Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Top 3 expert tips for breaking into industries dominated by big players

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When you’re just starting out, the idea of breaking into an industry dominated by big players can feel daunting, if not impossible. No matter what industry you’re breaking into, there’s always going to be someone bigger, more established, and (seemingly) better than you.

How to launch a successful business that gains momentum and succeeds

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In Australia. 60% of businesses will fail in the first three years. It’s a sobering statistic that reminds us of the serious challenge of running a sustainable business. So, how can you turn a successful launch into a long term success? Here are five key factors that I’ve discovered from over two decades’ of building, growing, and maintaining my business, Cars For Sale. 

Marketing and digital skills the top priorities for SMB sector in 2022-23

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New research has revealed the COVID tide has turned for Australia’s small business (SMB) owners, with two in three (65%) optimistic about growth prospects in the new financial year - despite two in five (42%) having considered closing their doors in the last 12 months.

Melbourne mum’s $15 million beauty empire spurs self-tanning industry

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A young mum who had a lightbulb moment to change the self-tanning industry in 2018 and saw her startup company blossom in to a $15 million empire, is set to take her company public - allowing her loyal customers to buy shares in Australian Glow for the very first time. 

Canon Oceania introduces new grant to support flood affected organisations

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Canon Oceania is opening submissions for its 2022 Grants Program. The firm has introduced a new sub-category to its community grant, to support the recovery of flood-affected businesses and community firms following the recent floods in Queensland and NSW. 

Record revenue yields after the return of events prompt AV1 expansion

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To meet the demand for events in Australia, AV1 is expanding. After a record revenue in May (the highest in 17 years), AV1 is exploring larger premises, welcoming four new staff members, a new hotel partner, and has renewed the vision for its content department. Kai Raisbeck, will lead AV1’s creative content department as Content Producer. Federico Pancotto, an experienced Technical Director will bolster the technical output of the dynamic team, while two additions to the Operations Department will strengthen the support team.

Finding purpose In partnerships: Customers first, collaboration second

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I’m a big believer in the benefits of business partnerships and integrations. When it all clicks, aligned companies are able to achieve much more than going it alone. For early-phase tech startups, the benefits can be enormous. The cost of building new tech is astronomically high, salaries are skyrocketing, and income streams are often slow to materialise. 

Cult Kids Aussie skateboard brand Ookkie expands into two new markets

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Australia’s kids skateboard firm, Ookkie, has set the wheels in motion for global business success, expanding into two new markets thanks to growing demand for its products from ‘skateboard loving parents’ who want to get their kids on a skateboard, safely. Launching in the UK and Europe, the cult learner skateboard brand has capitalised on the growing interest in skateboarding in both regions, adding to its presence in its existing regions Australia, the US and Asia, giving the thriving business a global footprint. Ookkie, which saw an impressive 43% year-on-year increase in the US and Australia, falls under the Absolute Board Co umbrella, the parent company of cult skateboard brand, Penny Skateboards.

Nominations for the 2023 Telstra Best of Business Awards are officially open

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Telstra has announced that nominations for the 2023 Telstra Best of Business Awards are now open. The Awards program celebrates the innovation and creativity of Australian SMEs, and their role as a key driver of Australia’s economic success and social prosperity. Stemming from the success of the inaugural 2022 Telstra Best of Business Awards which saw over 24,000 businesses nominated, the program demonstrates Telstra’s long -standing  commitment to recognising the meaningful contributions of firms and business leaders.  

Navii offers $3m in digital support tools through gov’t-backed program

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Navii is giving away over $3m in digital support tools for SMBs through a new gov't-backed Digital Launch Pad Program, with 12 months of expert support and coaching available to 500 SMBs. Navii is also putting over 10,000 digital tools and course packages up for grabs. SMEs are invited to share their digital journey so far, including why they need support, to be in with a chance of securing Navii’s Digital Launch Pad Program valued at over $1,200 per applicant.