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Fred Schebesta and Frank Restuccia have started a new business called that compares financial products and mobile phone plans. more »



Tim Fung was moving house and couldn’t find anyone to help him with the move. He then decided to team up with Jonathon Liu to come up with Airtasker, a site that connects people with odd jobs to do with those offering their services. more »

Thankyou Water

It was during Dan Flynn’s first year of university that he realised the world water crisis needed help and attention. He came up with the idea to start a bottled water business called Thankyou Water where every bottle sold provides at least one month of safe water to someone in need. more »


Tom LeGrice was a salesperson for a large technology company, dealing with the top decision makers in very large companies, before he chucked it in to run PetHomeStay, a website that lets pet owners find people to look after their pets when they are away. more »

Kate Lauren Designs

Julie Paranos spent many years as a social worker before she decided to pursue her dream of running her own interior design business. more »

Marketing Bee

Marketing Bee Sharon Latour was working as a customer relationship management (CRM) specialist in the automotive industry when she decided working for a large enterprise wasn’t for her and she started her own marketing firm, Marketing Bee, just over a year ago. more »

Hidden Door


Will Gray was working for an adventure company where he was in charge of team development before he took a sabbatical to tick a few things off the bucket list. more »


Gen George used her frustration at being unable to find temporary work in Europe as a motivation to start her business. It’s called OneShift and it helps business owners find temporary staff. In the past year, cheap the site has grown to over 100, ask 000 members and 45, side effects 000 Facebook likes thanks to Gen’s determination. What were you doing before you started the business? After getting back to Australia from a working holiday in Europe in 2012, I started work at Colliers International while doing a test … more »



Diana Holwerda was a stay-at-home mum looking after her one-year-old son, and doing a few odd jobs for her old employer, when she decided to team up with Banika Smee. more »

Family businesses feel the squeeze

RMIT University, on behalf of MGI, has released a study of 5,000 family-owned and private businesses in Australia. more »

Mature workers still finding it tough

Randstad has released its latest Workmonitor report with 90% of Australians surveyed saying it’s harder for older workers to find a suitable job and 84% are forced to take a job below their education level. more »

Facebook hits 1 million active advertisers


Facebook now has one million active advertisers on the social network, according to a statement put out by the company. more »

Social media helps boost SME revenue


MYOB has released the results of a probe into the use of social media by small business owners. more »

42% of SMEs experience revenue growth, survey says

RSM Bird Cameron has released its annual thinkBIG study which surveyed 308 small business owners. more »

SILK Home Staging & Styling


Naomi Findlay was a university lecturer in medical science and dabbled in property speculation on the side before she decided to start SILK Home Staging & Styling. more »

Saving money on stationery

For the explosively successful small businesses, the ones that have an idea so unique and interesting it flares up overnight, penny pinching never really comes into it. more »

COSBOA calls for comment

COSBOA has launched a survey for small businesses, with the intention of submitting the results to the Productivity Commission’s review of government services and regulations. more »

Lobby groups team up for SMB campaign

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has teamed up with a number of state level business chambers to launch the ‘Small Business, Too Big to Ignore’ campaign. more »

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