Australia/New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 2009/03/04

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:

  • PM’s speech a letdown: Sydney’s small business representatives were left nonplussed at a luncheon address by the PM on Tuesday.
  • What About the little players: Manufacturing policy should place more emphasis on small business, particularly red tape, says expert.
  • Get ready for the tax man to call: TAX audits of small businesses are much more likely, say business advisers – so get your paperwork in order now.
  • Govt launches small business grants: Small business can apply for federal grants of up to $15,000 to boost work-life balance initiatives.
  • Warning on fraud risks in downturn: ATTEMPTS by SMEs to boost cash flow during the downturn could lead to more scams.
  • Staying upbeat in a downturn: An IBM business analyst offers SMEs five secrets to staying competitive in a time of strife.
  • How SMEs can implement tailored IT systems: Too often, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not take responsibility for educating themselves sufficiently about technology, instead putting their trust in technology vendors or channel partners whose interests are not always aligned with the SME’s.
  • Telegraph: IT potentially more damaging than Red Tape for Home & Small Business: The Telegraph Newspaper has today published an interview with WinWeb’s Founder & CEO Stefan Töpfer, in which it picks up on the fact that spending your time on IT-information technology chores can be just as damaging for small business as red-tape. These activities are often very time consuming and the business owner loses business focus.

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

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