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:
- Emerson to help flood victims: SMALL Business Minister Craig Emerson will head to Queensland to assist those affected by the floods.
- Business travelers targeted despite financial downturn: Flight Centre will target bookings from small businesses with a new retail format, despite a drop in money being spent by business travelers.
- Small Business welcomes Govt relief package: The small business sector has welcomed with open arms the Government’s relief package, unveiled by Prime Minister John Key yesterday.
- Tax changes unveiled as part of Govt growth plan: Prime Minister John Key has unveiled small business tax changes worth $480 million over the next four years, as part of a wider scheme he hopes will promote economic growth and protect jobs.
- Incentive to rush out and buy equipment: OWNERS of small businesses will gain a special tax break if they buy new equipment ranging from computers and fax machines to cars and industrial machinery before the end of the financial year.
- Swimming with sharks: Online retailer Bart Jellema explains his start-up camps for entrepreneurs, surviving a downturn and his brush with a shark.
- Small business owners left high and dry: MORTGAGE holders may be celebrating, but most business owners remain high and dry after the latest Reserve Bank rate cut.
- Reading the tea leaves: Small and medium-sized business should batten down the hatches during this year’s financial storm.
- Much needed boost for small business: The past nine years have been hard on employers, particularly small employers. A Government whose members had little personal experience of an employer’s obligations loaded more holidays and other costs on to those obligations and made it fearfully difficult to get rid of an unsatisfactory employee. The new Government has moved to quickly to restore a balance, at least for small employers
- Govt unveils $42b stimulus plan: The Rudd Government will pour an extra $42 billion into the economy over the next four years in its latest bid to defy the economic gravity that is dragging down economies around the world.
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.