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Business confidence levels bounce back 17 September, 2010
Business confidence levels have bounced back following three consecutive months of reduced confidence, according to the National Australia Banks' business survey for the month of August.
SMEs lead the way on exporting 17 September, 2010
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are regular players in Australia's export market and there is real potential for the sector to grow its export operations, according to new research released by Austrade and Sensis.
SME reaction to Labor minority government 13 September, 2010
With Julia Gillard scraping her way back into office, various stakeholders in the SME community are evaluating what the new minority Labor government might mean for them.
Inflation rising according to survey 09 September, 2010
Inflation is nearing the upper end of the RBA's target band according to the TD Securities Melbourne Institute monthly inflation gauge.
Confidence rising - five of six key indicators show signs of improvement 07 September, 2010
The confidence of Australia's executives is showing clear signs of improvement, with expectations for five of six key indicators of business strength rising significantly. The latest Dun & Bradstreet Business Expectations Survey reveals solid expectations for growth in sales, profits, inventories, capital investment and selling prices during the December quarter however, firms remain subdued on hiring intentions.
ATO continues to show leniency on SME tax bills despite mounting debts 06 September, 2010
Tax debts owed by SMEs to the ATO have ballooned in the last 12-18 months and a number of commentators have suggested this trend is the result of the publicly stated leniency of the ATO towards businesses still feeling the effects of the economic slowdown.
Three quarters of businesses report revenue levels the same or higher than a year ago 02 September, 2010
The climate for small to medium-sized business in Australia is showing tentative signs of recovery, according to MYOB's 2010 business monitor survey.
Sharp turn around in sales and profits expectations 10 August, 2010
Australia's executives are expecting a sharp turn around in sales and profits during the December quarter but their employment and capital investment expectations remain subdued. The latest Business Expectations Survey reveals that sales and profits expectations  - two key indicators of business strength  - have risen substantially since the previous quarter, demonstrating that business confidence is improving as year end approaches.
Lagging payments hurting half of Aussie firms 28 July, 2010
More than half of Australian executives are being negatively impacted by late payments even though payment behaviours improved slightly during the June quarter. This equates to a 17 percent increase in the number of firms negatively impacted by lagging payments since April.
Protect your IP 16 July, 2010
Small businesses can now use a free online tool to help manage their patents, trade marks and other valuable intellectual property (IP) assets.

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