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Items of Interest

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


The value revolution: riding the four waves of understanding value - find out more>>>


From startup to established brand: Are you ready to transition? - read article>>>


Contagion, currencies and confusion: what's really going on in the Asian markets? - read more>>>


What really motivates workers in their 20s - read article>>>  

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August 20 - August 26

Take a look at the Winners in the 2015 Federation
Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards!


Upcoming Events

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: $30.00

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: Registrations now closed

View and register for more upcoming BisNet Breakfasts>>>

Young Professionals Network

@ The Ansonia

Date: Thursday 24 September
Time:  7.30am—9am
Venue: The Ansonia, 32 Lydiard St Sth

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.

505 Club

Hosted by: Ballarat Community Health

Date: Thursday 8 October
Venue: 12 Lilburne Street, Lucas
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

Commerce Ballarat TGIF Members’ Lunch

Date: Friday 27 November
Venue: Billy’s Bistro and Bar - Mercure Ballarat
Time:  1.30pm - 3.30pm

Members: $25.00*
*$10 going directly to UnitingCare BreezeWay Meals Program

Details: Commerce Ballarat Members are invited to enjoy a delicious lunch at Billy’s Bistro and Bar, in the new dining space and al fresco at Mercure Ballarat hotel and Convential Centre. It will be a fun afternoon for members to socialise and celebrate 2015.


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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

2015 Jobs and Skills Drive Program

The 3rd annual  Jobs and Skills Drive will be held from the 15-17 of September. There are some great opportunities for a range of participants including secondary students, job seekers, employers, career practitioners and those working with young people. Spaces are limited, so please book early. Download program here

Kwik Kopy have moved

They’ve relocated to 27 Peel Street South - all emails and phone numbers remain the same. Check them out in their new amazing store for all your corporate design and printing solutions.

Ballarat Regional Tourism new location

The Ballarat Visitor Information Centre and BRT offices are now located at the Town Hall - all contact details remain the same. Check out their new location soon!



Why customers still talk like their parents

Source: Smart Company 25 Aug 2015

Last week I attended a client’s focus group to understand what really mattered to these people. Interestingly I didn’t hear focus group participants talk about omni-channel, multi-channel, customer experience, predictive analytics or any of that "big end of town" nomenclature when describing retail.

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How to stop micromanaging your team

Source: Harvard Business Review 21 Aug 2015

Micromanaging is a hard habit to break. You may downplay your propensities by labelling yourself a "control freak" or by claiming that you just like to keep close tabs on your team, but those are poor excuses for excessive meddling. What can you do to give your people the space they need to succeed and learn?

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Australian Bureau of Statistics      

5439.0 International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Jul 2015

8167.0 Selected Characteristics of Australian Business, 2013-14

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