PRIMARY OPINION ROLLS OUT MAGGIE BEER PLANS

PRIMARY OPINION ROLLS OUT MAGGIE BEER PLANS

PRIMARY Opinion (ASX:POP) has cooked up plans to expand the Maggie Beer Products line. The Melbourne-based technology company acquired a 48 per cent stake in the celebrity chef's food range for $15 million in July. Beer (pictured) and her husband Colin run the company in Barossa Valley, with a range of oils, sauces, ice cream and ...

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PERKS BRINGS ACCOUNTING FORWARD

PERKS BRINGS ACCOUNTING FORWARD

ADELAIDE firm Perks has developed a first to market solution for accountants and financial planners.

Xeppo, a cloud-based software, enables financial service providers to manage data relating to client's personal, wealth management and business portfolios on one platform.

The technology launched in 2015 at the LEA world conference in M...

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PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

PRINCE MIXES PHILANTHROPY WITH BUSINESS AT ZAMBRERO

SOMETIMES, after building a successful business and making millions, entrepreneurs will turn their thoughts to philanthropy. Zambrero founder Sam Prince took a different approach. He intertwined the commercial focus of his Mexican restaurant chain with the philanthropic goals of his social enterprise, Plate 4 Plate, right from the beginning, in ...

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7 POINTS FROM JULY'S DELOITTE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

7 POINTS FROM JULY'S DELOITTE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

DELOITTE Access Economics released its monthly Business Outlook today. It puts Brexit in perspective for Australia and explains how Australia is growing, despite some strong headwinds. Business News Australia has broken the Deloitte report down to seven points:

China matters more than Brexit

"Although a renewed burst of credit ...

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ADELAIDE PLEDGES TO COME CLEAN

ADELAIDE PLEDGES TO COME CLEAN

AFTER the near-shutdown of its manufacturing industry, Adelaide is aiming to become the world's first carbon neutral city.

The South Australian Government is pledging $3.6 million to make this a reality.

Currently 60 per cent of Adelaide's carbon emissions come from energy usage and 35 per cent from transport.

The Government int...

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FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

FROM THE TANK: SHOULD YOU EVER WHACK-A-MOLE?

A FAST-PACED game of whack-a-mole often evolves as a business begins to scale up.

Based on my past experience with Greencross (ASX: GXL) and my work these days on a number of companies including Shark Tank startups, it seems the faster you grow, the more chaos occurs.

For the unacquainted, whack-a-mole is the game you sometimes play as lit...

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FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

FROM THE TANK: HOW I PICK TECH COMPANIES

JAMIE Pherous, the founder of Corporate Travel Management (market cap $1.4 billion) said it well at the Brisbane Business News breakfast last week: "Business is simple, don't overcomplicate. Learn the rules of the game and play hard". 

Business is a little like a game of rugby, where you pass the ball backwards an...

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FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

FROM THE TANK: TO IPO OR NOT TO IPO?

IT ALWAYS intrigues me that nirvana for entrepreneurs seems to be the big IPO that's supposed to deliver oodles of cash.

An IPO is a complex exercise that includes months of preparation, due diligence and the construction of a conscientious prospectus that states a clear reason for listing and how the funds will be used. Cashing out ...

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FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

FROM THE TANK: DIVING INTO POLITICS

A DECADE ago I faced an important career decision which could have changed the course of my life. 

Option one, pack our bags and head to Brisbane to head up Greencross as we finalised plans to list on the ASX. Option two, seek endorsement by a political party to run for State or Federal Government in the local Townsville area. Lisa, my w...

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ADELAIDE HOME CARE COMPANY LANDS IN HOT WATER

ADELAIDE HOME CARE COMPANY LANDS IN HOT WATER

AN Adelaide home care company will face court after its business model came under scrutiny for allegedly breaching sham contracting laws. The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court against Care Providers Pty Ltd, which trades as ESAR Home Care. Care Providers offers in-home personal care and d...

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CHANCES ARE, YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE DISSATISFIED

CHANCES ARE, YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE DISSATISFIED

FOUR out of five Australians feel unfulfilled in their workplace, according to new research by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM). The 2016 National Salary Survey shows the majority of Australians are unhappy in their roles with more than 81.9 per cent of people choosing to leave to look for new challenges. More than half of...

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STRANGE PHONE CALL THAT FIRED UP AN ENTREPRENEUR

STRANGE PHONE CALL THAT FIRED UP AN ENTREPRENEUR

HOLLY Ransom recalls a 'really strange phone call' in 2013 from then Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The 26-year-old social entrepreneur was asked to lead the G20 Youth Summit.

At that time, Ransom never could have pictured one year later she would be challenging political and business leaders at a table which seated the likes o...

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MILLENNIALS LIKELY TO BE GONE IN TWO YEARS

MILLENNIALS LIKELY TO BE GONE IN TWO YEARS

MILLENNIALS are proving to be a challenge for employers, with half likely to move on within two years if they don't feel a sense of purpose in the workplace, according to a new report. The report by Deloitte delivers employers a sobering message: change or you will probably lose those talented, tech-savvy millennial employees. Whi...

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THE LAY-OFF THAT LED TO SUCCESS

THE LAY-OFF THAT LED TO SUCCESS

BEING made redundant is one of the biggest fears and setbacks for any modern professional. Not only did Sarah Bartholomeusz lose a living, she found herself jobless 32 weeks into a pregnancy. An ordinary person might have crumbled under the pressure, however Bartholomeusz remained resilient and saw an opportunity to kick-start YouLega...

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COPING IN BUSINESS STARTS WITH RESILIENCE

COPING IN BUSINESS STARTS WITH RESILIENCE

STACEY Copas knows it's tough for bosses to hold their A-game in the face of adversity. As a keynote speaker and consultant to major Australian organisations including Telstra and the CSIRO, the South Australian Paralympic hopeful has built a career by drawing on her own experience to guide businesses around the country to strength an...

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GOLDEN RULES OF BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

GOLDEN RULES OF BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

THE growing obsessions with mobile devices and social media among younger people in the workforce is ruining some basic communications skills and costing employers revenue and staff career opportunities. Some of the issues frustrating employers include short-form words, bad spelling and writing in emails which decrease respect from custom...

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I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE, SAYS LORNA JANE

I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE, SAYS LORNA JANE

HEALTH is wealth for Lorna Jane Clarkson, so despite being offered "huge amounts of money" for her global fitness empire, she says she won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

She put to rest rumours her 26-year-old business was facing a sale at a Business Chicks breakfast on the Gold Coast this week.

"One of the mos...

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ENGINEERING STEM 'SUPERHEROES'

ENGINEERING STEM 'SUPERHEROES'

A CLASSROOM of superheroes is the vision of Tech Girls Movement founder, Brisbane's Jenine Beekhuyzen, who says her mission will only become possible with earlier investment into STEM.

Beekhuyzen's movement has been encouraging young girls to think about being tech entrepreneurs and leaders long before the government's pledge...

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INNOVATION AND PROFITABILITY - HOW WOMEN DO IT

INNOVATION AND PROFITABILITY - HOW WOMEN DO IT

EIGHT leading female entrepreneurs have gathered to provide a spin on the famous TEDx learning events. Launched last night, LeadX featured eight high-profile women speaking for 12 minutes each on transformative ideas, techniques and skills and equipped attendees with the knowledge needed to increase economic and personal growth. Speakers in...

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HOW TO MAKE IT AS A NON-TECHNICAL FOUNDER

HOW TO MAKE IT AS A NON-TECHNICAL FOUNDER

THE SOCIAL media startup community isn't just a male techie's world that girls are playing in with photo filters and hashtags, as these two female non-technical founders would prove.

All ten of our most popular social networks were founded by men, and canvassing a selection of startups tells a similar story. We could then get int...

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NEW TARGET SET FOR WOMEN ON BOARDS

NEW TARGET SET FOR WOMEN ON BOARDS

THE Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has called for all ASX 200 companies to ensure that 30 per cent of directors are female by 2018. Managing director John Brogden says the 35,000 AICD members, including top-listed companies as well as private businesses and not-for-profit organisations, should all strive towards 30 per c...

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