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Looking to cross more borders? Here are essential tips to grow your export business

‘Knowledge is power’ as the old saying goes, and this could not be truer for businesses that export into international markets. Many clients I work...

How Aussie SMBs can use government grants to crack into the tough Asian market

If Austrade has specifically designed a special category under this grant for marketing consultants, it shows that they understand the limitations and the challenges around breaking into an overseas market like Asia.

New start-up taking small business lending to the next level raises $8m in seed...

Sail has developed a unique algorithm that harnesses big data in real-time to offer fully customised lending decisions. In a matter of minutes, business owners can apply and receive a loan offer that is tailored to meet their needs.

B2B Expo 2016 is a great place for Australian SME owners to meet, greet...

The inaugural B2BExpo 2016 scheduled for April 27-28, organised by Australian Business Forum (ABF), is an ideal forum for SME owners to meet and connect

Looking to spread your wings beyond Australia? Why you should consider exporting to South...

Australia and South Korea enjoy a strong trade relationship, which has created exciting opportunities for Australian SMEs looking to expand in South Korean

China’s ‘big four’ want to connect Australian businesses with Chinese customers

China's big four e-marketplaces (Alibaba, JD Worldwide, VIP.com and Yihaodian) want to sell more premium Australian products to the growing Chinese middle class.

Talking ’bout my generation: Will Gen X become Generation X-port?

It seems like only yesterday that Bob Hawke and Paul Keating floated the dollar. Australia, the so-called lucky country, made its own luck as our leaders opened up our economy to Asia and the emerging world. Back then, baby boomers began taking their business out of ‘Fortress Australia’; trying their luck on the world stage, often in new lands that weren’t as affluent or familiar as they are today.

SMEs in the limelight at 2010 Export Awards

The Awards commended Australia’s top exporters for their achievements and commitment to success in overseas markets. The three SMEs honoured were Future Fibre Technologies (FFT) of Victoria, Epichem of Western Australia, and Pivot Maritime International of Tasmania. FFT also took home the top prize of Australian Exporter of the Year.

Which markets matter most to Australian exporters?

While our trade data is dominated by swings in the commodity cycle, some new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) tells us a little bit more about the Australian exporter community and how its members have been affected by the GFC.

Latest top markets for Aussie exporters revealed

This week the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) released research into the activity of Australia's exporters with a key finding being that, despite the global finaincial crisis, Australia's export industry is healthy and volumes have continued to grow.

From Rio to Freo: are we going nuts for Brazil?

From soccer to samba and Carnival to Copacabana, Brazil is seen as an exotic country of liberal excess and partying. However, beyond the beaches and the tourist hedonism, Brazil’s most promising leader to date, President Lula da Silva, has been powering on with economic reform and international strategic alliances that have seen the country emerge relatively unscathed from the GFC. Tim Harcourt reports what this means for the future and where trade with Australia may fit into Brazil’s promising economic outlook.

Macquarie’s shadow: International investment is Australia’s Achilles Heel

Foreign investment and domestic jobs have been inextricably linked since Australia’s convict days. Austrade’s Chief Economist Tim Harcourt explains.

Can Canada capitalise on its Olympics achievement?

As Sydney 2000 illustrated, the Olympic Games present a wonderful opportunity for the host country to channel the attending global attention into commercial momentum. But with the global economy on the slow road to recovery, will Canada be able to parlay the triumph of Vancouver's recently concluded Winter Olympics into sustained business success?

A conversation about entrepreneurship with expat Australian Terrie Lloyd (part 1)

A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to sit down with Terrie Lloyd, a 51-year dual-national of Australia and New Zealand, who has lived in Japan for 26 years. A "self-made man" in the truest sense, he formed his first company on a working holiday visa at the age of 25, in Japan, and has established more than 17 companies since then. Terrie was extremely generous in sharing his experiences. Below is part one of this two part interview.

A formal response to our rabble rousing from Senator Carr’s office

Following our recent series of articles on innovation in Australia (our Australia Day series), we received the following note from the Office of Senator Kim Carr, Australia’s Innovation Minister. We were expecting a dressing down. Here's what we got instead.

A formal response to our rabble rousing from Senator Carr's office

Following our recent series of articles on innovation in Australia (our Australia Day series), we received the following note from the Office of Senator Kim Carr, Australia’s Innovation Minister. We were expecting a dressing down. Here's what we got instead.

Diary of an entrepreneur raising capital: Money for nothing

I can never figure out if that Dire Straits song goes “money for nothing and your chicks for free” or “money for nothing and your cheques for free”. Let’s stick with cheques for this post, because everyone knows you don’t get chicks for free unless you play the guitar on the MTV. Plus, getting cheques for free is in context with what I want to talk about.

End of the Tyranny of Distance? Going global in the digital age.

The world is getting much smaller, which is a particularly good thing for Australia, writes Austrade’s Chief Economist Tim Harcourt.

Is Australian prosperity too dependent on the rise of China?

According to the latest rankings released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, China is again our number one trading partner. But it raises the question: Do we have too many eggs in the China basket?

The Great Recovery and soaring dollar create headaches and opportunities for Australian companies

It is generally thought that a soaring Aussie dollar is terrible for exporters. However, as Austrade's Chief Economist Tim Harcourt reveals, there are two sides to every coin.

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