Small business finance


Business profitability at record low: Survey

9:00AM | Tuesday, 6 September 2011 |  Business profitability has hit an 18-year low, with a new survey from Sensis revealing that 80% of SMEs saw profit remain flat or fall in the three months to August.

Victorian businesses share in $3m government grant

9:00AM | Monday, 5 September 2011 |  Emerging businesses Trakblaz and Bright Brewery are among the recipients of the latest $3 million funding round of the Victorian Competitive Business Fund program.

Debtor finance rises 6.1% as SMEs battle cashflow struggles

9:43PM | Friday, 2 September 2011 |  Small businesses appear to be turning to debtor finance to deal with their cashflow woes, with a 6.1% rise in the value of the sector in the June quarter.

Tune your fraud radar

8:52PM | Wednesday, 31 August 2011 |  Following on from my suggestion that entrepreneurs perform some spot checks on their financial processes, a report on fraud from KPMG has landed on my desk.

Now is a great time to start-up: Economist

8:34PM | Wednesday, 31 August 2011 |  Now is a good time to start a business, despite the major structural changes needed in the Australian economy, according to a leading economist.

Sydney Angels investors plough $600,000 into two start-ups

8:42PM | Tuesday, 30 August 2011 |  Sydney Angels has facilitated an investment of $600,000 in two tech start-ups, Tapit Media and Bubble Gum Interactive, its first outlay since raising $10 million in March.

THE NEWS WRAP: Financial planning rules backed by industry

8:11AM | Tuesday, 30 August 2011 |  Proposed legislation to closely regulate the duties and pay arrangements of financial planners has been largely accepted by the financial services industry, according to reports.

How do I value my contribution in a joint venture arrangement?

8:01PM | Thursday, 25 August 2011 |  The key to any successful JV is ensuring that the partners have an aligned strategy and a clear agreement on roles and responsibilities.

Setting your sights on value

8:43PM | Wednesday, 24 August 2011 |  If there’s one target every small business should have in their sights, it’s business value. Here are five steps to maximise the value of your business.

How do you work out the split of a business when you have a co-founder?

8:26PM | Friday, 19 August 2011 |  The most important thing to remember is to work it out upfront and have that arrangement properly documented in writing.