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Melbourne SEO Agency StudioHawk takes home crown in global competition 

Melbourne-based SEO Agency StudioHawk has been awarded the grand prize in an international digital marketing championship, competing against well-known and large-scale global agencies. Announced in July, Studiohawk has been crowned the ‘Best Large SEO Agency’ in the global competition. The Melbourne based startup that has exceeded the odds is celebrating its latest win from the

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Commercial tenancy relief for small businesses

The Victorian Government is acting decisively to back the state‘s small and medium-sized businesses as they emerge from lockdown, facilitating commercial rent waivers and deferrals from today. “Victorian businesses have played a key role in the effort to keep us safe – making enormous sacrifices – and many of them are doing it really hard,”

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Temporary insolvency protections sensible as lockdowns continue

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson has urged the Federal Government and regulators to consider the reactivation of temporary insolvency protections, to support small and family businesses doing it tough in lockdown. Mr Billson says the re-introduction of measures, such as the extension to existing safe harbour provisions, would provide temporary

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5 Victorian business support packages you need to know about

A new jointly funded package from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments will give Victorian small and medium businesses the extra support and confidence they need to recover from the recent lockdown. The new Victorian Business Support Package will deliver an additional $400 million in support to thousands of businesses, with funding to be split 50/50

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Massive expansion of JobSaver as Sydney battles Delta

Larger businesses will now be eligible and the maximum payment will be increased. The joint NSW Government and Commonwealth JobSaver program will be significantly boosted to give greater support to businesses and individuals impacted by the extended COVID-19 lockdown. JobSaver payments will now be available to businesses with an annual turnover of between $75,000 and

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COSBOA announce Alexi Boyd as new CEO

COSBOA announces the retirement of long-term CEO Peter Strong and the appointment of Alexi Boyd in the role as the new CEO. It is a big event that after more than 11 years Peter Strong has decided it is time to retire (or, for him, semi-retire) and pass the important baton of small business advocate

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60% of global consumers have fallen prey to tech support scams

Despite the introduction of AI-based chatbots in customer service, consumers are still falling for tech support scams. According to findings from Microsoft’s 2021 Global Tech Support Scam Research report, the aforementioned scam is still a huge threat for consumers today with three out of five consumers being targeted by a tech support scammer in the last 12 months.

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Google’s My Business explained for small business

Working in the digital space, I see how easy It can be easy for business owners to get caught up in – or weighed down by – what everyone else seems to be doing. Which makes it particularly tricky to work out where true value lies, and conversely what’s marketing fluff or a poor fit

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5 Shifts happened in retail right now

Retailers’ relative performance in capital markets starkly demonstrates a pandemic-driven acceleration of ongoing industry shifts. This means those that wish to keep up need to speed up. Confined indoors, consumers did not remain idle. Despite incomes shrinking significantly for many—especially in Asia, where government stimulus was limited—global shopping volumes overall increased, leading the retail sector

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Regional businesses locked out from the rest of the country

Regional Queensland businesses locked out from the rest of the country are desperate for support if they are able to maintain their commitment to staff and championing Queensland tourism, retail and hospitality. Cairns Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) are calling for the financial and emotional impact of COVID lockdowns

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