Small Business

Students take on startup scene

Educators have opened classroom doors to new learning possibilities via a program that connects industry with students in a competition to create their own technology startup.

High-tech press puts Picton at cutting edge

The internet of things has provided a West Perth print business with a new lease of life.

SMEs seek leadership, reform

SPECIAL REPORT: Small businesses have taken a hit as confidence drops and the economy slows, but there are a few things governments can do to begin to alleviate the pain.

Hungry for career flexibility

The challenges of motherhood were the inspiration behind Adventure Snacks founder and Perth resident Tracey Davidson’s decision to start her own small business, and she’s part of a long-term growing trend of women who are doing so.

Full bottle on vermouth

An aperitif used for medicinal purposes in the early 1500s has been given a 21st century twist with the release of Burch Family Wines' Howard Park Vermouth. 

App/tech business of the week ~ Instatruck

Instatruck connects businesses and consumers with trucks on demand.

A proposal and sale are miles apart

When it comes to sales proposals, the first thing you need to do is determine if it’s a price proposal or a value proposal.

Hazer tops Techboard rank

Half of the top twelve trending companies in Techboard’s ranking this fortnight are health-techs, with Perth continuing to assert its credentials in the space.

App/tech business of the week ~ Quufind

Quufind enables business owners to offer coupons/vouchers that customers can collect and later redeem.

Family Zone tops Techboard rank

WAIITA Incite startup of the year Family Zone is Techboard’s top trending startup for this fortnight, after launching a $4.5 million IPO and capturing significant mindshare as a result.

25% of SME CEOs paid 500k: report

A report commissioned by Bankwest has come up with the surprising finding that a quarter of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) pay their chief executives more than $500,000 per year.

Hippocampus distils positive memories

Little Creatures co-founder Howard Cearns’ penchant for placing himself ahead of the curve has taken a fresh turn, with his newest venture recently opening its cellar door to the public.

App/tech business of the week ~ Tamad

An app that aims to reduce texting while driving by automatically sending estimated times of arrival at a predetermined distance from a location.

Shark Shield reaches top spot on Techboard ladder

Safety and security companies featured heavily in Techboard’s top trending startups this past fortnight, with five out of the top ten companies representing the category.

PeopleSense named top WA business

A local psychological consultancy business has taken top honours at the 2016 Telstra Business Awards after being named Western Australian Business of the Year.

Vocus Upstart finalists named

Tech accelerator Vocus Upstart has named the seven successful applicants to be offered a placement in its program and seed funding to help grow their ideas towards commercialisation.

Freight market bustles with disruption

Perth-based startup Bustle is aiming to simplify the process of doing business in the freight transportation industry via an online marketplace accessible through an app.

Small business stays positive amid downturn

Discretionary spending usually takes a hit in a downturn, but some WA retailers and service providers are banking on a bright future.

Plan-free site now well stocked

It may not be the textbook approach to starting a business, but Jon Yau’s audacious move in 2013 to buy a domain name for $230,000 appears to be paying off.

App/tech business of the week ~ FlowerBros

Buy flowers online, easily. In an otherwise crowded marketplace, this new e-commerce store tries to reduce clicks required and make it as easy as possible to for men to use.

Strong field of star performers

Western Australia is in good hands if the quality of the 2016 Rising Stars awards is anything to go by. Click through to see our special report on all of the winners announced last night.