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  • 1 Sep 2014 1:35 PM | Deleted user

    We have spoken a number of times over the last 12 months on the importance of networking, especially with the current market conditions creating increased competition for fewer positions. Many people avoid attending networking events as they say it is difficult to find the time within their busy schedules however this is no excuse. It simply means that making the most of the time you have at these events is more important. 

    Forbes has put a fantastic list of tips and tricks together to help you survive your next networking event and the article can be found here.

    Forbes - Darrah Brustein - 17 tips to survive your next networking event

    If you are located in Brisbane we hope to see you at our next event on Thursday the 21st of August at the Vic Park Golf Complex. Details can be found here.

    Brisbane Networking Event - 21st August at 10am - Paul Kennedy - "Growing your business"


  • 3 Jul 2014 1:46 PM | Deleted user

    For businesses to thrive in the current market it is vitally important for businesses to know and understand the difference between management and leadership. All businesses need a strong leader and not just day to day managers as "Leaders lead people and managers manage tasks".

    Mark McConnell from BRW has outlined the key things that are required out of a strong leader.

    AIEA is focused on supporting strong leaders and helping them transfer this knowledge to businesses that require it. If you think you would benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a strong senior executive don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We can assist in taking your business to the next level.

    The full article can be found here:  BRW - What mid-market businesses get wrong about leadership
     

  • 3 Jul 2014 1:45 PM | Deleted user

    It has been a very interesting few months with all the States and Commonwealth releasing their budgets. This seems to have rattled consumer confidence, at least for now, and companies who used to look at how the international markets were performing have turned their sights domestically.

    According to a survey of 500 of Australia's top CFOs the Australian economy is the key hindrance to the growth of their companies.

    Will consumer confidence return?

    Tom Cowie and Shaun Drummond from the AFR have written an article outlining this change in CFO focus in a post budget Australia. The full article can be found here: AFR - Budget woes weigh on finance chiefs

  • 10 Jun 2014 1:42 PM | Deleted user

    There is a growing trend for over 50s to start successful businesses later in life. A large part of their success is owed to their years of life and work experience. With Australian's working later into their lives starting a business in your 50s makes a lot of sense.

    This trend has been given the title "Seniorpreneurship". Tony Featherstone from BRW has written a very interesting article on this phenomena. And the full article can be found here:

    Tony Featherstone - BRW - Meet the Baby Boomer entrepreneurs founding start-ups later in life

  • 10 Jun 2014 1:42 PM | Deleted user

    The Queensland Budget was also a mixed bag, so it will be interesting to see how businesses and residents react in the coming weeks. 

    On the upside, for jobs, consulting opportunities and the economy going forward $200 million has been earmarked for upgraded ICT in the health department and almost $6 billion on infrastructure investment in transport and rural and regional infrastructure. The State is also forecasting economic growth of 3% in 2014-15, which would be the strongest in the nation.

    There have been mixed responses regarding the government plans to raise $33 billion through asset sales, including ports, pipelines and electricity generators. This means opportunities in restructuring the assets and preparing them for sale, and with investment consortia looking to invest. Of course, any program of asset sales creates concern for jobs and service costs as well, and industry reaction has been mixed.

    And on the downside, following the federal government's lead, there will be cuts to seniors and pensioner concessions for utilities and services. 

    More information will be available as commentators have a chance to digest all the details, but here are some good overview articles explaining the budget measures, winners and losers:

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-budget-2014-states-336-billion-asset-sale-of-the-century-20140603-zrwc9.html 

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-governments-2014-state-budget-by-the-numbers/story-fnihsrf2-1226940728251

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-03/qld-budget-state-government-flags-concession-cuts-for-seniors/5495832

    http://www.cio.com.au/article/546663/qld_splurge_200m_health_systems/

  • 10 Jun 2014 1:41 PM | Deleted user

    The previous Labor government offered a $1000 bonus payment to organisations hiring a new employee over 50 years old. Did this work? Did this increase the number of over 50s finding employment? The current Government thinks that more can be done. Will increasing the bonus payment up to $10,000 have the desired result?

    Fiona Smith from the BRW has written an article on this topic that is definitely worth a read. The full article can be found here.

    Fiona Smith - BRW - Paying for experience: why we need bribing to hire someone over 50

  • 20 Mar 2014 1:40 PM | Deleted user

    Small businesses are able to use their SMSFs to invest in property. There are however a number of key points to know before purchasing said property. Daryl Dixon from Dixon Advisory is one of Australia's foremost investment experts and has written a very informative article outlining the key points any small business should be looking into before making these investment decisions.

    The full article can be found below:

    Daryl Dixon - AFR - Property a big deal for small business


  • 18 Mar 2014 1:39 PM | Deleted user

    Another topic dominating the front page recently has been the Qantas bid for assistance from the federal government. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out over the coming weeks as there are talks of widespread layoffs.

    Phillip Coorey from the AFR has outlined the key points that led to the decision by the government not to provide assistance in a recent article. That can be found here.

    AFR - Government and Qantas at war

  • 18 Mar 2014 1:39 PM | Deleted user

    Every business is different however all businesses need to look at their bottom line from both a profit and cash flow position. The question is which is more important in the current climate? It is a close call however Will Hocking from Hocking Enterprises has chosen profit if he had to choose one. The full article from BRW can be found here - Profit v Cash Flow: Which is more important 

    We are interested to hear your thoughts. Come and join the AIEA Linkedin Group to discuss this topic and others.
    AIEA Linkedin Group

  • 14 Jan 2014 1:38 PM | Deleted user

    Branson is one of the most successful entrepreneurs globally and has understood the importance of networking from a young age. In order for him to secure the skills to enter markets that he has limited knowledge of, networking with the right people was vitally important.

    Jack Preston wrote a very interesting article for the virgin website outlining the importance of networking for all levels of business.

    The full article can be found here - Jack Preston - Richard Branson: why you should network


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