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The Research and Development Tax Incentive – LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

The Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive is jointly managed by the ATO and AusIndustry. The R&D Tax Incentive provides a tax offset for businesses that are performing eligible R&D activities. The Incentive is designed to encourage companies to engage in R&D activities and to foster Australia’s innovation and competitiveness. In this podcast David Wilson…

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The sharing economy and tax – LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

The sharing economy (also known as collaborative consumption) is a new way of connecting buyers (‘users’) and sellers (‘providers’) for economic activities. Arrangements are generally booked through a facilitator using a website or app. Michael Hardy, an Assistant Commissioner in the ATO is speaking with Eaglewaves about some of these common sharing economy activities, potential…

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Reinventing ATO

Reinventing the ATO

The ATO is reinventing to become contemporary and to give small business the best possible experience when dealing with the tax and super systems. To achieve this we’ve consulted far and wide – hearing some pretty clear messages from small business. If you’re running a small business, being time-poor is all too familiar.  The good…

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Reinventing ATO


ATO Commissioners are looking to reinvent the ATO, to transform how they go about our core business, and make the ATO a contemporary and service-oriented organisation – to be a leading agency, relevant and responsive to the expectations of the community and government.’ Reinventing the client and staff experience in the tax and super systems is…

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Small employers – it’s time to get SuperStream ready!

With the calendar now turning over to 1 July 2015 it’s time for small employers to get ready for SuperStream. If you’ve already heard about SuperStream you may be asking what it means for you and what you need to do to get ready. Essentially, SuperStream changes the way employers make super contributions for employees….

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Small business is ASIC’s largest customer. Of all the Australian companies and businesses registered with us, approximately 96% are considered to be small businesses with fewer than 20 employees (using the Australian Bureau of Statistics definition). Small businesses also make a significant contribution to the Australian economy. They collectively employ half the Australian workforce and…

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The SuperStream standard is part of the government’s Super Reform package. It will provide a consistent, reliable electronic method of transacting linked data and payments for superannuation. The goal is to improve the efficiency of the superannuation system, to improve the timeliness of processing of rollovers and contributions, and reduce the number of lost accounts…

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Eagle Waves Radio & My Business magazine expand partnership

Australia’s first and only radio station for small business, Eagle Waves Radio, has merged with leading small business publication My Business. The online radio station, which broadcasts out of a bespoke studio in Vivo Café on George Street in Sydney’s CBD, will be rebranded as My Business Radio powered by Eagle Waves, when it returns to…

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Time to Re:think the tax system?

My Business’ Tax expert Mark Chapman offers his views on the much-hyped Tax discussion paper released today by Treasurer Joe Hockey. It was Sir Humphrey Appleby, in that stirring fly-on-the-wall documentary about British political life, Yes Minister, who once opined, “Never start an inquiry unless you know what it’s findings will be”. Well, in Melbourne on…

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Optus announces winner of Your Shark Tank competition

Canberra-based Jessica May and her recruitment business Enabled Employment have been judged the winner of the Optus Your Shark Tank event. After pitching to a panel of judges against four other finalists at Channel Ten studios in Sydney yesterday (March 23), May and Enabled Employment were judged the deserving winner of the Your Shark Tankcompetition. Enabled Employment…

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Angela Vithoulkas

Angela Vithoulkas – Vivacious and individual, vibrant and original – these are words often used to describe the powerhouse that is Angela Vithoulkas! As a respected Sydney business woman, keynote speaker and advisor to governments, Angela Vithoulkas has forged a path that most wouldn’t expect of a humble café owner.

The brainchild of Angela, Eagle Waves Radio is located in her VIVO Café – a world first for a café to host live broadcasting.

Drawing on more than 27 years of hands-on business experience, Angela Vithoulkas has become the passionate and premier advocate of small business in Australia. Her vocation is to empower small business owners to reach their potential through the harnessing and sharing of relevant business knowledge.

Not afraid to speak her mind, Angela’s individual style and approach has inspired and educated many small business owners to follow a more successful path. Her broadcast programs are informative, entertaining and delivered with the sassiness that Australia has come to both love and expect!

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Jarred Rubin

Jarred Rubin is a Founding Partner of K2 Capital Group, a boutique corporate advisory and investment company, specialising in assisting small to medium enterprises reach their full potential.

Jarred’s role as a Sales Trader in Institutional Equities at Macquarie Bank and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, saw him involved in billions of dollars’ worth of transactions. This included advising and executing with major mutual, pension, superannuation and hedge funds around the globe on ASX publicly listed companies.

In 2013 Jarred was awarded as one of Anthill’s 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur’s throughout Australia. As a public speaker, Jarred has been educating hundreds of people at a time on growing their businesses and money management.

Jarred’s passion for helping individuals and businesses achieve their financial dreams, has seen him launch his blog Wealth Apply. Wealth Apply takes the rules of money management and breaks them down to their simplest form for anyone to understand.

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Debbie Carr

As a Speaker, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Radio Host, Marketer, Networker, and Consultant, Deb Carr is without question one the highest skilled networkers in Australia and is ranked by Kred as a top 5% influencer in the Online space.

With a passion for helping others build their profiles, Deb works with a diverse group of clients, from Small Business to Entrepreneurs and Media Personalities, and is a specialist in developing successful Marketing and Publicity campaigns across all mediums.

Deb is also the founder and editor of – An Online Sydney Lifestyle Magazine that is the top ranked “Sydney Blog” on Google.

Deb, has achieved her amazing success despite tragedy and adversity affecting her life, having overcome Crohn’s disease, and dealing with the tragic loss of her brother to suicide, and has turned these negatives into positives by writing on the impact of suicide on those left behind, and inspiring others to better health through diet.

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Scarlett Vespa

An Entrepreneur, Creative Practitioner and Personal Brand Specialist, Scarlett Vespa has the passion and vision to make any audience take notice.

Pop open Scarlett Vespa’s umbrella and you will find a bounty of creative projects which are striving to change the face of personal marketing for men and women globally. Scarlett provides a unique way of shaping a persons story so that it has it’s own life and power. No stone is left unturned as Scarlett ensures success on every level of a persons life, she provides an extremely unique process in this popular industry. From business to personal health and wellbeing, Scarlett regularly participates in numerous speaking engagements and magazine publications with reference to empowering women, work/life balance and personal branding tips and advice.

As a personal brand specialist, she has a unique combination of 25 years in advertising as Head of Broadcast for CBA and Ad Directing for Australia’s premiere brands, offering her clients and audience an expertise that is in a league of it’s own.

Scarlett is co-host on Eagle Waves Radio Show ‘MEDIA MADAMS’ on marketing for small business and most recently has had an illustrated autobiographical book published by Amazon ‘LOVE DREAM BELIEVE’. She also appeared on The Morning Show to speak about Cyber Bullying.

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John Hagerty

John is a corporate strategist, operational expert and business commentator. John’s innovation, drive, tenacity, intelligence and creativity together with his 20 years experience across many industries and levels of management means he is very adept at formulating practical high value solutions and strategies for his business clients.

John has owned and operated 5 businesses and is currently the Managing Director at Be Business. John has become an essential resource for companies seeking growth, capital and high value exits.

John’s business and strategic insights have been published broadly across Australia’s media including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age, Smart Company and StartupSmart. John also co-hosts the business news and interview radio program Eagle Business on Eagle Waves Radio and his interviewees have included Malcolm Turnbull and MYOB CEO Tim Reed.

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Kerry Chikarovski

One of the country¹s most respected and admired former female politicians, Kerry ‘Chika’ Chikarovski held a number of portfolios in government before being appointed leader of the New South Wales (NSW) liberal party in 1998.

In doing so, she was the first woman to lead a major political party in NSW.

In 2003 she retired from politics and the following year launched her co-authored autobiography, Chika.

Ms Chikarovski¹s government relations business, Chikarovski & Associates, which she started in 2003, continues to achieve excellent results for her clients. With her strong political background and vast experience in dealing with government and bureaucracy, she and her team advise across a range of industry sectors on policy and regulatory issues, as well as in relation to major projects and procurements.

Today Kerry is a highly sought after political and media commentator, keynote speaker, MC, charity ambassador, leadership mentor and board director.

Her current television and radio commitments include; ABC The Drum, Planet America, Sky news PM Agenda, Paul Murray LIVE, The Nation, Network Ten Studio10, Channel 7 Sunrise, ABC 702 and ABC News24.

Kerry is the Chair of NSW Women¹s rugby union and Road Safety Education (RSE). She sits on the board of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and was recently appointed Board Director of New South Wales rugby union.

Kerry is a proud ambassador for YWCANSW, the Eggtober Foundation and the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF).

She is a doting mother and grandmother to two year old ‘JJ’, and recently became a grandmother for the second time to baby Claire Chikarovski.

Naomi Rosenthal

Naomi is as a well-qualified Financial Planner running her own business, Naomi is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams and fulfils this by assisting clients to put in place financial plans that enrich their lives.

She takes a professional, attentive and caring approach to get to know her clients, explain solutions simply and clearly, and to implement and manage plans.

Her knowledge and expertise in financial matters is well rounded and her business is focused on assisting professionals and business owners to make the most of their money and achieve financial freedom and peace of mind.

With 14 years in the industry, Naomi has found her strengths lie in:
turning comprehensive technical complexities into easy to understand outcomes;
devising solutions that fit within client budgets and objectives;
coordinating, organizing and implementing strategies in a systematic and effective manner; and
Educating and empowering her clients to make good financial choices in life.

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Tatiana Coulter

In 2012, Tatiana started her own Financial Planning business, Monarch Advisory Group. Monarch Advisory Group is a financial planning business who helps their clients from growing their wealth, protecting their wealth and using their wealth. The advantage of working with us is that we personally tailor a plan to suit you and your loved ones. Monarch does this by understanding where you are and where you want to be.

Tatiana has over 10 years experience within Financial Services with the last 8 years focussed on Life Risk. Tatiana has held Senior roles with a number of organisations such as Macquarie, AMP and OnePath (previously ING Australia) prior to starting Monarch Advisory Group.

Tatiana holds an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services, has completed the Life Risk Specialist (LRS) course through the FPA, and is completing the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) through the FPA (Financial Planning Association). Tatiana is also a member of the FPA, which is the highest professional body for the Financial Planning industry

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Arrnott Olssen

Arrnott Olssen is a highly sought after vocalist working considerably in the Dance Music genre and in some of Sydney’s hottest night spots, not content with music his work as a celebrity Stylist led him to launch the Internationally renowned Men’s Lifestyle Blog His fingerprint is right across Social media with a huge following on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter constantly keepin him on the pulse of what’s trending. This has seen him contribut to publications like Renegade Collective & INDULGE Sydney [ part of TASTE ] in the Daily Telegraph. Arrnott brings his knowledge, style and humour to his role as a host on Trending Eagle

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Craig West

Craig West is a strategic accountant who has over 20 years’ experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice, provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners and strategies to build, maximise, protect and extract wealth as a business owner.

Following 6 years of study to gain two masters degrees, Craig focused on Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for business sales advising several NSW accounting practices and their clients on strategic management of taxation issues. This experience formed a very strong view that business owners (and often their advisers) were unprepared and unaware of the steps required to successfully prepare a business for a strategic exit.

Craig now acts as a strategic business and financial mentor for mid-market business owners and has written four critically acclaimed books educating business owners on employee incentives, succession planning, and exit strategies. Craig has conducted numerous seminars and keynote presentations throughout Australia & internationally.

Craig’s practice Succession Plus provides mentoring, advice and strategy for clients looking to prepare their business for a successful exit. Craig is the President of the Australian Chapter of The Exit Planning Institute as well as sitting on the board of EPI in the USA and is currently working on a PhD in Business Succession and Exit Planning.

In March 2014, Craig was appointed Executive Chairman of the SME Association of Australia, an organisation focused on improving the success of SME’s in Australia.