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A clean tax record is required to tender for major government contracts

Clean tax record required for government tender bids

New rules require companies to prove they have a clean tax record when tendering for major government contracts.   Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell welcomed the change, but said more needs to be done to protect small businesses subcontracted to these projects.     What do the new rules involve? From…

Cellar door and wine export grants available

Cellar Door and Wine Export Grants now open

Wine Tourism and Cellar Door grants Applications have opened for Wine Australia’s Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grants program for 2019. To be eligible you must produce wine in Australia, sell wine domestically, and have a cellar door. Eligible wine producers will receive an annual grant of up to $100,000 to optimise visitors’ experiences at…

Instagram has changed how the LIKE system works

What do Instagram changes mean for business?

Instagram has become a popular place to do business, with many retailers relying on the platform as their largest online customer engagement tool. This has also led to Influencers building followings which they then monetise through brand partnerships.     It is therefore still unsure how businesses will be affected by Instagram’s trial update in…

Tax apps saving time and money

Keeping track of your finances in a small business can be a full time job. Tools that make this less of a headache can save you time and your sanity at tax time. There are numerous receipt scanning apps out there that can do a range of different things.     Some apps just take…

Debt recovery apps are a low cost way to improve small business processes

Debt recovery app getting results

Cash flow is the life blood of any business, it needs to keep flowing or the business dies. It is estimated that Australian small businesses are currently owed $26 billion dollars. But what can you do to get your overdue accounts paid?       Well there’s an app for everything these days. The debt…

Dealing with negative reviews is part of getting important feedback for your business

Dealing with negative online reviews

Everyone likes to be liked. So what should you do when someone goes online to say they don’t like your business, product or customer service? How do you deal with negative online reviews?   According to a survey by Bright Local, reading a negative review stops 40% of consumers wanting to do business with your…

The ATO are targeting businesses illegally trading in cash

ATO targeting cash economy

The cash only, or black economy, is widespread in Australia. It was thought that it would be all but eliminated through the introduction of the GST, but it’s as prevalent as ever. While many think of it as a victimless crime, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) understandably has a vastly different perspective. From 1 July…

Advancing Cessnock City through business engagement

Council’s economic development team is determined to make the region a better place to do business! Under the Advance Cessnock City partnership, the team are rolling out a survey to better understand the capacity of local businesses. Mayor of Cessnock, Councillor Bob Pynsent, urges local businesses to participate by completing a short 8-10 minute survey….

Fair Work Ombudsman website has templates for businesses to use

Hiring staff – getting the paperwork right

Being in business can be a daunting proposition. The owner of a small business has to be a Jack (or Jill) of all trades, or at least be across what is supposed to be happening in all aspects of their business. It’s easy to hire a new employee and plan to get back to complete…

inclusive tourism good for business

Unlock the potential of new customers with inclusive tourism

Inclusive tourism refers to tourism services and products where people of all abilities feel welcome and wanted as customers and guests. Being able to service people with a disability, an ageing population and young families becomes increasingly important as these segments of the public continue to grow.   Becoming more inclusive could prove to be…

Beware of EOFY scams purporting to be from the ATO

ATO scams

The end of financial year (EOFY) is looming and that means…a new round of scams. As account departments and small business owners’ ramp up to finalise their EOFY accounts and compute their group certificates, cybercrime also increases.     According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Australian business reported more than 5800 scams…

Look after your staff's wellbeing

Wellbeing at work

Instigating a wellbeing at work program can have many obvious and some less obvious benefits. It can improve productivity, help reduce sickness and sick leave, and it can improve employee retention rates. It can also show the people who work for you that you care about what happens to them. Recent studies show that 40.3%…