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Business Weekly

November 26 - December 02



Upcoming Events

505 Club

Hosted by Federation Business School

Date: Wednesday 9 December
Venue: Ballarat Technology Park Central
            106-110 Lydiard St Sth

CLICK HERE to view map (Building T)
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50

Details: An evening of networking and building relationships to grow your business, drinks and nibbles provided.

This 505 Club will also be an opportunity to acknowledge both our Mentees and Mentors from the 2015 Mentoring Program.

Members & Non-members: REGISTER HERE

BisNet Breakfast

Guest Speaker: Jane Ferrari

Date: Tuesday 02 February 2016
Venue: Oscars Hotel, 18 Doveton St Sth
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Members: $20.00
Non Members: $30.00

Details: The job title of 'Winemaker - Communications’ scarcely indicates the scope of Jane Ferrari’s role at Yalumba Wines and still less of her expansive personality. Her passion is as infectious as it is heartfelt. If you spend an hour or so with Jane, be it in a London boardroom, a New York tasting or at the Angaston winery, you will learn more about the heritage and culture of Yalumba and the wider Barossa region than most locals learn in a lifetime.

Members & Non-members: REGISTER HERE

Ignite Your Business 2016 

Presented by Federation Business School

Date: Tuesday 16 February 2016
Venue: Ballarat Technology Park - Central Seminar Theatre
Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm

Members: Free
Non members: $45.00

Details: This workshop will assist you in understanding the benefits of strategic planning for your business.   It will provide you with the skills to undertake the process and give you the opportunity to reflect on your business whilst interacting with other business owners from the region.  The workshop will have a focus on growing your business in a sustainable way and will help you to identify the strategies that may give you an edge over your competitors. 

Members & Non membersREGISTER HERE

Young Professionals Network - Coffee Catch Up

@ The Lake View Hotel

Date: Thursday 25 February
Time: 7.30am - 9.00am 

Free for CB members

Details: Please come along for a chat and a free coffee feel free to quickly pop in or stay longer. A great way to network in a relaxed setting, with like minded young professionals.

No RSVP necessary.

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2016 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards Sponsorship

As part of its role in providing a united voice, strong, reliable leadership and advocacy for business, Commerce Ballarat is proud to be hosting the 2016 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards. Commerce Ballarat is offering you the opportunity to link your business with these prestigious awards, ONE category sponsorship is still available for 2016! For more info contact

2016 Commerce Ballarat Mentoring Program now OPEN!

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the 2016 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. The program is free of charge for Commerce Ballarat Members! For more information download flyer    4 places left.

Work for the Dole

Have you thought about becoming a host for a Work for the Dole activity run by Gforce Employment Solutions? You may be surprised at the benefits for your not-for-profit, charity or government agency. Work for the Dole allows job seekers to prepare for the work environment and learn new skills by participating in activities that are of local benefit, and allows organisations to benefit from the extra hands provided by the job seekers. More info>>>

Want to get your Company name in front of a captive audience of 8000 people for 9 hours?

The Ballarat Beer Festival in January 2016 has a couple of remaining opportunities to sponsor a couple of new initiatives - CLICK HERE for more sponsorship information. For further information, email and don't forget the Brew cage opportunity for you and your clients and/or staff - an reserved seat and table in a marquee, a two course lunch and $20 of tasting tokens - for individual bookings and details go to the website   or if a reserved table of 10 is required at a discount price of $1450, email


Dig Deep To Diagnose, Enhance And Measure Your Email Marketing

Source: Marketing Mag. 02 December 2015

Awareness, clarity and connection: the most important email marketing metrics fit into one of these three corners, according to Return Path. Rather than considering the success of your EDMs and enewsletters by analysing metrics in-line with the buyer’s journey, to really gain deeper insight it is worth categorising your results by what each really tells you about your email marketing programs.


Five things about innovation Australia can learn from other countries

Source: Smart Company 01 December 2015

With the release of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s science and innovation statement expected in just under a week, expectations are running high, perhaps too high. Assistant Innovation Minister Wyatt Roy promises "a complete game-changer", and nothing less is now anticipated.


Australian Bureau of Statistics      

8731.0 Building Approvals, Australia, Oct 2015

5676.0 Business Indicators, Australia, Sep 2015

8635.0 Tourist Accommodation, Australia, 2014-15

8755.0 Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Sep 2015