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Member of the Week

Gravy Spot will now open
during the day to feed
hungry CBD workers. 

The Lydiard Street store,
famously known for its post
late night party snacks,
recently received a makeover.

Owner David Bending said
he was excited to make a
change to the iconic business
after 13 years.

Diners will be able to create
their own sandwich or
wrap and can buy soups
and hot specials daily.


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2015 Federation Business School

Commerce Ballarat Business

Excellence Awards Finalists

Announced - watch video >>>

Items of Interest

ACCI: Attack on ChAFTA will damage national interest - read media release>>>


VECCI: 'Raising the bar’ not bullying, Commission finds - read article>>>


Special Feature: The changing face of retail in 2015 - read article>>>


The 4 easy ways to get access to anyone, even Warren Buffett - read article>>>


Is your online marketing scattergun or on target? - read article>>>

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 Business Weekly

July 23 - July 29

Upcoming Events

Click here to view B31 Ballarat Business Month feature in The Courier

Congratulations to the 2015 Federation Business School
Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards Finalists!
View list of finalists here

Young Professionals Network

@ The Unicorn Café Ballarat

Date: Thursday 30 July
Time:  7.30am—9am
Venue: The Unicorn Cafe Ballarat, 127 Sturt Street

Members: Free

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.

No RSVP necessary.

BisNet Breakfast

Guest Speaker: Kate Torney

Date: Tuesday 04 August  
Venue: Oscars Hotel, 18 Doveton St Sth
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Members: $20.00
Non Members: $30.00

Details: Kate Torney became Director of News at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the national public broadcaster, in early 2009.  She is leading her executive team to reshape newsgathering and reimagine news delivery, keeping at the forfront of changing audience demands with the rapid expansion of online and mobile news.

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE

505 Club

Hosted by: North Ballarat Sports Club

Date: Wednesday 19 August
Venue: North Ballarat Sports Club, 729 Creswick Rd
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Members: FREE
Non Members: $16.50

Details: An evening of networking and fostering relationships to grow your business.

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE

BisNet Breakfast

Guest Speaker: Peter Gordon

Date: Tuesday 01 September
Venue: Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt Street
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Members: $20.00
Non Members: $25.00

Details:  Currently the Director of Gordon Legal, Director of Comprehensive Legal Funding LLC and President of the Western Bulldogs since December 2012.

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE

Members News

Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities for Members

Members currently have the chance to support two CB initiatives -


Become a b2b Business to Ballarat supporter
and assist us to promote Buy Local.
Next campaign to start October 2015

Sponsor Business Day Out 2016, a great
opportunity to associate your Business with
this exciting conference.

For more information on these sponsorship opportunities contact

Commerce Ballarat to write submission in regards to two new public holidays

The introduction of two new public holidays will have a great impact on Ballarat businesses. Legislation requires that the government prepare a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and include in it community and business consultation feedback. Commerce Ballarat will be writing a submission which we encourage you to send through any comments for inclusion to or consider writing a letter from your business in Word document format to by no later than 5pm Wednesday 5 August. A copy of the RIS can be accessed here

"Be Part of the Dream" - Fighting Cancer through Research

The newest initiative for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute is the Cancer Research Awareness Month this August. This is a wonderful way for the community to "Be Part of the Dream" in fighting Cancer through Research, and supporting Ballarat’s internationally recognised cancer research facility. Read media release>>>

MrBrakes-Bosch Car Service Centre has moved!

MrBrakes-Bosch Car Service Centre have moved to 4 Endeavour Way Alfredton. They can be contacted on 5337 6634. 

Coming up at The Lane

Check out what’s coming up at The Lane this August HERE



Disruption and the discontented customer

Source: Marketing Mag. 28 July 2015

The most valuable assets that any commercial enterprise can have today is the loyalty and trust of its customers. These assets are not created by an ad campaign, a technology platform, or a hip marketing department. As with any trusted relationship, these assets are defined by the sum total of doing the right things consistently and continuously - and in a meaningful way.

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Who Benefits from the Peer-to-Peer Economy?

Source: Harvard Business Review 28 July 2015

Barbara Ann Berwick drove for Uber for eight weeks in 2014. She, and two others, then brought suit against the company. On June 16, the California Labor Commission ruled that she as a driver should have been classified as an employee - not an independent contractor - and that she was due over $4 million in expenses and penalties.

read more >>>

Australian Bureau of Statistics      

5439.0 International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Jun 2015