Australia/New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 11/06/2008

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from Australia and New Zealand:

  • Darwin mayor returns fire over town spending: The Lord Mayor of Darwin has turned the tables on an Alice Springs protest about regional spending, saying the its the capital that the Territory Government is neglecting.
  • Victoria bucks confidence trend: NATIONAL business confidence has dived to its lowest in seven years, though confidence is improving in Victoria, according to a report to be released today. The report highlights Australia’s two-speed economy, with confidence in Western Australia and the Northern Territory continuing to be fuelled by booming international demand for commodities.
  • Small firms suffering pessimism: survey: The outlook for the economy among small business is at its most pessimistic in 15 years, new figures show. The latest Sensis Business Index shows small businesses have the lowest expectations of the strength of the economy in the 15 years since the survey started collecting data.
  • Sustainability theme for Small Business Expo: Sustainability theme for Wellington Small Business Expo. The Minister for Climate Change Hon David Parker will open the Sustainability Morning of the largest event held for business in New Zealand – the Small Business Expo in Wellington – at 9.30am on 26 June.
  • NSW small business optimism plummets: A new survey shows confidence amongst small businesses in New South Wales is at a record low.
  • Premier promises big budget for small business: Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett has promised an economically aggressive Budget with a big investment in infrastructure next Thursday.
  • QLD businesses begin to worry about future: The current economic climate has one in five Queensland small business operators worried about their future, according to the Sensis Business Index released today.

As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.

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