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SME owners run risk of festive season burnout: 1 in 3 have no plans...

Research by leading online lender OnDeck confirms that one in three (30%) SME owners have no plans to take time off this year. Among the 70% that do intend to take a break, a holiday is likely to be a ‘workation’, with 95% of SME owners saying they check emails while away from their business.

Small business remain strongly confident despite media speculation due to economic concerns

Small business confidence remains high, despite media rumblings around economic concerns, according to a new report released at the end of...

Are the federal budget initiatives for SMEs really what the small businesses wanted?

The federal government released its budget with some initiatives that were targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs). However,...

Can your innovative SME solve one of these five million dollar challenges? The government...

Following the successful progress of the round one pilot (started in 2016), a second round of challenges for the government’s Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) is open for applications.

Here’s how to work with big retailers and not ruin your small business along...

Winning a contract with a major retailer as a SME is often a cause for celebration. Along with the prestige of being associated with a big brand, it can often mean a higher and more secure revenue stream. There are, however, a few downsides to dealing with a much bigger client, so you need to handle the relationship correctly so the advantages outweigh any negatives.

Social media success for SMEs: here are 3 key lessons I learnt from my...

My husband and I established Little Birdy & Me towards the end of 2016. We launched a  laser cutting and engraving businesses, creating personalised...

Here are six tips on how Australian SMBs can survive and thrive the first...

Business insolvency is a very real risk for many new and existing Australian small businesses, but countless business owners are not spotting warning signs...

How Snackable is aiming to become ‘the Netflix of bite-sized content’ for millenials

Sydney company Kontented wants to become “the Netflix of bite-sized content” aimed at the millennial generation with its mobile youth web platform and video network, SnackableTV.

Keep these 5 SME marketing trends for 2017 in mind to stay ahead of...

Understanding and implementing current marketing trends is crucial to success, as it allows business owners to stay at the top of their respective industry and ensures objectives are achieved.

Will this new plan for a supersized start-up hub turn Sydney into the global...

The private sector led, NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW is calling on business accelerators, incubators and other start-up partnering services to sign up to the new Sydney Startup Hub, which it’s hoped will rival similar venues around the world.

Strong winds of disruption: how alternative lenders are beating the Big Four banks

Just as disruptive start-ups are rethinking almost every industry out there, alternative lenders are assessing risk in an innovative way, using big data in real time to enable more businesses to get the capital they need for growth.

Australian SMEs are feeling optimistic going into 2017, says latest Westpac survey

The SME Index survey found the top three business goals for SMEs in 2017 are enhancing products and services, hiring new staff and improving accounting systems.

Are you ready for executives on demand? Why every SMB needs a part-time ‘CXO’

Working with on demand workers, particularly experienced C-suite executives, is a great way to bring in best practice from outside your company and upskill your existing talent in a way that fits with your business.

This start-up has raised close to $1 million to help Australians embrace the Ideas...

A Sydney-based startup that’s raised close to $1 million in funds wants to make it easier for Aussie entrepreneurs to harness the Ideas Boom by reducing the amount of necessary paperwork to start a business.

What is the impact of disruption – both digital and physical – on international...

Thanks to digital disruption the world is getting smaller and global customers more accessible. Global e-commerce sales are growing at 20% per annum and are forecast to reach US$2 trillion in 2016. This will double to US$4 trillion by 2020.

Don’t believe the hype: debunking three common myths about business networking

Many scoff at networking, dismissing it as manipulative – using others to become more successful. Others believe networking is for the Donald Trumps of the world – those born into wealth and privilege who can use money and social clout to sway others to their will. Networking is neither of those.

‘Hands off our data!’ 5 cybersecurity survival strategies for small Aussie businesses

There were 700,000 ransomware attacks in Australia between January and May 2016 alone. With Australia’s reputably strong economy and digitally-integrated businesses and consumers, we’re the perfect target.

3 things every Australian SME needs to know about preventing ransomware attacks

Cyberattacks have been part of Australian organisations’ landscape for a long time now, and as businesses embark on a ‘digital-first’ approach we are seeing the cyber threat landscape expanding. Today, there are more cyberattacks, data leaks and ransomware activities than ever before.

This tech start-up raised $1.25 million to help businesses collect their debts faster

Automated debt collection company ezyCollect has closed its oversubscribed capital raising at $1.25 million in a round led by Tank Stream Ventures.

Efic’s new export loan will help SME exporters access finance faster and easier

Efic, Australia’s export finance agency, has launched the new Small Business Export Loan to help SME exporters access the finance easier and quicker

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Five things to get right before you quit your day job,...

Are you wondering if you are ready to quit your day job to pursue your entrepreneurial dreams? You, like many other aspiring entrepreneurs, may feel stuck and unable to take the plunge into the startup lifestyle. Dan Mumby is here to make sure you know the five key things to get right before you quit your day job in this FREE CHEAT SHEET.

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Seven steps to crafting the perfect email, with James Tuckerman [FREE...

We are all bombarded by emails every day. We bombard others with emails. It’s a congested superhighway of e-promises, lead magnets and chit chat out there. So how on Earth are your emails going to stand out? James Tuckerman is a man who knows a thing or ten about online marketing. In this cheat sheet, he shares seven steps to achieve two very clear goals: Opens and click throughs.

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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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