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Say No to New Public Holidays for Victoria

Two new Public Holidays have been gazetted for Victoria in 2015.

AIGroup estimates the additional public holiday for the Grand Final Day Parade alone will cost Victorian Businesses an estimated $1.6 billion,
the equivalent to a 0.5% increase in employee costs.

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MarketingTV: The cultural and technology formula for digital transformation in 'traditional’ sectors - watch video>>>


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ACCI: South Australia deal can set example for the rest of the country - read media release>>>


Don’t rebrand, evolve the one you’ve already got - read article>>>


To be successful, do only what you do best - read article>>>


CEOs need mentors too - read article>>>


Proceed With Caution: Should smartphones come with a warning? - read article>>>

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March 19 - March 25


Upcoming Events      

Young Professionals Network

@ The Bike Rack Café (Gove Cycles), 524 Doveton St Nth

Date: Thu 26 Mar
Time: 7.30am-9am

Members: Free
Non-Member: Free

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

No RSVP necessary.

2015 Federation Business School Business Excellence Awards Launch

Date: Tue 31 Mar
Venue: Federation University Australia, Manufacturing and Engineering Skills Centre, Grant St
Time:  5.30pm -7.30pm

Members: Free  

Details: Join us for drinks and savouries to celebrate the official launch of the 2015 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards

Please RSVP by Wednesday March 24 to Premier PR or
5333 4426

BisNet Breakfast

Date: Tue 7 Apr
Venue: The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard St Nth
Time: 7am-9am

Members: $20.00
Non-Member: $25.00

Details: Guest speaker Jason Cunningham the 'Money Man’ on Channel Ten’s The living Room and Studio 10 will thrill you with his no-nonsense approach to finance.

Registrations close April 2

Members & Non-Members: REGISTER HERE

YPN Evening Event

Supported by Harwood Andrews

Date: Wed 15 Apr
Venue: PO Box Designs, 21 Peel Street North
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Members: Free
Non Members: $20.00

Details: A chance to network and catch up with other young professionals whilst also checking out some of the great creations @ PO Box Designs. There'll be live acoustic music from Mark Muldoon and the chance to try options from the new 'The Rusty Spud' potato bar! *Free drink on arrival & finger food provided.
Members & Non Members REGISTER HERE

Commerce Ballarat 505 Club

Hosted by Enterprise Magazine

Date: Thur 23 Apr
Venue: Print site, 30-32 Grandlee Drive Wendouree
Time:  5.30pm-7.30pm

Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50

Details: A evening of networking and fostering positive business relationships. Drinks and savouries provided.

Members & Non Members: REGISTER HERE

Business Day Out

Date: Wed 20 May 
Venue: Novotel Forest Resort Creswick
Time: 8am - 4.15pm

Members: $215.00
Non Members: $250.00

Details: Business Day Out 2015 is a fully catered one-day conference. The day will consist of four guest speakers; Morris Miselowski - Sharon Williams - Brad Smith - Paull Jeffrey. Throughout the day participants will have a chance to interact with other like minded business people.

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE  

Members News

B2b Advertising Campaign - Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship now available contact for more information.


UnitingCare Donation Bin’s available for your workplace!

UnitingCare Ballarat is a not-for-profit community service agency that has delivered support to thousands of people in our community for over 35 years. The UnitingCare Donation Bin’s (small - size of small wheelie bin) are available if you would like one brought to your workplace, UnitingCare will leave it for 2 weeks and then pick it up again. If you need any more info or would like a donation bin please contact Angela Kelly on 0429 655 133 or by email


Harwood Andrews - First Ballarat Business to become a Certified B Corp

Employees, the local community and the environment are set to benefit following Ballarat law firm, Harwood Andrews’ certification as a B Corporation. Harwood Andrews joins businesses such as well-known adventure apparel brand Patagonia, thriving online marketplace Etsy and ice-cream company Ben & Jerry’s to be awarded with the certification. B Corp certification is issued to businesses by B Lab, a not-for-profit organisation that works to give the tick of approval to businesses who meet high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency - read media release>>>


World Autism Awareness Day

Community Autism Information Session Presented by Fiona Ransley from Amaze (Autism Victoria). Following the information session you are invited to a light morning tea, where Fiona will be available for individual discussion and questions.
When: 10.30am - 11.30am, Thursday 2 April 2015
Where: McCallum Conference Centre, Leopold Street Ballarat
This is a free event, please RSVP by telephone 5334 1921.
Download flyer HERE


WaterAid Golf Day 2015 - Player & Sponsorship Opportunities

WaterAid Committee at Central Highlands Water, are pleased to invite your organisation to participate in the 2015 WaterAid Charity Golf Day to be held on Friday 17th April at the Forest Resort Golf Course in Creswick. Please fill out the flyer/registration form if any of your staff may wish to enter as an individual or as a team of 4 players. In addition to welcoming any team player registrations, there is also the opportunity to sponsor the event. If you are interested in supporting this great event, could you please complete the FORM and return it with payment at your earliest convenience to Julia Ballinger .




Four Ways to Create a Great Workplace Culture

Source: Smart Company 23 Mar 2015

Australian employers lose billions of dollars each year due to staff turnover. However, a great working environment can help counteract employee churn, reducing the cost and time associated with finding and training new staff. A happy team is a productive team, so here are SmartCompany’s top four tips for fostering a positive culture in your workplace.

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Stop Reacting and Start Responding

Source: Entrepreneur 24 Mar 2015

True health comes from listening to your whole self. Of course, when you’re talking about physical health, listening becomes a lot easier -- that ache in your left knee is hard to ignore. Emotions, on the other hand, are a little trickier. Somewhere along the line, you started labeling events as "good" or "bad" and constructing predetermined responses to both.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics

3236.0 Household and Family Projections, Australia, 2011 to 2036

6291.0.55.001 Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery, Feb 2015

6291.0.55.003 Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, Feb 2015