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Hockingstuart Ballarat
commenced in August 2003 as a
result of the directors Tony
Douglass and Tim Valpied
recognising the need for a
progressive real estate agency
to service property owners
in Ballarat and the surrounding
areas. In 2005, we joined the
highly successful hockingstuart
group to provide strong links
to clients by exposing their
property to buyers outside
the Ballarat region and are
the highest performing sales
agency in a network of
over 50 offices.  





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Business Weekly

November 20 - November 26


Family Hawkers Market will be held Friday November 28 at the Mining Exchange

Between 5pm and 10pm be sure to bring along the family and enjoy the best of Ballarat in bite-sized pieces.
Be sure to check out what Asahi , Ballarat Steakhouse , Freight , Fu Man Lou , Mitchell Harris Wines ,
 Rebellion Brewing, The Forge Pizzeria , The George Hotel and Ballarat Specialist School all have to offer.


Upcoming Events     

Young Professionals Network
Coffee Catch up

@ PO Box Designs,  21 Peel street North

Date: Thursday 27 November
Time:  7.30am—9am
Members: Free
Non Members: Free

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.


505 Club

Hosted by Golden City Hotel & Ballarat beer Festival

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

Attendees are encouraged to bring along a present or non-perishable food item to donate to the 3BA Christmas Appeal

Members and Non-Members:   REGISTER HERE    


505 Club

Hosted by BJT Legal

Date: 12 Feb 2015
Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50
Venue: BJT Legal, 38 Lydiard St Sth
Time: 5:30pm -7:30pm

Details: An evening of networking and building relationships to grow your business
Drinks and nibbles provided

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE


Commerce Ballarat is excited to be the new host of Bisnet breakfasts in 2015. Kylie Bartlett, better know as the 'Web Celeb’ an International public speaker that will be presenting next year. Keep your eyes out for more information early 2015


3BA Christmas Appeal: Bisnet Breakfast

Date: 2 Dec 2014
Cost: $25
Venue: The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard St Nth
Time: 7am-9am

Details: This action packed morning will include a great breakfast, great company and the now famous fun filled Charity Auction hosted by Ray White Ballarat’s celebrity auctioneer, Phillip Lee. All proceeds from the 3BA FM Christmas Appeal will remain in Ballarat for the benefit of local families.

Download Registration form HERE


Members News

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    


2015 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 2015 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards. Commerce Ballarat is offering you the opportunity to link your name with these prestigious awards, two categories available for 2015! For more info contact


B31:  Ballarat Business Month

B31 is the most successful regional partner of the Victoria’s Small Business Festival with over 3000 participants in 2014. Commerce Ballarat is proud to take the reins in 2015 and look forward to continuing the success of the past 10 years.
Sponsorship Opportunities available contact


Commerce Ballarat’s 'Find the b2b Xmas Bunyip’ Competition!

Clues started 12 November, be listening to PowerFM & Radio3BA for verbal clues each morning. Follow us on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter for pictures clues! More information here

Berry Street - Carer Information Night

If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, Berry Street will be holding an information night this Thursday the 27th at 501 Errard Street from 5pm-6.30pm. Members of the Out of Home Care team will be there to answers any questions you may have. RSVP 0418 376 824 or  


Eureka Day 160th Anniversary - Wednesday 3 December

To commemorate Eureka Day of December 3 all activates and admission to M.A.D.E will be FREE on this day. There are many events that will be held at M.A.D.E during this celebration find them here



Customer Service Needs to Be Either More or Less Robotic

Source: HBR    24 November 2014 

More and more I’ve been finding myself in what robotics experts call the uncanny valley — which isn’t a physical place but a concept that captures the off-kilter, quasi-human weirdness of certain forms of artificial intelligence  read more >>>




The Great Generational Shift

Source: Hudso n Recently Released  

It is now half a century since the last Baby Boomer was born. It is 20 years since the first of Generation Z was born. And it will be another two
decades before the last of the Boomers retires read more >>>  


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