SPRINGBOARD TO REVEAL NATIONAL BUSINESS HEAVYWEIGHTS

SPRINGBOARD TO REVEAL NATIONAL BUSINESS HEAVYWEIGHTS

POWERHOUSE Australian companies iVvy, Mentorloop and Canva all share a common thread. During their respective growth phrases, these companies joined a host of other successful women-led ventures through the Springboard Australia Business Accelerator, a program which is once again hot on the search for its next big disruptor. With nomi...

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INTRODUCING THE BUYER'S AGENT DISRUPTOR

INTRODUCING THE BUYER'S AGENT DISRUPTOR

SEEKOLOGY, a next-generation buyer's agent, is claiming to save property investors thousands on fees. 

The startup aims to save investors thousands of dollars on the cost of a standard buyer's agent and offers owner-occupiers a standard industry commission at the time of property purchase.

It says the only cost to the investor...

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SYDNEY ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A REAL HERO

SYDNEY ENTREPRENEUR BECOMES A REAL HERO

STAY in school, kids, and you might just develop a business plan as great as Dustin Leonard's of HERO Condoms.

HERO Condoms began as a university assignment in Sydney, a business plan where the Texan-born entrepreneur identified the condom industry as ripe for disruption.

"The funny thing is, I never went out to start a con...

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GREATER THAN GOLD: FIONA DE JONG

GREATER THAN GOLD: FIONA DE JONG

AS A young girl riding BMX bikes, Fiona de Jong never dreamed she would be where she is today, CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee and the first female to hold this title.

Following a strict regime of 'six hours learning, six hours studying, six hours training and six hours sleeping' as she studied to become a lawyer, the Bri...

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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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TERRACYCLE TACKLES THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

TERRACYCLE TACKLES THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

BEAUTY is big business but can be a big, bad business - something L'Oreal Australia is trying to change with New York company TerraCycle.

The companies have developed a world-first program to ensure beauty and personal care packaging doesn't end up in landfill.

They are an odd couple on the surface, but TerraCycle's focu...

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SYDNEY AGENCY GIVES NEW MUMS THE WORKS

SYDNEY AGENCY GIVES NEW MUMS THE WORKS

SYDNEY agency The Works has raised the bar in creative industries with its new baby daycare bonus.

As of July 1, the Employer-funded Return to Work Bonus will take effect at The Works, providing $100 per day paid childcare to mothers returning to the workplace over six months.

Average childcare costs in NSW are currently $96 per day...

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MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

MILLENNIAL ENTREPRENEURS DO IT DIFFERENT

JANE Lu is known as 'the lazy ceo' on Instagram but she is nothing of this description, besides being at liberty to work from bed in her pyjamas.

The branding is all part of Lu's charm, which she has used to grow her online fast fashion retail business Showpo into a business that turned over $10 million in the 2014 calendar y...

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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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THE MCDONALD'S CREW CLEANING UP FAST FOOD

THE MCDONALD'S CREW CLEANING UP FAST FOOD

IT'S not every day you hear of a company trying to own and embrace the 'fast food' label, with many trying to rid themselves of the stigma associated with the industry. However, a group of ex-McDonald's staff, together with Australian born and bred Guzman y Gomez (GYG), is going against the grain, hoping to own and change ...

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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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HOW UBANK IS DISRUPTING THE BANKING INDUSTRY

HOW UBANK IS DISRUPTING THE BANKING INDUSTRY

UBANK'S head of digital Jeremy Hubbard says in this day and age it is no longer the big that eats the small, it is the fast that eats the slow. With this in mind, the company is working towards disrupting the banking industry, launching the country's first online mortgage in 2011 and acting entirely online and over the phone. ...

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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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APPRENTICE STAR ANSWERS GLARING QUESTION: WHY?

APPRENTICE STAR ANSWERS GLARING QUESTION: WHY?

IN 2015 the first Australian Apprentice Andrew Morello took 153 different plane trips and spoke in 11 different countries.  He is head of business development at Mark Bouris' publicly listed Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management, owns three real estate offices in Melbourne, a jewellery company called Bellagio, and is a shareholder ...

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LUKE RATTIGAN PROVING ODDS ARE IN HIS FAVOUR

LUKE RATTIGAN PROVING ODDS ARE IN HIS FAVOUR

HE IS the chief operating officer of one of Australia's largest e-commerce businesses, turning over $4 billion a year. And businessman Luke Rattigan, who has direct responsibility for online, risk and trading and customer operations at internet betting and entertainment site Sportsbet, says there is no stopping the company as it aims ...

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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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MEN LOSE OUT IN CHASE FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

MEN LOSE OUT IN CHASE FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

THE chase for work-life balance appears to be working well for women, but it could be hurting opportunities for advancement among their male counterparts, according to a new report. The report, compiled from a survey conducted by Chief Executive Women and Bain & Co, has found a worrying reverse gender bias in the workplace as the corp...

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TURNING RETAIL ON ITS HEELS

TURNING RETAIL ON ITS HEELS

FAST fashion retailers and online competitors are taking their toll on department stores globally, but the same can't be said for the innovative brands many of them rely upon to drive sales.

The department store struggle is reflected in falling market capitalisation, with Myer losing three-quarters of its value since its 2009 ASX deb...

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CYCLE STATION SHIFTS UP A GEAR

CYCLE STATION SHIFTS UP A GEAR

CYCLE Station owners Terry and Jake Wolki took an unorthodox approach when they bought the Albury business in 2011. Rather than sticking to something they knew and about which they were passionate, the businessmen decided to take a buy in with a blank canvas. The strategy has paid off, with the business growing annual bike sales from ...

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CLEMENTS GOES TONGUE IN CHIC ON HR

CLEMENTS GOES TONGUE IN CHIC ON HR

FORMER Vogue editor Kirstie Clements has learnt a thing or two about hiring and firing.

After being 'very publicly' fired from her job in May 2012 by the 'very new' managing director and CEO at the time, Clements stepped out of Vogue Australia for the last time after 27 years. 

She had been editor in chief for 13 of th...

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STRAIGHT TALK: NESPRESSO GM 'WALKS THE TALK'

STRAIGHT TALK: NESPRESSO GM 'WALKS THE TALK'

NESPRESSO was brewed from a vision - to enable anyone to create a perfect espresso coffee, on their own, at home.  Today, this vision is a reality, with the business spanning across 62 countries with more than 10,500 employees. General Manager of Nespresso Australia & Oceania Loïc Réthoré (pictured) says the st...

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WARMING UP THE FAST FOOD EXPERIENCE

WARMING UP THE FAST FOOD EXPERIENCE

FAST food franchising gets a bad rap. Mrs Fields is rising above this though, having broken out of the cookie-cutter model to recognise key industry issues. 

Andrew Benefield, CEO of Mrs Fields, has learnt a thing or two across more than 20 years in the fast food industry, beginning with marketing YUM Restaurants in the 1990s before mana...

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IS THIS THE DEATH OF FASHION AS WE KNOW IT?

IS THIS THE DEATH OF FASHION AS WE KNOW IT?

GREEN is the new black for former Supre heir Catherine van der Meulen, and despite fast fashion's current domination, she believes an industry which employs one in six worldwide will die a slow death if it continues this trend.

Van der Meulen was once a fast fashion high-flyer, now she couldn't be more consciously trying to chang...

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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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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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