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  • Web: www.b2bbs.com.au Email: dennis@b2bbs.com.au Mobile: 0451 184 599 1

    Roy Morgan Researchs Business

    Confidence survey in July showed

    an increase following four

    consecutive months of decline.

    The July result of 117.3 was well up

    on the on the June figure of 112.7

    and represents a tentative positive

    sign for economic recovery in

    Australia.

    At the same time the Roy Morgan

    Research Consumer Confidence

    survey in July also improved to

    116.2, up from 114.6 in July.

    These results are from 2,681

    interviews with business decision

    makers across Australia and 4,165

    consumers in July before the $30

    billion budget blow-out announced

    Friday August 2nd by Chris Bower,

    Consumer Confidence fell

    immediately.

    Roy Morgan Research is in the

    unique position of being able to take

    a more holistic view of confidence

    in Australia by measuring the

    confidence of both businesses and

    consumers.

    Lets Talk Business Back To Basics Business Solutions - Support for Small Business

    Issue 06 August 2013

    Undoubtedly, a major contributor to

    the lack of business confidence, is the

    ongoing instability in federal politics.

    The question is: Will confidence lift

    after the Federal election?

    Will a positive outcome re-ignite

    business and consumer confidence

    and kick-start a sluggish Australian

    economy?

    Business owners are desperately

    hoping that this years election will

    end a tumultuous period for Federal

    politics, or at least provide enough

    short-term respite to help people feel

    confident, spend more, save less, and

    make big-ticket purchases.

    Queensland small business, in

    particular, are feeling the mining

    downturn.

    A recent survey for the June quarter

    commissioned by Mining Australia

    showed Queenslands business

    conditions were 5-10 index points

    lower than the state average.

    The survey said business confidence

    for the June quarter stood at 43 per

    cent, which is eight per cent lower

    than North Queensland.

    This is predicted to jump during the

    present quarter to 50.9 per cent,

    putting business confidence in

    neutral.

    Better Business Network President, Dennis Chiron said: "Managing and running a small business can be very tough. I think people have been really cautious with their spending and it's all about their available disposal income at the end of the day.

    From a business point of view, we have seen a lack of confidence for a number of reasons.

    "Increases in our utilities charges for our water, gas, electricity, and service charges associated with delivery of those services to property have gone up and they have increased dramatically in the last 12 to 18 months," he said.

    Roy Morgan Researchs Business Confidence Survey in July showed an increase following four consecutive months of decline. Yet, in spite of this current research, most Australian small businesses are still doing it tough with increased costs and reduced consumer spending.

    Small Business Confidence Australian Small Business is doing it tough

  • Web: www.b2bbs.com.au Email: dennis@b2bbs.com.au Mobile: 0451 184 599 2

    Corporate Ladder

    3 Lessons

    LESSON 1:

    A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A

    small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?" The crow answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

    Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very,

    very high up.

    LESSON 2:

    A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't

    got the energy."

    "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the bull "They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

    Moral of the story: Bull dung might get you to the top, but it won't

    keep you there.

    LESSON 3:

    A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile

    of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and

    happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him!

    The Morals of this story:

    Not everyone who drops dung on you is your enemy.

    Not everyone who gets you out of the dung is your friend.

    And when you're in deep dung, keep your mouth shut!

    SIGNS

    In the restroom at work, the Boss had

    placed a sign directly above the

    sink. It had a single word on it --

    "Think!"

    The next day, when he went to the

    restroom, he looked at the sign and

    right below, immediately above the soap

    dispenser, someone had carefully

    lettered another sign which read --

    "Thoap!"

    Corporate Talk

    "JOIN OUR FAST-PACED

    COMPANY" We have no time to

    train you; you'll have to introduce

    yourself to your co-workers.

    "FLEXIBLE HOURS" Work 40

    hours; get paid for 25.

    "DUTIES WILL VARY" Anyone in

    the office can boss you around.

    "MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR

    DETAIL" We have no quality

    control.

    "PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

    A MUST" You're walking into a

    company in perpetual chaos.

    WHAT IS:

    An Economist: A person who knows more about money than people who have it.

    Economy: Going without something you want in case you should want something you probably don't want.

    Free Speech: Using someone else's telephone.

    Life Insurance: A contract that keeps you poor so that you can die rich.

    Market Analyst: A person who tells you what is going to happen within six months, and then after that tells you why it did not.

    Theres a Little McFat

    in Everyone

    During the first court

    hearing in a highly publicised case

    involving McDonald's, a lawyer for

    the fast-food chain urged a federal

    judge to dismiss a suit claiming the

    company has deliberately tried to

    mislead the public into thinking Big

    Macs and other products are

    nutritious.

    McDonalds is arguing that

    restaurants are not legally required to

    tell consumers what they already

    know namely eating too many Big

    Macs and fries will make them fat.

  • Web: www.b2bbs.com.au Email: dennis@b2bbs.com.au Mobile: 0451 184 599 3

    Yvette Adams - CEO/Founder

    Specialty Areas: Business Strategy.

    Marketing Strategy, Websites, PR,

    Event Management, Social Media,

    Webinars, Business Awards

    & Tender Submissions

    Yvette was born on the fortunate cusp of Generation X & Y into a techie family which at any one time had several computers littered about the house.

    She started her first business at the age of 17 a newspaper which was bought out by an American entrepreneur after its first issue. She created her second business and first e-commerce site in 2002 an online tee-shirt business.

    Within one month of launching she received a Government Grant and won a website award. In 2006 she sold the global business and concentrated on launching The Creative Collective.

    An international freelance writer of many years and a self-published author (see morethanmeetstheeye.co.nz), she has been the online content editor of a massive player in the UK magazine market (tntmagazine.com), and has consulted numerous businesses in New Zealand, the UK and Australia on their online strategies and built many websites.

    She started The Creative Collective in 2007 after the birth of her second child from the study nook of her home, and it has since grown to have six staff based from the company's commercial offices in Maroochydore, 2 franchisees and over 30 contractors around the world.

    She has won numerous business awards including the Commonwealth Bank Business Owner of the Year Award at the Telstra Business Womens Awards Queensland 2010 against a field of 4200,

    the Entrepreneurial Award at the

    Women in Technology Awards in 2012, and being recognized as a finalist in the Asian Entrepreneur category of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

    She now promotes this awards program, which also includes the International Business Awards, the Sales & Customer Service Awards and the American Business Awards in the Australia and New Zealand