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Speed racers turn to crowdfunding in tax fight

A Perth team hoping to break a land speed world record has turned to crowdfunding to raise $50,000 to avoid a potential liquidation caused by a fight with the Australian Taxation Office, and is 20 per cent of the way to its target.

App/tech business of the week ~ Cribber

Cribber Communication provides construction and mining work sites with their own mobile newsfeed.

Labour hire firm defies the odds

Burswood-based company Western Work Force is set to emerge from administration in highly unusual circumstances, with its largest creditor opposed to its recapitalisation, its founder and major shareholder in police custody, but its core business continuing to grow.

Fastbrick builds way to top Techboard spot

Fastbrick Robotics was Techboard's highest ranking company for December, after the recently ASX-listed robotic bricklayer won the Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year award, and also completed an $8 million capital raising from Hunter Hall Investment Management.

Spur grants for local startups

The state government's co-working hub Spur has announced nine local startup companies which will share in $91,000 of grants to help develop their products.

Carnegie tops Techboard for 2016

Fremantle-based renewable energy company Carnegie Wave Energy has been named Techboard's highest trending company for 2016.

Safety Culture wins 2016 OzApp Awards

Now in its sixth year, the annual OzApp Awards concluded last night announcing the 2016 winner as Townsville-based Safety Culture, selected from five grand finalists which included Perth-based Formalytics, Melbourne's Law Advisor and Reword, and Shippit (Sydney). 

Perth bike maker focuses on carbon fibre frames

Hand crafted and high tech are terms that rarely go together, yet a small Perth company is reinventing bicycle manufacturing with both those concepts at its heart.

App/tech business of the week ~ MyLeadPod

MyLeadPod is a fully automated digital platform that allows businesses to establish their own customer reward program in order to encourage referrals.

KPMG Energise, OzAPP Awards name finalists

Seventeen Perth-based startup organisations have been selected to participate in the KPMG Energise and OzAPP Awards accelerator programs to help grow their businesses.

Barnett calls for change to penalty rates

Colin Barnett says he would like to see penalty rates cut for casual small business employees on Sundays and public holidays, but lift the base rate for standard hours.

New co-working space for Karratha

The state government has allocated $2 million for a new co-working space in Karratha to promote small business and startups in the area.

Saybubble rises to top Techboard spot

Saybubble has been named Techboard's highest trending company for this fortnight, following strong international news coverage and social media engagement.

WA family businesses inducted into hall of fame

Three local businesses have been inducted into Family Business Australia's hall of fame, including an electrical contractor established in 1920, a fertiliser supplier and an engineering business that recently listed on the ASX. 

Inquiry launched into payment times

The recently appointed Australian small business and family enterprise ombudsman has launched an inquiry into the payment practices of big businesses and governments across Australia.

Fastbrick builds way to Techboard podium

Fastbrick Robotics has topped Techboard's startup and tech company ranking this fortnight, following its win at the 2016 WA Innovator of the Year awards.

Entertaining backyard business

A couple of Perth micro businesses offer up some entertainment options for summer.

Call for change to liability law

An industry representative body wants the state government to make it easier for small businesses to tender for contracts.

App/tech business of the week ~ Feedmee

Feedmee is a food discovery app, the 'Tinder for food'. Users swipe through photos of food until they find what they want.

Big business winning out over local stores

Australian consumers are increasingly spending their money with big businesses rather than supporting local stores, despite professing their affection for small business, a new survey has found.

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