How SMEs can succeed during the busy holiday period

With Christmas around the corner, VistaPrint has unveiled new research, revealing 17% of SMB owners are nervous, apprehensive (17%), and overwhelmed (15%) for the festive season. While the holiday season is a huge revenue booster for SMBs, there’s no denying it can be equally challenging with an influx

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Overcoming the startup odds: 5 tips to beat the 70% failure rate

The startup world is both exhilarating and perilous, with the stark reality that up to 90% of new ventures fail. The journey from conception to success is fraught with challenges, including financial constraints, market misalignment, inadequate research, and more. This harsh landscape demands wisdom and insight

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CommBank SmallBiz Week – Helping Small Businesses Thrive

Australian Business Forum (ABF) is excited to announce the return of CommBank SmallBiz Week in 2024, Australia’s leading national small business event. Due to high demand, the event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 28-30 May, 2024, bringing together thousands of business

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Regional unemployment reaches all-time low

Jobs in Victorian regional communities have risen to an all-time high, driven by a strong economy that is delivering benefits for Victorians in every corner of the state. Victoria’s regional unemployment rate was the equal lowest in the country in October, figures released today by

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Impersonation scams on the rise: know the red flags

Victorians are being urged to be on the lookout for impersonation scams to avoid handing over their hard-earned money to fraudsters. With Scam Awareness Week starting today, Minister for Consumer Affairs Gabrielle Williams encouraged Victorians to be alert and aware of the warning signs for

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87% of Aussie shoppers expect AI-driven holiday scams

McAfee Corp., a global leader in online protection has released the results of its inaugural Global Holiday Shopping Scams Study. The study surveyed more than 7,000 adults in seven countries to discover how scam messages and AI-driven scam sophistication are influencing holiday shopping sentiments. It

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