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Harlequin Designs are
celebrating their 29th year. They
look back over the years of
exciting projects, domestic and
commercial. New work,
renovation, restoration and
conservation. Homes ,
businesses, hospitality and
health care. They individually
source and custom make suiting
specific needs.Their showroom
presents the latest unusual
decorative pieces, homewares,
furniture and lamps.


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Learn How to Become WEB FAMOUS In Your Industry Watch video>>>

Catch Kylie Bartlett at our BisNet breakfast next Tuesday, tickets close Friday!



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February 19 - February 25



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Young Professionals Network

@ The Lake View Hotel,  22 Wendouree Parade

Date: 26 Feb 2015
Members: Free
Non Members: Free
Time:  7.30am—9am

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

No RSVP necessary.

BisNet Breakfast

Date: 3 Mar 2015
Members: $20.00
Non Members: $25.00
Venue: Craig's Royal Hotel, 10 Lydiard St Sth
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Details: Our first BisNet breakfast will feature Kylie Bartlett, better known as the 'Web Celeb’ an International public speaker who will share her unique take on social media and the strategies required to succeed in the new economy.

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE

Social Media Workshop

Date: 3 Mar 2015 to follow BisNet Breakfast
Members: Free
Non Members: $20 or Free if you attend BisNet
Venue: Craig's Royal hotel, 10 Lydiard St Sth

Time: Workshop 1-
Beginner: 9.00am - 10.30am 
Workshop 2 -
Advanced: 11.00am - 12.30pm

Please to register your place

Commerce Ballarat Annual General Meeting

Date: 11 Mar 2015
Members: Free
Venue: City Oval Hotel, 1321 Mair St
Time: 6pm-7pm

Details: Commerce Ballarat Annual General Meeting, drinks and savouries provided

Members only: REGISTER HERE

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B31 Ballarat Business Month 2015 Sponsorship Opportunity

B31 Ballarat is a small business festival that is held every year during the month of August. B31 offers a numerous amount of events including presentations, workshops, briefings, and networking opportunities, don’t miss out on the chance to link your business name to this event

BallaRatCat Comedy

To be held on Friday March 6th in The Lounge @ The George with Rusty Berther, Karl Woodberry, Ryan Coffey and Chelsea Hughes. Awesome comedians, great atmosphere and tasty food, it all makes for one fantastic night out. Doors open 7pm, $25 ($20 concession) Tickets and more info:



A First-Time Entrepreneur Describes the Moment he Realised his Startup's Mission

Source: Business Insider 24 February 2015

As a first-time entrepreneur, I am guilty of taking many of the shortcuts that nearly every book ever written about entrepreneurship tells you to avoid — no business plan, no codified core values, and no well-defined mission read more >>>


Think Like the Customer, not just About the Customer

Source: Smart Company 23 February 2015

Our customers are reluctant to switch over from dealing with their salesperson to customer service. How can we get them to deal with customer service?

To bring a customer centric approach to what you are doing and how you are doing it, in short, thinking about the customer is very different from thinking like the customer

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Australian Bureau of Statistics

6291.0.55.001 Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery, Jan 2015

6306.0 Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014

4125.0 Gender Indicators, Australia, Feb 2015

5302.0.55.004 Balance of Payments - Goods and Services, Preliminary Quarterly Estimates