Australia/New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 09/07/2008

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:

  • Tough small business conditions could lift jobless rate: report: A new report indicates tougher conditions for small business may cause unemployment to increase.
  • Small business overlooked in WA gas crisis: THE West Australian Government was under fire yesterday as thousands of struggling small businesses were locked out of a new trading system touted by the Government as a way to buy surplus gas from companies that had more than they needed.
  • News Limited in pitch to small fry: NEWS Limited’s online search directory aims to seize a bigger share of Australia’s $2 billion directories industry and topple market leader Yellow, owned by Sensis
  • Emissions trading scheme assistance must include SMEs: Small and medium sized business must receive their fair share from any Federal Government scheme to assist those facing increased costs under a carbon trading scheme, industry groups say.
  • The GST shows the way: MEASURED in dollars and common sense, the task of implementing an emissions trading scheme as part of Australia’s effort in addressing climate change is no different to the GST.
  • Young fast starter wedges into a market of giants: Mia Klitsas, 25, knew that the tampon market had an image problem. Her solution was to change the image. She tells AMANDA GOME how style has let her change the niche and build her company, Millie & More. She also answers readers questions….
  • Angles join Forces to help:New Zealand’s angel investment community has banded together for the first time in a bid to boost its collective efforts and get more entrepreneurs investing in and mentoring start-up Kiwi businesses.
  • Business Sense TV: Vodafone Australia expands on its support for small-to-medium-sized businesses, with the launch today of lifestyle program Business Sense TV.
  • Think big, says Kochie: SMALL business owners need to focus more on the big issues affecting the economy, says TV personality and financial commentator David Koch.

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

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