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Do you want to make money off your ideas? Here are three key questions...

The idea is always the easy part and from my point of view as a designer, creating the product is also an easy part in the equation. Some projects may pose technical challenges, however with research, design and development these can be overcome.

There is a large appetite for small business but what type of business are...

New data from SEEK Commercial shows that appetite for small businesses is rising with ‘coffee’ as the #1 keyword, Coffee, Cafes & Restaurants top category

4 things you need to do to kick-start your business idea into a successful...

There are no wrongs or rights when it comes to starting out - mistakes are part of learning - but here are four tips on starting a successful business.

Meet Baxter – the world’s first interactive manufacturing robot now making that chocolate you...

Previously, production robots had to be separated from people by protective cages, programmed by specialised engineers, and affordable by only large scale manufacturers with...

Why does this guy insist on manufacturing in China and yet many are abandoning...

A new trend has developed where many companies that have been manufacturing in China for some time are moving their operations to other countries...

Why are more Australian professionals finding it a sound choice to head back to...

With significant structural change sweeping across a number of Australian industries –manufacturing, motor vehicle manufacturing and mining to name a few – it’s little...

The elections are behind us but SMEs are still casting a vote of no...

We are through with the latest round of federal elections but if the latest research from accounting software provider MYOB is anything to go...

Entries now open in 2011 NSW Export Awards

The awards are open to all NSW companies that are doing business in the international marketplace. Award categories recognise the range of exports from the State and include small business, manufacturing, information and communications technology, services, and agribusiness.

Does Australia have a bipolar economy?

Talking Business is a podcast review of the Australian economy, presented by seasoned business journalists Leon Gettler and Garry Barker, produced in association with the RMIT College of Business. In this podcast, RMIT economist Sinclair Davidson talks about what’s been described as Australia’s “bipolar economy” with the mining sector booming but other sectors like retail and manufacturing struggling.

How Ian Campbell used “Master Chef” to promote appliance brand Sunbeam

Ian Campbell, managing director of Melbourne-based manufacturing conglomerate, GUD Holdings, talks to Leon and Garry about marketing, the consumer appliance business, retailers and their “philosophies” and why he does not always find them either useful or profitable. And then there was his highly successful sponsorship of the TV blockbuster “Master Chef” to promote the Sunbeam kitchen appliances company.

China’s Global Competitive Advantage: the beginning of the end, or the end of the...

For three decades, we have all watched China grow into an economic powerhouse – slowly, at first, and now full-fledged – in an unprecedented, consistent, monotonic success story. However, its continued growth might be short-lived, writes Bill Fischer.

The treatment of innovation is a national disgrace (why I took my invention overseas)

In 2009, inventor Don Morgan was a finalist in Anthill’s Smart 100 competition. However, as he recounts in this passionate plea for change, his quest for grant funding at home has forced him to take his innovation elsewhere.

The Aurora Air Driven Fan Generator System “Aurora System” (SMART 100)

The inventor, Henk Van Harselaar, is Dutch born, came to Australia at 18 and has been a trainee pastry chef, car salesman, property developer in Hervey Bay and a pilot. The Aurora System had its genesis, in the great Australian tradition, under Henk's house and on his kitchen table. Henk is an incorrigable tinkerer and has invented a few other things along the way. The spark for the germ of the idea occurred in Henk's mind 20 years ago when he saw pictures of 15th-century windmills and initial prototypes looked very very different.

The Aurora Air Driven Fan Generator System "Aurora System" (SMART 100)

The inventor, Henk Van Harselaar, is Dutch born, came to Australia at 18 and has been a trainee pastry chef, car salesman, property developer in Hervey Bay and a pilot. The Aurora System had its genesis, in the great Australian tradition, under Henk's house and on his kitchen table. Henk is an incorrigable tinkerer and has invented a few other things along the way. The spark for the germ of the idea occurred in Henk's mind 20 years ago when he saw pictures of 15th-century windmills and initial prototypes looked very very different.

QlikView by Inside Info (SMART 100)

A bright idea in response to a customer’s need to analyse multi-dimensional data, led to the development of a new type of business intelligence (BI) software by QlikTech in Sweden in 1993. They called this new software QlikView because it provided a point-and-click simple way to view data. QlikView is now a global phenomenon and delivered to Australia by Inside Info since 2003. The founders of Inside Info could see that the time, cost and complexity of traditional BI software was underwhelming. They chose to change this, developing QlikView applications that greatly simplify how businesses measure and analyse business performance.

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