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Where can I find a mentor?

Make sure you take advantage of the small business resources available in your state. by Aunty B

My business name, logo and brochures stink!

Would you go off to a business meeting in tracksuit pants and a tank top? Branding is important, so you need to get the visuals right. by Aunty B

I don’t want to hire family, but Dad wants a job!

Think very carefully before you put dear old dad on the payroll. by Aunty B

Who is stealing my petty cash?

A thief in the workplace? This is a whodunnit of petty proportions. by Aunty B

FEDERAL BUDGET 2012: Standard deduction for expenses scrapped in a $2 billion saving

Accountants will be rejoicing after the Government decided to defer a plan to allow taxpayers to make $1,500 in standard tax deductions. by Cara Waters

Grant Thornton eyes BDO’s Victorian and NSW practices after BDO International expels them from global network

Accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton Australia have stepped up merger talks with the Victorian and New South Wales-based practices of larger rival BDO. by

Nine marketing themes for 2012

Marketing your business is an ever-evolving challenge that will be vastly different in 2012. So you'll have to keep your eye on the ball. by Nina Hendy

Professional services tipped to grow, as report details decline of Sydney

Professional services are expected to grow in the year ahead, despite a report detailing the decline of professional services-rich Sydney. by

LinkedIn takes aim at recruitment industry with aggressive growth plans

LinkedIn has outlined a “very aggressive growth plan” for 2012 that is says will better equip companies with the tools needed to find good job candidates. by Jan Villalon

Assets of collapsed firm Extrastaff Recruitment bought by NSW Business Chamber

Extrastaff Recruitment, the Adelaide-based recruiting company that went into administration in October, has been given new life after being bought out by the NSW Business Chamber’s recruitment services division, Australian Business Talent. by Jan Villalon

MYOB accounting software update criticised by users, company promises update

MOYB says it will release an update of its core AccountRight 2011 program in the next few days after a major update released last month raised the ire of some users. by Jan Villalon

Manufacturers, service sector and education big winners from Pacific free trade agreement, experts say

Australian manufacturers, agribusinesses, education and services sector providers could be the big winners if a bumper Trans-Pacific free trade deal goes ahead, according to export experts. by

Kaplan Australia continues acquisition spree, snaps up Carrick Education with eye on skills shortages

Kaplan Australia has snapped up vocational and higher education group Carrick Education Group for an undisclosed sum, just weeks after its purchase of registered training organisation Franklyn Scholar. by

Major agribusiness distributor collapses after funding agreement fails

Interfert has collapsed into administration following a crash in fertiliser prices during the global financial crisis and a subsequent failure to secure a new funding arrangement with a controversial foreign lender. by Patrick Stafford

Survey suggests franchisors must increase franchisee support, tweak models for patchy economy

Expert says franchises should ensure constant communication with their franchisees and start tweaking their models to account for a more frugal and lifestyle-conscious customer. by Patrick Stafford

Financial planners to face extra training requirements to give tax advice

The scrap between financial planners and accountants over the provision of tax advice may be headed for a resolution. by Ryan Jon Dunn

CFOs focus on growth, investment as economy rebounds: Survey

Australia’s CFOs deliver upbeat assessment of the prospects for business in 2011, with an overwhelming majority saying growth is their major focus. by James Thomson

Education group Navitas buys SAE Group from former rich list member Tom Misner for $289 million

Navitas swoops on well-known sound and audio training group SAE Group, paying $289 million to buy 47 campuses across 14 countries. by James Thomson

Business lounge operator Bureaux wound up

Owner of business lounge and serviced office operator Bureaux Australia, Rowena Murray, announces it has shut its doors and is in the process of being wound up. by James Thomson

Training college operator threatens legal action against Immigration Minister over visa changes

A Brisbane-based training college operator says its business will be hurt by “destructive” changes made to the Federal Government’s education visa regime and is considering legal action. by Patrick Stafford
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