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Ballarat Lodge and Convention
Centre is proud to again host
the CGU Commerce Ballarat
Business Excellence Awards
on Thursday 28th August.

Ballarat Lodge and Convention
Centre is the largest
independently owned venue
of its kind in regional Victoria
with a commitment to the
employment and training of a
largely local workforce.

For those attending the Gala
Awards Dinner next Thursday
we are happy to offer a
discounted rate of just $99 to
allow you to make the most of
your night.

To book please call our friendly
team on 5327 1200 or book
online at
and use promotion code

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Items of Interest 

ACCI Small Business Survey - August 2014 - read report>>>

VECCI welcomes McDonald’s expansion that will create jobs throughout Vic - read media release>>>

Celebrity Ice Bucket Challenge - see Bill Gates and others>>>

Small Business & family enterprise Ombudsman role update - read article >>>

E-Commerce is not eating retail - read article >>>


First World Problems - watch video>>>


Members in the News

The Courier Newspaper

Ballarat YMCA to take part in the Mindshop Excellence Program

Ballarat Grammar School to host an open piano day as part of International Piano Week

Ballarat’s got Talent a success at the Ballarat District Trotting Club

Ballarat Grammar will represent the state in a national science competition

YMCA Ballarat to run free physical events and community exercise session in light of recent study

Highlands LLEN looks set to receive state government funding in 2015

Ballarat District Trotting Club will donate funds from Australasian Breeders Crown to PETstock Assist

Ballarat Specialist School café host Melbourne United Basketball team for lunch

City of Ballarat open two new play spaces with fitness equipment

Phoenix P-12 student to compete in the 2014 WorldSkills competition showcasing skill of the Australia best Trainee’s & Apprentices

Craig Coltman participates in the Ballarat Specialist School’s Principal for a day program

NBN move could happen as early as May 2015 Telstra Country Wide urge Ballarat businesses to begin planning now

Federation University students challenged by top Melbourne chef at Prospects Restaurant


Business Weekly

August 14 - August 20

Upcoming Events    

Marketing for Biz Panel

Date:21 Aug 2014
Members: Free
Non Members: $20.00
Venue: Seminar Theatre - Brewery Building, Ballarat Technology Park, Federation University, 107 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

A panel of expert speakers will share their wealth of knowledge about the power of marketing and the part it plays in every business success

Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE

Commerce Ballarat Young Professional Network - Regular Coffee Catch-up

The Young Professionals Network is now meeting on a regular basis - the last Thursday of every month.

Our next catch up will be on;

August 28  at between 7:30am -9 am at The Lane with all finalist commercials available for viewing in preparation for the announcement of 2014 CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Award winners at the Gala Event Thursday night.


Please come along for a chat and a coffee before work. Feel free to quickly pop in or stay longer. A great way to network in a relaxed setting.


Commerce Ballarat Info Comm Breakfast

Date:15 Sep 2014
Members: $20.00
Non Members: $35.00
Venue: The George Hotel, upstairs
Time: 7am - 8:30am
Key note speaker - Richard Emery, CEO & Managing Director of Nissan Motor Company Australia and New Zealand. He is a Board Member of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. Richard has spent 30 years in the automotive industry in both Australia and South East Asia and held senior sales & marketing roles with Land Rover, Mitsubishi and Mercedes-Benz in Australia and spent time in Singapore with Audi AG as a Senior Country Manager responsible for Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and South Korea.

He was educated at Ballarat Clarendon College, where he was School Captain in 1982. He and his family (Wife Fiona and 3 children) returned to live in Ballarat 6 years ago.
Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE

505 Club

Hosted by McCallum Industries

Date: October 9 2014
Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50
Venue: McCallum Industries, Sturt Street
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

An evening of networking and fostering relationships to grow your business.
Drinks and Savouries provided

Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE  


Diary Dates:

November 12 Info Comm Breakfast, Family Business News with Harwood Andrews.

November 25 Lunch with Melbourne Food and Wine CEO Natalie O'Brien


Commerce Ballarat - B31 Ballarat Business Month Events

Download full events program here >>>

Members News

Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities for Members

Members currently have the chance to support two CB initiatives - More information contact


Become a b2b Business to Ballarat supporter and assist us to promote Buy Local

Sponsor Business Day Out 2015, CB’s newest business event

Simplex Insurance Solutions named as a finalist in the Australian Insurance Industry Awards

The Simplex team are this week heading off to Sydney after having been chosen as a finalist in the in the category of Best Small Broker. The Australian Insurance Industry Awards hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and founding partner Asia Insurance Review (AIR) are now in their 11th year. This is the fourth year in a row that Simplex has been chosen as a finalist in these awards having been crowned Best Small Broker twice so far.

Ian Wilson Photography Joins Heartfelt

Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature births, or have children with serious and terminal illnesses. Heartfelt is dedicated to providing this gift to families in a caring, compassionate manner. All services are provided free of charge.




Culture Really Does Eat Strategy for Breakfast

Source:   19 August 2014 

Time and time again, I have had the opportunity to observe how organizations operate, viewing firsthand high-performing cultures where extraordinary things are accomplished on a daily basis. read more >>>       


Drawing a blank when it comes to content marketing? 10 ways to get started

Source: Smart Company 18 August 2014
We all know that we need to do it and that it’s now a critical component of the marketing mix. Yes, you know what I’m talking about, content marketing. Creating interesting and useful  read more >>>


Australian Bureau of Statistics

6302.0 Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, May 2014

1330.0 Education News, August 2014 (Final Issue)

6345.0 Wage Price Index, Australia, Jun 2014

9314.0 Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Jul 2014


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