Day: 24 January 2022

9 Types of business loans for SMEs and how to choose the right one

There are several types of small business loans available for those wanting to start or grow a business. Let’s take a look at the different loan types available in Australia, and how to apply for them. Types of business loans 1. Friends and family loan Believe it or not, one of the most common types of business …

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Visa rebates will help staff shortages but international tourists must also return

Changes announced by the Prime Minister today to rebate visa application fees will encourage international students and working holiday makers to return to Australia and plug acute shortages across industry.   However, the continued ban on foreign tourists, business travellers and other barred international arrivals must be reconsidered to get the country back to business. …

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What is a sole-trader? How to become a successful sole trader

What is a sole trader business? Put simply, a self-employed individual who owns and operates their business. They are legally responsible for every aspect of the business, which includes losses and debts. Under the sole trader business structure in Australia, the individual can hire employees. Often, tradespeople and freelancers operate under this business structure. The …

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Up to $12,500 in grants for WA small businesses impacted by COVID

WA Government small business stimulus/relief package. Applications are now open for the Small Business Assistance Grant – December 2021. This grant provides financial assistance of up to $12,500 to small businesses that were directly financially impacted by the Chief Health Officer’s COVID Restrictions (Directions) from 23 December 2021 to 4 January 2022. Find out more about …

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Ombudsman launches small business natural disaster preparedness inquiry

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson has launched an inquiry into small business natural disaster preparedness and resilience. The inquiry, referred to the Ombudsman by Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, the Hon Stuart Robert MP, will examine and make recommendations to improve education and engagement programs to …

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Life after lockdowns: unprecedented stress, low customer numbers and staff shortages

Australia is currently experiencing its worst COVID-19 outbreak, having recorded more cases since 1 January 2022 than it did throughout 2020 and 2021. COSBOA members met on 14 January 2022 to discuss the outbreak’s impact on small businesses and canvas solutions. The following themes emerged from the discussion: COSBOA members commended a number of recently …

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RECEIVE GOVT GRANT OF $10K to $250K*.

Austrade Approved Business Events
AVAILABLE NOW APPLY BEFORE 30th MARCH 2021 (Condition apply)

  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
  • Govt Grant applications are now open until the 30 March. Please contact ABF to discuss how we can assist, we have experts to assist grant applications.
  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.