Tougher action on tax debts 26 October, 2010
Small business tax debts increased by ten percent during the global financial crisis and the Australian Tax Office (ATO) is reversing its soft touch approach to tackle the problem.
Australian franchising sector emerges from downturn in good shape 19 October, 2010
Australia's $128 billion franchising sector has emerged from the global economic downturn in relatively good shape, with the number of operating franchises dropping only two percent since 2008 according to the findings of the Franchising Australia 2010 study.
Aussie firms suffer set-back as payment terms rise 19 October, 2010
Australian firms have suffered a set back on the path to recovery, with business-to-business payment terms deteriorating compared to the previous year. Australian firms took 53.2 days to settle their accounts during the September quarter, a result which represents a deterioration of 1.1 days compared to the previous year.
Coalition: paid parental leave scheme more red tape for SMEs 16 October, 2010
Opposition small business spokesman Bruce Billson is seeking to shift the responsibility for administering the government's paid parental leave scheme (PPL) from small businesses to Centrelink's Family Assistance Office.
RBA decides not to increase rates 07 October, 2010
Despite widespread anticipation throughout the banking community that Tuesday's meeting of the Reserve Bank board would deliver an interest rate rise, the RBA decided to leave the official interest rate unchanged at 4.5 percent.
Christmas trading to drive growth - Australian executives confident about sales, profits and employment 06 October, 2010
The Christmas trading period looks set to provide the stimulus Australian businesses need to generate strong growth, with the latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations Survey revealing that executives are confident they will deliver on six key indicators of business strength.
World's richest man opposes SME friendly NBN 30 September, 2010
The federal government's controversial $43 billion NBN is continuing to stir debate after the world's richest man, Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim Helu, said the cost of building the network was too high and that the government should be looking at multi-pronged broadband policy that includes mobile, wireless, cable and copper networks.
Australians working less hours at the office 28 September, 2010
Australians are working less hours at the office than they did ten years ago, according to a new survey released by Bank West. The report, titled 'Working Times', also challenges the widely-held belief that young people, supposedly eager to carve out a career path, are working the longest hours of anyone in the workforce.
Franchise sector enjoys stellar year 23 September, 2010
The 2009-10 financial year was a successful one for franchises, with the sector reporting double-digit revenue and profit growth, according to the 2010 PriceWaterhouseCoopers Private Clients Franchise Sector Indicator.
SMEs lag behind in creating digital strategies 22 September, 2010
The proportion of Australian SMEs with an online presence continues to grow, however less than one in five SMEs has some form of strategy for their digital activities, according to the new eBusiness survey from Sensis.

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