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Engineered answer gives right vibe to skills shortage 31 January, 2011
MENTION the good vibrations to James Embelton and chances are he is thinking about more than the Beach Boys' 1966 hit song.To him those vibrations are at the core of his business in Melbourne's inner northern suburbs and more importantly giving graduates employment opportunities. Mr Embelton has followed in his grandfather and father's footsteps in assuming the managing director role at flooring and engineering company Embelton Group  - the winner of The Age D&B Awards export and wholesale category.
Having passion, it is easy being green 29 January, 2011
IT'S NOT easy being green, or so the song goes. But a Melbourne company has managed to post strong growth in an increasingly competitive market. Justin Dowel, the managing director of personal care and cleaning products company Natures Organics, says he would happily bow out of the business if competitors took his lead.
HR software company cracks the US market 24 January, 2011
A HOME-GROWN Melbourne company has broken into the US market. How? The secret is simpler than you think.
Outstanding accounts on the rise 25 January, 2011
The cash flow of Australian businesses is expected to remain under pressure during 2011, with new research revealing that the number of firms with outstanding debts increased during the December quarter 2010.
Business outlook robust despite consumer apathy 11 January, 2011
The latest Business Expectations Survey shows near record expectations for sales, profits, capital investment, employment and inventories even while retailers report difficult circumstances.
Sales, profits and employment expectations hit seven year high 07 December, 2010
The New Year looks set to bring a surge in sales and profits, with Australia's executives indicating they will deliver solid results in these areas during the first quarter. The strength of expectations in these key areas is also driving expectations for inventories and employment as firms anticipate a need to replenish stocks and take on new staff to meet the expected demand in sales.
SMEs ignoring mediation as a means of rectifying disputes 24 November, 2010
A new government report has revealed that around one in five small businesses has experienced a dispute of some kind with another business in the past five years. However, only a third of these small businesses believed their dispute was serious enough to warrant further action by a third party and just 6.5 percent took legal or third party action.
More than 2,700 firms hit the wall 09 November, 2010
The local economy continues to gather strength but despite positive macro-economic signs, thousands of firms are hitting the wall each quarter. A new report from Dun & Bradstreet reveals that more than 2,700 firms failed during the September quarter 2010, a figure which is 73 percent higher than pre-GFC levels.
Australian firms expect strong performances in 2011 09 November, 2010
Australian executives are anticipating that strengthening local economic conditions will flow through to business results in the New Year. An expected surge in sales is also buoying profits, inventories and employment expectations, with all four indexes rising since the previous quarter. However, falls of five and three points respectively in the capital investment and selling prices indexes reveal that firms are less confident about these key measures of business strength.
Private companies bounce back 01 November, 2010
Welcome to the big bounce back. The SmartCompany-Dun & Bradstreet Fastest Growing Private Companies List underlines Australia's resurgent economy, with companies from a wide range of industries    - lead by wholesaling and manufacturing    - shrugging off the tail end of the downturn and hurtling towards 2011.

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