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Sweet success: A Melbourne bakery aims to fill a hole in home deliveries with Donut Dash virtual store
DASHING TO THE RESCUE Baked goods entrepreneur Phillip Kouch has launched his latest take on the modern bakery, and the good news is you won’t have to leave your house to get a piece.

The Victoria-based bakery owner has moved quickly, opening a virtual donut store to make the most of growing e-commerce demand.

Donut Dash is a ghost kitchen”, which is like a dark kitchen; except it’s not Deliveroo or any other delivery platform pulling the strings.
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NEW FOCUS Underpayment ‘flexibility’ for struggling SMEs as Fair Work targets corporate non compliance

Businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can expect a proportionate approach from the wage theft watchdog.

CHARITY Who Gives a Crap donates $5.85 million to charity, following bumper panic-buying profits

The Aussie toilet paper subscription startup has seen a 1000% increase in sales since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

Aussie startup Sempo bags $1.6 million from the EU to fund crypto-for-good project in partnership with Oxfam
CASH BOOST FOR CASH AID Aussie blockchain fintech Sempo has secured €1 million ($1.6 million) in funding from the European Commission to fuel digital aid projects in partnership with Oxfam.

Sempo provides a centralised model for distributing aid to people affected by disasters, particularly those who don’t have access to a bank account, but do have a smartphone.

Giving people cash is more efficient and more effective than giving people food parcels or vouchers for specific services, co-founder Tristan Cole explains. It’s also more empowering to the recipient.
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CORRECTION JobKeeper will end in September after all, with further support based on “assessed need”

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has poured cold water over earlier comments from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

WELLBEING COVID-19 financial stress causing mental health challenges for small business owners

Small business ombudsman Kate Carnell has urged business owners to take steps to look after their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FACTS Kiwi startup partners with WHO to help dispel COVID-19 misinformation

Soul Machines’ AI-enabled digital assistant will dispel myths around the pandemic and hygiene.

NEW TREND How one firm saw a 330% rise in dads taking paid-parental leave

Professional services firm Accenture is changing attitudes along with nappies.

COVID-19: The financial future is bright for the brave and the bold
THE FUTURE OF INVESTMENTS As investors and founders stare down the barrel of an uncertain future, the question many are asking is, exactly how bad is this situation we’re all in together?

Turns out there’s plenty of solace to be found.

As we enter the second half of this extraordinary year, opportunities for funding await brave founders who can anticipate and meet investors’ expectations.
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EXPLAINER History shows there’s no quick fix for unemployment

Higher unemployment is a price we’ve paid to control the virus. It will take a mix of measures to ensure that cost is only temporary. Here’s why.

Remote working: Three tips for running your business from home

Aussie SMEs need access to affordable communications tools that can accomodate the new normal.

ADVICE “Be sensitive, not silent”: How to tailor your brand’s marketing in a time of crisis

A period of crisis isn’t the time for your brand’s communications to freeze – it’s time to get genuine.

How pivoting to PPE sales drove profits for Harris Technology

The company has seen an increase in revenue they believe will outlast the pandemic.

TRENDING Victorian government unveils $534 million small business support package

The package includes cash grants of $5000 for some 80,000 eligible businesses.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT AirTree launches open-source startups jobs list for out-of-work tech talent

Startups that are hiring are being urged to add their roles to the spreadsheet.