Trade show strategies help small-business

Frankel Staffing Partners' goal when participating in local business expos is to use creativity to open an invisible door to potential clients. "It's extraordinary" how many people say "What do you guys do?" said Rod Frankel, president of the 20-year-old company.

  • Delegat’s founder Jim Delegat to step back from daily … BusinessDesk - 39 minutes ago

    Jim Delegat, founder of Delegat's Group, is stepping down from running the winemaker's daily operations to focus on the company's strategic direction. From next month Delegat will take on the role executive chairman, where he will provide strategic direction and monitor performance, the company said in a statement. Current Delegat's chairman Robert Wilton will remain on as a director. "Delegat's Group has achieved tenfold growth over the last decade and plans significant further growth over the next 10 years," it said.

  • NBN Co behind on connecting homes AAP - 40 minutes ago
    NBN Co behind on connecting homes

    The company constructing the national broadband network admits it needs to work harder on connecting homes and businesses. NBN Co on Wednesday said the network now passes 512,659 premises, after being rolled out past almost 96,000 during the three months to March 31. "The primary focus for management has been on building the network rather than connecting families and businesses," NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow said.

  • NZ government scales back larger scale applications … BusinessDesk - 50 minutes ago

    The government will progressively scale down applications for large shareholdings in Genesis Energy ahead of tomorrow's listing after the final partial privatisation in the current programme attracted 68,000 investors. The scaling policy will cap general applications at $5,000, or 3,226 shares, and the government cut the broker allocations by 20 percent to meet the demand, Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprise Minister Tony Ryall said in a statement. The initial public offer attracted more interest than Meridian Energy, which drew 62,000 shareholders, though was less than the 113,000 people who bought into MightyRiverPower, the first IPO of the programme. New Zealand retail investors will end up with 26.7 percent of the company, local institutions with 10 percent, foreign institutions with 12 percent and participating iwi with 0.3 percent.

  • Diligent shares jump as first-quarter figures show … BusinessDesk - 53 minutes ago

    Diligent Board Member Services stock rose as much as 12 percent after the governance app developer posted quarterly figures showing sales growth hasn't slowed as much as some investors had expected. It had previously been forced to revise executive options that exceeded company guidelines. "They're back to reasonable news, versus the flood of bad news over the last while, this is going back towards more business as usual," said James Lindsay, who holds Diligent among $450 million of equities he helps manage at Tyndall Investment Management.

  • Politics test Silicon Valley's Russian tie AAP - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin. For decades, Russia's sophisticated scientists and engineers remained at arm's length from Silicon Valley's venture capitalists and marketing mavens. That changed in recent years with a flurry of investment, largely sparked in 2010 when then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the region and met with high-tech leaders. Russian investors, including billionaire Yuri Milner, who has large stakes in Facebook and Twitter, poured an estimated $US2 billion into US tech firms over the past three years, according to Johnson, who organised a technology symposium with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in San Mateo, south of San Francisco, in March.

  • $A falls on weaker Chinese figures AAP - 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    The Australian dollar is lower following weaker data out of China. China's economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4 per cent in the 2014 first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners. The Australian dollar initially popped higher on the headline gross domestic product (GDP) figure but fell as investors saw the details, National Australia Bank global co-head of FX strategy Ray Attrill said.

  • WA budget to hit household hip pockets AAP - 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    Western Australia's new treasurer has confirmed households will be hit in the budget, after the state government "maxed out" on spending on big projects. But Treasurer Mike Nahan, who took over from Troy Buswell who quit after a mental breakdown, said household budgets wouldn't be hit "that badly" in the May 8 budget. However, a pledge to keep electricity price increases in line with the inflation rate could be broken. Mr Nahan blamed the budgetary position on revenue, saying sources including payroll tax and iron ore royalties had fallen in the past few weeks, offset to some degree - "but not much" - by a greater share of GST revenues.

  • Shares higher up in muted trade AAP - 1 hour 44 minutes ago

    The share market is higher in cautious trading as investors wait for crucial Chinese quarterly growth numbers. The morning gains follow rises on Wall Street overnight and positive financial results from ...

  • Telco TPG fined for denying 000 access AAP - 1 hour 44 minutes ago
    Telco TPG fined for denying 000 access

    Telco TPG has been fined $400,000 for failing to provide access to emergency numbers for customers who had not paid bills. Federal Court Justice Mordecai Bromberg on Wednesday found that TPG failed to give access to triple-zero and 112 on more than 190 occasions between March and September 2011. He also found the company did not ensure that almost 6000 lines had access to emergency numbers over that period. A software upgrade at TPG in 2011 barred all outgoing calls, including to emergency numbers, made from suspended and inactive accounts.

  • Fortescue boosts quarterly shipments AAP - 1 hour 51 minutes ago

    Pilbara iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group boosted its iron ore shipments by 15 per cent in the March quarter. Fortescue shipped 30.8 million tonnes of iron ore in the three months to March, up from 26.7 million tonnes in the preceding quarter. However, Fortescue's costs rose six per cent in the quarter to $US34.88 per wet metric tonne, from $US32.99 in the December quarter.

  • We want lower taxes, Abbott says AAP - 1 hour 52 minutes ago
    We want lower taxes, Abbott says

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott is playing down suggestions there will be tax increases in the budget. The Australian Financial Review has reported the government is planning to increase some taxes and charges, as well as cut spending, when it hands down the budget on May 13. But Mr Abbott says his government wants "lower taxes not higher taxes". Parliamentary secretary Josh Frydenberg said pre-budget speculation was often "wide of the mark".

  • Money Talks: When shareholders start pulling teeth BusinessDesk - 1 hour 53 minutes ago

    There’s nothing quite like a dissident shareholder with an axe to grind to really get under the skin of a boardroom.

  • Stocks to watch at noon on Wednesday AAP - 2 hours 5 minutes ago

    Stocks to watch on the Australian stock exchange at noon on Wednesday: ALZ - AUSTRALAND PROPERTY GROUP - steady, at $4.25 Australand says it has no received no proposal from major shareholder Stockland ...

  • Is hot market for IPOs cooling? AAP - 2 hours 10 minutes ago

    Car financing company Ally Financial and hotel operator La Quinta Holdings had lukewarm receptions for their recent IPOs. La Quinta priced its shares at $US17 each, lower than its expected range of $US18 to $US21, which suggested less demand. Ally, the largest IPO this year, priced its shares at $US25 each, the bottom of its expected range of $US25 to $US28. Some companies delayed their IPOs last week as the stock market turned bumpy.

  • The coalition cuts taxes: Frydenberg AAP - 2 hours 26 minutes ago
    The coalition cuts taxes: Frydenberg

    The Abbott government is about cutting - not hiking - taxes, a junior federal minister insists. The Australian Financial Review says the coalition plans to increase some taxes and charges, as well as cut spending, when it hands down the budget on May 13. A government source told the paper there will be "nothing pretty" about the revenue measures. But parliamentary secretary Josh Frydenberg said pre-budget speculation was often "wide of the mark".

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  • Subway: 'Yoga mat chemical' almost out of bread Associated Press - Sat, Apr 12, 2014 6:38 AM NZST
    Subway: 'Yoga mat chemical' almost out of bread

    Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat chemical" will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity ...

  • Texas Rangers mark 20 years in home ballpark Associated Press - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 11:59 PM NZST
    Texas Rangers mark 20 years in home ballpark

    A perfect game, Major League Baseball's first regular-season interleague game and consecutive World Series for the Texas Rangers. Those are some of the highlights over the past two decades at the Texas ...

  • Dieters move past calories, food makers follow Associated Press - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 9:29 AM NZST
    Dieters move past calories, food makers follow

    Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling. The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ...

  • Frozen food makers plan PR push as sales slip Associated Press - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 6:58 AM NZST
    Frozen food makers plan PR push as sales slip

    Frozen foods are about to get some badly needed image therapy. With sales slipping in the category, frozen food makers are in the final stages of preparing a major public relations campaign to defend the ...

  • Wal-Mart Moves to Undercut Prices in the Organics Market Entrepreneur - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 6:08 AM NZST
    Wal-Mart Moves to Undercut Prices in the Organics Market

    The retailer says it will introduce a line of organic products priced at least 25 percent below comparable market prices.

  • New food festival to celebrate LGBT chefs Associated Press - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 5:25 AM NZST
    New food festival to celebrate LGBT chefs

    Something new is coming to the parade of food festivals that has sprung up around the country — CookOUT/RockOUT, a food and music event celebrating LGBT chefs and other food luminaries. "It's a way ...

  • Bach: IOC sending troubleshooter to Rio next week Associated Press - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 4:17 AM NZST
    Bach: IOC sending troubleshooter to Rio next week

    The International Olympic Committee is sending a senior troubleshooter to Brazil next week as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle the delays threatening the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. IOC ...

  • Where Business Travelers Expense the Most Meals (Infographic) Entrepreneur - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 1:03 AM NZST
    Where Business Travelers Expense the Most Meals (Infographic)

    Bet you can't guess where workers are swiping their fancy corporate credit cards the most.

  • Myanmar clunkers scrapped in rush for 'new' cars Associated Press - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 7:42 PM NZST
    Myanmar clunkers scrapped in rush for 'new' cars

    Mike Shwe Hlaing has a lot full of used SUVs and a potentially huge market to sell them to if Myanmar manages to spread some of the affluence blooming in its biggest city to a poor and still mostly road-less ...

  • Last Corvette retrieved from Kentucky sinkhole Associated Press - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 12:49 PM NZST
    Last Corvette retrieved from Kentucky sinkhole

    The mangled remains of a powerful Corvette — barely recognizable to its former owner — were pulled from the depths of a sinkhole at a Kentucky museum Wednesday, completing weeks of painstaking work to ...