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WFI is an Australian insurer
with a long and proud
history, dating back to 1919.

They offer a wide range of
policies and insurance covers
for business, trade, home, farm,
strata and investment property

Insure with WFI and you’ll deal
directly with a local area
manager so your insurance will
always be managed with
a personal touch.

Contact your local WFI
Area Managers.
Damian O’Hehir
Mobile 0429 109 116
Brett McKinnis
Mobile 0409 331 749
137 Gillies Street South, Ballarat

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May 21 - May 27


Upcoming Events

Young Professionals Network

@ The Bean Barn, 217 Sturt Street

Date: Thur 28 May
Time:  7.30am—9am
Free for Commerce Ballarat Members

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 02 June
Venue: Jacksons & Co, 201 Mair Street
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Members: $20.00
Non Members: $25.00

Details: Business is about people - are you getting the most value from your team? Presented by Harwood Andrews, MTA Optima and Adroit Insurance.

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE


Commerce Ballarat 505 Club

Hosted by Standby Security Services

Date: Thur 11 June
Venue: The Ballaarat Club, 2013 Dana street (Upstairs)
Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm

Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50

Details: An evening of networking and fostering positive business relationships. There will be live security demonstrations and show bags. Drinks and savouries Provided.

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE

Young Professionals Network  - Evening Event

@ Jackson’s & Co, 201 Mair Street

Date: Wednesday 15 July
Time:  5.30pm—8.30pm
Members: $25.00
Non Members: $40.00

Details: The start of the night will give attendees the chance to network followed by
International Keynote Speaker Rachael Robertson. Finger food & 1 complimentary drink

Download event flyer for more information>>>

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May Membership Mates Rates

Commerce Ballarat members have the opportunity to access some fantastic discounts during the month of May. Get a mate’s business to sign up as a new member during the month of May and both you and your mate will benefit. More info click here


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I love 80’s 80's Costume Party in The Lounge, featuring Vinyl Tapp. Book your tix now! Ph: 5333 4866 More info>>>

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Source: Inc. 25 May 2015

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George*, a managing director at a large financial services firm, had an uncanny ability to move a roomful of people to his perspective. What George said was not always popular, but he was a master persuader.

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5302.0.55.004 Balance of Payments - Goods and Services, Preliminary Quarterly Estimates, Mar 2015

8755.0 Construction Work Done, Australia, Preliminary, Mar 2015