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SME innovation under threat as patent regime faces the axe: Ombudsman

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The ASBFEO, Kate Carnell has urged the federal government not to abolish the low-cost innovation patent regime, saying this would create a significant barrier to small businesses.

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Ombudsman urges prospective franchisees to do their homework

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell is urging prospective franchisees to do their homework before investing.

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Ombudsman seeks feedback on Business Funding Guide

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell is seeking feedback on the ground-breaking Business Funding Guide.

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Ombudsman backs mental health support for small business owners

Monday, September 2, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has praised Beyond Blue for supporting the mental health of small business owners.

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New report reveals challenges facing small business sector

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Australian small business sector is facing a major shake-up over the coming decade, with the highest proportion of small business owners aged between 45 and 59 years.

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Ombudsman investigating as ATO claws back millions in R&D claims

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell is concerned by reports the government clawed back $200 million in the 2018 financial year.

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Small businesses to benefit from national energy check program

Monday, August 26, 2019

Ombudsman commends introduction of free advice to help small businesses with 20 or less employees choose the best-priced energy options to suit their needs.

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Tertiary education training must meet local small business needs

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Speaking at ITEC19 Conference, Ombudsman says education professionals must consult with local small businesses so they can train the right people with the right skills.

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