The pros and cons of declaring bankruptcy
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With more than 16,000 people declaring bankruptcy in Australia every year, it is possibly a lot more common than you would think. However, considering how easy it is to apply for a credit card, personal loan or other forms of finance, it can be very tempting for people to overcommit themselves and spend more than they can afford to repay....
Canberra’s finest line up for 2018 ACT Australian of the Year awards
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An Indigenous entrepreneur and community leader, a mothers' health and exercise pioneer, a youth dance educator and a charity board member and fundraiser are in the running to be named ACT Australian of the Year. The nominees for the 2018 ACT Australian of the Year Awards have been announced with the winners to be named on Monday, 6 November 2017...
Bucking the trends in business – DDCS Lawyers
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What are the first words that come to mind when you hear the words 'legal firm'? I bet they're not 'Respect', 'Care' or 'Compassion'. You would be forgiven if the first words you thought of were more along the lines of 'Callous', 'Ruthless' or 'Money-hungry', as these terms probably represent what has been most peoples' experience when dealing with law...
Attention all geeks! This e-book is for you
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Can you tell the difference between a CSIR Mark 1, R2-D2, SILLIAC and a UTECOM? If you said three were some of the earliest computers in Australia (and the world) and one is a fictional robot out of Star Wars, you would be correct. This, and many other interesting facts about the history of computers in Australia, can be found...
Bucking the trends in business – Big and Tall
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Remember when we used to say that "cash is king"? Well, today times have changed, and in a global retail world, it is more accurate to say that "niche is king". That is why I recognised that Gary and Lyn Rumble run a little gem of a retail business, right in the heart of the city. Kingsize Big & Tall,...
What’s being done about large corporations avoiding paying tax?
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Ensuring a fair Australia means knowing that every person that lives here, and every company that operates here, does their part in contributing to the public coffers. But it's a common gripe amongst individual tax payers, who offer up between 30-50% of their yearly pay packet to the tax man, that large corporations often find a way to pay less...
Elise Apolloni takes out trifecta at 2017 ACT Telstra Business Women’s Awards
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Among the glitz and glamour that greets you when you enter the beautiful National Gallery of Australia to attend the annual ACT 2017 Telstra Business Women's Awards ceremony, is an air of anticipation and a vibrancy that is palpable. You will see many familiar faces participating too; after all, we are small enough to know each other, yet large enough...
Adapt or dissolve: Why local businesses need to pay attention to AI
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Business owners in Canberra have been reaping the benefits of technologies that allow seamless expansion interstate for well over a decade. While we have a great local market, being able to tap into cities like Sydney and Melbourne (with over 9 times the size of our population) can prove very lucrative. Harry Hoang, who runs Tailored Accounts in Braddon, is...
New grants to help ACT businesses break down disability barriers
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Community organisations and small businesses will be able to improve their services and facilities for people with a disability through a new ACT Government grants program. Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, and Disability, Children and Youth, Rachel Stephen-Smith said the Disability Inclusion Grants program provided $200,000 over four years to promote the inclusion of people with a disability...
A strong economy for a better Canberra
G2B: Chief Minister’s Message
The ACT's economy continues to be one of the strongest in the world and Standard & Poor's recent confirmation of our AAA credit rating is further proof of the ACT Government's strong economic management. In completing our ratings assessment, Standard & Poor's (S&P) as looked at a wide range of indicators in the Territory's budget, including our forward investment plans...
Canberra company ranked one of Australia’s Best Places to Work
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Local professional services firm Cordelta, named in the top 10 best places to work in Australia for two consecutive years, has moved into a trendy new office in Fyshwick to accommodate its expanding team. The company, which started with just three people in 2004, now has a workforce of more than 80 that supports a growing number of government departments...
Canberra women rise to the fore in prestigious ACT leadership awards
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Canberra women have shown their leadership skills by taking out all six categories in the recent ACT Australian Leadership Excellence Awards (ALEAs). Whether it be as a current leader, a community leader or even an emerging leader, it seems that Canberra's women are rising to the fore - defeating their male counterparts to be chosen as the ACT winners who...
Over 660 guests raise $220,000 for ‘Homes of Hope’ at Luton Ball
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More than 660 guests attended a star-studded Luton Charity Ball recently, raising around $220,000 for local Canberra charities. The Santorini-themed ball this year supported 'Homes of Hope' organisations - raising money for Hartley Lifecare, Project Independence and Karinya House. Funds raised will also go towards the Luton Charity Ball's annual pledge to donate $10,000 each to the Canberra Hospital Foundation,...
Bucking the trends in business – Skoolbo
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It's not often that you find an entrepreneur who started their working life as a "chalkie" (for the uninitiated, that's a teacher). We would never think of our teachers as business savvy. However, Shane Hill, a Maths teacher from Knox Grammar, was a dedicated teacher. He was driven to leave teaching because he wanted to make a difference to those...
Public and private sector leaders face ‘wicked’ problems
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From management roles in the public service to CEOs and entrepreneurs, today's leaders are dealing with ever-more complicated work environments than their predecessors. Rapid changes in technology, a need to cater to the changing aspirations of new generations, a workforce empowered to change jobs in a heartbeat, and requirements for diversity and inclusion are just some of the "newer" challenges...
Bucking the trends in business – Roger Smith
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Not being much of a tech head, but knowing I had to learn a lot more about Cyber Security after I had been hacked, I made the decision to attend a course entitled: "Business Security Intensive". This was a half-day course where I would learn about the 'bad guys' - what they do and how they do it, and more...
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