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Pitch your startup ideas at the StartUp Weekend Melbourne

At the Start-up Weekend Melbourne, Australian entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas before a panel of venture capitalists and incubators which are looking for the next big thing. The winning startup idea will win $5,000, mentoring support and a chance to enter a $15,000, three-month incubator program.

Australian SMEs aren’t keeping up to the consumers transition into an online world, says...

While more and more Australians are using the internet to interact with brands and buy goods, most Australian small businesses lack a digital strategy, says the latest Sensis e-Business Report. Nevertheless, SMEs usage of the internet to sell goods has been slowly but steadily growing over the last years.

Australian businesses very satisfied with their group buying campaigns

A new survey shows that 95% of businesses that use group buying websites to sell to sell products or services are happy with the results of their promotions which have brought them new customers and increased foot traffic.

City of Melbourne grants $55,000 for local business to start up and expand

The name of the seven recipients of the City of Melbourne’s 2011 Small Business Grants, Social Enterprise and Micro Business Grants Program have just been announced. The total of the grants amount to $55,000 which will allow Melbourne’s businesses to start up and expand.

What I learnt about leadership, teamwork and innovation by watching Junior Masterchef

Much intellect and literature has been devoted to trying to figure out Gen Y. And, now, Generation Z/Internet Generation/Generation @ (whatever you want to call them) are already entering the early stages of their productive working lives. I'm tipping they'll be just as different to Gen Y as what Gen Y is to Gen X and the Baby Boomers. While watching Junior Masterchef tonight, I had an epiphany.

Most underrated marketing tip: Networking

We’ve all heard the expression “it’s not what you know, but who you know”. In today’s business world, there is more competition than ever. Networking is becoming a fundamental skill to promote your business, its expertise and ultimately its growth.

More and more Australians are adopting multichannel as their typical shopping behaviour

Australian consumers are changing their buying behaviour and are increasingly adopting multichannel as their favoured way of engaging with brands and products. The research indicates that multichannel shoppers will spend between three and six times more that store only shoppers.

Bibby Financial Services supports calls for tax breaks for Australian SMEs

The latest Bibby survey shows that 52% of Australian small business owners are now more stressed that a year ago and that their major headache is their cash flow. These findings have led the debtor finance specialist to support calls for tax breaks.

Why are Australian retailers losing the online battle to offshore companies? They’re not engaging...

With Australian online retail sales increasingly going to offshore sites, eMarketingConnected decided to examine the online practices of national retailers. The results presented in its Beyond the Basics report show that Aussie retailers are failing to engage consumers and to provide them with a full online experience.

Local software market to grow massively over the next years, says Ovum

Ovum's latest report puts the Australian and New Zealand business software market on the verge of a massive growth across all categories. The market is expected to hit $7.3 billion in 2015.

Sensis launches tour to help SMEs enter the digital age

Sensis reports have found that almost half of Australian SMEs are missing an online presence and that most lack a digital strategy, prompting a tour across Australia to help businesses enter the digital world.

AngelCube announces the companies chosen for their first startup accelerator program

Melbourne’s first startup accelerator AngelCube has just announced the names of the four companies that will take part in their inaugural program. RentWant.com, Lexim.com.au, TestPilot.me and Goodfil.ms have been selected to receive $20,000 seed capital, marketing support, travel opportunities, office space and mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs.

NewNet launches new green business information service

A new service called Deal Radar was launched by NewNet to deliver in-depth business information for green companies all over the world. With the mission to connect the sustainable business community and promote green business opportunities, NewNet will be providing insights into business opportunities and investment in the clean technologies and sustainability sectors through its new service.

Moreton Bay Systems launches the Digilant wireless solar power surveillance camera

The Digilant wireless-activated solar power surveillance camera was developed by Moreton Bay Systems, an Australian company. The new camera promises to revolutionise surveillance in remote locations that lack power, addressing problems with illegal waste dumping, vandalism and break-ins.

The UQ Business School has announced its Enterprize 2011 finalists

The University of Queensland Business School has announced the five finalists of its 2011 Enterprize competition. A drug to the delay the progression of cataracts, a stopping corrosion low-cost chemical mix, an environment friendly fabrication technology, an online international patent search tool and an internet hub that hosts competitions to build predictive models are the five ideas behind the finalists of the business competition.

The number of Australian businesses for sale reaches a new record high as market...

According to the BizExchange Index June Quarter 2011, the number of businesses advertised for sale has reached new heights during the quarter but, as market sentiment declines, fortunate will be those who are able to sell their business for the right price.

ePublishing inevitable but are Australian publishers ready?

After Amazon's announcement last May that it is now selling more kindle books than print books, CAL (Copyright Agency Limited) decided to determine if Australian publishers and authors are ready for the digital revolution. In a survey, it found that, while many see the digital revolution as a significant opportunity, only a small percentage has a defined digital strategy.

The number of Australian businesses online grows with Western Australia leading the way

According to MYOB, the number of Australian businesses online grew since last November, with Western Australia named as the state with the greater percentage of businesses with a website. Leading the way for social media use are Victorian businesses. The report also found that more businesses with a website had an increase in revenue (32%) than those without (22%).

Larger companies take the longest to pay their bills. And if you want to...

Two-thirds of Australian businesses are taking longer than the usual 30 day period to pay their bills, says the latest Dun & Bradstreet Trade Payment Analysis report. On average, Australian businesses are taking 53.4 days to make their payments.

Travelex and EFIC extend limits of the foreign exchange facility

Travelex and EFIC (Export Finance and Insurance Corporation) have partnered to provide an extension to the limit of the EFIC foreign exchange facility, allowing exporters to have higher foreign exchange trading limits. The two entities have agreed to double the overall limit of the EFIC foreign exchange facility guarantee.

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