Small business finance


Victorian Government’s biotech support slammed for lack of strategy

8:30PM | Thursday, 18 August 2011 |  The Victorian Government’s $772 million investment in biotechnology has failed to produce any clear benefits due to a severe lack of strategy, according to a new report

Ultrasound developer Signostics gets $1.96m to commercialise idea

8:05PM | Wednesday, 17 August 2011 |  Commercialisation Australia has splashed out nearly $8 million in its latest funding round, including a $1.96 million grant for a company that has developed a hand-held ultrasound device for patients.

How can I identify who my ideal target customer is?

8:15PM | Tuesday, 16 August 2011 |  Never forget that you shoot at targets, but you must create and embrace clients and consumers to become ideal customers.

Tuning in to the advertising bargains

8:31PM | Monday, 15 August 2011 |  Want to know how small businesses get such great bargains and punch well above their modest marketing budgets?

Insolvency figures up 5.9% as tough conditions take toll

8:10PM | Wednesday, 10 August 2011 |  Almost 10,000 companies entered external administration in the 2011 financial year, with SMEs among the hardest hit, with a Tax Office crackdown and the strong Australian dollar blamed for a rise in failures.

Australian dollar falls below US parity

8:43PM | Tuesday, 9 August 2011 |  The Australian dollar fell to 99.29 US cents yesterday, although Australian stocks made a stunning afternoon comeback after they plunged by more than 4% at midday.

SMEs hammered by banks, impose tiered rates on business savers: Report

8:40PM | Wednesday, 3 August 2011 |  Small businesses are being treated like second-class customers by Australian banks, according to new research, despite claims to the contrary from the Australian Bankers’ Association.

Spotting dodgy credit providers

8:43PM | Tuesday, 2 August 2011 |  With start-ups continuing to struggle to secure finance from reliable sources such as banks, the need to ensure you are getting a genuinely good deal for your funding is now more pressing than ever.

How should I go about hiring a part-time bookkeeper?

8:09PM | Monday, 1 August 2011 |  Finding someone you can trust and rely on to handle your books is not a decision you should make lightly.

Business lending takes a dive, as sentiment remains low, RBA reveals

8:53PM | Monday, 1 August 2011 |  Business loan balances contracted by the biggest monthly amount in June since September 2010, the Reserve Bank has revealed, as business sentiment remains at a low.