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Abbott proposal could cut small business red tape 01 July, 2011
Small businesses may get a break if the coalition government pushes through initiatives to reduce red tape surrounding business laws, particularly superannuation payments. However, the proposed changes currently hinge on approval from the ALP.
Paid parental leave scheme frustrates SMEs 30 June, 2011
It has been just over six months since the first  national paid parental leave scheme was implemented in Australia. However, while parents-to-be are rejoicing, small business owners are at best perplexed and at worst angry about what they perceive to be more unnecessary red tape.
Small businesses suffer from lower household fees 23 June, 2011
The already struggling small business sector has taken the fall for a reduction in household fees paid to banks, a Reserve Bank study revealed. While small businesses benefited from the elimination in exception fees, they suffered from a lack of negotiation power.
Transport sector on a hard road 23 June, 2011
The transport industry is suffering under some of the worst conditions in recent memory. Higher fuel costs, lower turnover in the retail industry and the Queensland floods have seen companies large and small struggling to stay afloat.But the SmartCompany Dun & Bradstreet Industry Growth List for the transport industry reveals there are some smaller companies succeeding, particularly those associated with the mining boom.
Big retailers edge out small business 17 June, 2011
It's a tough time for small businesses in the retail industry. High overhead costs, wage rises and competition from major retailers have been among the most prevalent factors putting a strain on small retailers' margins. In today's economy, large retailers such as Myer, David Jones, JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman take the lion's share of revenue.
Online boom affects bricks and mortar businesses 10 June, 2011
Small to medium-sized businesses are feeling the pinch as more and more customers choose to shop from the comfort of their own home,  a factor that has contributed to the lowest sales and profit expectations in two years.
Wage increases to hit smaller retailers 09 June, 2011
The retail, manufacturing and wholesale sector is set to take a hit from Fair Work Australia's decision to raise the minimum wage after 1 July this year. This represents a 3.4 percent increase for the 1.4 million Australians on the minimum wage; primarily women and those from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Business expectations continue to fall 07 June, 2011
Executives are increasingly pessimistic about the outlook for the new financial year, despite selling prices remaining steady and the majority of firms experiencing sales growth during the March quarter. Those in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail sectors will allocate less capital to fixed assets and take on less staff in the coming quarter, as profit expectations from key decision makers falls well below the 10-year average. These are the results of the latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations Survey that examines expectations for the September quarter of 2011.
Business failure and start-up analysis March quarter 2011 03 June, 2011
Both business start-up and failure numbers are maintaining their 2010 highs signalling that, while the macro-economic environment is enticing entrepreneurs into the marketplace poor management of business fundamentals is causing financial distress. These are the findings from Dun & Bradstreet's business failure and start-up analysis for the March quarter 2011.
Federal Budget 2011: What's in it for SMEs 26 May, 2011
Despite talk that the 2011 budget would contain severe cuts driven by the Federal Government's desire for a 2012-13 surplus, the overall outcome has been a positive one for small business.

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