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Indonesia must carefully consider the cost and benefits of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Grasko/www.shutterstock.com

Weighing the costs and benefits of joining TPP for Indonesia

Southeast Asia's biggest economy is eyeing to join the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, already signed by a dozen countries, including Australia.
About 98% of US exporters are small businesses. Cargo ship via www.shutterstock.com

We may have cinched TPP, but is US trade a lost cause?

The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership belies the fact that the US's share of trade in the region has been declining for some time.
African nations can look to Nigeria and Tanzania for recent examples of smart policies that boost the middle class. Flag map via www.shutterstock.com

Africa’s destiny depends on building a vibrant middle class

Some countries in Africa have made great strides bolstering the middle class by supporting small businesses, but more needs to be done. 
Bunches of case studies on your doorstep. Flower Factor

Business schools should study flower shops, not blue chips

Legend has it that notorious American hold-up man Willie Sutton, who netted an estimated US$2m between the late 1920s and his final arrest in 1952, was once asked why he robbed banks. His reply: “Because…
You can wait a long time for a postman to show up in the country. amandabhslater

Small businesses think smart to keep up with Amazon drones

The biggest names in internet retail appear to be dramatically stepping up efforts to make delivering your online orders, fast, reliable and extremely hi-tech. But in a week in which Amazon talked up its…
Success: 2011 winner Tom Pellerau impressed Lord Sugar with his curved nail file invention. Ian West/PA

An investor’s guide to winning The Apprentice

An alien watching The Apprentice might be forgiven for thinking all that was needed to be a successful entrepreneur was a sharp suit, a few snappy lines and an ability to blame your colleagues for everything…
EU politicians get to grips with the latest science. European Union, 2013

Using small business to turn science into EU growth

When we think of cutting-edge innovation, we tend to think of big corporations and their latest wheezes: Google Glass, Sony flat screens or Airbus’s newest plane. But small businesses play key roles in…
The rollout of the NBN provides small businesses with an opportunity to actively embrace e-commerce. AAP

Small business policy for 2013: what should be on the list?

Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the start of what is set to be Australia’s longest election campaign. Set for the 14th of September, it will last approximately eight months. One…
Manufacturing has a future in Australia - but only if it can reposition itself up the global value chain.

The blueprint for a smarter Australia starts with manufacturing

Can anything new be said about the future of manufacturing in Australia? Yesterday’s report, Smarter Manufacturing for a Smarter Australia submitted yesterday to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, is a detailed…

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