So you've got the basics under wraps, and now you're turning your focus towards business growth - how do you do it? Do your business and strategic plans hold up to scruity or are they stuck in a drawer? How will you manage change so that all your staff are on board? How can you generate new ideas that will be profitable? In this Case Studies section, discover real-life examples of successes - and failures - in Growing Your Business.
When Moran Furniture began losing market share to low-cost Asian imports, it was time to change its manufacturing strategy. So it went to China.
A new CEO at a failing business worried that his first big break might be his last. And then he got on with the seemingly impossible: cutting costs and improving service.
An ex-teacher has cashed in on the celebrity culture by rapid expansion and acquisition of competitors - but the hard work has been done behind the scenes.
Despite tough seasons and fluctuating demand, an agricultural machinery maker in rural Victoria has doubled its turnover in five years - but success required technological and cultural change.
What do you do when a giant international competitor starts business across the road from you? Get competitive fast.
The merger of the market leader and its key competitor was fraught with risk. But careful management has made a bigger, better dental products business.
Phillip Butler was ordered to liquidate a failing textile company in 2000. Instead, he bought the business and turned it into a cash generator.
A firm of Australian engineers has won its first big project in China, which is providing plenty of challenges and opportunities.
Lucky breaks in business are usually the result of hard work and good planning.
When its key manufacturer went into receivership, an equipment design firm bought the business. But the designers took 10 years to learn how to be good manufacturers.
A Brisbane motorhome renter and manufacturer is on track to double its revenue and continue expanding overseas. Its second-generation managers acquired skills outside the business - but still learn lessons at family barbecues.
Staying one step behind the latest technology enables a Bendigo printer to keep competitive, cut costs - and avoid the bugs in new-generation equipment.
After taking his start-up from $7000 to $25 million, Sam Furphy realised that he needed a board of experienced advisers - and some time with his family.
Before hiring an outside CEO, members of an 80-year-old family business had to confront their own weaknesses - and then learn how to work with their new boss.
A Sydney-based communications business keeps learning new lessons about how to communicate better with its clients - and itself. It has been a recipe for success.