St George Bank announces $2 billion in small business funds and free office space for start-ups

10:21PM | Friday, 11 October 2013 | Rose Powell

St George Bank has announced a series of initiatives to target start-up founders including free, full-service office space, an additional 50 bankers and $2 billion in lending earmarked for small businesses.

Financing a business

How to work out if you’ve got a viable start-up idea: Insights from the Next program

10:22PM | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Customer discovery and honing start-up ideas were the key topics explored during the first evening of the Next start-up development program, run in co-working space York Butter Factory on Monday.


Trademark registration for start-ups: The basics

10:02PM | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 | Jacqui Pryor

If you are starting a new business it’s important to consider the registration of trademarks early on. Here are the key details you need to know.


Why stuffing up the phone call with my first customer was the best mistake I made

9:47PM | Thursday, 26 September 2013 | Rose Powell

After years of musing and months of planning, Ed Onggo’s first call to a potential customer about his crowdsourced ticketing platform went incredibly badly.


Solo tradies tap website to buy and sell unwanted building materials

9:08PM | Tuesday, 24 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

Fed up with the waste and expense of unused building materials going into landfill, builder Neil Turrell and wife Leisa came up with the idea of an online platform to buy and sell construction site leftovers.

Sales and marketing

Soloists rejoice as ATO, Fair Work told to lay off independent contractors

9:55PM | Monday, 23 September 2013 | Patrick Stafford

The business community has enthusiastically welcomed the news that Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has issued a warning to the Australian Tax Office to go easy on independent contractors and the self-employed.

Government and Regulation

Migrant entrepreneurs overcome barriers to starting up businesses in Australia

9:03PM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Nina Hendy

Australia prides itself on its multiculturalism. However, migrant entrepreneurs face some unique challenges when starting up.


Melbourne footballer James Magner’s bright pedal venture

9:30PM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

When James Magner moved to inner Melbourne to play Australian Rules football for the Melbourne Football Club he ditched his car for a bike to get around and avoid traffic.

Start-up Profiles

Creative start-ups need to focus on the customer problem or need

9:47PM | Friday, 13 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Art-driven start-ups need to be as savvy about their offering as a software company, according to a design marketplace entrepreneur.


Co-working continues to take Australia by storm: Meetings and new spaces launched

9:41PM | Friday, 13 September 2013 | Rose Powell

The co-working trend continues this month with a 50-strong gathering in Queensland meeting to discuss collaborative workspaces and a new space launching in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda this month.


Making the leap from corporate world to sole trader: Why one woman did it

9:22PM | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

Making the leap from the corporate world to writing her own recipe book and launching a food website was “terrifying”, Tanya Bartolini says.


How to save your inspiring ideas

9:59AM | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | Linnet Hunter

Inspiration sometimes strikes at the strangest times. Here are some good ways to record, track, store and organise your ideas.


AFL stars back Three65 Underwear’s subscription undies revolution

9:19PM | Wednesday, 4 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

Frustration with the high prices of name brand men’s underwear prompted Will Strange to start his own subscription online store Three65 Underwear.


Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to launch in Australia

8:59PM | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Popular US-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has added a sub-domain to its website for Australian campaigns and plans to launch here within the month.

Financing a business

New research reveals what makes a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign

8:37PM | Wednesday, 21 August 2013 | Rose Powell

A website that tracks Kickstarter campaigns has revealed its findings of the four key elements creative start-ups need to get right to maximise their fundraising chances.

Business ideas

Gourmet solution to a family’s start-up dreams

8:25PM | Friday, 16 August 2013 | Rose Powell

Husband and wife team, blogger Kim and chef Andrew, launched All Consuming Food, a gourmet dinner home delivery service last month in a bid to take charge of their lives and finances.


Banking on a loan for your business

8:08PM | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 | Nina Hendy

Securing a traditional bank loan is damned near impossible if you’re starting out in business. So, is there anything you can do to convince the banks you’re a worthwhile risk?

Financing a business

Entrepreneurs in rural remote Australia receive $400,000 boost in ICT education support

8:49PM | Friday, 2 August 2013 | Rose Powell

The federal government has appointed TAFE NSW Western as its “virtual advisor” to support entrepreneurs in rural and remote Australia to make the most of opportunities arising from the National Broadband Network.


Jim’s Group adds conveyancing to franchise portfolio

7:50PM | Wednesday, 31 July 2013 | Gavin Lower

The group behind Jim’s Mowing has added a new business to its portfolio – conveyancing.


Woes for retail space vendors creating new opportunities for pop-up stores

7:52PM | Thursday, 18 July 2013 | Rose Powell

There is a silver lining for start-ups in the rising number of vacant retail spaces: greater access to opportunities to take their products direct to the public through pop-up stores.

Sales and marketing