Tag Archives: business

Want to buy a RiotACT?

By 21 March, 2014

Dear Rioters,
Over the last couple of months many of you will have keenly noticed the absence of Johnboy’s and Barcham’s influence on the editorial tiller of RiotACT, and the subsequent reduction in new content being posted.
Many of you have also submitted posts or questions wanting to know what’s going on.
It is with a [...]

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

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

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; 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

By 31 May, 2011

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.

Furniture Direct fails to deliver. Newsflash, guys: it’s bad business to give false assurances to close the deal.

We ordered something from Furniture Direct in late April. Before we ordered it, we asked when it would be delivered as we needed it soon. The salesman said it would be a couple of weeks, and when questioned further, he confirmed that we could expect delivery in two weeks’ time. Satisfied that we would have [...]

Defence to expand its empire to Anzac Park West?

By 22 May, 2009

The ABC brings the happy news that the long abandoned, but occasionally re-fitted at great expense, Anzac Park West (big building at the end of Anzac Parade) has had a nibble from Defence who want to put 900 staff in there who don’t quite make the grade for office space in Russell.
Public Works Committee [...]

Local innovators get some moolah

By 20 May, 2009

The Chiefly Stanhope has announced the winners of the appallingly named ICon grant program.
GPT Designs, a Canberra-based high-tech manufacturer of audio equipment for the hearing impaired, was awarded $40,000 towards the development of a large drive induction loop amplifier to assist the hearing impaired in large venues such as stadiums and concert halls;
Ingenate Pty [...]

Brendan Smyth – sock puppet for the Business Council?

By 18 May, 2009

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth has put out a very odd media release in which he mostly just quotes the CEO of the ACT Business Council, Chris Faulks.
The complaint is that it’s hard to do business in the ACT.
Having been involved with the running of small businesses in the ACT I found this a little bit [...]

Water Plus gets the Chiefly stamp of approval

By 12 May, 2009

The Chiefly Jon Stanhope wants the world to know just how good the local company Water Plus are after he launched two new products of theirs.
The Grey Water Treatment System processes used water from a household’s bathroom and laundry and makes it available for use in gardening and other domestic purposes. Grey water can account [...]

Charity, Club or Community Organisation Quiz/Trivia Nights – Help a brother out!

By 3 March, 2009

Do you know of any up coming Quiz/Trivia Nights ?  
My nascent Scullin based Software company has developed a program to help people run Quiz/Trivia nights.
www.quiznightchief.com 
I am looking for people who are interested in using my program (for free) and giving me some feedback.
Any contact information or leads appreciated.
Cheers
SamH

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