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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...

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

The Middle East is an exciting export market for Australian SME exporters if they know how to identify the opportunities and understand the potential risks

This start-up that is making it way easier for Australian businesses to trade overseas...

CargoHound, the first true online marketplace for international freight, has secured $800,000 seed funding to support its aggressive expansion strategy in Australia and New Zealand.

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.

Seven things you probably didn’t know about accessing Government funds

Did you know that there are over 600 government grants and other types of assistance available to your business? Or, that much of the...

Here’s an export success story. Once upon a time, an Aussie company went to...

Although China is a tremendous opportunity for Australian exporters, The Expert Editor is actually the first professional editing company to service this growing market.

Seven things to consider before expanding your business internationally

Any business should not necessarily be restricted to its own domestic market. There are many more customers for your goods and services, franchise business and even your intellectual property than you might think, even if it might feel daunting and a little frightening to operate away from a familiar environment.

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.

Forget Facebook: China’s social networking must-dos

Navigating China’s many social networks can be as challenging and frustrating as mastering Mandarin. However, when building a social media plan, there are a few basics you can apply. Here are four must-dos when attempting to to connect with -- and ultimately sell your brand to -- the Chinese.

Try a MAFTA with your Laksa: Malaysia’s exciting economic future

Many Australians may view Malaysia as a tourist spot or source of some seriously hot curries, but there’s much more to the story. In fact, the relationship between the two nations goes back decades, says Tim Harcourt, and as the Malaysian economy accelerates, Australia will continue to play an important role in its development.

Atlassian’s Scott Farquhar talks about raising US$60 million from Accel

Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar should be in a good mood. Last month, the company he created with business partner Mike Cannon-Brookes, as 22-year-old university...

Australian innovation lets the people of PNG pay for electricity using mobile phone credits...

The rapid adoption of this service highlights the suitability of mobile payment technology in developing countries, which often do not have access to the same payment methods and services available in developed markets. It also highlights a trend that Australian software and application developers best not ignore.

Talking Business: The Australian Economy [7 June 2010, PODCAST]

Leon and Garry talk about the Australian share market and its worst May performance in 26 years, driven largely by the panic in Europe. This may explain why the RBA has kept interest rates on hold. However, the respite might be short lived with Australian exports surging by the most in three decades and inflation gathering pace. Australian GDP grew by 0.5% for the first three months, driven largely by Government spending.

Iceland: From boom to bust to haven to where-the-bloody-hell-are-you?

Being a single industry economy is notoriously dangerous. And few countries understand this better than Iceland. Not wanting to remain in the doldrums, Iceland is trying to re-brand itself as a journalistic haven, centre of creativity and popular tourist destination. Cue cart-wheeling citizens.

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.

The hottest market opportunities in Japan for entrepreneurs located elsewhere (part 2)

In my previous letter I looked at two trends in Japan that may turn into “hot’ opportunities for those outside the country. Here are two more trends that will provide opportunities for an entrepreneurial soul.

The hottest market opportunities in Japan for entrepreneurs located elsewhere (part 1)

Which trends in Japan will turn into hot opportunities for entrepreneurs located outside the country? I gave this some thought while sliding down Japan’s best powder ski slopes as Australia was sweltering over summer. Here are the first two of four “hot” sectors at the top of my list.

Determine your global readiness in 10 minutes

The Australian Federal Government's Export, Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) is offering businesses the opportunity to asses their readiness to launch into the global market with an online 'Benchmark your Business' test.

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