Business planning


Arbib replaces Sherry as Small Business Minister

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.

Gift card industry riddled with inconsistencies: Report

12:54PM | Monday, 12 December 2011 |  Promoting gift cards as the perfect present could be a risk, with a new report revealing the industry is fraught with inconsistencies, affecting card issuers as well as consumers.


12:54PM | Monday, 12 December 2011 |  Connect2Field chief executive Steven Orenstein talks to StartupSmart about the company’s interest in mum-and-dad businesses, and its plans to go global.

Finding your niche market

12:24PM | Friday, 9 December 2011 |  Nominal Accounting Software, Making Assumptions About My Niche Market: Business Planning

$249m program to boost R&D partnerships

12:55PM | Friday, 9 December 2011 |  Up to 20 research hubs will be set up nationwide as part of a new $249 million research program, which will also see the establishment of up to 50 research training centres for PhD students.

Angry Birds cupcakes prompt licensing warning

12:30PM | Thursday, 8 December 2011 |  Start-ups that align their products to existing brands need to demonstrate a guarantee of quality, an expert says, after a bakery franchise launched a range of cupcakes featuring the characters of the highly popular game Angry Birds.

Swinburne University opens $140m technology centre

12:15PM | Thursday, 8 December 2011 |  Swinburne University of Technology looks set to enhance its reputation as an entrepreneurial hub, with the opening of a $140 million advanced manufacturing teaching and research facility.

Customer credit checks and cashflow critical in 2012: Bibby

12:28PM | Wednesday, 7 December 2011 |  Bibby Financial Services has come up with some quirky but clever tips to grow your business in the New Year, as small business owners becoming increasingly pessimistic about the future.

When Disaster Strikes

12:22PM | Wednesday, 7 December 2011 |  One of the truths of starting a business is that things will go wrong – sometimes horribly. But until you have faced your first disaster, you haven’t really launched your business. BY JASON ROSE.

SMEs urged to overcome consumer distrust of social media

12:11PM | Tuesday, 6 December 2011 |  Businesses need to ensure their social media campaigns are tailored to suit clients’ needs, experts say, with a new survey showing almost a third of consumers rank social media as one of their least trusted marketing channels.