Why it’s time for small businesses to move their print infrastructure to the cloud
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by Paul Colarelli
18h ago
Modern small businesses face multiple operational challenges, particularly when it comes to aligning operational strategies with changing needs of digital transformation and hybrid work models. For businesses that rely on lean teams and budgets, digital transformation – and its associated investment in terms of both cost and resourcing – can be a tall order. However, there’s a quick fix many small businesses can benefit from when optimising processes and streamlining operations in the short-term, which lets small-business owners buy time for long-term investment and upgrades: moving printing i ..read more
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Strategic diversity: Elevating business success through neurodiversity in the workplace
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by Anita Aherne
18h ago
In recent years, the landscape of workplace diversity has witnessed significant evolution, with a growing emphasis on embracing neurodiversity. Neurodiversity encompasses individuals with various neurological conditions such as autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. Even though 15–20 per cent of the global population is considered neurodivergent (Doyle, 2020), it tends to receive less attention in corporations’ diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) agendas than other forms of diversity, (according to the Academy of International Business’s AIB Insights report. In the dynamic modern workplace, strategic ..read more
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Optus workshops to help small businesses become ‘future fit’
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by Inside Small Business
18h ago
Optus has unveiled its new initiative ‘FutureFit’, which aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of small-business owners as they adapt to the demands of an increasingly digital economy.  The FutureFit initiative is a series of workshops designed to help small businesses strategically plan digital initiatives, identify and respond to business risks and implement resilience strategies. The workshops will be conducted across six locations and online (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Wagga Wagga and Perth) from March through April. More than 700 small businesses will have the opportun ..read more
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TikTok leading social media growth in Australia
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by Inside Small Business
1d ago
A new report underscores the growing importance of digital in Australia, with 25.21 million internet users, representing 95 per cent of the population, and 20.8 million social media identities, equivalent to 86.5 per cent of the adult population. This is according to Digital 2024 Australia, the report prepared by social and media intelligence provider Meltwater and creative agency We Are Social on the country’s digital, social and eCommerce landscape. The report found that Australians aged 16 to 64 now spend an average of six hours and 14 minutes using the internet each day, and one hour and 5 ..read more
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Dempstah wins eBay Circular Fashion Fund boost
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by Inside Small Business
1d ago
Dempstah, a design practice that recycles Australian textile waste into spun yarn in collaboration with a network of international and local textile mills, has emerged as the winner of eBay Australia’s 2024 Circular Fashion Fund. As the winner, Dempstah will receive $100,000, while the runners-up, RCYCL and The Very Good Bra, have been awarded $50,000 AUD each to support their circular business solutions. A shortlist of seven finalists were invited to pitch their ideas to the judges, who selected the three overall funding recipients: Dempstah, RCYCL and The Very Good Bra, after pitching their ..read more
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Q&A: A mum’s mission to empower female entrepreneurs
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by Karl Aguilar
4d ago
This week we talk to Karina Nagel, the entrepreneur behind Ecom Co., a company that provides entrepreneurs – and, especially, female entrepreneurs – with comprehensive support and coaching in areas such as marketing and operations so they can attain growth for their businesses. In establishing the venture, Karina drew from her experiences as an entrepreneur and a mother as part of her mission to see more female entrepreneurs achieve success. ISB: How did you get your start as an entrepreneur? KN: Becoming a mum sparked my entrepreneurial journey. Though I had a successful career beforehan ..read more
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Gellae gives nail colour an upgrade
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by Tim Ladhams
5d ago
Enterprise: Gellae What is their raison d’etre? To save people time and money through innovative nail stickers and help those who suffer from anxiety break the cycle of nail-biting. Witnessing the challenges family and friends faced running small businesses made Serene Lim sceptical about following such a path herself. She initially pursued a nutrition science degree at Monash University with the intention of becoming a nutritionist. However, just before graduation, her lecturers enlightened Serene and her peers about the limited job prospects in Australia, prompting her to delve into business ..read more
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AI Sprint program to help start-ups develop AI-based solutions for pressing issues
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by Inside Small Business
5d ago
Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, through its National AI Centre, Australia’s largest innovation community Stone & Chalk, and Google Cloud have come together to launch the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Sprint program, which seeks to help start-ups and entrepreneurs rapidly develop AI solutions to address pressing national issues that include cost of living, governance, supply chain resilience, human and environmental well-being, and workforce transformation.  The three-month competitive program will provide start-ups and entrepreneurs with access to resources, tools, and the ..read more
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Samsara Eco and lululemon develop world’s first enzymatically recycled nylon
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by Inside Small Business
5d ago
Australian eco-tech start-up Samsara Eco and athletic apparel brand lululemon have unveiled the world’s first enzymatically recycled nylon 6,6 product, representing a key milestone that brings the fashion industry one step closer to creating a circular ecosystem. The breakthrough fabric will make its way in lululemon’s renowned Swiftly Tech Long-Sleeve Top, made with Samsara Eco’s pioneering new (patent pending) technology that extracts nylon 6,6 from end-of-life stage textiles, thus creating a fully circular ecosystem for apparel. Using its library of plastic-eating enzymes, Sa ..read more
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Carmel Distillery offering the Perth Hills a hyper-local drop
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by Tim Ladhams
6d ago
Carmel Distillery’s strong reputation in WA’s small-batch spirits industry is based on using locally sourced products and working in conjunction with other small businesses. Simon King was inspired to open a distillery after getting hooked on homebrewing beer in 2017 when he moved to Carmel, east of Perth. A trip to Scotland to visit family then exposed Simon to whisky distilling and he realised that all whisky starts life as beer, which he already had a handle on. “The downside to whisky is that, in Australia, it has to be aged for two years in a barrel before it can be labelled and sold as w ..read more
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