Fran Molloy

Fran Molloy

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An easy win for Victorian Telstra Business of the Year | Smarter ...

Australia’s leading online weddings directory and early internet pioneer Easy Weddings was named Telstra’s Victorian Business of the Year 2011 at last Friday’s award ceremony.

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4 ways to beat the Christmas slowdown | Smarter Business Ideas

If you run a business in hospitality or retail, it gets pretty crazy at this time of the year. But for a lot of Australian businesses, things are starting to slow down - it’s more of a ‘Christmas hush’ than a ‘Christmas rush’. Here are four useful things you can do to keep your business ticking over in the meantime.

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Case study: The serial entrepreneur - Hamish Petrie | Smarter ...

Hamish Petrie is in the throes of launching his fourth business, Ingogo, a mobile taxi hailing system that lets customers request and track a cab on their smartphone or over the net.

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Construction decline set to continue | Smarter Business Ideas

Despite the Reserve Bank predicting a strong outlook for the Australian economy overall, the national construction sector has contracted in recent months and the trend does not look encouraging in the short term, according to the Australian Industry Group’s latest report.

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Corporate sales to organic skincare | Smarter Business Ideas

Antonette Golikidis worked for a large corporation for many years, building skills in sales and negotiation.

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How to: Minimise your small business tax | Smarter Business Ideas

With the end of the financial year just weeks away, business decisions you make now could save you thousands of dollars of tax that must be paid in a few short months when your assessment is complete.

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Interest rates steady but set to rise this year | Smarter Business Ideas

This week's decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to hold the cash rate at 4.75 per cent is likely to be a short-term reprieve for small business operators.

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Is your business eligible for a training grant? | Smarter Business Ideas

More than half a billion dollars in training and workforce development grant, to match business investment in formal skills training, is up for grabs under the new National Workforce Development Fund, with the deadline for the first round of applications in just two weeks, on 20 September.

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Job market tightens | Smarter Business Ideas

Rising employment figures are likely to increase pressure on wages, according to several key market indicators, and competition for new employees will have an impact on small business.

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Lightening the load | Smarter Business Ideas

That’s all very well in the early days of your business, in fact it can be refreshing to have so much control over everything that needs to be done. But as business hots up and there aren’t enough hours in the day, doing it yourself can start to do your head in.

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Making your business more efficient | Smarter Business Ideas

With small business profitability at an all-time low, many business owners could benefit from the lessons of high performing organisations. Here's how.

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Pole vaulter turned ice-cream queen | Smarter Business Ideas

Tatiana Grigorieva made her mark on Australia’s conscious when she soared to take a silver medal in pole vaulting at Sydney’s 2000 Olympic Games.

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Queensland Telstra Business Award winners announced | Smarter ...

Queensland earned the nation’s admiration for its plucky response to devastating floods and cyclones earlier this year, so it is fitting that Telstra’s Queensland Business of the Year for 2011, Stream Group, has played a big part in helping the State’s homeowners back on their feet.