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Federal Budget winners: tax cuts, cheaper childcare and JobTrainer Fund

Since the onset of the COVID‑19 pandemic, the Morrison Government has provided $291 billion in direct economic support to keep businesses in business and Australians in jobs. Our economic recovery has beaten even the most optimistic of our expectations with more people in work than ever before. JobKeeper has done its job. Under our plan, the

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Heard of ransomware? Small businesses are the new target

Covid-19 moved small business operations and workplaces online, sometimes for the first time ever. But without proper cybersecurity software and training, cybercriminals are exploiting these weaknesses. While the pandemic has left many small businesses increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, luckily they’re some simple steps to combat these new threats. SBC Media sat down with Neil

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How to make the most of LinkedIn for your small business

LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful tool for small businesses and can be leveraged as a content marketing platform, a place for you to establish your thought leadership, build brand awareness, and attract great talent. There’s two main parts of the LinkedIn platform that you can use when you’re navigating LinkedIn for business. LinkedIn Profile &

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COVID frauds continue to target small business

Scammers target small business owners as they recognise they are busy and usually have limited resources to keep their systems safe. Scam risks have increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest COVID-19 scams are designed to take advantage of the changes to our daily life including: loss of jobs and financial vulnerability

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How recent casual worker reforms affect SMB employers

Fresh changes to awards by the Fair Work Commission have tightened how casual employees are defined and introduced ways for these workers to transition to permanent work. The Fair Work Commission recently made a few tweaks to the way casual employees are defined, which may have ramifications for employers and their staff alike. Here’s how

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Small Business Connections Summit and TV Show

The SBC Summit included presentations and panel discussions on four comprehensive topics impacting small business in 2021. The SBC Summit provided visitors with a holistic education on critical topics presented by experts from a diverse range of industry backgrounds from government, private companies, renowned entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry influencers. During the one-day SBC Summit,

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How to build a business that thrives in the digital economy

You may not realise it, but you’re already an active part of the digital economy. As a business owner, how you choose to engage with it is up to you. There’s no way around it — if you’re in business, chances are you’re operating at least a part of that business with the assistance of

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Why freelance talent can help your business grow

Following the challenging economic circumstances of the pandemic – cutting costs has become an imperative for many small business owners. As businesses move to embrace a more efficient and cost-effective way of working they are turning to skilled freelancers to  fill the gaps that drive business success. In March, the government reported that almost half of employers (49 per

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Three growth strategies to implement when starting a business

Small businesses, with fewer than 20 employees, account for around 97 per cent of all businesses in Australia. Homegrown entrepreneurs punch well about their weight when it comes to their economic impact. Across 2018-19, small business contributed over $400 bn to the Australian GDP, showing how innovation and bright ideas are critical to economic activity. Building a business

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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.