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Emma is the small business reporter for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald based in Melbourne.

'A different scale': Tax agents struck off over tax refund theft allegations

'A different scale': Tax agents struck off over tax refund theft allegations

Two tax agents have being accused of stealing their clients' tax refunds - and there is no guarantee they will get the money back.

  • by Emma Koehn

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'Downward spiral': Push for training, apprenticeships rethink

'Downward spiral': Push for training, apprenticeships rethink

Smaller operators say there should be more support to help them uncover and train talent.

  • by Emma Koehn
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
Farmers hope milk code will address 'David and Goliath' fights

Farmers hope milk code will address 'David and Goliath' fights

Dairy farmers woke to a win on milk contracts on Tuesday morning - but now it's time for a culture change.

  • by Emma Koehn
'Root of all evil': Payments warning for construction sector

'Root of all evil': Payments warning for construction sector

The housing market looks set to put further pressure on tradies.

  • by Emma Koehn
Scam losses hit $2.8 million as police, tax board impersonated

Scam losses hit $2.8 million as police, tax board impersonated

Scammers are walking away with million from phone scams and spoofing numbers is difficult to stop.

  • by Emma Koehn & Jennifer Duke
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Credit crunch: Small businesses wary of bank loans

Credit crunch: Small businesses wary of bank loans

As uncertainty reigns on access to finance, bootstrapping is making a comeback.

  • by Emma Koehn
'Busiest time of the year': January is decluttering month for Australians

'Busiest time of the year': January is decluttering month for Australians

As Marie Kondo's 'tidying up' doco goes viral, smaller operators say the decluttering boom is a mixed blessing.

  • by Emma Koehn
'You can't backtrack': Small businesses warned off courts in 2019

'You can't backtrack': Small businesses warned off courts in 2019

Resolving conflicts is costing SMEs hundreds of thousands and businesses are urged to consider alternatives.

  • by Emma Koehn
The simple fax: This 'dinosaur' of tech isn't dead yet

The simple fax: This 'dinosaur' of tech isn't dead yet

Businesses would like to turn off their fax machines for good: but for some, that's not an option.

  • by Emma Koehn
Apple's upgrade woes could be Aussie telcos' gain

Apple's upgrade woes could be Aussie telcos' gain

As Apple's share price tumbles, Australian phone providers aren't feeling the fallout.

  • by Emma Koehn