Tag Archives: business

Royal Commission or ICAC


I was thinking about the Royal Commission into the construction unions recently and the current call for a Royal Commission into the banks and a couple of things struck me as relevant.
Firstly, the Heydon Commission was a political animal designed to go after a particular union. Fess up, guys, you know that’s the truth. Sure [...]

Refined approach key to tourism, business growth for Canberra

Jennifer Dwyer Slee

Every city interested in making its mark on the world continually looks for ways to become more attractive to business and tourism. Ways to shine brighter on the world stage, and not just because they are proud of who they are. It’s because building a city’s economy through conferences, events and tourism in general is [...]

ACT Businesswoman of the Year title goes to ADF health chief Georgeina Whelan

Georgeina Whelan

The army officer with responsibility for the healthcare of 71,000 Australian Defence Force members has been named the 2015 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Businesswoman of the Year.
Georgeina Whelan, Director-General, Garrison Health Operations, Joint Health Command for the Australian Department of Defence, learnt of the honour at a dinner to mark the awards at the National [...]

Start-up Fudie up for two Telstra biz awards

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Katie Geus of Fudie

Learning she has been shortlisted for not one but two Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards was “quite surreal” for personal trainer, uni student and entrepreneur Katie Geus.
The founder, director and chief taste tester of meal delivery business Fudie was at home with her partner when the phone call came to tell her she’d been listed alongside [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Should funded tertiary education be subject selective?

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It’s time for another RiotACT Face Off. This week, we asked Kate Carnell and Steven Bailey to share their thoughts on government funding of tertiary education. Both were given the following question and their responses are below.
Should tertiary education directly align with the business needs of the nation in order to [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story


The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

Telstra Business Women’s Awards


With a 20 year history of sharing and recognising the achievements of local businesswomen, the Telstra Business Women’s Award nominations open on the 26th May 2014.
Nominations are accepted from both states and territories and close midnight on the 14th of July.
There are 5 award categories including 3 qualifying categories (1-3):
1. Business Owner Award
2. Private [...]

Dodgy Dealers at Canberra Outlet Centre and a Toothless Tiger

By 3 March 2014

A lesson learnt.
Last November my wife and I bought a remote control helicopter from a store in the old DFO as a Christmas present for my son. It’s the shop opposite Coffee Club that sells many of these types of toys as well as heaps of other ‘Made in China’ crap toys.
I asked the sales person if  [...]

Unable to do business with ASIC

By 28 February 2014

Is everyone else in Canberra just as frustrated with the new ASIC management of businesses as I am?? I cannot imagine which bureaucrat decided to create the system, but it simply doesn’t work, the log-in via ASIC connect, and then the attempts to link businesses and companies simply don’t work…..You can’t call them, so I [...]

Chamber of Commerce – Canberra Business Council merger

By 18 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

For the past several years the Canberra Business Council and ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry have staunchly represented the interests of the relatively small ACT business community in a town where the biggest employer has, and likely will always be the federal government. One might argue that having two organisations who from [...]

Book keeper wanted: Sole trader looking for sole trader

By 8 February 2014

Despite the heading sounding vaguely like a misdirected personals ad, I am, in fact, not looking for love, but a book keeper for my business.
I’m a sole trader myself and would like to support another sole trader, preferably in the Inner North, but I’ll take quality over convenience.
Can anyone make a recommendation to me, please?
All [...]

Dean Crowe on the benefits of franchising with Coffee Guru

By 27 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Since its humble beginnings in 2002, Coffee Guru has grown into a successful chain with established franchise stores across Canberra and New South Wales.
I had a chat with Coffee Guru’s Dean Crowe about coffee, business, and why franchising is a good idea.
Dean Crowe tells me he is a Piccolo Latte kind of guy, due to [...]

Visionaries talk about Canberra

By 4 November 2013

Some of Canberra’s biggest names in business have a chat about how great Canberra is, and where they see our super awesome city going in the future.
Its been 100 years of Canberra, so now is time to imagine the future for Canberra in the next 100 years. Join some of Canberra’s most successful entrepreneurs over [...]

ANU Three Minute Thesis Final

By 19 August 2013

[ 18 September 2013 at 6:30 pm; ] The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: 80,000 word research projects presented in just three minutes!

Join us for an evening of education and entertainment.

Come along to ANU for an hour and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on the campus by PhD students.

On the night, watch eleven [...]

$228,000 in grant to Canberran innovators

By 20 May 2013

As a part of the Innovation Connect grant program five Canberran business have been awarded over $228,000 this year in order to encourage innovation.
In a highly competitive round, the successful applicants are:
– ScienceAlert Pty Ltd – For the creation of a specialised online network of science-related videos.
– Qhopper™ Pty Ltd – A start-up venture that [...]

Greens business policies

By 8 October 2012

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur has announced her party’s plan for business:
The ACT Greens will:
– Allocate an additional $811,000 to micro-credit programs in the ACT including additional support for Lighthouse for running these programs
– Provide $738,000 to establish a Business Services Office – a single entry business entry point
– Provide $200,000 for a cost-benefit analysis [...]

And our best business recyclers are…

By 14 June 2012

Simon Corbell has let it be known that he has awarded the best recyclers in Canberra’s business community:
Biggest reduction of Waste to Landfill – Canberra Audiology
Biggest Recycler – Tuggeranong Hyperdome
Innovation Excellence – Elvin Group
Motivation Excellence – Community Services Directorate, Therapy ACT – Swanson Plaza
Corporate Award – Tuggeranong Hyperdome (Highly Commended: Shepherd Electrical)
Small Business/Office award – [...]

Confirmed.. It’s a Woolies for Dunlop


For those who doubted the original blog back in January, and there were plenty the development application is now in for the new Supermarket at Dunlop even though it’s been under construction for months. (how does that work?)
Did they get in before the (former) Chiefly one insisted on getting more IGA etc, or didn’t anyone [...]

Change of use fees outrage Liberals

By 27 April 2011

Zed Seselja is beating his breast for the newly discovered renters he says will be smitten by a Green/Labor deal to get some money out of developer windfalls when they get their lease purpose clauses changed.
“In supporting Labor’s massive tax on units, the Greens have agreed to tens of thousands of dollars more tax per [...]

ACT worst in Australia for red tape?

By 22 November 2010

The ABC informs us that the Business Council of Australia has marked the ACT 3/10 for red tape, the worst in the country.
Katy says they’re kinda sorta working on it but nothing’s gone to cabinet.
Having operated several businesses in Canberra I can’t say I’ve ever noticed a lot of local red tape getting in the [...]

CWB Announces Canberra’s Business Woman of the Year

By 20 August 2010

The ACT Chamber of Women in Business presented an award to ‘Business Woman of the Year’ Claire Connelly at the 4th Annual Dinner and Awards Night on Tuesday 17th August.
CWB President Laurie McDonald says “It was a great night and a privilege to acknowledge women who have made outstanding contributions to the local economy and [...]

British sweet shop/lolly shop

By 8 July 2010

Hi folks, Claire here from Queanbeyan … well, actually I’m from even further away than that, Norwich in eastern England, but hope you won’t exclude me on either ground. Have just moved to Qbn after three years in Coffs Harbour and am still frozen in shock at the winter temps here. And not a de-icer [...]

Google snapping photos of Canberra businesses

By 22 June 2010

This morning I was visited by a Google photograper who snapped photos of my fair trade baby shop – inside and out. No sign of wi-fi detection equipment. Not that I would care, if I had a wi-fi network I wouldn’t leave it open anyway. So what’s this all about?
Google business listings are being photographed [...]

Get free stuff on Tuesday!

By 29 May 2010

[ 1 June 2010; ] Free coffee, free biscuits and snacks, free showbags, free pens, free notebooks, free plants, free keyring torches…  You get the idea.  There will be heaps of free samples and giveaways at the Australian Disability Enterprises Purchasing with Purpose Expo at the National Convention Centre from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday 1 June.

In addition to getting [...]

Spence shops ?!

By 20 October 2009

Does anyone know what is going on here ?
What was a handy little shopping centre is going to the dogs.  The convenience store (I use this term loosely) is so run down it’s not funny.  You have to check the use by date on the milk every time. Lots of empty shelf space and practically tumbleweeds [...]

What has happened to the Naked Fish?

By 25 September 2009

The Naked Fish at Southlands seems to have changed hands. Does anyone have some inside information?

Handmade Market rocks the Yarralumla Woolshed

By 12 September 2009

Oh. My. God. If you’ve been to Handmade Market this weekend, you probably have sore feet, an empty wallet, and the warm inner glow that comes from retail therapy supporting local crafters.
I should state at the outset that I’m a very bad consumer. I don’t buy much stuff (compared to my female friends), and when [...]

Kafka comes to Canberra as TAMS takes issue with displays on City Walk

By 29 August 2009

The Canberra Times brings word on the latest boneheaded stoush with the Department of Territory And Municipal Services (TAMS) and traders in Civic who’ve been putting displays and merchandise out in front of their stores.
TAMS sound moderately admirable when they say a permit needs to be obtained before taking appropriating the commons that is City [...]

Naughty naked DSL

By 16 June 2009

Optus – amazingly – say they can’t get a line from Telstra to run into our new home in Red Hill. 
I say they can go and get screwed – but I also always say “Don’t get even, get ahead.”
It’s time to stick two fingers up at the telcos and go for naked DSL.
What services [...]

ACT Gov’t Seeks Urgent Advice regarding Aussie Junk

By 13 June 2009

As reported on the news last night the ACT Government is seeking Urgent Advice after discovering Aussie Junk Pty Ltd has an application filed for winding up the Company with ASIC.
I searched ASIC & the net myself & discovered a Public Notice Announcement which reads
“A proceeding for the winding up of AUSSIE JUNK PTY [...]

Local Inventor Wins Business Award with Pay by SMS

By 13 June 2009

Went to the Canberra Business Point Awards last night.
Local inventor Harold of MHits won with the commericalisation of his “pay by SMS” system.  You  might have seen it on “The New Inventors“. 
When I saw it the first time I thought “what a cool idea – paying for coffee by SMS”.  I was pretty lucky to be [...]

Please fence me in!

By 3 June 2009

I am looking to have colourbond fences put up and am keen to get a good deal and a good job done. 
Do any Rioters have suggestions as to which companies to approach and which to avoid? 
The job involves replacing all the fences around my house, so it’s a decent sized task.

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