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07 Aug
An invitation: Letter from Melbourne

Victorian Chamber members have the chance to read the latest edition of Letter from Melbourne, a monthly newsletter distilling and interpreting public policy and government decisions affecting business, for free.
Independent public affairs firm Affairs of State has produced this compendium of news about government/business relations, as it affects Victorians, for almost 20 years.
As a service to Victorian Chamber members and subscribers, it offers a free introduction to the latest issue.
Click here to download Letter from Melbourne using this month’s password recess.

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07 Aug
Australia-Latin America Business Council Annual Dinner – 29 August

Victorian Chamber is proud to support the Australia-Latin America Business Council 2012 Melbourne Annual Dinner, featuring keynote speaker Peter Duncan, Chairman of Orica.

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07 Aug
Melbourne Awards 2012 finalists announced

The judging panel for the City of Melbourne’s prestigious Melbourne Awards has released its shortlist of finalists after a record number of submissions for the city’s top honours.

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07 Aug
Victorian Chamber survey: Businesses in the services sector – we want to hear from you

Is your business in the services sector? Have your say on the long-term skills challenges facing your industry.
Technology and global competition are likely to present new challenges and opportunities for services sector businesses over the next decade.

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07 Aug
Business tips – encouraging honesty in the workplace

Honesty and openness in the workplace are important for business success. Better strategies are developed and teams are more harmonious when employees, managers and CEOs can be frank with their opinions. How can you reduce your reliance on ‘yes men’ and encourage honesty and truth in your business?
Don’t lose your cool
Working in an environment where open communication is the norm can involve hearing things you don’t want to – that your project or proposal needs re-working or that your idea isn’t suitable or achievable.

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07 Aug
Business reports increased red tape burden

Businesses are struggling with the increased burden of red tape, with more than 80 per cent of respondents to a Victorian Chamber survey reporting that compliance with government regulation is stifling business operations.
The Victorian Chamber – Commonwealth Bank Survey of Business Trends and Prospects has highlighted the effects of the red tape burden many businesses are experiencing, including the deferral of investment and hiring by employers.
Of the 300 survey respondents, 81.3 per cent reported that the government compliance process was affecting their business in either a moderate or major way

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07 Aug
Chief Executive Update – Fair Work report misses the mark

The Fair Work Act review misses the mark and fails to address major areas of concern for Victorian business, particularly small business.

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31 Jul
The 'bossless' company – yes, it does exist

Management structures at organisations are becoming increasingly fluid and varied, as companies innovate and compete in a changing economy, but most are variations of the traditional company hierarchy, with a CEO and middle managers.

There are a few companies out there though that have dispensed of that model altogether, and elect to operate without bosses. But how on Earth do they work?
American software company Valve started operating in 1996 and has never had a traditional ‘boss’.

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30 Jul
Emerging leader scholarships available for Creative Innovation 2012

Up to 10 scholarships are on offer allowing emerging leaders and innovators from across Australia a full place at Creative Innovation 2012. More than 40 innovators, thinkers and business leaders will present valuable strategies, stories and insights at the two-day conference, to be held in Melbourne from 28-30 November.

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30 Jul
City of Melbourne Small Business Grants

The City of Melbourne Small Business Grants program provides financial assistance to small businesses currently located or intending to locate in the municipality.

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