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supplying many Ballarat
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and the Ballarat community
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Members in the News

The Courier Newspaper

Child and Family Services Ballarat gets ready for 150th year


The Ballarat Beer Festival has announced its band line-up for the January 24 event


The City of Ballarat’s Youth awards were held at the Regent Cinema last week


Questions about what people over the age of 75 want to live a good life will be answered at a Ballarat District Nursing & Healthcare community forum


General Motors fans flocked to the Ballarat Turf Club on Sunday to see hundreds of cars on show


Ballarat Golf Club will be hosting the PGA National Futures Championship a four-day event for the first time


New Link  special vecci membership discount for members of an affiliated local chamber    

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Business Weekly

October 16 - October 22


Ballarat West Employment Zone - Stage 1 land release.
E.O.I now open - closing 12 December 2014 more information  

Upcoming Events    

Young Professionals Network Events

Coffee Catch Up

The Young Professionals Network is now meeting on a regular basis - the last Thursday of every month.

Our next catch up will be on; Oct 30, 7:30-9am @ Craig’s Royal Hotel, 10 Lydiard St Sth. Please come along for a free chat and a coffee before work. No RSVP required.

Evening Networking YPN

@ Red Lion Hotel, 221 Main Rd
Date: 19 November
Members: Free
Non Members: $20.00
Time: 5.30pm -
First Drink and savouries provided. RSVP Required. REGISTER HERE  

Commerce Ballarat Info Comm Breakfast

Date: 12 Nov 2014
Members: $15.00
Non Members: $25.00
Venue: Sails on the Lake
Time: 7.00am-8.45am


Running a family business can be immensely rewarding, but also present unique and often unexpected challenges. Harwood Andrews is dedicated to supporting family businesses and in this breakfast seminar will cover topics relating to succession planning, development of family business structures, family constitutions, trade mark and intellectual property considerations for your business, and managing the challenges, pressures and unique factors that family businesses often face.
Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE

Melbourne Food and Wine CEO Natalie O'Brien

Date: 25 Nov 2014
Members: Free
Non Members: $25
Venue: Jackson’s & Co, Cnr Mair & Lydiard sts
Time: 3pm - 5pm

Key note speaker - Natalie O’Brien, CEO of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, followed by drinks and networking.

Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE

505 Club

Hosted by Golden City Hotel

Date: 04 December 2014
Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50
Venue: Golden City Hotel, Sturt 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  

Members News

Business Day Out 2015 Speakers Announced

BDO 2015 will again be held at Novotel Forest Resort Creswick on May 20 2015. Once again we have sourced amazing speakers on such topics as business trends, leadership, innovation and marketing. Early bird tickets will go on sale February 1st so make sure you don’t miss out! More details . Limited sponsorship opportunities still available. More information contact


2015 Commerce Ballarat Mentoring Program

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the 2015 Commerce Ballarat Mentoring Program. This is an exciting opportunity for Ballarat businesses, suitable for new enterprises or those that require assistance to grow or develop their business further and for Commerce Ballarat Members the program is free of charge! For more information download flyer     

Champion Milk Winner at Melbourne Fine Food Awards

Inglenook Dairy won Champion milk with their Cream Top Milk Unhomogenised. The Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards (RMFFA), is Australia’s premium fine food event. The RMFFA promotes excellence across the fine food industry, celebrating boutique producers and regional specialists. Conducted biannually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the RMFFA presents a valuable opportunity for all producers, large and small, to benchmark their products and establish their credentials in the Australian fine food industry. More details

James Squire Beer Dinner @ Freight Bar and Restaurant

On the 28th of October Freight Bar and Restaurant will host the James Squire Beer Dinner. Come and enjoy a 4 course food experience designed by Head Chef Chris Watt. Each course has been carefully matched with James Squire beers to enhance the food and beers alike. This event is in support of the Amy Gillett Foundation. It will commence at 6.30pm and tickets are $85 available at the venue or by calling 5333 5431.

Steamatic has New Owners

Steamatic Ballarat, world leaders in domestic and commercial cleaning welcomes new owner Paul Hudson.



Brain trust: four marketers’ reflections and advice to their younger selves  

Source: Marketing Mag   21 October 2014  

We asked four marketers to write a letter to their younger selves, addressing the following question: "Your breadth of experiences throughout your career has shaped what you know about marketing. Imagine you could send a letter back in time. What advice would you give yourself?"   read more >>>



It’s Your Job to Tell the Hard Truths

Source: Harvard Business Review  17 October 2014

Rashid,* the CEO of a high-tech company and a client of mine for nearly a decade, called to tell me we had a major issue with some of the newer members of his leadership team. read more >>>


Australian Bureau of Statistics

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

5439.0 International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Sep 2014

6401.0 Consumer Price Index, Australia, Sep 2014   

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