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Cara is the small business editor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald based in Melbourne

Swim school Jump! CEO unloads on red tape as tradies complain about payment
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Swim school Jump! CEO unloads on red tape as tradies complain about payment

Demolition contractor Daniel Cook responded to an ad for swim school franchise Jump! for what he thought would be a straight-forward job.

  • by Emma Koehn & Cara Waters

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The bogan cartoon business taking on Dreamworks and Disney

The bogan cartoon business taking on Dreamworks and Disney

Coburg's Bogan Entertainment Solutions is helping drive Australia's burgeoning animation industry.

  • by Cara Waters
'Zero progress': Swim schools say they have been left high and dry by franchisor Jump!
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'Zero progress': Swim schools say they have been left high and dry by franchisor Jump!

Franchisees claim they have paid up for a swim school but haven't got anything to show for their money.

  • by Cara Waters
Making money out of the business of throwing shade

Making money out of the business of throwing shade

Beach tents and shade structures are increasingly common on beaches around Australia as small businesses get in on sun protection.

  • by Cara Waters
'The perfect crime': Aussie business battles counterfeit wine in China

'The perfect crime': Aussie business battles counterfeit wine in China

YPB has developed technology to address the problem of counterfeit wine in China.

  • by Cara Waters
'Christmas for us is effectively over': Boxing Day sales come early

'Christmas for us is effectively over': Boxing Day sales come early

Christmas seems to come earlier every year but Boxing Day is also getting earlier with many online retailers kicking off sales on Friday.

  • by Cara Waters
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Private equity giant KKR slices bid for MYOB

Private equity giant KKR slices bid for MYOB

Private equity giant KKR has lowered its bid for accounting software platform MYOB to $3.40 a share.

  • by Cara Waters
Supermarket went to ‘extraordinary lengths’ for sacked domestic violence survivor

Supermarket went to ‘extraordinary lengths’ for sacked domestic violence survivor

An unfair dismissal claim by an IGA employee who survived domestic violence has been dismissed by the Fair Work Commission.

  • by Cara Waters
Building a matriarchy: Women heading up family businesses

Building a matriarchy: Women heading up family businesses

Meryl Dahlitz is one of a growing number of females taking the top job in family businesses.

  • by Cara Waters
Former RFG pair look to crack into egg market
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Former RFG pair look to crack into egg market

Former Retail Food Group chief Tony Alford and Alicia Atkinson have launched a new business based in Toowoomba which pasteurises eggs.

  • by Cara Waters
'Everyone has time to sit down and have a coffee': Fitzroy cafe bans takeaway coffees

'Everyone has time to sit down and have a coffee': Fitzroy cafe bans takeaway coffees

A Fitzroy cafe banning takeaway coffees is happy to risk losing customers just to make them slow down.

  • by Cara Waters