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3 steps to take this week for building the business of your dreams

If you’re like many small business owners, you might find yourself spending so much of your time tending to your day-to-day operations that there’s little time left for planning, reflection and considering the future beyond what needs to be done later today or tomorrow. Trevor Flint gets it. As founder and director of Capstone Associates, he

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Unlocking potential of Territory small businesses

The Business Acceleration Program (BAP), now in its fourth year is back, bigger and better with an expanded program and additional placements now available for Territory businesses. BAP is a Territory Government initiative and helps high-growth small to medium enterprises in the Territory to unlock their potential. The innovative program provides business owners, chief executive

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What’s the government’s plan to combat SMB labour shortages?

The Treasury’s Intergenerational Report provides Australians with long term economic projections, including trends in our population and the implications of these trends for our economy. While these are long term projections (out to 2060-61) the document is used to inform aspects of policy development in the near future. The report has been prepared against the

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7 Online businesses set to thrive in 2021-2022

Over the course of events that unfolded in the previous year, 2021 is expected to see massive growth in businesses, specifically online businesses, with more individuals showing a preference for online shopping and learning over more traditional methods that previously dominated the business circle. 1. Online Shopping Whether you own small handmade jewelry business at home or simply

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The secret source of talent for businesses is regional Australia

Australia is facing an increasingly worsening skills shortage, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers are being forced to reconsider how and where they source talent. And regional Australia is coming up trumps, writes Alex West, CEO Swoop. Migration and sourcing overseas workers have served as a quick fix for skills shortages prior to the pandemic.

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Reforms help level the playing field for franchises

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson says the significant reforms to the Franchising Code of Conduct announced by the Australian Government today will help level the playing field across the franchising sector. Mr Billson says the reforms to the Code, which come into effect from 1 July 2021, will go a

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Top reasons to expand your SMB to Asia in 2021

Asia is home to over 4.5 billion people, making it the most populous continent on Earth with approximately 2/3 of the world’s population living there. In the last decades, it has experienced a tremendous technological boom, and the economies there are relatively stable. GDP growth in many of the region’s economies outstrips the ones from

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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.