Small Business

Borders no barrier for online assistant

DEBRA Barber started home-based Online Personal Assistants in May 2008 after deciding against a return to full-time employment following the birth of her second child.

SMEs chase credit as lending rates climb

Business credit enquiries from small to medium businesses have grown steadily this year depsite over a third of SMEs having experienced a lending rate increase during the six months to April 2010, two separate surveys have shown.

Size matters in business banking: survey

It seems size really does matter in the corporate sector with larger businesses reporting a significantly higher level of satisfaction with their business banks as compared to their smaller counterparts, a survey says.

Call for alternative SME funding sources

The WA Small Enterprise Network is calling on the government for policies that encourage greater use of alternative funding sources as small businesses continue to face difficulties in accessing credit.

Childcare workers plan IR complaint

Childcare workers at an operator with three centres in Perth who have not been paid on time are planning to lodge an official complaint with the Industrial Relations Commission against their employer.

Bam creates an employee-owned web firm

Inglewood-based web design firm Bam Creative has become an employee-owned company with the majority of the firm's staff taking up the opportunity to become a business owner with much less risk usually associated with starting up a company from scratch.

SME financing unfair, study needed: ACCI

An Australian business lobby group has called for a study into financing for small businesses, suggesting SMEs are taking an unfair hit on restricted access to finance, and the growing relative cost of small business finance.

Inflatable Packers sharpens its focus

WHILE most businesses start off in their local market and aspire to break into the export field, Perth-based Inflatable Packers International has taken the opposite path.

A pizza Kal by the beach

The big difference between setting up a pizza shop in Scarborough and running one in Kalgoorlie is the scenery. Dan Wilkie reports.

Family affair

Many winemakers suggest their passion for wine courses through their veins but few have the pedigree to prove it.

Thai two of us ...

At Nahm Thai, the family that cooks together, works together, studies together and lives together, is the one that stays together. Russell Quinn reports.

Relationships a Classic concern

LIKE many apprentices, Mark Stewart dreamed of establishing his own business rather than working for a wage.

E-commerce uptake as SMEs seek a competitive advantage

MANY of the misconceptions about e-commerce technology and the potential benefits to the corporate world have been re-evaluated since the crash of 2000.

Big dairy win for Azzura Gelati

ICE cream maker Azzura Gelati has scooped 20 prizes at this year's WA Dairy Product Awards at the Sheraton Hotel.

Matrix manages its reality check

FORMER musician Darryl Edwards founded lighting, staging, events and production company Matrix Productions Australia in 1987.

Under the Witch’s spell

The owners of the Witch’s Cauldron have a simple business plan ... make the customers happy. Adam Orlando reports.

Car wash decision out of SAT hands

A RECENT State Administrative Tribunal decision that hinged on the definition of a retail shop could have major implications for business owners.

The breadwinner

Wholesale bread business backs Nedlands retail outlets. Jonathan Barrett reports

Family business owners must develop exit strategy: survey

Family business-owners expecting to turn a quick profit and fund their retirement through a trade sale may be in for a rude shock, according to the Survey of Family Business Needs 2006 launched by KPMG, Family Business Australia and Deakin University toda

Troubled waters for Hugall

Iconic Western Australian reticulation and water solutions brand Hugall & Hoile Ltd faces a difficult 2006 in the wake of a number of factors that have adversely impacted the performance of the business.

Family Business Awards

Family businesses in WA, be they in their “first” generation or their fourth, are wide and varied, however there is no doubt they are an important contributor to the State’s economy.