Small firms put on notice as late bills hit 12-month high

1:00AM | Friday, 27 January 2012 |  Businesses are being urged to prioritise trade payments as they stare down the barrel of another challenging year, with data showing severely delinquent bills are at a 12-month high, jumping 28% over the Christmas period.

Business lobby group ACCI calls for interest rate cut

1:16PM | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 |  Business owners are relying on another interest rate cut to help offset the worst trading conditions in 14 years, according to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Beware of start-up hockey stick expectations

1:38PM | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 |  The thing that strikes me the most about them is that they typically have one thing in common – they all think that their idea will be a great commercial success. BY MARC PESKETT.

Coffee Joulies give wake-up call to start-up

1:52PM | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 |  Coffee Joulies are stone-like devices that can be immersed in hot drinks – cooling them while they’re too hot and heating them as they cool down.

Be yourself

1:29PM | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 |  Being the start of a new year, I decided it was a good time to sit down and revisit my standard sales presentation. BY JASON ROSE.

THE NEWS WRAP: IMF again slashes global growth expectations

1:08AM | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 |  The International Monetary Fund has again slashed its forecast for global economic growth this year, warning that a further recession is looming.

Innovation in Entrepreneurship course to offer $50k in cash prizes

1:48PM | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 |  Start-ups are being encouraged to secure a spot in a 12-week course titled Innovation in Entrepreneurship, a national entrepreneurship program delivering $50,000 in cash prizes.

Is it hard to borrow money from the banks?

1:14PM | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 |  Generally, major banks do not lend to early stage businesses, but there are other options.

New font for dyslexics

1:07PM | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 |  There have been plenty of typeface innovations in recent years. Now there’s a font designed specifically for those with dyslexia.

THE NEWS WRAP: IMF chief warns of 1930s-like slump

1:18AM | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 |  The world could be faced with a 1930s-style economic slump unless the eurozone debt crisis is resolved, the head of the IMF has warned.