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    THE SAME techniques that a highly trained – and determined – Qantas team used to avert what could have become one of the world’s worst aviation disasters, can be used to save your business life.

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    IS THIS what the future of travel will look like? This fantastical rendering was conceived by famed Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, affectionately known as the ‘Willy Wonka’ of hotel design. Report from Asia correspondent, Ellen Boonstra. 

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  • Sunshine Coast mates start a new cycle of innovation

    REDaffect cycling products were born less than a year ago on the Sunshine Coast and three innovators -- Philip Jensen, Peter Scragg and Cuen Bibb -- are enjoying the fruits on their own social rides, plus building a solid local following from enthusiasts. 

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    FOR EDWINA CAMERON, a 20-year career in communications provided perfect training for a mid-career pivot into the online retail world, launching her business, I Heart Wall Art.

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May 03, 2021

Indigenous entrepreneurs are ‘more community focused’

By Leon Gettler >>

INDIGENOUS entrepreneurs are different and have faced more challenges than their non-indigenous peers, according to Dean Foley, founder and CEO of Barayamal, Australia's indigenous business accelerator and a world leader in Indigenous entrepreneurship.

Mr Foley said Indigenous entrepreneurs had their own unique perspectives on running a…

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  • 10 May, 2021

    New rules to ensure small businesses in disputes with ATO get a fairer go


    THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson said small businesses in dispute with the ATO will get a fairer go, under new rules proposed by the Australian Government.

    Mr Billson welcomed the pre-Budget announcement, giving the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) greater powers to pause or…

  • 07 May, 2021

    Praemium takes the guesswork out of tracking company investment

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    By Leon Gettler >>

    PRAEMIUM is changing the world of finance and it has an enormous potential market.

    Praemium is a platform and ­financial-planning software provider that also conducts portfolio services. With banks retreating from wealth services in the wake of the Hayne Royal Commission, the market for Praemium is growing.

  • 06 May, 2021

    30pc tax offset a game-changer for Australian industry says Ombudsman

    In Brief

    THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson has welcomed the Australian Government’s $1.2 billion investment in the nation’s digital future, including the 30percent tax offset for the video game industry.

    Mr Billson said the investment would encourage greater digital adoption by small and family…

  • 06 May, 2021

    A no brainer: expanding self education tax deductions

    Training & Careers

    THE Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) is hopeful the Federal Government will pull the trigger on last year’s Federal Budget proposal to proceed with expanding self-education deductions.

    “Our tax system inhibits rather than incentivises reskilling and retraining. Education expenses that do not have a sufficient connection to…

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February 22, 2021

Australia f-ed up

AS CLUMSY and debilitating as Facebook’s news feed ban has been – for thousands of businesses and community…

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March 08, 2021

Ombudsman sounds alarm for small businesses as debt to ATO soars

THE retiring Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has urged the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to refrain from…


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For many, the arduous task of donning compression stockings can be frustrating. This is especially true if the wearer is living independently,…

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August 08, 2020

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ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector, has welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s 2020 Cyber Security…

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March 23, 2021

Darryl Lovegrove entertains a tune of resilience

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ENTERTAINMENT entrepreneur and renowned public speaker Darryl Lovegrove says the big lesson for the pandemic for all businesses…

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October 12, 2020

Brisbane Bullets on target with Supply Aus

THE Brisbane Bullets National Basketball League club has announced a new two-year partnership with Indigenous-owned company Supply Aus.

“We are…

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April 17, 2021

Advertisers demand greater transparency

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TRANSPARENCY has become more relevant than ever before in the advertising and media industries, according to Dale Garvie,…

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January 28, 2021

Dairy farmers can seek help without fear of retribution says Ombudsman

THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said dairy farmers in dispute could get in touch with her office for…

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December 23, 2020

Personalised care for the aged boosted by computer comms

By Leon Gettler >> A COMPUTERISED care plan is improving quality of life for aged and dementia care residents. Person Centred Software is used…

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SiGNificant signage by design

THERE IS SOMETHING magnificent about a finely crafted roadside sign … and Indian Hills Community Center in Colorado, USA, may well be the world pace…

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