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Preparing For Exporting

If you are serious about business you should at least consider exporting. Here are some useful tips to prepare your business to successfully export: Build A Corporate International Image Talk To Others, learn from their experience Learn About Export/Import Regulations And Terms Of Trade Hire experienced people or train your staff Get an international [...]

By | 2019-08-06T17:12:59+10:00 April 11th, 2011|Export and Tourism Grants, Small Business|Comments Off on Preparing For Exporting

Strategic Tourism Investment Grant Open

Applications for the Strategic Tourism Investment Grants opened today to give tourism operators the opportunity to revolutionise their products with project funding of up to $1 million to be matched dollar for dollar with private sector investment.  The Strategic Tourism Investment Grants is part of a $40 million investment over 4 years in the tourism industry under the TQUAL [...]

By | 2019-07-29T12:12:37+10:00 March 3rd, 2011|Export and Tourism Grants, Small Business|Comments Off on Strategic Tourism Investment Grant Open

Fake Government Grants Cold Calls

The scam calls may include: mention of an ‘Australian Government Grants Department’ a claim of ownership of the Government’s www.grantslink.gov.au website requests for $4000.00 to ‘contribute to charities to pay off a government debt requests for a fee of $199.00 to release grant funding; and the names of prominent Australians. The Government DOES NOT cold call offering [...]

By | 2019-08-06T16:46:44+10:00 February 23rd, 2011|Climate Grants, Export and Tourism Grants, Innovation and R&D Grants, Manufacturing Grants, Small Business|Comments Off on Fake Government Grants Cold Calls

Energy Efficiency For Small Business Program

If your business spends around $20,000 a year on electricity or employs around 10 people, you may be eligible for the Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program. The Program provides personalised energy assessments, tailored Energy Action Plans and a subsidy of up to $5,000 to pay for 50 per cent of the cost of [...]

By | 2019-08-06T20:09:30+10:00 February 23rd, 2011|Small Business|Comments Off on Energy Efficiency For Small Business Program

Exporters Short Changed

The EMDG scheme is supposed to help export-focused small and medium-sized Australian businesses become sustainable exporters by providing partial reimbursement of certain export promotion expenses but the Government refuses to provide any useful financial support.  Businesses with approved grants of up to $27,500 will receive the full value of their EMDG claims. However, serious [...]

By | 2019-08-06T19:53:46+10:00 February 21st, 2011|Export and Tourism Grants, Small Business|Comments Off on Exporters Short Changed

Australian Regional Headquarters

The package of reforms hopes to improve the competitiveness of Australian companies with offshore operations by reducing the costs of complying with the CFC rules. They will also encourage foreign groups to establish regional headquarters in Australia and improve Australia's attractiveness as a continuing base for our multinational companies.  The exposure draft legislation takes into [...]

By | 2019-08-06T20:10:59+10:00 February 17th, 2011|Small Business|Comments Off on Australian Regional Headquarters

Grant Writing Expertise

Obtaining grants is a highly specialised field, and there are many stages to writing a grant proposal, such as identifying the need, designing the project, determining the grant opportunities, writing the grant applications and administering funds received. To further complicate things, the processes for pursuing federal, state, and private funds are very different. Many [...]

By | 2019-07-29T11:10:14+10:00 January 24th, 2011|Climate Grants, Education, Export and Tourism Grants, Innovation and R&D Grants, Manufacturing Grants, Small Business|Comments Off on Grant Writing Expertise

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

The courts have consistently held that confidential information created in the course of an employee's employment belongs to the employer but what is meant by the term “in the course of employment.” Unlike copyright works and patentable inventions where ownership of the IP is important, the key issue with confidential information is how to [...]

By | 2019-08-06T20:13:35+10:00 January 17th, 2011|Innovation and R&D Grants, Small Business|Comments Off on Protecting Your Intellectual Property

AAT Decision 879 2010 Research And Development Tax Claims And Record Keeping

The recent decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in HZXD v Innovation Australia [2010] AATA 879 highlights the importance of good record keeping for companies claiming benefits under the R&D Tax Concession Program.  If you couple this with AusIndustry's 2011 scheduled increase in compliance activities then good record keeping is money in your pocket. From 2011 Ausindustry plan to review [...]

By | 2019-08-06T20:15:22+10:00 January 13th, 2011|Innovation and R&D Grants, Small Business|Comments Off on AAT Decision 879 2010 Research And Development Tax Claims And Record Keeping

Small Business Legislative Changes

Changes to industry codes on fair conduct, the definition of what is a small business employer for unfair dismissal provisions and the introduction of the paid parental leave scheme became effective from 1 January 2011.  The new Competition and Consumer Act puts in place tougher enforcement powers that apply to all industry codes, including [...]

By | 2019-08-06T20:16:26+10:00 January 1st, 2011|Small Business|Comments Off on Small Business Legislative Changes