Australia/ New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 01/11/2008

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:

  • Triple trouble looms for small business: The cause and impact of America’s – and the world’s – credit crisis are receiving a lot of coverage. But what does it mean to an owner of a small to medium private business?

  • FST takes fight to Oracle: A SMALL Melbourne technology firm is preparing to renew its David and Goliath fight against multibillion-dollar software giant Oracle for alleged patent infringement.
  • Small business ‘won’t hire women‘: Small businesses would be burdened with soaring costs and the community sector discouraged from employing women under a national paid maternity leave scheme, leading Queensland business and community groups have warned.
  • Franchising the globe: Domestic franchise success may have entrepreneurs dreaming of world domination, but as AMITA TANDUKAR explains, there is more to international franchising than letting the royalties roll in.
  • Customer service vital in tough times: WITH tough times looming, customer service will become more important than ever for small businesses that want to survive, experts have warned.
  • Maternity scheme will hurt small business: CCI: The West Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is warning that small businesses will suffer if a proposed maternity leave scheme goes ahead.

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

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