Date Added: Aug 2010
The internationalisation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is a key challenge and of interest to policy makers, individual firms and researchers in Australia. SMEs significantly drive growth and economic development of countries due to their effects on both micro and macro economic indicators. A key trend in Australian SME characteristics is the rise of ethnic businesses, (i.e., operators born overseas). There were an estimated 1,646,000 small businesses operating in Australia, with 30% of small business operators born overseas.