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Selling to the NSW govt: a guide for small business

Small businesses across NSW can now access free online training and an informative guide to help them become “tender ready” and bid for NSW Government contracts. The NSW Small Business Commission has collaborated with TAFE NSW to launch online training as well as a written guide to help small businesses understand and navigate the tendering

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COVIDSafe posters, signs and stickers to get your business ready for reopening

COVID-Safe posters and signage for business: printable posters, signs and stickers to get your business ready for reopening. The Government has released a COVID-Safe business toolkit of signs, posters and stickers to help businesses and other organisations communicate the accepted behaviours and standards of etiquette that will help protect the community and limit the spread of COVID-19.

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Why sustainable small businesses are more likely to be competitive long-term

Queensland businesses are encouraged to act now to ensure they meet consumers’ and markets’ developing sustainability expectations to avoid being overlooked as the global economy shifts increasingly towards sustainable goods and services. Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) Chief Commercial Officer Alex Zafiriadis said already businesses that could not prove they were sustainably focused

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70% of Aussie businesses? How to work with family

According to Family Business Australia, 70 percent of all businesses in Australia are family businesses. While working with family can be rewarding, it also has its challenges. Although the start of the working relationship can seem easy, good preparation now can help avoid future trouble and long term challenges for family relations down the track. Maintaining good

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What can small business owners do to fast-track reopening?

With the Premiers of Victoria and NSW saying the states will start to reopen once vaccination rates reach 70 and then 80 per cent, SMB owners, venue owners and managers can start thinking about what they will need to reopen. One of the most important things will be staff, and Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said

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8 Ways to prepare for a successful reopening right now

The NSW and Victorian Premiers have started talking about plans for easing lockdowns, indicating that once the states reach 70 and 80 per cent vaccination rates more freedoms can be expected. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier this week told businesses to dust off COVID-safe plans and start to prepare for opening, and The Shout spoke to new

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How will venues manage ‘no jab, no entry’ policies?

State Premiers and the Prime Minister are increasingly saying that vaccinations are the key to bringing Australia out of the lockdown cycle, but what does this mean for venues? This week the Doherty Institute, which provides the Government with modeling to guide the national plan for reopening, said Australia will need to understand that it

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Margins or scale? One is key to small business success

What are the most profitable small businesses? We have 5 potentially lucrative ideas for you to consider. Indeed, “profitable small business” isn’t an oxymoron. Entrepreneurs have the chance to start one of the most profitable businesses in their field thanks in part to digital technologies and sound strategic planning. Choosing an Industry The most successful small

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How business owners can avoid isolation when WFH

Life as a small business owner can sometimes be lonely, especially if you work from home or as a sole trader. While some people may think it is all flexible hours and working in your pyjamas (which is a nice perk), that’s not actually the full picture of what being a one-person operation is actually

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Pros and cons of short-term leases for SMBs

If you’re looking to trial a new business idea or identify locations for expansion, a short term lease may provide you with an opportunity to test the market without the financial and legal commitment of a longer commercial lease. Here is a rundown on the pros and cons of short term leases to help you

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