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28 January - 03 February

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Commerce Ballarat Members: $185   Non Members: $225

 Business Day Out 2016 - Wednesday 25 May 

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505 Club

Hosted by: Balben Property Transfers

Date: Thursday 11 February
Venue: 219 Lydiard Street North
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50

Details: An evening of networking and building relationships to grow your business, drinks and nibbles provided.

Members & Non-members: REGISTER HERE

Young Professionals Network -
Coffee Catch Up 

@ The Lake View Hotel

Date: Thursday 25 February
Time: 7.30am - 9.00am 

Free for CB members

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

No RSVP necessary.

Ignite Your Business 2016 

Presented by Federation Business School

Date: Tuesday 16 February
Venue: Ballarat Technology Park - Central Seminar Theatre
Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm

Members: Free
Non members: $45.00

Details: This workshop will assist you in understanding the benefits of strategic planning for your business.   It will provide you with the skills to undertake the process and give you the opportunity to reflect on your business whilst interacting with other business owners from the region.  The workshop will have a focus on growing your business in a sustainable way and will help you to identify the strategies that may give you an edge over your competitors. 

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BisNet Breakfast

Guest Speaker: George Adams

Date: Tuesday 01 March
Venue: Miners Tavern, 120 Lydiard St Nth
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Members: $20.00
Non Members: $30.00

Details: George Adams has nearly 30 years experience as a film and television producer both in the UK and Australia. Executive Producer of Wolf Creek, the most successful "R" rated Australian movie of all time. In 2012 and 2013 he both created and produced season one, two and three of The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

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Join UnitingCare Ballarat in having some flipping good fun on Pancake Day!

UnitingCare Pancake Day is the annual fundraising event that encourages local people to get involved and make a difference for those in their communities who are doing it tough.  Pancake Day 2016 will be officially held on Tuesday 9 February, but we’re encouraging workplaces to come together and have some flipping good fun by hosting their own Pancake Day event any time in February. Your event can be whatever you want it to be! This might involve cooking/serving pancakes as part of your regular lunch or morning tea, or even a special pancake event. Register your event at


How to Boost Your Team’s Productivity

Source: HBR 29 January 2016

We all have too much to do and too little time to do it. As a boss, you may have already learned how to plan, prioritize, and streamline your work. But how can you help your team members do the same? Should you dictate the processes and tools they use? How do you keep people from taking on too much and burning out or continuously spinning their wheels?



Is your brand a generous one?

Source: Marketing Mag 02 February 2016

For Patrick D’Souza, the goal of brand advertising is memorability, and the best way to ensure consumers remember your brand and story is generosity. In an article in the New York Times last year, Malcolm Gladwell wrote "In 50 years, Apple will exist, and Microsoft won’t. However, the person we will remember is Bill Gates, not Steve Jobs!" The point Gladwell was trying to make was that 'what we ultimately remember about a person or brand, is their generosity!’


Australian Bureau of Statistics      

6457.0 International Trade Price Indexes, Australia, Dec 2015


6524.0.55.002 Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, 2012-13


6427.0 Producer Price Indexes, Australia, Dec 2015

6467.0 Selected Living Cost Indexes, Australia, Dec 2015