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The end of capitalism?

James Adonis, Work in Progress

James Adonis Modern-day capitalism is in trouble, but is there an alternative?

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What makes a real entrepreneur believable?

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Tony Featherstone How believable are you as an entrepreneur? Lots of people say they are entrepreneurs, but in truth are small business owners, or unwilling to take true entrepreneurial risk.

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How to start a multi-million dollar venture with $10,000

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Tony Featherstone Consider this: a young entrepreneur starts an online furniture retailer with $10,000. Another starts an online pharmacy with $20,000, and a construction franchise gets going with $25,000.

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Familiarity doesn't breed contempt, it results in repeat business

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Valerie Khoo To innovate or not? That is the question every business must answer

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How to build your personal brand through networking

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Valerie Khoo Are you looking to build your personal brand? Networking is the answer.

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10 ways to grow your business by 10% (or 20% or 50%) in 12 months

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Anneli Knight If your business is not green and growing then it’s ripe and rotting, says serial entrepreneur Creel Price.

Find out what the staff are thinking, it really pays dividends

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Lanning Bennett SEEKING the views of employees is the best way of finding out what is really going on in a business, its issues, problems and challenges and what needs to be done to make the organisation perform...

Open your business with a bang

Opening with a bang.

Tony Featherstone Nine tips to get the most out of your store opening, and avoid common pitfalls.

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When too much is not enough

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Tony Featherstone Is it worth going the extra unpaid yards in small business?

India: business opportunities, technology ... and martinis

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Valerie Khoo This year's Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network Event (DWEN) in India has shown that the country has many lessons for the aspiring small business entrepreneur.

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Breeding loyalty can create dividends

Loyal customer.

Nina Hendy Loyal customers are vital if you want to gain a competitive edge. But with thousands of loyalty programs already operating in Australia, how can you make yours stand out from the crowd?

The real digital divide: are you at risk?

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Valerie Khoo In today's competitive world, business owners need to regard technology as an essential component of their business strategy and not just a pesky expense.

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Warranty runs out as group sinks into liquidation

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Larissa Ham, Jane Lee An extended warranty firm that is still holding as many as 300 TVs and other electrical items sent in for repair has gone bust.

Right on cue, there’s a long line of bad service

Queue.

Tony Featherstone Forcing customers to wait means dead time and dead businesses.

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Want to win $50k and a mentor?

Aussie entrepreneurs.

Valerie Khoo Australian entrepreneurs continue to "punch above their weight" in the field of global e-commerce, a trend likely to continue in this year's Shopify Build-a-Business competition.

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Do the most charming entrepreneurs win?

Richard Branson.

Tony Featherstone Apparently more US chief executives are hiring charisma coaches to make them compelling, charming and attractive. Good luck with that.

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Giving up on the store?

Online shopping.

Michael Baker Ten questions to answer before committing to an online-only future.

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Are you resting on your laurels?

Valerie Khoo The small business owner's creed: don't just sit there, do something!

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It's survival of the agile amid tough times

Agile businesses are more likely to succeed in this climate.

Alexandra Cain Small businesses are increasingly adapting their operations to survive in a challenging market.

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