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20 February 2017

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell is reminding small businesses across South Australia to have their say on payment times and practices, ahead of the deadline for submissions to the ASBFEO’s inquiry into the issue.

In Adelaide to attend a small business roadshow with Federal Small Business Minister Michael McCormack MP, Ms Carnell said small businesses have until the end of the month to share their experience when it comes to the amount of time they’re left waiting for big businesses – and some governments – to pay their invoices.

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20 February 2017

An independent review of the banking code of conduct has reinforced the findings of Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell’s recent bank inquiry report, which highlighted the need for a code with ‘teeth’, including greater emphasis on small business lending.

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Would you like more information on unfair contract terms?

A new law is now in place to help better protect small businesses from unfair terms in ‘Standard Form Contracts’.

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Case studies

Revival of a silver screen icon

Making your passion your profession

David Kilderry’s love of cinema began when his parents built a second story on their house in Reservoir, Victoria; from David’s new bedroom window, he could see the Coburg Drive-In screen.

“It was a little way away, but I could see it and I fell in love with drive-ins then and there,” David recalled.

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From little things…

The evolution of a product

Working hard to make ends meet as a young single mum, Loo Taylor decided to start selling her home-made terry towelling cushions at the Fremantle markets near Perth.

Cushions weren’t her only area of expertise though; Loo also made hair clips.

“I had long hair at the time, and after I cut it all off, I started making clips with flowers on them to wear,” Loo explained.

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Vines, wines and not enough time!

A mutual interest

It was a love of fine wines that inspired one Canberra couple to start their own small business.

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