Archive for July, 2008

Government Grants – Taking it for granted

Dominic Pelligana for TheAge.com The Australian Federal Government announced a new range of grants and funding initiatives in May as part of the 2008 budget to improve innovation and technology development. The new programs focus on the environment and climate change, with the greatest emphasis on carbon and decreasing emissions through a new ‘clean business strategy’. However, the new grants do not replace the Commercial Ready program, which was discontinued this year. This currently leaves a large gap in grant funding for many Australian companies and creates doubts on how to progress with grant and concession funding. So what is…

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The World Is Flat… Now It’s Free

How good is this!… Beginning the 26th, and running through August 4th, Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Macmillan Audio will be offering the audio edition of Thomas Friedman’s THE WORLD IS FLAT for free. Listeners will receive the audiobook in three easy-to-download sections, and soon after that, as an added bonus, will also receive an exclusive prepublication audio excerpt of Friedman’s HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED: WHY WE NEED A GREEN REVOLUTION AND HOW IT CAN RENEW AMERICA. The book itself will be released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on September 8th. Jeff Seroy, Senior Vice President of marketing and publicity…

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Blog On! – The Business of Blogging

iQuantum couldn’t help noticing that blogs are taking over the world. Well, not really. But sometimes it feels that way. They’re no longer just for the gossip columnists, the social satirists, the travelers and the trainspotters. Businesses have caught on and are using them as yet another weapon in the marketing arsenal. Join us on a two part “cooks’ tour” of blogging, which will be completed in next month’s newsletter. Hey, you might just discover along the way that blogging is for your business. Let’s talk about why a business would have a blog. What can it do for you?…

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aCE talentNET redesign #3

next stakeholder meeting booked 17/7… A further suggestion has been that we look to “replace” us! That is, in so far as finding one or more entrepreneurial mothers like us who are ready to use their network/experience and have a go at building a business within the aCE talentNET structure… This will be discussed further on the 17th no doubt. Part of that will be, I think, to “document” (mindmap) what an the ideal future business partner will look like (not physically 😉 As part of our marketing strategy… Yesterday I spoke with Design VIC about the “Business Immersions” program,…

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aCE talentNET redesign #1

Yesterday I spent some time reflecting on where aCE talentNET is… What current revenue streams do we have/use? What revenue streams are available? And true to form, as you can see, I mind-mapped both of them. A useful exercise to do as it became obvious that aCE really does generate approx 90% of its income from the one channel. Not ideal given that I persoanlly aspire to multiple income streams. Clearly, I’ve identified what we are missing, possible gap fillers and can therefore start investigating ways to turn that around. This is all in readiness for our first stakeholder meeting…

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TEMplate – your guide to making Life! work…

hello… I trust the end of the financial year has been all that you planned, and more!… One key article I would like to draw to your attention is the one from Tim Ferris “The 4 hour work week” … if you’ve not read this, please go here to do so (FYI – you will find this and many more articles on this blog… feel free to visit any time) Over the last 2 months, I have given the keynote address at the Deakin Alumni breakfasts, in both Melbourne and Geelong. The feedback has been fabulous, and has even led…

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