Being a small business owner I’ve always tried my hardest to take good care of my staff, but what I’ve realised over the years is that this means different things to different people. Regardless of what it actually means, there are many benefits to any business that truly has the emotional, physical and financial well-being being of their staff as major priorities. Read more.
“Well, I guess we had better make a start….” Rod Sims, Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)said, with his prophetic opening remarks at the first of many public forums in Brisbane Tuesday night in relation to the ACCC Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry. Read more.
When in the thick of productivity, small business owners tend to get caught up in day-to-day core business and urgent affairs - it can take some grit to get the ball rolling on those other stickier, more time-consuming tasks. The tasks we put on the back burner and bank for another day. Confidence can get in the way too, hoping that unlikely events don’t occur and hedging bets that luck is always on side. Read more.
The newly released program update for Queensland’s State Infrastructure Plan shows there are now 685 projects in Queensland’s infrastructure pipeline at varying stages of execution. Read more.
Growing a business brings a myriad of challenges, not the least of which is obtaining sufficient funds to invest in the growth of the business and provide adequate working capital for the specific lifecycle the business is in. Read more.
As small business owners, we’re always thinking about productivity, immersed in day-to-day and in the grip of deadlines and targets. It can make getting to grips with other tasks like first aid training, often regarded as incidental to the core business, a little sticky. You’re not alone if you put them on the back burner. But you’re not wise, either. Hedging your bets and hoping that nothing untoward happens is neither good judgement nor good practice. Read more.
Manufacturing has been identified by the Queensland Government as a critical driver of innovation and productivity in the economy. The advanced manufacturing sector is seen as an important contributor to this growth. Read more.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says it’s behind “Team Queensland” in securing the Land 400 phase 2 project, but urged the State Government not to favour big businesses over small businesses. Read more.
Youth unemployment across the nation is being tackled head-on by the Australian Government through their Youth Jobs PaTH program which focuses on upskilling and providing work experience opportunities. Read more.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson believes 2016-17 will be an historic marker for the region. Read more.
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef and its 64,000 direct and indirect jobs should be a major priority, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ). Read more.
Branding is often a confusing subject because most people think that if they have a company logo and use the same colours in the logo throughout their business they can tick branding off their list. Read more.
What business task have you put on the back burner lately? Perhaps a more important question is: How much is neglecting that task costing you?
With the changes in the marketing landscape, in particular, in the way customers interact and engage with businesses and brands nowadays, it is more important than ever to be up to date with creative and innovative ways in which we could train our business DNA to become more customer-centric. Read more.
Many small and medium size businesses are struggling to keep customers flowing and returning in a highly competitive market. Today’s customer is far more discerning in choosing a brand or service. Read more.