Tourism grants to boost visitor numbers 08 March, 2012
Small businesses may be able to take advantage of the increase in visitor numbers last month with the tourism grants that are currently available from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. Read on for more information on the TQUAL grants and China 2020 Strategic Plan.
Small businesses hit by floods to receive assistance 07 March, 2012
Businesses are once again inundated by heavy flooding across New South Wales and other parts of Australia  but not all is lost - new disaster relief grants are available for firms to help lighten the load.
Fear grows over Aussie dollar 06 March, 2012
Concern over the consistently high Australian dollar has risen significantly among local businesses, particularly those in retail and manufacturing, according to the latest Dun & Bradstreet National Business Expectations Survey.
Small business failures up 48 per cent 22 February, 2012
The number of small businesses going bankrupt jumped by 48 per cent over the last 12 months, while small business start-ups fell by 95 per cent over the same period. According to D&B's latest analysis, failures were up more than 40 per cent nationwide in the past year.
Business expectations return to pre-GFC levels 10 February, 2012
Australian firms recorded a dramatic lift in expectations for the June quarter, with the outlook for sales hitting its highest level in almost a decade. Sales expectations are now at their strongest level since the December quarter 2003, well before the onset of the global financial crisis.
Severely delinquent bills at 12 month high 24 January, 2012
Australian businesses are increasingly neglecting their bills with the number of severely delinquent payments jumping 28 percent over the Christmas period. According to D&B's Trade Payments Analysis, the number of bills left unpaid for 90 days or more grew 20 per cent compared with 12 months ago.
Over half of retailers fear online competition 13 January, 2012
Over half of retailers expect online sellers to have an adverse effect on bricks and mortar retailers, according to D&B's latest Business Expectations Survey. With increasing competition from e-commerce stores, this situation is likely to deteriorate for retailers unwilling or unable to adapt to changing consumer behaviour.
Small retailers may face another challenging Christmas 14 December, 2011
The Christmas period is usually the most important time of the year for many retailers,  and industry experts and commentators believe that this Christmas period will be 'make or break' for many Australian businesses.
Business sentiment falls amid global uncertainty 06 December, 2011
Australian firms have registered a sharp decline in confidence off the back of continued global uncertainty and financial instability. According to D&B's latest Business Expectations Survey, sales expectations fell five points and profit expectations remain flat based on results recorded last month. The drop in sentiment was particularly evident among manufacturers and wholesalers, where sales expectations plummeted more than 15 points since October.
SMEs and spending cuts 02 December, 2011
The Federal Government has unveiled new spending cuts in a bid to achieve a budget surplus next year and turnaround its $37 billion deficit, but small businesses need not worry unnecessarily as most of these cuts apply to public service and do not directly affect SMEs.

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