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  • Time to turn off the Simpsons

    Lisa Middlebrook     |      September 8, 2010

    Why do Australians take the worst and leave the best of what the USA has to offer?

    Having a Mum from Sydney and a Dad from Texas, over the course of my life, I’ve lived, studied and worked in both Australia and the USA. It’s an interesting perspective from which to view the way the two cultures regard one another.

  • Is this really mine? Practical steps managing the IP in your business

    Mike Lloyd     |      September 7, 2010

    Unless you are very knowledgeable about IP law, never make the assumption that something cannot be protected.

    A quick question for any business owner – how much is your business worth on the market today?

    Think about the book value your accountant would give to the company, and you might be left feeling it’s worth a lot more.

    Why is that?

  • SMEs remain cautious about debt

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 7, 2010

    Small & medium sized enterprises are reluctant to take on debt, as the aftertaste of the financial crisis and access to credit continue to trouble businesses.

    The latest Veda Advantage Business Credit Demand Index showed demand for credit fell 5.6 per cent in the April to June quarter compared to the same period in 2009.

  • UPDATE: Retailers lead the way in Christmas confidence

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 7, 2010

    Baubles: photo courtesy of Gordon McClean's Flickr PhotostreamSeptember 2010: Australia’s executives are tipping strong growth in the lead up to Christmas, but remain cautious about bringing on new staff.

    The latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations survey reveals improvement in 5 out of 6 key indicators of business strength.

    Executives are confident of growth in sales, profits, inventories, capital investment and selling prices during the December quarter.

  • Digital tools for pricing compliance

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 7, 2010

    ILID label on display at Thriftylink GunnedahElectronic labels are helping one hardware store owner save time and money, and stay on the right side of the law.

    David Berry owns Thrifty Link in Gunnedah and last year installed nearly 6,000 ILID labels throughout his store.

  • Work safety more than hardhats and steel-capped boots

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 4, 2010

    Leo SilverAussie tech-company keeps workers in high-pressure environments safe from harm. Virginia Harrison spoke to Leo Silver.

    Workers in high-pressure environments like prisons or hospitals can find themselves in life-threatening situations, and that reality has created a business opportunity for an Australian tech-company.
     

    Integrated Wireless provide messaging and duress systems solutions to protect staff working in intensive environments.

  • Women to drive the global economic recovery

    Virginia Harrison     |      September 4, 2010

    Women's Photo courtesy of of Superburschi's Flickr PhotostreamWomen outpace men when it comes to growing businesses and hold the potential to lead the global economic recovery according to a new study.

    A report by Ernst & Young investigated the productive power of female entrepreneurs and states that women-owned enterprises grow faster than those owned by men.

    Females own or operate up to 33 per cent of private businesses worldwide.

  • Manager skill-set blocks mid-size growth

    Beth Walker     |      September 4, 2010

    Medium-sized businesses often stumble when it comes to scaling up because they lack strong managerial skills.

  • Cloud Computing: What does it mean for SMEs?

    Matthew Sorell     |      July 22, 2010

    Cloud computing is the notion that you can put or process your data “in the cloud somewhere”. Where it is and how it got there is not your problem. How reliably it’s stored, whether it can be hacked into, and a whole host of other issues shouldn’t be your problem either; in the ideal cloud environment.

    But back in the real world, reliability, access, security and recoverability are your problem, and that means that you do care where your data is and how it got there. How do you respond?

  • Getting up to speed with workplace flexibility in SMEs

    Juliet Bourke     |      July 22, 2010

    As a partner in a business, plus an outspoken advocate on workplace flexibility, I am very conscious of practicing what I preach and maintaining a competitive business edge.

    I often hear it said that flexible work practices can work in a very big business, with lots of resources including an HR department, but not in small (1-19 employees) or even medium (20-199 employees) businesses . 

    That’s not my experience.  I don’t think size matters – it’s more about creating a culture of give and take.