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Export grants vital to Australia's trade, jobs and growth

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Air-Freight-ExportA comprehensive, independent review of the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme has found the grants remain integral to the success of Australia’s international businesses.

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Are you lonely at the top?

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img executiveToday a selection of Australia’s most successful business leaders have joined a new mentoring, business advisory and support service called ‘The Boardroom’, for existing and aspiring CEO’s, business owners and senior executives.

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Special Feature: Prune Your Business for Serious Growth

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treeThere is a common misconception in business that more is better, when in fact the inverse is usually true. The more you can ruthlessly cut the clutter from your business, the faster your business will grow. This is a lesson that both first-time entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners often fail to heed. 

   

Wellbeing suffers as stress levels escalate for SMB's

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organizational1Australian small business owners are under immense pressure and risking their wellbeing, with almost half (45%) claiming their stress levels have increased in the past 12 months and a quarter feeling burnt out, according to Officeworks’ inaugural Small Business Wellbeing Index.1

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Forex front of mind for SMEs

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Exchange-300Foreign exchange risk management strategies are actively being used by Australian businesses to manage issues around cashflow and margins according to a new survey of 450 financial decision makers in four major developed markets.

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Special Feature: How to avoid dodgy refurbishment of your business premises

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rebuild-thumbWhen you're undertaking a rebuild or even starting from scratch, it pays to know where your materials are made. Recent investigations into the Lacrosse Residential Apartment Building fire in Docklands, Melbourne in 2014 found that the cladding material was imported from China and was not tested to Australian standards. These investigations sparked a Senate inquiry into the current regulatory framework for imported building products.

   

Onehub: A one stop shop for Telco and IT for Australian SMB's

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telcoSmall and medium business (SMB) owners forever at the mercy of IT managers, aging servers and expensive phone systems will now be able to access all their telecommunications and IT needs in a ‘one stop shop’.

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Special Feature: How long does your business need to retain documents?

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documentsAsk a business owner how long you should retain your documents, and the answer is likely to be that documents must be kept for a period of seven years after the date on which they were created. 

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Is your company ready to evolve and adapt for digital marketing?

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digital-marketing-2014Is your company ready to evolve and adapt for the changes in the digital marketing world? Traditional marketing methods have been around and practiced for a long time, and they are tactics you are likely more comfortable with. But did you ever push the boundaries and exceed your own expectations by simply sticking with what you find safe?

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Australian SMEs missing out on $50bn: Google

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tabe1Australian small businesses are leaving close to $50 billion of economic value on the table by failing to fully exploit the technology solutions at their disposal.

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REGULATION STILL A DRAG ON SMALL BUSINESS

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govWhile governments have endeavoured to reduce bureaucratic red tape, many SMEs continue to be hobbled by poorly designed, poorly targeted or excessively enforced regulations, according to the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

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Special Feature: Three Musketeers of Cloud Solutions for Small Business

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cloudIf you were in the market for a Rolex, and were offered one for $150, naturally one would assume it was a poor quality phony. Well, the reason cloud computing is so successful for small business is that it doesn’t fit that mould. 

   

Government news for business

Whitepapers

For SMBs Security can often be a daunting and ongoing challenge to ensure all entry points are secure and up to date.

To get on top of the threat, click here to access a Symantec.cloud White Paper and discover:

  • The top 6 security trends SMBs need to protect yourselves against
  • A Security Essentials checklist - the essential security controls required to cover these threats
  • How Cloud Security services can offer significant benefits in security your business
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