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Robern Menz, a chocolate factory with a sweet tooth for growth

Don’t let its 104 years of age fool you though; Robern Menz is still a very versatile player in the industry, and even produces high-quality confections for other international brand names besides the Robern Menz name. CEO Phil Sims says these companies have chosen to focus on their strong points, and leave production to more capable companies like Robern Menz.

Catching up with epic Aussie Startup Weekend winners

Recently, two Startup Weekend events have wrapped up in Australia. These events place would-be entrepreneurs in a 54-hour crunch to pitch, plan, and produce a new product or service. The format is global, with happenings going on all over the globe on an almost monthly basis.

Hands up, who wants to learn more about starting a venture?

Are you among those who have mused about a new entrepreneurial idea of epic proportions only to dismiss it because you just don't know where to start? Perhaps you are looking to start a new business around something groundbreaking but you need a little – push. Starting a venture is exciting, but can be very arduous.

Meet NoQ, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Online Business Category]

NoQ was born from a moment of inspiration on the part of its founder, Brad Moran. In 2011, Moran found himself waiting in line for a movie but wanting to get some food without loosing his spot. The scenario got him to thinking of way that he could pre-order and pay with his mobile so that he could grab his food and go without additional queue time waiting for the food. Voila! NoQ was born.

Awesome sauce alert: Startup Weekend Adelaide & Brisbane is shaping up for greatness

The next Startup Weekend event is happening 16-18 November 2012 in Adelaide. The event will host developers, business personnel and legal experts who will work collaboratively to try and hammer out a new idea over the weekend, with a focus on bringing to bear a new startup. The event is nearly all filled-up, but those of us watching from the side-lines have a whole lot to look forward to. Participants will arrive Friday afternoon and start networking. After dinner and a small round of pep talks, the “Pitchfire” will begin.

Coffee. Can we ever have too much of it?

Right now, the average cost of a takeaway cappuccino in Australia is $3.47. On average, Australians are paying no more this quarter for their cappuccino than last quarter. The Gilkatho Cappuccino Price Index™ has slowed this quarter in comparison to the CPI, but still shows a marked increase on the CPI over the year.

11 tips for your business to get better profits

Businesses exist to make money. That’s not news right? And, if a company does not generate sufficient profits it may fail. That's not news either. Business bankruptcies are on the rise, with ASIC statistics show that 1123 companies were placed into receivership in February 2012. So, what can businesses do to get better profits?

It's a mobile kind of magic. Startup weekend Adelaide discovers some magic, then makes...

Adelaide's Startup Weekend in March found some interesting and commercially viable new mobile apps.

Company developing cataract-fighting drug wins 2011 Enterprize competition

A company pioneering a drug to delay cataracts from forming or slow their growth has won this year's $100,000 Enterprize competition. Adelaide-based Calpain Therapeutics' victory was announced earlier this month by University of Queensland Business School, which has run Australia's richest business-plan contest since 2000.

DealFetch: Australia’s first location-based group buying aggregator?

Daily deals remain on a tear as innovation adds spice to the sector. First there were deal sites like Scoopon and Cudo. Then came the deal aggregators like AllTheDeals and BargainDesk. Now here is a deal aggregator with a local twist – a la BargainDesk meets Foursquare, if you will.

What Australia’s solar power initiatives really need: A boy and his ‘death ray’

When Australia decides to get serious about its renewable-energy initiatives, we recommend that Ms. Gillard give Eric Jacqmain a ring. The youngster from the American Midwest created a portable "death ray" that, at its focal point, boasts the heat of 5,000 suns.

Meet ChargePoint Australia, Anthill 2010 Cool Company Award Finalist [X-Factor Award Category]

Three Australians visited Silicon Valley two years ago with the goal of getting a jump on the electric-vehicle era. Today, they say they're poised to give battery-powered cars a jolt. An EV driver will now be able to find a charging station on an iPhone app and, once plugged in, track the charge while he grabs a cuppa.

Ice Bag Advertising (SMART 100)

This innovation came to life after a discussion with a friend who owned an Ice manufacturing and distribution business in Adelaide. I noticed there was a blank space on one side of the bag and asked him why he didn't sell the space off to advertisers. We also discussed the vast opportunities due to his distribution network into all supermarkets and convenience stores. From this we looked at potential markets and agreed to trial the concept through his business.

How to make school kids behave? Give them Wi-Fi!

A recent project in Arizona, USA to install Wifi hotspot on school buses has turn a rowdy bus ride into a "rolling study hall", reports the New York Times. While the Internet is often blamed for causing a whole heap of teenager problems, what's available on the internet seems irrelevant when it comes down to changing their behaviour.

Adelaide bus commuters get free wireless entertainment platform

Margaret Thatcher once remarked that anybody over the age of 30 who used a bus could consider themselves a failure. Now, Adelaide commuters might be clamouring over one another to get on the bus thanks to a new free mobile entertainment platform.

Applications for the Venture Capital SA Investment Attraction Course close this Friday

The aim of the Venture Capital SA Investment Attraction Course program is to prepare 10-12 companies that are looking to raise private equity/venture capital in the next 6-12 months.

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How to build a retail empire with James Webber [FREE REPORT]

Starting any new business is hard, but starting an online retail business is particularly hard. You see, this is one industry that combines technology, logistics and, of course, marketing – it’s a juggling act. To help us crack this hard nut, we sought the wisdom James Webber, CEO at Bookworld.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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