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Which sources provide you with data on SMEs to help you plan your business?

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Neil Steggall Partner at Wardour Capital Partners
Lisa OrmenyessyBusiness Coach and Marketing Specialist at Straight Talk Group
Hi Neil,  Great question!   I guess it depends on what you are planning to use the information for.  Are you wanting it to market to them, or know ABS stats?  I think there is more than enough data about, my view is despite how much data is there - what is everyone doing with it?  Are they interpreting and using it effectively to grow their business? Warmly, Lisa O
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Is the Australian economy picking up based on your experience?

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Neil SteggallPartner at Wardour Capital Partners
Demand for our services has increased steadily through 2014 but I believe the demand is driven by a concern re the economy and the inefficiency of the banks in meeting small to mid cap business needs. My personal belief is that we are balancing close to the economic edge and are in desperate need of strong leadership and fiscal motivation.
Jeffrey JoelMD at Auspac Trading NSW PL
I run businesses in both restaurant and food wholesale. Since the May budget, I've noticed that the restaurant trade has dropped slightly, probably due to people tightening their belts due to all the negative publicity. However, the wholesale side with deliveries to grocery stores has definitely picked up, as people must be eating more at home.
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Do you have an up-to-date will?

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Can you recommend some good online business educational videos?

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Ben HobanOwner at Brown Paper eCommerce
Hey Rebecca,  I'm a massive fan of Neil Patel's online marketing videos, so much free value http://www.quicksprout.com/university/  if you are looking for online business advice. (advice for online-businesses) 
Peter JonesFounder at LinkSmart
HI, I have been using https://www.open2study.com/ which is free Regards Peter
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Where can I buy closeout, wholesale maternity dress? My dad is looking open up a small store.

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What is wrong with this sentence?

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There are two things which might be niggling you. The first is the mismatch of singular and plural which Gill mentioned.  (As a side note in relation to Micha's comment, in the old days the masculine pronoun was inclusively to encompass female 'someones' as well, but modern sensibilities do not allow that, so the grammatical mismatch is now much more acceptable.  Even if grammatical sticklers like me don't like it.) The other possible cause of concern is a wonderful thing called zeugma.  Using the same verb in one sentence with two different meanings.  So, handling someone who is causing you stress actually means something different from handling yourself - how you interact with someone as opposed to how you control feelings. The classic example of this is in a song called 'Have some madeira, m'dear' by Swann and Flanders. '..he put out the the cat, the wine, his cigar and the lamps'.  Works well in comedy, less well for serious writing.  Steve, you picked it up subconsciously in your rewording.
Micha WottonHead of Development at SavvySME
While not strictly correct, using 'them' in the singular sense is acceptable (and in common use) since there is no other non-gender-specific third-person singular reference, and alternatives are more awkward. In this case the singular  'someone' is enough context to understand that 'them' is also singular. Other examples might be "If someone calls for me, tell them I'll call back" or "If you see someone struggling to carry a load, give them a hand".
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What can I reasonably expect from venture capitalists for my new startup?

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Steve OsborneOwner at Smarthinking
Hi Ling, without knowing what your startup is about, my comments are pretty general. Therefore, it depends. Amongst many other things, it depends on what industry you're in, what the scalability potential is like and how much skin the founders have in the game. The first and most obvious thing to say is: they expect a return. And that mighty quick. My experience preparing business plans for VC investment taught me several things – the most important being: 1. your idea is worth precisely zero until it is implemented. Investors want to see a working model. 2. investors are taking a big risk, therefore will expect a big return. After all, if your startup is not doing something that's never been done before, by definition it's just another business. And if all you need is money, go to the bank. So expect them to ask for at minimum, 30% return over 3 x years on say, $1mill. 3. investors are most interested if you can clearly show your three different customers. If you can define these three distinct groups early on, you stand a better chance of growth and a better return on exit. A wiser man than me defined them thus: Customer One is your end-user. It is to serve her needs that your business was created. Without this customer, you don't have a business. Customer Two is your bulk-buyer. This second customer is the one on whom rapid expansion will pivot, based on the idea that it's easier to sell to one who buys 1,000 than it is to sell to 1,000 who only buy one (customer 1). This customer shapes the speed and scale of growth. Customer Three is the business buyer. This is the entity that will eventually buy your business. This individual or company will ultimately make more from your assets (customers, database, products) than you can. This customer shapes your positioning, your customer information collection, your database. And this customer is the most difficult to identify. But it's this last customer the VCs are most interested in, because that's where the greatest value lies. If you can demonstrate a firm grasp of how each customer group is linked, you can argue a simple and very powerful case for investment. Everything else is just logistics. Ask Neil at Wardour Capital about this stuff. He is the expert.
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Is your business OHS/WHS compliant?

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How many times do you encounter 'difficult' customers or colleagues?

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What are ways to increase my SEO ranking in Google for my start-up photo booth business?

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What would you have done differently to make Eagle Boys even bigger than what it is today?

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Tom Potter at pottercorp
probably introduced more capital to grow harder and faster /however the main key point was to have a major point of difference which we had up until I sold the business
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What keeps you motivated?

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Tom Potter at pottercorp
I think a major ability for you to motivate yourself is to ensure your challenges are laid out and your always looking for change and improvement
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How do you maintain standards of quality and brand image when going from having total control to a franchise system?

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Yee Trinh Co-founder at SavvySME
Tom Potter at pottercorp
its all about the right people the right systems (simple) and constant maintenance
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If you have a good business, is the process of growing it into a franchise the same, regardless of what the business is?

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Yee Trinh Co-founder at SavvySME
Tom Potter at pottercorp
every business model is unique hence they need to be considered individually
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Did you ever lose passion for the Eagle Boys business?

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Tom Potter at pottercorp
there were times I became very tired but the key was not to blame the business the key was to go away and re generate myself
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After the sale of your business, what drives you these days?

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Is your business tapped into the Shop Local movement?

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How can I take my service online?

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What is your recommendation to learn more about business broker/business regulation law?

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