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Australia’s most innovative small businesses announced

Ten finalists have been chosen for the 2008 Dell Small Business Excellence Award, by Dell and EXCOM Education. “The No. 1 reason small businesses use...

Small businesses targeted for unlicensed software use

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has cracked down on unlicensed software use, with five Victorian organisations currently under investigation, including manufacturing businesses and a...

Aussie dollar breaks US 98 cents

Last night, the Australian dollar broke the US$0.98 barrier for the first time in 25 years, posting at a peak of US$0.9849 before settling...

10 million Apple applications downloaded for iPhone and iPod touch

Users have already downloaded more than 10 million applications, since the launch of the iPhone last week, says Apple. There are 800 applications available, including...

Franchisees lobby for ASIC protection

The Franchisee Association of Australia (FAA) wants the Australia Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) to take a greater role in scrutinising franchise operations. The...

One million Apple iPhone 3Gs sold

Only three days after being launched, the one millionth iPhone 3G was sold. “iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO....

Apple iPhone to boost Australian economy

In just a few hours, the Apple iPhone gave the economy a much needed boost of around $20 million, according to IBISWorld. While the initial...

EFTPOS network up for grabs after Bill Express collapse

Bank battles have begun following the collapse of electronic payments company Bill Express last week, leaving 14,000 EFTPOS terminals open for new machine installations. ANZ’s...

‘Why do you hate the taxman?’ Asks Adrian Raftery

After talking to so many business people over the years, it is rather interesting that they all seem to have the one thing in...

Dangerous Curves Ahead—Finding and Keeping Employees

Keeping the doors open in your business just got a whole lot more difficult in this tight labour market. The signs are, quite literally,...

Minimum pay rise will hurt SMEs

Employees on the minimum wage will now receive an extra $21.66 a week, but the rise allowed by the Fair Pay Commission, slightly less...

Apple iPhone available in Australia, with free applications

The Apple iPhone is on sale from today. Together with it, Apple has also made available 500 native applications, of which 125 are free...

Telstra has joined the iPhone bandwagon

When the Apple iPhone becomes available on July 11, Australians will have a third mobile carrier to choose from—Telstra. For $30 a month and an...

Repco Chooses Autogas Over Diesel

Automotive parts supplier Repco has renewed its commitment to running the majority of its vehicle fleet on LPG Autogas after rejecting diesel as a...

World Youth Day disruptions will affect business

The 185,000 extra people expected in the Sydney CBD during July 17—18, for World Youth Day celebrations, will cause numerous road closures and changes...

eBay will not enforce PayPal on traders

eBay’s controversial plans to use PayPal as a single payment method have been scrapped, after losing an uphill battle with the ACCC. All existing...

Optus iPhone pricing

The iPhone 3G is almost here and now Optus has released pricing plans. Twice as fast as the first generation iPhone and with built-in...

Tough times for SMEs to increase unemployment

More than 20 percent of small businesses pay an interest rate above 10 percent on their debts, according to the Fujitsu/JPMorgan Small and Medium...

Low sales for prime commercial real estate

Office and retail space that once attracted top dollar have suffered from plummeting buyer interest, with sales down 60 percent for the first half...

$50,000 for young innovators

Employees or students between the ages of 18 to 25 in the agricultural, fisheries, forestry, food or natural resource industries have the chance to...