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Ask RiotACT: Canberra entrepreneurs?

By 27 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Canberrans.
Does anyone know of startups in the ACT, particularly firms that aim to grow beyond the ACT, begun by folks with a vocational education background of any sort? Or are they all by university and research types.

Safety inspectors to audit electrical goods

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A range of electrical products, including many household items, will be the subject of a safety audit by Access Canberra inspectors in retail shops.
The audit is being carried out to ensure that products being sold meet Australian safety standards.
Justice and consumer affairs minister Shane Rattenbury, announcing the audit on Tuesday with workplace safety and industrial relations [...]

Venture capital scheme for Canberra start-ups

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A venture capital scheme launched on Tuesday will enable Canberra entrepreneurs to access funds to build their business.
Significant Capital Ventures is a joint venture between the Australian National University and the Hindmarsh Group, and is also supported by the University of Canberra. It will receive funding from the ACT government.
The new fund aims to drive innovation in Canberra [...]

$7.3m to promote #CBR to NSW, NZ, Asia

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government will in next month’s Budget commit $7.3 million promoting Canberra domestically and internationally as a business and leisure destination, and $1.5 million to supporting the growth of significant events such as the Enlighten and Canberra Day celebrations.
The tourism push will focus on enticing the residents of Sydney and regional NSW and priority [...]

Canberra Data Centres sells $400m stake

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Infratil has agreed to acquire a 48% shareholding in Canberra Data Centres for $392 million.
Subject to Foreign Investment Review Board approval, the sale is expected to be finalised in late July.
“The acquisition of CDC provides Infratil with a meaningful exposure to the emerging data and related telecommunications infrastructure sector, which we have been following for [...]

Report says economic activity on the rise in ACT

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Economic activity in Canberra increased in the month of March, according to the ANZ Bank’s Stateometer report.
The latest report reveals only New South Wales and Victoria are growing at an above trend pace. All other states and territories, including the ACT, are growing at a below-trend pace.
However, the ACT, along with South Australia and Western [...]

See Richard Branson live in Sydney next week

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Ticket holders of the World Business Forum Sydney are in for a treat next week as the event comes together for its eleventh year on the 25th and 26th of May – and RiotACT readers will receive a 10% discount.
Discussing everything from perseverance to management and marketing, the Forum brings together a collection of business [...]

New book chronicles ACT business successes

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Who are the successful business owners in Canberra? It would be hard to name them all, and coming from a new book penned by Suzanne Kiraly, entitled, “Canberra Business Success Stories”, indications are that there are plenty. They are the “quiet achievers” out there, who are contributing to our local economy and helping to change [...]

ACT entrepreneur wins big on Shark Tank

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mick Spencer was the talk of the town last night as he took on a panel of shrewd investors on Channel Ten’s return of its hit show Shark Tank, walking away with $600,000 for his custom sportswear company ONTHEGO.
ONTHEGO, which was founded in 2011 from the 25-year-old’s parents’ garage in north Canberra, has quickly grown [...]

Ask RiotACT: Electrician for small job?

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’ve just converted my garage into an office, and need an electrician to add a new powerpoint and data point. Can anyone recommend a reputable sparky who would do a small job like this, preferably this week?
Thanks!

Founders sell Bus Depot Markets

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Old Bus Depot Markets at Kingston have new owners, effective immediately, after co-founders Diane Hinds and Morna Whiting sold the business to Iconic Markets and Events Pty Ltd, headed up by Anthony Niravong.
Mr Niravong, who is managing director of Iconic Markets and Events, is a Canberra local who comes from a Lao and Thai [...]

Hoyts preferred operator for Gungahlin cinema, with construction due to start early 2017

By 14 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The developer planning to build Gungahlin’s first cinema, Krnc Group, has told a meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council that Hoyts is now the preferred operator for the facility, to be built on the corner of Hibberson Street and Hinder Street from early 2017 if a development application in mid-2016 is successful.
Hoyts currently operates the [...]

Crowds look on as 4 of first 5 Fluffy blocks sell at auction

By 13 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There was so much interest in last night’s auction of the first five remediated Mr Fluffy blocks that several attendees standing outside the venue were heard complaining about a lack of room.
There were more than 120 people in attendance at the Ray White Woden event with 30 registered bidders.
Four of the five properties up for [...]

US giant buys CBR firm eWay for $US50m

By 8 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra-based and founded digital success story eWay has been acquired by US payment technology services giant Global Payments for $US50 million.
Global Payments (NYSE: GPN) is a Fortune 1000 company based in Atlanta, Georgia with merchants and partners in 29 countries.
Its CEO, Jeffrey S. Sloane, announced the acquisition during a third quarter earnings call to [...]

Being an innovator (Part 2: Doing)

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Process. A way of thinking is the core that underpins great innovation, but the active part of that process is just as important. The way any idea travels from conception to realisation is what will make it great, or not so great.
Good innovation is about taking an idea to do more than is being done, [...]

Redundancies as Canberra Times goes tabloid

By 31 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times will cut 12.6 full-time equivalent staff via voluntary redundancies as its print edition moves from broadsheet to tabloid format in coming months.
The paper has published an article announcing the move on its website and briefed staff today.
The journalists’ union, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) has called on Fairfax to [...]

Shortlist for Kingston Arts Precinct development named

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government has shortlisted three local developers for the Kingston Arts Precinct renewal project: Doma Group, Englobo Group and Geocon (the latter with co-bidders from outside the ACT, Fender Katsalidis and Oculus).
The shortlisted proponents will now develop their concepts into detailed plans to develop the five-hectare site near the Canberra Glassworks into a creative [...]

Creating a Cafe: Choosing our coffee

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The shop plans were complete and now we were ready to build. We were very excited and we were thinking we’d be open within a couple of weeks. Oh, how wrong we were!
We realised that there was now a whole bunch of paperwork that needed to be submitted to various certifiers and Government agencies, such as [...]

Being an innovator (Part 1: Thinking)

By 28 March 2016 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Okay, okay. What is the big deal about innovation? It’s just doing new things, making them more high tech, isn’t it? Take something that is getting old, renew it, and you’re done – right?
Not really. True innovation is about taking steps into the unknown, as well as combining existing elements to build a more efficient [...]

Brumbies board stands down CEO Michael Jones

By 21 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Brumbies board has stood down the rugby union club’s CEO, Michael Jones, announcing the move via Facebook at 8.40pm tonight.
Mr Jones’s three-year appointment was to have run until January 2018.
The announcement follows a visit today to Brumbies HQ by Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver, reportedly to discuss with Brumbies chairman Rob Kennedy [...]

Homebuyers expo to showcase leaders in real estate

By 19 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
REIACT Home Buyers Expo 2016

Are you in the market for your first home? Or considering buying an investment property? Wondering whether you need a mortgage broker or not, or whether to buy a new or existing home, or an apartment off the plan?
The REIACT Home Buyers Expo is the place to be tomorrow if you’ve answered yes to any [...]

Ask RiotACT: Small Businesses in Canberra

By 11 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am doing an assignment on small businesses in Canberra. If you or someone you know is running or is employed by a small business can you please inform me in the comments below?
All I need is 3 or 4 different businesses. Thank you.

Why are we on the innovation bandwagon?

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Innovation is a buzz word, which is a bad thing. It’s bad because innovation is important and it’s hard. By letting it become a buzz word and everyone jumping on the bandwagon it makes it difficult to distinguish between real innovation and general evolution.
I can’t think of any type of business, organisation, department or agency that [...]

Kimball fronts new current affairs show

By 2 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Are you one of the many Canberrans who has missed ABC 7.30 ACT and its presenter Chris Kimball since the program’s demise in late 2014? Lament no more.
Kimball is back on our screens as anchor of a new independent online TV program called Capital Inc., and the first episode has just been released.
The program [...]

Shunning our own ideas

By 29 February 2016 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Commonwealth Government’s Ideas Boom is prompting a big focus on the start-up sector in Australia, pushing it forward as the way to replace role of the minerals sector in our economy.
We’ve long heralded ourselves as “the clever country”, and we have a track record of world changing technology and innovation to back it. We have lagged [...]

Creating a Cafe: Designing the space

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A few weeks ago I began to share my story of how I decided to become a small business owner; you can read my first article here.
Mike and I had decided to start a business together; we weren’t really sure where to start and all we were really sure about at the time was that [...]

The problem with “adjusted for population”

By 22 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Innovation is the flavour of the month, here in Canberra and at a Federal level. That means two things; lots of photos of people holding prototypes of things that you will never be able to buy, and seemingly endless reports and numbers showing how well one place is doing compared to all the others.
It is [...]

First Look: The Flower Bar

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Let’s go to the bar and grab a bouquet.
In a previous life, I was the editor of a Sydney-based craft magazine. So it is no surprise that I was enamoured with the Canberra-grown Hooray! Magazine, a magazine all about creating your own perfect celebrations. Hooray! Magazine has continued to be regular reading, even after I [...]

Creating a Cafe: Opportunity arises

By 30 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have always admired and strived to be a successful person. I believe success is measured in many ways and each individual has their own idea of what successful looks like. For me, I always saw being a business owner as one of the many ways to measure my success.
I’m fairly certain that at some [...]

Boost your business skills with an executive MBA from QUT

By 26 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Intensifying challenges in Canberra require leaders to pick up their pace.
True leaders don’t walk the corridors of power – they stride.
The nation’s capital is where pivotal decisions are made, and it’s an ever-changing, high-pressure environment many aspire to being part of. It’s inspiring, exciting and can be extremely rewarding.
However, to be considered a serious player, [...]

Crowdfunding talk with the Light Clock guys

By 26 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With only seven days left of their Kickstarter campaign (it seems that we can’t stay away from the crowdfunding projects here at RiotACT this week), The Light Clock are one of the campaigns that have reached their goal. This isn’t always guaranteed.
The Light Clock is a decorative piece that uses light to tell the time. You can [...]

Five minutes with Abundant Water

By 24 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Today, we are talking to Abundant Water. Abundant Water is a local Canberra business started by engineer Sunny Forsyth that has created low-cost clay water filters for impoverished communities overseas. Sunny and the Abundant Water team collaborate with the communities to teach them how to make the filters themselves; and, more recently, they have been encouraging and empowering villagers to [...]

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