New On-Line Resource Set To Assist Australian Small Business Owners

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The Australian Small Business Blog is a resource for the fast growing number of small business owners in Australia. Its purpose is to address the gap in practical business education, where owners can get advice on all aspects of their business in an easy to access forum.

The rate of increase in the number of Australian business owners is on the increase. This is in spite of poor business education at schools which verges at times to hostility by our educators. So now the need for practical advice from other successful business owners has never been greater. For this reason, The Australian Small Business Blog has been created by Dr Greg Chapman.

The most recent ABS statistics show that there are now more business owners than there are union members in the private sector. And the number of businesses are growing at 2.5% per annum across Australia. But the business education received by our budding entrepreneurs from schools and other educational institutions is second rate. And at secondary level, particularly in our public schools, there is very much an anti-business culture. While this is less apparent in our higher education institutions, many of the educators have very little practical business experience themselves.

There are, of course, notable exceptions to this gross generalisation, but in the experience of Dr Greg Chapman MBA, the founder of the Australian Small Business Blog, most business owners have little or no business education. As Dr Chapman, who is also the director of Empower Business Solutions and a Business Coach and Advisor, explains, “a significant number of my clients have had university level professional education but reach a glass ceiling in their business that they are unable to pass due to inadequate business skills.”

“Most business owners have been well trained in some technical skill,” says Dr Chapman, “but owners soon find out this is not enough to run a successful business. The Australian Small Business Blog has been created to address this need. I, along with others who are similarly passionate about this issue, and who I believe are knowledgeable on a large range of issues that affect businesses, are providing the benefit of our experience to assist other owners. For our readers, there will also be an opportunity to ask the experts advice and comment on the questions others raise. It is intended that this resource be far more interactive than is physically possible in the letters pages of a business magazine. Hence the Blog format. It will also provide a forum to network with like minded business owners.”

“Our articles have already been quite diverse. Some of the topics covered so far include Sales Planning, Public Relations, Branding, Business Investment Strategy, Communications Technology and Stock Control. And we are still looking for people willing to contribute their expertise.”

While registration is necessary to participate in the blog (to enable the blog to be moderated and prevent spam), membership is open to anyone. And you don’t even have to become a member to visit the blog to see what others are saying.

Dr Chapman is currently the honorary editor of the blog. It is his intention that the blog remain business focused and educational. He welcomes the feedback from blog visitors on how the site can be improved, and will also consider new contributors who enable a broader coverage of the issues covered by the blog, as long as they remain relevant to small business.

“It is our intention that The Australian Small Business Blog becomes a source of accessible advice that owners will return to again and again, as they grow and as their needs change.”

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