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RATES DECISION A SHOT IN THE ARM FOR SMALL BUSINESS

23 February 2017

A reduction in Sunday and public holiday penalty rates in select industries will help ensure small business owners in these sectors can operate longer hours, offer their staff more work, and in doing so meet consumer expectations, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell said.

“Today’s decision by the Fair Work Commission to reduce rates in the retail, hospitality and fast-food industries is a win for common sense that will ultimately boost jobs and stimulate growth across the economy,” Ms Carnell said.

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NEW CAMPAIGN URGES SMALL BUSINESSES TO BOOST EMPLOYEE LITERACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

22 February 2017

The Reading Writing Hotline together with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell, is today launching a joint campaign to support and encourage small business employees who are looking to improve their reading, writing, numeracy and digital literacy skills.

A pharmacist by trade, Ms Carnell said she once owned and operated a number of small businesses and knows first-hand the importance of workplace literacy for employers and their staff.

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Would you like more information on unfair contract terms?

A new law is now in place to help better protect small businesses from unfair terms in ‘Standard Form Contracts’.

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Case studies

Revival of a silver screen icon

Making your passion your profession

David Kilderry’s love of cinema began when his parents built a second story on their house in Reservoir, Victoria; from David’s new bedroom window, he could see the Coburg Drive-In screen.

“It was a little way away, but I could see it and I fell in love with drive-ins then and there,” David recalled.

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From little things…

The evolution of a product

Working hard to make ends meet as a young single mum, Loo Taylor decided to start selling her home-made terry towelling cushions at the Fremantle markets near Perth.

Cushions weren’t her only area of expertise though; Loo also made hair clips.

“I had long hair at the time, and after I cut it all off, I started making clips with flowers on them to wear,” Loo explained.

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Vines, wines and not enough time!

A mutual interest

It was a love of fine wines that inspired one Canberra couple to start their own small business.

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