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Top Brisbane businesswoman Sonia McDonald has been named among the top 250 female leaders...

Prominent Brisbane businesswoman Sonia McDonald has been named in digital business magazine Richtopia’s 250 Most Influential Women Leaders of the world

Accountants’ group calls for Small Business Commissioner with teeth

The Small Business Commissioner is expected to act as a “one-stop shop” for small business people, representing their concerns and interests directly to the government, meeting a longstanding demand for better advocacy, advice and information. But will the Commissioner have the teeth, and thus the power to make things better for small business?

What does Twitter and its hashtags say about us? Plenty that is endearing

In a nutshell, the study demonstrates strength and complexity of connections among Australian users of Twitter, besides revealing “vibrant networks around issues of interest and concern to Australians that interweave across the whole physical continent.”

Survey finds SMBs losing confidence in Federal Government

Is the Federal Government out of touch (and at odds?) with the country’s single most important business demographic? That seems to be the finding of independent research commissioned by Telstra Business and the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) to gauge issues of importance to small business ahead of the return of Federal Parliament.

Australia is one of few OECD countries to reduce its overall debt since the...

Four years after the Global Financial Crisis, global economies continue to suffer from its overhang. In fact, most nations that tried to spend their...

Apparently this ‘tough’ budget wasn’t quite so tough after all, says Saul Eslake

What does finance veteran Paul Eslake have to say about the Budget? Garry and Leon talk with the Grattan Institute Program Director about the PM's plans for business and the economy. Apparently this 'tough' budget wasn't quite so tough after all.

How to influence people (winning friends is optional)

How would you like to increase your influence in all areas of your life? If your answer’s ‘Yes, please’, first we need to dispel a common myth. Thanks to the personal development movement, it’s commonly believed that humans recall between five and nine associated pieces of information at a time before either committing them to long-term memory or letting them go -- often referred to as ‘7 +/- 2’ theory. Newsflash! The theory is wrong!

K-Rudd as comic book hero? (Alas, you’ll have to make do with Schwarzenegger… for...

There’s never a dull moment with that Arnold Schwarzenegger fella around. One minute he’s in London looking incredibly silly on a pushbike – in a suit, no less. The next he’s in Cannes, France, launching his first post-politics project: a TV cartoon series for kids called The Governator.

Tony is more likely to shop online than Julia, according to Kogan’s numbers

Australia’s self-appointed online retail antagonist Ruslan Kogan -- while possibly enjoying a slow day at the office -- has crunched his online traffic numbers to reveal that the most popular names of 2010 online shoppers on the Kogan site were John, Peter, David, Michael and Paul (in addition to some information that you might actually one day use, on how and why Australians shop online).

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.

Gillard Government holds on: what’s the agenda for business?

Garry and Leon talk about the new Labor government just scraping back into office. Download the podcast to find out how it will affect the outcomes of Australia’s credit rating, the mining tax, the NBN and more, plus all the latest in business news.

What will government limbo do to small business' already shaky confidence?

Confidence in the federal government's polices hit its lowest point since August 2008 in the latest Sensis Business Index quarterly survey. What will the hung Parliament resulting from the election do to that already shaky confidence? The mind boggles.

What will government limbo do to small business’ already shaky confidence?

Confidence in the federal government's polices hit its lowest point since August 2008 in the latest Sensis Business Index quarterly survey. What will the hung Parliament resulting from the election do to that already shaky confidence? The mind boggles.

Hilarious Taiwanese animation sheds light on the 2010 Australian election

If you're seeking a brief recap of the 2010 Australian election look no further than this short clip from Next Media Animation (NMA). According to NMA webiste, "Our fast, accurate and engaging animations tackle all the top breaking stories." What the company fails to mention is the pure hilarity that the site often brings to its international coverage.

I couldn't give a damn whether Abbott is a misogynistic, churchy freak. But if...

Five minutes of overheard conversation in any Australian watering hole or bus-shelter this week will tell you that Tony Abbott is a misogynistic mad monk and that Julia Gillard is a political assassin controlled by faceless apparatchik of the union movement. But are these the factors that will steer Australia in a direction that will create an economically secure and culturally harmonious nation for decades to come?

I couldn’t give a damn whether Abbott is a misogynistic, churchy freak. But if...

Five minutes of overheard conversation in any Australian watering hole or bus-shelter this week will tell you that Tony Abbott is a misogynistic mad monk and that Julia Gillard is a political assassin controlled by faceless apparatchik of the union movement. But are these the factors that will steer Australia in a direction that will create an economically secure and culturally harmonious nation for decades to come?

David Koch on personal branding, Julia Gillard and the National Small Business Summit

We all know David Koch as the affable, and sometimes goofy, host of Sunrise. As such, it's often easy to forget that the Channel Seven star and household name initially made his mark in the media world as a finance journalist, turned magazine publisher. Few people also appreciate the marketing thought that goes into a television program like Sunrise and the creation of a personal brand like 'Kochie'.

Political searches dominated Google last week. But which names were the fastest rising?

Twenty-four hours in politics is a long time in search. According to Google, the 24 hours following Julia Gillard's ascension to the top political spot saw millions flocking to online media reports, watching press conferences streamed live online, tweeting ferociously - and searching for everything we can find out about this long and remarkable day in Australian politics. But which names were the fastest rising?

Treasury chief Ken Henry should be replaced, while Gillard seeks new economic advisers

In this week's overview of the economy, RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson voices the belief that Treasury chief Ken Henry is likely to be replaced, while Julia Gillard seeks new economic advisers. He says the Gillard Government will need to slash spending to bring about the budget surplus she says the government is committed to achieving.

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