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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NEW ACCREDITATION HIGHLIGHTS FLEXIBLE EMPLOYERS

NEW ACCREDITATION HIGHLIGHTS FLEXIBLE EMPLOYERS

SOCIAL enterprise Diverse City Careers (DCC) has launched a new accreditation to recognise employers offering flexible workplaces. The Flex Able Certification was initially developed by employment agency Flex Able Jobs, with co-founder Christina Smerdon on hand to oversee the process. Companies advertising with DCC are eligible to go ...

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUILDS UP BIG IN AUSTRALIA

GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUILDS UP BIG IN AUSTRALIA

GENERAL Assembly is going big in Australia and laying groundwork in our Sunshine State.

The digital literacy business, with campuses all around the world, has just opened in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Geelong.

Already the New York company has campuses in Melbourne and Sydney offering design, marketing, technology and data cour...

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HOW STAN GORDON WOULD SAVE EAGLE BOYS

HOW STAN GORDON WOULD SAVE EAGLE BOYS

STAN Gordon has stepped forward as a suitor for embattled pizza chain Eagle Boys. "Are we the right guys? I think we are," Gordon, the owner of Melbourne-based Franchise Food Company, tells Business News Australia. NBC Capital, which bought the business off founder Tom Potter in 2007, called in receiver SV Partners on Thursday 14 ...

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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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ENTREPRENEUR GROUP EYES VENTURE CAPITAL

ENTREPRENEUR GROUP EYES VENTURE CAPITAL

A LEADING networking community has announced plans for a venture capital raise to develop its first app.

The League of Extraordinary Women plans to connect female entrepreneurs with likeminded women anywhere in the world through a new technology platform.

Previously The League has only operated in Australia through networking events includ...

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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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TOY ENTREPRENEUR ON TOP OF THE WORLD

TOY ENTREPRENEUR ON TOP OF THE WORLD

MANNY Stul of Melbourne-based toy company Moose Enterprise has become the first Australian to be named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year. Stul was crowned the winner at an awards ceremony held in Monaco overnight, beating out 55 finalists from across 50 countries. After establishing Skansen Giftware as a successful retailer which list...

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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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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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FAIRFAX NEWSROOMS ROCKED AS JOURNOS WALK OUT

FAIRFAX NEWSROOMS ROCKED AS JOURNOS WALK OUT

FAIRFAX Media newsrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra were rocked today by an angry walkout of journalists in protest at the latest round of job cuts by the newspaper publisher. The journalists have stopped work until Monday following a series of meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra where journalists vented their frustration ove...

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THE FUTURE OF PHILANTHROPY

THE FUTURE OF PHILANTHROPY

PHILANTHROPY is much more than donating 10 per cent of profits to a red-taped charity for these two Australian businesses; it's about building entire villages from the ground up in developing parts of the world.

Melbourne-based architecture firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke and the Gold Coast's Bond University are taking an innovative app...

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TECHIES: 'STOP CREATING FOR THE TOP 5 PER CENT'

TECHIES: 'STOP CREATING FOR THE TOP 5 PER CENT'

WE need to return to the old internet if humanity has any chance, according to American tech veterans Anil Dash and Mike Monteiro, who give businesses a couple of tips on how to do so.

Dash (pictured right) says he feels a 'deep grief' mourning the internet of just 10 years ago which in his view was a more amicable place.

Th...

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STRAIGHT TALK: BUILDING THE WORLD'S MOST LIVEABLE CITY

STRAIGHT TALK: BUILDING THE WORLD'S MOST LIVEABLE CITY

MELBOURNE-BASED architects ROTHELOWMAN have helped raise the city's reputation as the best-planned city in Australia.

The firm's new principal, Stuart Marsland, is now wanting to push the boundaries even further.

Marsland has recently worked on a number of high profile and high-rise proposals for Melbourne's CBD includin...

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THE FAIRER SEX NOT PLAYING FAIR IN WORKPLACE DEBATE

THE FAIRER SEX NOT PLAYING FAIR IN WORKPLACE DEBATE

THE debate around workplace diversity is missing a key element - chromosome Y, says leadership specialist Sonia McDonald. The CEO of LeadershipHQ says while the diversity debate is being framed with the best intentions, it is hanging crooked on the wall. McDonald has likened the workplace to an eco-system where balance is critical to ...

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HEALTH ENTREPRENEURS: IT'S CRUNCH TIME

HEALTH ENTREPRENEURS: IT'S CRUNCH TIME

PROVENANCE and seeing a person behind the business - these are the two things that self-made Carman's Fine Foods success story Carolyn Creswell, who ranks among Australia's wealthiest, perceives as the 'it' things currently taking business ideas from zero to hero.

Melbourne-based Creswell founded Carman's 22 years ago when...

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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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STIRRING BUSINESS INTO SCIENCE

STIRRING BUSINESS INTO SCIENCE

WITH an increasing wealth of scientific research coming out of Australia, the question of how to commercialise it all is looming larger and larger.

The Science Next Collaborative (SNC) was recently launched in direct response to challenges faced by scientists, particularly early to mid career researchers, when it comes to commercialisation th...

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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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STRAIGHT TALK: QUINN'S ROCKY ROAD TO SWEET SUCCESS

STRAIGHT TALK: QUINN'S ROCKY ROAD TO SWEET SUCCESS

TWO-and-a-half years ago confectionery maker Darrell Lea was battling insolvency and cutting jobs, but after "swift un-emotional decisions", the rocky road came to an end. The Quinn family, the owners of Gold Coast-headquartered VIP Petfoods, bought the iconic chocolate shop and were behind the aggressive cost cuttings that help...

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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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