Benchmark your way to success

11:57PM | Wednesday, 2 November 2011 |  Call it curiosity or just plain competiveness, most business owners want to know how their business compares to others in the industry, but don’t know how to go about it. Try benchmarking.

How should I frame payment terms for my clients?

11:19PM | Wednesday, 2 November 2011 |  It is one of the most important aspects of running a small business to ensure that debtors’ management is controlled and you remain cashflow positive.

Playing catch-up in the start-up funding race

11:30PM | Tuesday, 1 November 2011 |  Over the past year, the Australian start-up sector has been sprinkled by some much-needed funding stardust. StartupSmart spoke to three start-ups on how they plan to attract funding to build their businesses.

WizzyBoard takes out $50,000 innovation prize at the Technology Entrepreneurship Forum

11:30PM | Tuesday, 1 November 2011 |  WizzyBoard, a start-up technology based around online games and toys, has won top prize, worth $50,000, at the Technology Entrepreneurship Forum.

What advice do you have for tackling new competitors in your industry?

11:55AM | Tuesday, 1 November 2011 |  Do not rest on your laurels or past successes. You need to constantly innovate and improve every aspect of your business.

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.

Is there any particular trick to advertising to Gen Ys?

10:56PM | Monday, 31 October 2011 |  The biggest mistake that anyone can make in marketing to Gen Ys is marketing to them without their permission. BY MICHAEL HALLIGAN.

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.