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Items of Interest 

VECCI - East West link contract signing a win for Victoria  - read media release >>>

The true cost of a neglected website - read article >>>

Aussies CEOs confess to their early blunders - read article >>>

Big changes to social media for September 2014 everything you to know - read article >>>

An innovative marketing campaign that was initiated in Oz  - read article >>>

Invitation to Business
Businesses are invited to attend a Focus Group for a research project aimed at assisting disengaged learners to pathway into further education or employment - more information >>> 




 How to manage your teams perception of you - watch video >>>

Members in the News

The Courier Newspaper


Phoenix College has teamed with Ballarat Specialist School to complete a range of activities together

Ballarat Regional Tourism will be soon situated in the heart of the CBD as councillors approve its move to the Town Hall

The City of Ballarat has given the green light to a multi-million dollar plan to redevelop Black Hill Reserve

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka last weekend hosted the event 'One Million Stars to End Violence’ to help take a stand to end violence against women

The Ballarat YMCA welcomes new CEO Colin Hunt to their team

Ballarat Foot and Ankle Clinic expands with new podiatrist on board

Business Weekly

September 25 - October 1


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Upcoming Events    

Bisnet Breakfast

Date: 07 Oct 2014
Cost: $25
Venue: Alexandria on Lydiard, 30 Lydiard St Nth
Time: 7.00am-9.00am

Commerce Ballarat is proud to partner with Bisnet for this pre-election panel where candidates have been invited to make a short presentation on why they should be elected to represent this great region. 

Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE

505 Club

Hosted by McCallum Industries

Date: 09 October 2014
Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50
Venue: McCallum Industries, 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  

Commerce Ballarat Info Comm Breakfast

Date: 12 Nov 2014
Members: $15.00
Non Members: $25.00
Venue: TBC
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


Diary Date:

December 4 505 Club hosted by Golden City Hotel


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 BDO 2015

Members currently have the chance promote their business state-wide, through all forms of media and print marketing material. 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  


New Enterprise Magazine Edition Out NOW

Read it online here Enterprise turns 10 in 2015, special advertising offers available if you book before December 19, more information  contact


Novotel Forest Resort Creswick - Book your Christmas Party Here!   

It is less than 100 days to Christmas! - Have you organised your company end of year celebrations as yet? Forest Resort has revamped its Christmas Party offerings, with buffet, cocktail and banquet options available, from 20 to over 400 guests; we have a space just right for you. And, for only $1 extra per person, we will provide return coach transport from central Ballarat, let us be your designated driver!  Click the following link Christmas 2014 to view packages available, and contact the Sales Team to assist with availability, or any enquiries you may have on 5345 9600

Central Square Launch New Facebook Page & Competition!

Like Central Squares new Facebook page to find out how you could win 1 of 4 pamper spa packages plus a $200 centre gift card!

Head Out in the Rat this October

Big month coming up at the George in October, comedy, piano bar and much more!! More details

Body Brilliance Pilates Competition

The voting has started! For your chance to win a FREE CLASS, take a vote on naming our friendly skeleton at Body Brilliance Pilates!!! If you didn't get around to creating your own name it is not too late, post a comment to enter, on our Facebook page at Body Brilliance Pilates . In the comment write your suggested name for the skeleton and then your own name in brackets. Then "like" your favourite of other's suggestions. (You have to nominate a name in order to be the winner!) Also, there are 10 spots left for FREE POSTURAL assessments, no strings attached (these are not Pilates assessments, but structural and muscle balance assessments). Anyone welcome, just call and book on 0415 955 858.



How to Market to Gen Y  

Source: The Age  29 September 2014

We think the trouble happens in the first year, but the truth is a little different 

 read more >>>  


Seven top tips for Motivating your Employees  

Source: Smart Company 30 September 2014

Ask any small business owner and they will tell you one of the most important challenges they face on a daily basis is managing their staff. So what works and what doesn’t when it comes to motivating your team? read more >>>  


Australian Bureau of Statistics

5232.0.55.004 Information paper: Product changes to the Financial Accounts: Finance and Wealth, 2014 (First Issue)

6354.0 Job Vacancies, Australia, Aug 2014

5501.0.55.001 Government Financial Estimates, Australia, 2014-15

6464.0 Residential Property Price Indexes: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2014


8501.0 Retail Trade, Australia, Aug 2014


8762.0 Engineering Construction Activity, Australia, Jun 2014

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