2:04PM | Tuesday, 28 February 2012 | Labor Senator Mark Arbib has stepped down from his role as Small Business Minister, much to the exasperation of the small business sector, which will now have to deal with its fourth federal representative in five years.
12:05PM | Monday, 12 December 2011 | The Gillard Government has appointed Mark Arbib as Australia’s Small Business Minister following the resignation of Nick Sherry, who held the title for little more than a year.
11:18PM | Tuesday, 1 November 2011 | Only 29% of micro businesses had a website presence in 2009-10, new data has revealed, yet 31% had a website presence in 2008-09, suggesting start-ups are increasingly shying away from eCommerce.
8:17PM | Friday, 5 August 2011 | Mid-range fashion chain Brown Sugar has become the latest victim of the tough retail climate by entering into voluntary administration, with experts claiming that older demographics are driving the downturn.
7:05PM | Thursday, 14 July 2011 | Business owners can avoid the mistake of registering a business name that has already been trademarked after the launch of a new Federal Government trade mark tool.
7:41PM | Tuesday, 5 July 2011 | The Federal Government’s push for a dispute resolution system has won the support of the competition regulator but has only received lukewarm response from industry groups.
6:56PM | Wednesday, 15 June 2011 | Small Business Minister Nick Sherry has sparked outrage with his prediction that general bookstores will be absent from the market within five years.
5:00AM | Wednesday, 18 May 2011 | The Federal Government has launched a Small Business Resource Kit for small business owners, but the Opposition says the measure fails to address the issues plaguing the sector.
5:16PM | Monday, 2 May 2011 | Telstra has unveiled a $600 million national broadband solution in an overt attempt to entice small businesses to embrace digital technology.
2:40PM | Wednesday, 2 February 2011 | The Federal Government is launching a free handbook to ensure independent contractors are aware of their rights and responsibilities before they begin operating.