Tech start-up MyCyberTwin named rising star at export awards

11:53PM | Wednesday, 23 November 2011 |  Sydney-based tech start-up MyCyberTwin, which creates online virtual assistants, has won the Rising Star Award at the 2011 Australian Technology Showcase Patrons’ Awards in NSW.

Start-up exporting woe

11:47PM | Tuesday, 15 November 2011 |  Australian start-ups may be regularly told that they are playing in an increasingly global marketplace, but the view beyond our shores currently isn’t very enticing.

Export grants scheme increases expenses threshold

11:50PM | Monday, 14 November 2011 |  The Export Market Development Grants scheme will reimburse up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses, after increasing the minimum expenses threshold from $10,000 to $20,000.

Use “Australianism” to crack US market, exporter says

11:49PM | Wednesday, 2 November 2011 |  Adelaide-based export business Aussie Inc. says start-ups that do business in the United States can use their “Australianism” to gain a competitive edge, but must ensure they can deliver.

Single serve or family size?

9:58PM | Tuesday, 27 September 2011 |  Family-run enterprises have long been the bedrock of Australia’s small business sector. The help, support and familiarity provided by relatives can prove invaluable, not only in the start-up phase, but also in the generational handover of a thriving business.

Outgrowing the dining room

9:31PM | Friday, 23 September 2011 |  Founder of online retailer Style and Substance Kathryn Heaven reveals how she went from an home-based business to a warehouse dubbed “Diva Central”.

New funding guarantee for exporters unveiled

9:27PM | Thursday, 1 September 2011 |  The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation has struck an agreement with the Commonwealth Bank to guarantee the loans given to small business exporters.

Manufacturers at mercy of cotton prices, labour costs

8:25PM | Thursday, 25 August 2011 |  Clothing and footwear wholesaler Pacific Brands has reported a full-year loss of $132 million, highlighting the challenges facing the industry, including cotton prices and Chinese labour costs.

Grim outlook for clothing wholesale and manufacturing

8:09PM | Wednesday, 17 August 2011 |  IBISWorld Report Paints Grim Picture For Clothing Wholesale And Manufacturing: Finance

Swan highlights Chinese middle-class opportunity

8:20PM | Monday, 15 August 2011 |  The growing number of Chinese middle-class consumers highlights business opportunities across tourism, education and manufacturing, according to Treasurer Wayne Swan.