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The City Oval Hotel has a
long history as a warm
and friendly destination
for travellers and locals alike.
The lovingly renovated historic
local hotel complete with
warm fires, a relaxed
atmosphere, modern pub
menu and now serving
Michael Unwin Wines as
the house wine it will
be sure to satisfy everyone.
Get along and visit
them this week and
experience their friendly
service and honest value!

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Say No to New Public Holidays for Victoria

Two new Public Holidays have been gazetted for Victoria in 2015.

AIGroup estimates the additional public holiday for the Grand Final Day Parade alone will cost Victorian Businesses an estimated $1.6 billion,
the equivalent to a 0.5% increase in employee costs.

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It seems the AFL also has concerns - read article>>>

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See Brad live at BDO


 Effective Entrepreneurship Ideas - Brad Smith: - watch video here >>>

Items of Interest

Important Opportunity for Business

Have your say on the City of Ballarat Budget

Complete survey here - >>>

ACCI: New Model for training product development to benefit students & employers - read more >>

ACCI: Support for small business tax cut will make it easier to invest, hire & grow - read more >>>

Employers’ group VECCI calls for increase in payroll tax threshold - read article >>>

Google 'mobilegeddon’ to strike website search rankings today! - read article >>>  

Design for mobile engagement - read article >>>

How to sell like a rock star: Lessons from three top salespeople - read article >>>

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Commerce Ballarat 505 Club

Hosted by Enterprise Magazine

Date: Thur 23 Apr
Venue: The Courier office, 110 Creswick Road
Time:  5.30pm-7.30pm

Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50

Details: A evening of networking and fostering positive business relationships. Drinks and savouries provided.


Members & Non Members: REGISTER HERE

Young Professionals Network

@ Yellow Espresso, 13 Sturt Street

Date: Thur 30 April
Time:  7.30am—9am
Members: Free
Non Members: Free

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.


Date: Tue 05 May
Venue: Jacksons & Co, 201 Mair Street
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Members: $20.00
Non Members: $25.00

Details: Guest speaker Liz Davenport Leading Australian fashion designer, manufacturer and retailer for more than 38 years.


Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE


Business Day Out

Date: Wed 20 May
Venue: Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick
Time: 8am-4pm
Members: $215
Non Members: $250

Details: A fully catered one day conference consisting of four guest speakers; Morris Miselowski, Brad Smith, Paull Jeffrey and Sharon Williams.

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE

Members News

Commerce Ballarat Members Survey - WIN FREE BISNET TICKETS!

As we do each year Commerce Ballarat are conducting our Membership Survey. This survey assists us with our planning for the following financial year and it is a great way to provide us with your ideas and feedback. The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes, please click here to complete the survey>>> By completing the survey your business will go in the draw to win 1 complimentary ticket to each BisNet Breakfast held from June - December 2015!


Everyone loves a spud!

The Rusty Spud @ PO Box is NOW OPEN. Serving gourmet baked spuds for lunch Tuesday through Saturday at 21 Peel Street North, Ballarat - Choose from the menu items or create your own from the great range of toppings available. Dine in or takeaway. Save to time to savour your spud - phone ahead and we will have spuds ready for you to pick-up. When: 9am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday. Where: The Rusty Spud @ PO Box - 21 Peel Street North Ballarat.


2015 Regional Victorian Living Expo

Do you currently have a job vacancy? This is your change to have them displayed at the Regional Victorian Living Expo from May 1-3 to help show the depth and diversity of jobs in regional and rural Victoria. Please email Shivaun - Principle Project Manager for more info due by Thu 23 Apr 5pm.


Make Cancer History Walk

Join the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Centre at Sovereign Hill on Sunday 31st May to take part in the 4th Annual Make Cancer History Walk to help raise funds for the Institute. Bring your family and friends for a unique Sunday morning walk around the picturesque landscape of this historical museum. You can take part in either the two kilometre or four kilometre walk. Morning tea will be served and all participants will gain FREE entry into Sovereign Hill for the whole day. Registration HERE


Have Your Say!

If you would like to have your say about what’s happening in our city and tell us what you think about our community and what’s important in your life please visit the City of Ballarat webpage- Have Your Say here  



3 Reasons You Should Network With Your Business Neighbours

Source: Inc. 21 Apr 2015

Do you know the name of the business owner who has an office across the street from your office? How about the name of the business owners you see everyday on the walk to work from the train?

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There Are Still Only Two Ways to Compete

Source: Harvard Business Review 21 Apr 2015

Back in the early 1960s, the great Boston Consulting Group founder and strategy theorist Bruce Henderson asserted that there was only one way to successfully compete: gain a relative market share advantage over all competitors so as to have lower costs than all of them. The payoff is that it puts the firm in a position to drive those relative costs even lower as competition unfolds due to the learning curve advantage.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics

5439.0 International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Mar 2015


9314.0 Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Mar 2015


6401.0 Consumer Price Index, Australia, Mar 2015