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The best state government grants for your small business

Yesterday we gave you a roundup of the best federal government grants for your small business – but there are also some great funding opportunities available a little closer to home. by Kirsten Robb

Federal government grants for your small business

Here’s SmartCompany’s list of some of the best federal grants to help give your business a boost. by Eloise Keating

Manufacturer with 44 employees collapses

Manufacturer Seaford Plastics has collapsed into administration, a further victim of the downturn in the car industry. by Cara Waters

60-year-old regional manufacturing giant collapses

A textile manufacturing company that has been operating in the Victorian regional city of Wangaratta for more than 60 years has collapsed into liquidation due to the offshoring of government contracts and an increasingly competitive market. by Broede Carmody

Diary of an Entrepreneur: Surviving 40 years in the changing retail landscape

Former architect Rob Whyte launched Aero Design back in the early 70s. The company now turns over around $5 million a year and Whyte has just opened a new showroom in Hawthorn East this month. by Cara Waters

Towel manufacturer Australian Weaving Mills placed into administration

Australian towel manufacturer Australian Weaving Mills has collapsed into administration. by Kirsten Robb

Commercial refrigeration business with 50 staff calls in administrators

NSW-based commercial refrigeration and air conditioning business Nu-Tech Group has entered voluntary administration following challenging times in the construction sector. by Melinda Oliver

Australia manufacturing needs to get skilled or lose out – new study

Australia needs to step up its manufacturing skills in the next decade or risk falling behind other nations, according to a new study by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency. by Melinda Oliver

Automotive industry tipped to emerge “lean and capable” following auto manufacturing exit

Australia’s automotive sector has been tipped to overcome the closure of its manufacturing division and emerge stronger than ever, according to an industry expert. by Yolanda Redrup

Port Macquarie SME wins US Army tender worth $285 million

A Port Macquarie-based marine engineering company has been awarded a contract worth up to $US259 million ($A285m) to supply the United States Army with up to 374 specialised boats. by Yolanda Redrup

Timber manufacturer with $100m turnover collapses due to Christmas cash flow problems

Timber manufacturer and distributor Amerind is up for sale today after collapsing into receivership after the Christmas trading period. by Cara Waters

Can Australian auto parts suppliers survive now Holden, Ford and Toyota are gone?

The recent decisions by Ford, Holden and Toyota to cease manufacturing in Australia have raised serious concerns for the thousands of Australian businesses who work in the automotive supply chain. by Barrie Finnin

Rheem to use $1.6 million government grant to close two factories and cut jobs

Rheem Australia is using a $1.6 million grant from the federal government’s Clean Technology Program to enable it to close two factories and make redundancies. by Cara Waters

Sweet expansion planned as Re:Capital chomps up Aussie chocolate makers Newman’s and Hillier’s

Century-old Australian chocolatier Ernest Hillier has been acquired by Re:Capital, the international investment arm of British restructuring company Hillco. by Cara Waters

Aussie manufacturing not dead yet: Auto manufacturers aiming to thrive in the wake of Toyota

Auto manufacturers say manufacturing in Australia is not dead yet despite Toyota pulling the plug on Australia this week. by Cara Waters

The death of the Australian car industry: What it means for your business

Automotive product manufacturers warn Toyota’s decision to cease manufacturing in Australia is likely to lead to an industrial domino effect hitting hundreds of small businesses. by Cara Waters

Will Toyota’s move to end car manufacturing by 2017 in Australia cause a recession?

Toyota has announced it will close its Australian manufacturing division by the end of 2017, signalling the end of car manufacturing in the country. by Yolanda Redrup and Myriam Robin

Meet Tim Leatherman: Why the creator of the Leatherman multi-tool focuses on the details

It’s been 30 years since Tim Leatherman created and started selling the multi-tool, and 29 years since Australians first got their hands on it. by Myriam Robin

Why SPC Ardmona should be saved: Liberal MP Sharman Stone has five reasons why

Cabinet will decide on the future of embattled fruit processor SPC Ardmona later today, and things aren’t looking good. by Myriam Robin

41-year-old manufacturing business collapses, despite $14 million turnover

A manufacturing business founded in 1973 and turning over $14 million has collapsed, with administrators blaming tough industry conditions. by Yolanda Redrup
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