Commerce Ballarat Weekly Bulletin 8 June - 14 June
Quote of the week
"Awards are wonderful. I've been nominated many times and I've won many awards. But my journey is not towards that. If it happens it will be a blast. If it doesn't, it's still been a blast"
Date:19 Jun 2013
Members Only: Free
Details: 19 Jun 2013 3pm
Details: Mars Chocolate Australia
Ring Rd Wendouree
A fantastic opportunity to see inside the workings of one of Ballarat's most iconic manufacturers, numbers are limited and attendees will be required to remove all jewellery and wear flat solid shoes. Numbers are limited.
Commerce Ballarat 505 Club
Date:08 Aug 2013
Non Members: $16.50
21 Armstrong Street North
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
Commerce Ballarat Race Day
Date: 10 Oct 2013
Details: Ballarat Turf Club
Details: 12 Noon
An opportunity to entertain clients or reward your staff. Included Course entry, entree, main meal, afternoon tea and race book. Drinks at bar prices.
Guest speakers to be confirmed. A tour will also be available late morning of the Weir Racing Complex.
Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE
Commerce Ballarat 505 Club was held last night, a big thank you to the Bank of Melbourne for hosting a very successful event.
CB Business Achievement Award - Nominations close June 14
This award aims to recognise either an individual or a business who has contributed over many years to business and the whole of the Ballarat community. Previous winners Bill Flynn W.M. Flynn and Geoff Torney BJT have set a very high standard but we know that there are many unsung heroes in our city. Nominations will be open until 5pm June 14, members can email Jodie@commerceballarat.com.au
stating in 50 words or less why they believe their nominee should be considered. Criteria
Proposed Rates Petition
Have your say http://chn.ge/184R42P
Rugging up for a Winter Solstice
What: Night Craft Market
When: Friday 21st June 5-9pm
Where: Mitchell Harris Wine Bar, 38 Doveton St Ballarat
Cold, grey winters aren’t usually a cause for excitement, unless you live in Ballarat where creative businesses are putting the "brrrrr" in celebration of the winter solstice.
On Friday June 21st the laneway beside Mitchell Harris Wine Bar will take on a European feel with market umbrellas, wine barrels and ambient lighting. Mulled wine will be available to sip, as people browse the high quality work of local artists and designers. Inside the venue there’ll be warmth, yummy food, more wine tasting and cellar door tours during the evening. For more information or to arrange a photo contact Cecily Davis 0418 665 887
Happy Birthday to you!
United Way Ballarat is turning 30 and we are holding an 80's themed birthday party, revelling in the best things to come out of the 80's - including us!
So come along to The Lounge, at The George Hotel on Saturday 20th July from 8pm until 12 midnight and help us to celebrate.
Tickets are now on sale and are $40 ($35 with student discount) - you can pick up your ticket at United Way Ballarat (Level 1, 3 Peel St South) or from The George Hotel. Or call the office on 5331 5555 to reserve your tickets.
Free glass of beer or bubbles on arrival until 9pm, so get in early! Finger food is included.
There will be prizes, giveaways and a costume competition - dress to impress!
Rewind 80's will be there to play all the songs you remember from the decade (and some you've probably forgotten about) and keep you dancing Lionel Richie style (all night long!)
The 12 'next big things’ that really matter to business and the global economy
Source: Marketing Magazine, 11 June, 2013
As 'next new thing’ fatigue reaches exhausting levels, driven by the hyping of almost any new advance in technology as such, new analysis by McKinsey Global Institute has sought to cut through the hype and identify the technologies that will really matter, assessing the impact they will have on life, business and the global economy by the year 2025. McKinsey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of McKinsey and Company, has highlighted 12 disruptive technologies as part of its ongoing remit to delve into the evolving global economy and promote understanding. As the authors point out, business leaders can’t wait until evolving technologies are having their full effects to determine which developments are truly big things. "They need to understand how the competitive advantages on which they have based strategy might erode or be enhanced a decade from now by emerging technologies," states the report, which was authored by James Manyika, Michael Chui, Jacques Bughin, Rochard Dobbs, Peter Bisson and Alex Marrs. But these aren’t just 12 novelties - the report assesses the potential reach and scope as well as the economic impact of the areas of technology, with each area required to meet certain criteria to be included on the list: the economic impact must be potentially disruptive, the technology must be rapidly advancing or experiencing breakthroughs, it must have broad potential scope of impact, and have the potential to affect significant economic value. The final list of 12 was whittled down from more than 100. Here they are, in no particular order, starting with...
1. Mobile internet
The technology: Increasingly inexpensive mobile computing devices and internet connectivity.
• $1.7 trillion: global GDP related to the internet,
• $5 million versus $400: price of fastest supercomputer in 1975 versus modern iPhone equal in performance, and
• 4.3 billion: world population not yet connected to the internet. Read article>>>
The five essentials for building your App
Source: Anthony McGovern, 11 June, 2013
Based on his own recent first-hand experience, here Sydney-based graphic designer, photographer and small business owner Anthony McGovern explains five essentials you must know before developing an App for your business.
1. YOUR MARKET
Make sure you are offering an App with a difference, whether it is something completely new, or a better version of what is out there right now:
• Don't imitate; innovate!
• Make it an App people will want to use and share.
• Research the market to the right demographic.
2. THE NAME
The name is so important; I can't stress this enough. In securing the name for your App:
• Research to make sure it is not taken. This goes not just for iTunes or the App Store, but for Facebook and all social media outlets you plan to use, as well as domain names.
• If you are going global, I recommend the trademark process (Madrid Protocol at least, which covers you in 98 countries), but this can be expensive. Very much worth protecting your brand, though!
• Secure your name as soon as you can on iTunes by starting the upload process on iTunes. You can upload the binary within 120 days of this - if you are not confident your final binary will be ready in 120 days, don’t do this until you are. Read article>>>
Australian Bureau of Statistics
6202.0 Labour Force, Australia, May 2013
5609.0 Housing Finance, Australia, Apr 2013
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