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Items of Interest 

Small business owners earn less but get richer: University of Western Sydney study - read article >>>

How to turn your C-Suite into social media all stars - read article >>>

How this Entrepreneur Convinced Steve Wozniak to Join His Company - read article >>>

Committees will fail, unless ... - read article >>>




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Members in the News

The Courier Newspaper

Telstra Ballarat give local dance school chance to dance with The Dancer’s Company

3BA Christmas In July appeal Donate-a-Dollar-Day a big success

The Courier shortlisted at leading PANPA awards

FedUni to hold expo lunch to launch National Student Volunteer Week

Groups, schools, council staff and more contribute to Ballarat Community Health Back to Back video

The Western Hotel host Tour de France themed fundraiser for BRICC

City of Ballarat Heritage Weekend attracted 15,125 people this year, with attendees spending $514,164

Pikeman’s Dog statue to return to the site of the Eureka Stockade outside the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

Kryal Castle to host event as part of the Timeline Re-enactor’s Festival

Federation University host Page.Print.Post: 50 years of artists books Exhibition, open August 9

Ballarat YMCA launch Fitness and Falls Prevention Program helping those over 50 with wellbeing & mobility

Ballarat Grammar’s girls’ football team claim the state’s top title

Telstra Advocacy Board continue the work of United Way Ballarat and assist painting Reid’s Guest House

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Upcoming Events    

Commerce Ballarat Young Professional Network - Regular Coffee Catch-up

The Young Professionals Network is now meeting on a regular basis - the last Thursday of every month. The venues will vary throughout the CBD and will be communicated via emails, social media and this bulletin.


Our next catch up will be on;
July 31, 7:30-9am @ The Bean Barn.

Please come along for a chat and a coffee before work. Feel free to quickly pop in or stay longer. A great way to network in a relaxed setting.

Commerce Ballarat 505 Club

Hosted by WDEA Employment

Date: August 14 2014

Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50
Venue: WDEA Employment, 219 Mair Street
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

An evening of networking and fostering relationships to grow your business.
Drinks and Savouries provided

Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE  


Commerce Ballarat - B31 Ballarat Business Month Events

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6 August 2014
Government Lobbying & Community Engagement

Premier PR, Managing Director, Joanna Stevens will share her solid understanding of how government operates from her time working for the Federal Government in the office of Chief Government Whip. 


13 August 2014
Business Basics Panel  

This session is definitely worth attending for any business whether you are a new business, growing rapidly or looking for a better structure. 

20 August 2014
Dealing with the Media

This session will be presented by Joanna Stevens, Managing Director, Premier PR, former journalist and  founder of Ballarat Lifestyle Magazine. 


21 August 2014
Marketing for Biz Panel

A panel of expert speakers will share their wealth of knowledge about the power of marketing and the part it plays in every business success.

Click on links for further details. All events are free for CB Members but bookings are essential


CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner

Tickets on sale July 29, book immediately to avoid disappointment. 

Members News

Business Opportunity - New CB Website

CB members are invited to click on the link to download the website specifications document .

Enterprise Magazine Publishing Dates 2014/15

Since its introduction in 2005 Enterprise has celebrated the successes of Ballarat business and continues to be the business review publication embraced by the city’s business community. Over 4000 copies of the magazine are distributed free of charge via post to local businesses and hand delivered to restaurants and cafes in the CBD for dining patrons to enjoy. Your advertisement gives you great return on investment with a three month shelf life. See pricing and publishing dates here >>>


PETstock will officially open its 100th store in Ballarat

12 years after opening the doors of the very first PETstock store in La Trobe Street. PETstock’s Managing Director, David Young said the team was proud to be celebrating the opening of the 100th store back in Ballarat, where it all began. We welcome all existing and new customers to check out the new store and bring their leashed pets along with them to the official opening of PETstock Ballarat Central at 4.30pm on Friday 1 August. Full Media Release here >>>


Australian business: be as clever as your customers or lose them to external competition

Source: Marketing Magazine , 21 July 2014


Fresh off the boat to head Tribal Worldwide Sydney, Phil Dowgierd reckons Australian businesses are missing an opportunity provided by the hyper-connected Australian customer and exceptional local technical infrastructure read more >>>       



Are you using outdated incentives to motivate your team?

SourceSmart Company , 23 July 2014

Research on what motivates people/employees shows consistently that money is not a key motivating factor to drive performance.
So what is?  Robert Tanner shares these tips in his article on the top five employee motivators read more >>>



Australian Bureau of Statistics

8752.0 Building Activity, Australia, Mar 2014

6291.0.55.001 Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery, Jun 2014

6401.0 Consumer Price Index, Australia, Jun 2014

8101.0 Innovation and Technology Update, Jun 2014


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