, 19 May 2011 |  The shift towards clean energy technology confirms there are plenty of opportunities for businesses to tap into the burgeoning market.