Small business


Working out your best assets

10:42PM | Monday, 31 October 2011 |  Starting up may mean launching your own venture. But it can also involve buying another business. However, be aware that the latter option isn’t hassle-free.

Ironbridge takes stake in start-up ISG Management

10:16PM | Monday, 31 October 2011 |  A start-up utilities provider expected to bring in about $150 million in its first year of operation has nabbed Ironbridge Capital as a minority shareholder, hot on the heels of a $100-million-a-year contract with Telstra.

Silicon Valley giants lend weight to 50 for the Future program

10:51PM | Monday, 31 October 2011 |  An ambitious new program called 50 for the Future is to match promising early-stage start-ups with 50 of the leading Australians in Silicon Valley, who will act as mentors to the next generation of budding entrepreneurs.

Victorian Government kicks off $10 million fund for technology start-ups

10:20PM | Monday, 31 October 2011 |  The Victorian Government has opened applications for funding of up to $250,000 for the state’s small businesses to trial and develop productivity-boosting technology.

Start-up app developer Filter Squad downloads $1.1 million investment

10:11PM | Friday, 28 October 2011 |  Filter Squad, the Perth-based developer behind the popular Discovr app, has secured a $1.1 million investment from a Western Australia venture capital fund, less than a year after launching.

Small businesses urged to rethink Eftpos provider

10:01PM | Friday, 28 October 2011 |  An independent Eftpos provider has attempted to convince small businesses to consider alternatives to ePAL in light of new interchange fees, as research shows Eftpos transaction volume continues to grow.

Sustainability Awards switches focus to start-ups

10:28PM | Thursday, 27 October 2011 |  This year’s Australian Sustainability Awards will include a new category titled Sustainable New Enterprise, in a bid to raise the profile of innovative new companies in the sustainability sector.

The top 10 Shonky “winners”

10:03PM | Thursday, 27 October 2011 |  Choice’s Shonky Awards have become the one prize that every Australian business doesn’t want to receive. We’ve picked 10 of the worst and outline what start-ups can learn from these business’ slip-ups.

How should I fund my start-up?

10:59PM | Thursday, 27 October 2011 |  The real question here is how much will an investor give you towards your business?

Liquor store in hot water after carbon tax price hike

10:25PM | Wednesday, 26 October 2011 |  The competition watchdog says businesses could be forced to defend any price rises in response to the carbon tax, after a liquor store used the tax to justify a 20% rise in the price of beer.