Australia/New Zealand Small Business News Round-up – 25/06/2008

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:

  • Labor’s plans for small business: Federal Small Business Minister Craig Emerson has faced a baptism of fire in his first half year, with business confidence in sharp decline and small business support for Labor at low levels
  • Small business needs to think big: Most small businesses operate in a tight financial environment where solvency can be a day-to-day gamble, so it’s no surprise national workplace reforms cause concern. I know the feeling. I grew up with parents who ran a small business.
  • Govt rethink on program axe: The Federal Government is reconsidering a recommendation to axe a successful small business employment program, after lobbying from employment providers.
  • NZ’s business highlight coming to you: Thousands of business owners will be taking time out between 25-27 June to attend the Small Business Expo. With 97% of businesses now classed as small or medium businesses, the expo is expected to be the business highlight of the year, as well as the largest event held for business in New Zealand
  • Five tips to beat the downturn: RETAILERS are saying they’ve never had it so bad. After years of cheap credit and the spend-now-pay-later mentality of shoppers, suddenly they stopped buying.
  • Dollar low at noon: THE Australian dollar was weaker at noon, as investors had a small case of risk aversion and sold the currency in a quiet market.

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

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