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Top 10 sacrifices made by small business owners during COVID

More than a million Australian small business owners have made significant sacrifices in the past year in order to keep their business afloat according to new research. From dipping into savings to cutting back on groceries and foregoing takeaway food, it’s been a year like no other for the nation’s small business owners. Yet, the Vistaprint

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Businesses and farmers to benefit from network expansion

The Victorian Government is improving freight connections across the state and promoting the use of safer and cleaner vehicles with the expansion of the High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) network. “This is a win for farmers, businesses, freight operators and the community by reducing freight costs and encouraging investment in safer, cleaner and more efficient

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Use 90% savings on overseas payments to expand your SMB globally

Have you ever been charged an outrageous overseas bank transaction fee for paying an overseas client? On top of that, did the bank payment take days or weeks to arrive? Airwallex founders ran into this same issue when they started a cafe in Melbourne and tried buying goods from China. So they scrapped the cafe

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New small business strategy puts focus on skilled workforce

The Palaszczuk Government’s new Small Business Strategy will focus on giving small business operators, jobseekers and workers the right skills and the right support to meet the needs of the Queensland’s small business sector. The Strategy, which was created following direct feedback during an extensive Small Business Roadshow earlier this year, also includes plans for

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Mental health program aims to save the lives and livelihoods of SMB owners

A recent study commissioned by the Federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy, and Resources, reports that nearly 1 in 3 SME owners had experienced stress, depression, or anxiety in the past 12 months. Deakin Business School’s Counting on U program is providing free training in mental health first aid for business advisers to small business. 

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Business restriction details for Melbourne’s lockdown easing

Victoria’s Acting Premier James Merlino has confirmed Melbourne will come out of its fourth lockdown at 11.59pm on Thursday 10 June, and also outlined the restrictions that will be in place. Merlino said metropolitan Melbourne will move to almost the same settings currently in place across regional Victoria, and regional Victoria will move towards further

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New policy paves way for collective bargaining by SMBs

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson says small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers can join together to enhance their bargaining power, under new rules in place under the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Mr Billson says the new arrangement, small businesses can collectively negotiate with the larger companies that buy

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  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
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  • 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
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