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7 Steps for starting a startup

Lately, several of my close friends have decided to start a new business. In turn, I have been helping them figure out their product and go-to-market strategies. That made me document my learnings on how to start a new startup company or small business, irrespective of the vertical and industry. While there are exceptions to

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How to manage your time better as an entrepreneur

If you’re an entrepreneur, you understand how important it is to manage your time well. No matter what business you’re in, you have so many hours in the day and if you’re not spending that time turning over a profit, your business will fail.  Entrepreneurship takes a lot of hard work and dedication, you have

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SMB owners: how to be your own health and safety manager and department

Large corporations have entire departments dedicated to occupational health and safety (OHS). In the world of small business, this is generally yet another responsibility which sits with the business owner. Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for your customers, your team and yourself is the best way to help avoid injuries, sickness and incidents within

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Is it time to raise your prices?

If you’re like many business owners, you might have found yourself wondering if raising your prices would help to boost your business revenue. While there’s no magic formula for calculating the right price for your products and services, here are three steps to follow if you think it could be time to review your pricing.

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Key changes affecting your business from 1 July 2021

Here is a run-down of the key changes taking effect from 1 July 2021 that are likely to have an impact on small business owners in Western Australia. New minimum wages The minimum wages for both the federal and state based industrial relations systems will increase by 2.5 per cent from the first pay on

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How small businesses can prepare for single-use plastics bans

Single-use plastics have a demonstrated impact on the environment, posing a life-threatening risk to our wildlife and waterways, and contributing to litter and landfill. Banning these plastics is an important step towards a more sustainable future, which is important for WA and the planet as a whole. Small businesses need to plan ahead for 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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This online tool cuts red-tape for small business employers, says Ombudsman

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson has welcomed a new online tool for small business owners, designed to take the stress out of hiring their first employee. The Employment Contract Tool – recently launched by the Australian Government – guides small business owners through a series of questions to generate an employment contract

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  • 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.