2009

FEATURES:
COVER STORY:The X-Port file wrapping up new    export markets
Ready...set... Global
Accounting software
♦Trade Fairs: Why you need to be there

In case of theft

Attract & Engage: Lessons on E-Commerce    marketing

 

THE POWER OF RE-INVENTION
Businesses must respond to tougher economic times by re-inventing themselves. St John Craner has plenty of evidence that it works.
HAILING SMALL BUSINESS’S BIGGEST BATTLERS
The David Awards honour the often gutsy and tenacious nature of Kiwi small business owners. We congratulate the 2009 winners.
THE BRIDGE TO BUSINESS GROWTH
Glidepath is the latest smart company to benefit from having an ICE Bridge management programme tailored to its exact needs.
WHO’S A BIG BOY NOW!
 Online DVD rental business Fatso turns five in November, and from all accounts there is still plenty of growth going forward. Meet its founder Rob Berman.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE PHONE SYSTEM
What happens when you change your phone system to a fully integrated, future-proofed communications system? You introduce your staff to the phone that’s more than a phone – the IP phone.

YOU ARE YOUR BUSINESS
Fiona Hewitt highlights the marketing potential of the person fronting a business and has some helpful tips on how to develop a strong personal brand.
SNOW BUSINESS
Yvonne Carter goes to Wanaka to profile two businesses thriving in a seasonal industry.
THE POOR PERFORMANCE DISCIPLINARY DILEMMA
Employers are getting it wrong more than right when it comes to dealing with personal grievance claims, and one of the key reasons is failure to follow procedure.
STILL PLAYING THE BUSINESS GAME BLIND?
Change is a common theme of recession and that often means cutting staff and other costs to survive. But such tactics rarely produce the best long-term outcomes. A good option is to develop ‘BQ’.
COMMERCIALISING INNOVATION:
12 TOP TIPS FOR STARTUPS

Straightforward advice for entrepreneurs looking to make money off a great idea.
PUTTING USER NEEDS BACK IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT
Usability is the secret weapon to save you money, improve your competitive position and improve customer loyalty.
Eyes on road, hands on wheel
NZBusiness reviews hands-free technology and the implications of the law for employers.

Success Comes Naturally

With her aptly named business Natasha Berman-Carter steadfastly pursues perfection in every aspect of her enterprise. Patricia Moore has her story.

In My Father’s Footsteps
Chris Maclean recently took over from his father Allan as CEO of Maclean Computing. But has the succession all gone to plan? Patricia Moore spoke with father and son.

Cover Story: Climbing Down From the Corporate Ladder
Ruth Le Pla follows the fortunes of Jonelle Phillips, Mike Smart and Stuart and Kathryn Franklin – small business owners who made the difficult transition from corporate positions. Just how hard is it to switch from big business to small business?

Pathway To The Bigger Picture  
The global economic downturn has proved to be an excellent motivator for people to seek higher qualifications. The MBA, more market-savvy than ever, is not just the ultimate business qualification, it is the ticket to new perspectives.
NZBusiness reviews the MBA marketplace, talks to graduates, and presents a Guide to MBA programmes for 2010, by Glenn Baker.

Buyers and Sellers Beware
What are the key factors to consider when buying or selling a business? And is this a good time to be in the market anyway? Kevin Kevany goes in search of the answers.

Coming Soon to A Mobile Near You
Mobile phones are one of our most personal devices. The number uniquely identifies us and they are with us almost 24/7. So it’s inevitable that marketers would look for ways to use mobiles to market to us. Cathy Parker looks at how this is happening and where the technology is heading.

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LOCATION, LOCATION… BRANDING

Debbie and Damian Curtain have a vision to establish 20 carwash/café franchise businesses around New Zealand. They’re already well on the way to achieving that dream. By Glenn Baker.

WHY DO PEOPLE SAY ‘YES’?

The ability to influence or persuade others is a greatly under-rated competency in business. Rob McKay explains Cialdini’s six constructs of influencing.

COVER STORY: BREAKING FREE:
HOW TO QUIT YOUR BUSINESS WITH DIGNITY

Exiting your business in a tough business climate calls for a well-planned strategy, and be prepared for a few shocking surprises. By Ruth Le Pla.

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BOLD

Patricia Moore provides a snapshot of New Zealand’s biotechnology industry and a glimpse of its potential through the work of one investment fund and a go-ahead biotech company.

WHY SUSTAINABILITY STILL MAKES BUSINESS SENSE

For too long businesses have been getting the wrong message about sustainability. As a result many still see it as a distraction from economic growth, rather than a powerful means to prosper in the long term. Glenn Baker reports on the new thinking.

STEERING YOUR WAY CLEAR

It takes sound leadership to successfully steer enterprises through the current stormy economic waters. Kevin Kevany looks at leadership skills and principles, and who’s teaching them.

CLOUD COVER: WHY SAAS AND ONLINE SERVICES MAKE SENSE

Small businesses are now able to access data storage and backup facilities, accounting and payroll services, banking and even customer contact and sales force applications online. How does it all work and what are the benefits? Vikki Bland reports.

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SOUTHERN REVIVAL

Once a largely forgotten region, in recent times Southland has undergone an economic transformation through the efforts of its business and community leaders. By Peter Owens.

MAKING FILMS, CREATING CHANGE

The story of a unique business partnership: two young film makers creating positive social change in the world through their powerful, thought-provoking documentaries. By Glenn Baker.

COVER STORY: TIGHTENING THE BELT

Tough economic times demand sensible cost reduction and management strategies.

Ruth Le Pla engages expert opinion to uncover some valuable cost-cutting lessons for all business owners

HOW TO PICK A TOP ACCOUNTANT

Looking to change accountants, or about to start-up a business? This special report should help you to separate the good accountants from the great. By Patricia Moore.

CREDIT CONTROL IN DIFFICULT TIMES

A look at the current debt management/credit control scenario faced by business owners. How bad is it? What can you do about it? And what are the basic fundamentals of credit control to help you through the recession? By Kevin Kevany.

OF AWARDS & REWARDS

For business owners who put in the effort to enter business awards around the country the benefits far outweigh any initial perceived minuses. Glenn Baker reports.

KEEPING IN CONTACT

It’s always less expensive to invest in the customers you have than try to attract new ones. But what happens when your customer base expands and customers want to be contacted in different ways? Software tools can help and in more ways than one. Vikki Bland explains.

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THE POWER OF TWO

Rotorua’s Peter and Tania Davis have realised some major goals in the three years they’ve been in business and earned significant plaudits along the way. NZBusiness talks to this inspirational couple.

FLASH BUSINESS

While residency in The ICEHOUSE Business Growth Centre has opened all sorts of doors for James Madelin, success has also come about through hard work and a clever product. By Glenn Baker.

COVER STORY: IS THIS A GOOD TIME TO SET UP SHOP?

Why would anyone choose to start up a business in a recession?  Ruth Le Pla goes to the experts to examine the pluses and minuses of launching a new venture in one of the toughest business climates in living memory.

FILLING IN THE GAPS

Business owners are finally accepting that more knowledge is power and are signing up to short courses in larger than ever numbers. Patricia Moore looks at some of the options available to them.

SORTING THE PAYROLL

Having your payroll sorted is vital to good employee morale. A suitable payroll system can also make a significant contribution to the bottom line.

MARCHING TO A DIFFERENT BEAT

Much turmoil has gripped the financial markets in the past 12 months. So when it comes to financing business growth is it still credit as usual, or is there a new set of rules to play by? Glenn Baker investigates.

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT: AVOIDING THE TRAPS

The emergence of ‘Web 2.0’ alongside widespread broadband development has altered the Internet playing field for small business owners. What works and what doesn’t in today’s commercial web world?  By Vikki Bland.