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Small Business cash-flow crisis … Have your say

When an issue you have a strong opinion about is being discussed on TV, you wave your finger at the screen and (loudly) tell anyone who will listen what your opinion is. Except nobody can hear you. Only your long-suffering family. If you happen to be a regional...

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ALUMNUS DETERMINED TO HELP SMALL COMPANIES GROW OUT OF THE 'STRUGGLE ZONE' Published:08 June 2018 PHOTO: CQUni Alumnus Bronwyn Reid. BELOW: Copies of her first book, 'Small Company, Big Business – How to get your Small Business ready to do business with Big Business'....

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The Risks of Building Your Business on Just One Customer

The rise and fall of Alex’s cleaning empire I read a story in the news this week about a small business owner (Alex) who had lost his entire business – as well as his house, his car, his fishing gear – everything. The businessman concerned was a 29 year old who owned...

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Rural Business Collective Article

What's in a name? For some businesses, re-branding is a bit like jumping off a cliff. “I was terrified,” says Bronwyn Reid.  “But you remind yourself why you were considering it in the first place and take one step at a time.” Bronwyn and her husband Ian Rankine have...

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Tender Process

How to Make Sure Your Tender Doesn’t Fall at the First Hurdle Recently, I attended a workshop about writing Tenders with the procurement team of a very large, multinational company, along with a selection of their small business suppliers. In my experience, the...

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Unfair contracts

Some big companies still don't get it. Every small business owner can tell stories about how their company has suffered at the hands of a large corporate wielding unfair contracts. I’m sure you will recall the 2016 debacle in the Australian milk industry, where a...

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30 Day Payment Terms

Good news on Payment Terms. Rio Tinto goes back to 30 day terms ... But only for "Small" business. It seems that the pressure (and media spotlight) put on one of Australia's largest multinationals by politicians, industry groups and suppliers on payment times has at...

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2017 Budget

What goodies were in the 2017 Budget for Small Business? Last night, the Federal Treasurer released the 2017 Budget. Of course, the media is full of commentary this morning – principally about the big ticket items like the increase in the Medicare Levy, and the 6...

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Payment Times Report

At last - a possible end to small businesses being used as "banks". The Payment Times Inquiry Report is finally released. For a very long time now, I have been expressing my dismay at large companies that delay payments to their smaller suppliers. (Anyone who follows...

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and make your company more profitable. On International Women's Day 2017, I had the honour and pleasure of being the MC at a "Women Leading the Way” Luncheon. As with every IWD function across the world, women and men came together to celebrate the achievements of...

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The one document you need

to start doing business with big companies: Your Capability Statement A short while ago, I received some panicked phone calls from a couple of small business owners.  In each case, the business owner had been asked by a potentially large client (a mining company in...

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Raising company valuations

by over $1b. It's all about knowing your "Capacity" and "Capability". I have just listened to this episode of the highly regarded Dent Podcast. In this episode, Glen Carlson interviews Tim Dwyer of Shirlaws about the exact recipe to grow a business.  Tim is a master...

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Are You Ready?

Happy New Year everyone! Are You Ready to Make Your Business Boom in 2017? Today is the first official day back at work for 2017, so the new year is officially under way. Before the Christmas break, a few of my fellow Smallville authors and I got together and decided...

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The cost of business ethics

ETHICS MOMENTS Last month I wrote a post suggesting that businesses could benefit by adopting the practice of "Ethics Moments". Like Safety Moments, Ethics Moments are the times when you pause, and consider what you are about to do next.  (read here) I've also written...

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Trouble at the Top

Trouble at the Top. Would "Ethics Moments" help? Hands up if you’ve ever been involved in a “Safety Moment”.  A Safety Moment is when a work group has a brief discussion about safety issues – often at the beginning of the day, a shift or a meeting. (The issues...

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Anti-competition Policy

Anti-competition policy saga takes another step forward Small and Medium Businesses can see some light at the end of the tunnel. After more than 3 years, the prospect of better protection for SME's from anti-competitive behaviour by big business is one step closer....

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Brexit, NAFTA – Your Company

Brexit, NAFTA - Your Company - What they all have in common This is a guest post from my friend Ian Dainty of While Ian talks about the UK and the USA/Canada, I felt it was appropriate for us here in Australia and therefore very...

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My Smallville Article

Don't go to any more workshops ... unless you're actually going to implement what you learned. My last blog post was about 2016 Queensland Small Business Week, and the events that were happening across the state.  Thousands of Small Business owners attended workshops,...

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Small Business Week

Happy Small Business Week everyone! This week is officially 2016 Queensland Small Business Week - when the State celebrates the contribution that small businesses and their owner make to our communities. "97% of Queensland's businesses have less than 20 employees, and...

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Who stole my boom? (And what do I do now?)

By now, we're all certain that the resources boom is officially over.  Maybe even cremated - like Tony Abbott's Work Choices Legislation. We're watching the thrashing of a dying body - death by a thousand cuts as coal, iron ore and gas prices...

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A note to job seekers from a small business owner

12 ways to make sure you don't get the job you applied for. Last week, a company of which I am a Director advertised to fill two positions. The advertisements were only posted on Facebook – on local community Facebook pages. As would be expected, the...

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Australia`s first Small Business Ombudsman

The new Small Business Ombudsman in Canberra, Kate Carnell [right], pictured here with Small Business minister Kelly O’Dwyer [left] Thursday 28 January 2016. Photo: Andrew Meares Congratulations to Kate Carnell – Australia’s first Small Business & Family...

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Is “Business Growth” the Elephant in the room?

When business owners start their business, there are a few recurring themes. Most people start a business to gain freedom from being "in a job" - they've got a great idea, they're enthusiastic, optimistic - and in pursuit of their business dream. And they want...

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Pop-up shops, and how small business can help each other.

COMING TO CAPELLA | Parent Trap and Roses n Things will be in Capella over the weekend. I just love this story that I found in the CQNews today. The CQNews is the local newspaper for a regional area in Australia - that just happens to be my home. The story is about a...

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How to write a good procedure:

10 Rules - Your Procedure Template is on its way Thanks for requesting a copy of our Mining for Business 'Procedure Template' An email is on its way to the email address you provided.  If you don't receive it, check in your Junk folder and verify that you entered a...

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Launched at last

Today we finally launched the Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative. The Strategy Document driving the Initiative is now live, as is the BBBDI Website.  The workshop this morning for the Primary Stakeholders generated plenty of questions and discussion, but also...

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A fresh approach to business development

After 18 months of planning and hard work by a few dedicated individuals, the Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative will be launched on September 18th in Moranbah. [bs_button size="md" type="info" value="Join us at the Official Launch"...

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Mining For Business is a Business Awards Finalist!

I'm very excited to let everyone know that Mining For Business has been named as a Finalist in the Central Highlands Development Corporation Business Excellence Awards. The judges are coming to interview us on September 16th, so we hope to impress them then. M4B is a...

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Daunted 2 Done Podcast

  My friend Tracy Sheen has started her own Podcast - "Not Another Business Show".  And it isn't.  Tracy has departed from the normal Podcast format of her interviewing one person for each episode. Instead, she has chosen a different topic of interest to small...

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Safety Leadership – Expert Reference Group

  I'm delighted to let everyone know that I have been appointed to the Workplace Health & Safety Queensland's Safety Leadership at Work Expert Reference Group. The Safety Leadership at Work program is designed to improve safety culture and contribute to reducing...

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50 Key Players Who Control Almost Everything Australians Buy

I know that the National Press Club Address telecast on ABC TV is not the highest-rating TV show in Australia, but I took the time out one lunchtime recently to tune in.  The presentation was by Peter Strong, the CEO of the Council of Small Business of Australia...

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Writing Tenders – getting the basics right

Tenders - Getting the Basics Right I was fortunate at the end of May to spend 3 days in a workshop with 21 motivated business owners and senior managers – all focused on improving their business by supplying to a large organisation. The large organisation in question...

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Preventing Fraud – Trust is not enough

Over the past few weeks, I have come across three separate instances of fraud being committed on a small or medium sized business, so I was prompted to write a post on this issue. Hopefully it will prompt business owners into looking for signs of fraud in their own...

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Checklists – your invisible expert

Starting the process of getting your business systems under control can seem overwhelming and so many business owners avoid it.  Documenting everything you do?  Where do you start?  It all seems just so complex. Like any task that seems difficult, it is best to start...

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Capability Statements – the first step to supplier success

For any small business owner wanting to become a supplier to a larger organisation – not just a mining company, but Councils, Government Departments, or even another commercial company – one of the very first things you must have is a Capability Statement. What is a...

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You are not at the top of my priority list!

I've had occasion this week to re-visit my Business Lessons From Africa #6 Blog post - but this time in Australia. We are currently undertaking a job for an Australian mining company which has required us to recruit a specialist provider for a part of the task at...

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Africa Fellowship students visit Emerald

Under Australia's International Aid programme, a series of Fellowships are provided for applicants from Africa to complete study programmes in Australia and Africa. One of these Fellowships is entitled "Managing the Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining".  The...

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Do we really need another resources boom? So soon?

Do we really need another resources boom? We've still got a hangover from the last one. I spent this morning at the Rockhampton Regional Major Projects Forum, hearing from State and Federal Government, Adani Mining and the Curtis Island GLNG Project. Deputy Premier...

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Business Lessons From Africa #2: Tackle The Hard Stuff

Tackle the hard stuff - not just what is easiest. On our way to Mozambique, we encountered a section of road that was just riddled with potholes. For Central Queenslanders who want a comparison – it was significantly worse than the Clermont to Mackay road after the...

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Business Lessons From Africa #1:Business Systems

Having Business Systems Isn`t Enough - They Must Be The RIGHT Business Systems We are combining some leisure (our god-daughter`s wedding) with business (visiting a greenfield sugar project) on a trip to South Africa and Mozambique. Even though I lived here (in...

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Surviving the mining downturn – Do you really know your costs?

The current economic situation in the coal mining areas of Australia just seems to go from bad to worse. Over the past month we have seen: • Bandanna Energy go into voluntary administration • BMA announce 700 more job cuts in the Bowen Basin • The announcement of the...

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Cost-effective compliance systems

The compliance requirements for working with big companies can be extremely complex, costly and time consuming to put in place. Our experience has allowed us to develop business systems and processes that are simple, affordable, save precious time and ensure you keep...

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Making your small business visible

Making your business shine in the world of big companies doesn’t need to be a struggle. But many small businesses believe it is difficult to be noticed by these larger organisations There are simple steps to take to get yourself ‘on the radar’ and we have a solution...

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