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Items of Interest 

ACCI: Renewable Energy Target needs to be amended - read media release >>>


ACCI Report: Assessing the impact of renewable energy target - read report here >>>

Event "Can international students help build your export business?" - more information >>>

Can creativity really be taught? - read article>>>

Are you ready for pin only eftpos purchasing? - read article >>>

50 tips you need to know to rock social media - read article >>>

Richard Branson: 'There's No Shortcut or Magic Recipe to Success' - read article >>>

Members in the News

The Courier Newspaper


Ballarat Community Health  to host the Challenging responses to family Violence conference in November

Ballart’s LoungeRoom series lauded a success. Winter series was held over 4 Friday evenings at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka

Ballarat Community Health’s
new Lucas centre officially opened

UnitingCare Ballarat
and Mental Illness Fellowship awarded tender to provide mental health services for Ballarat and the surrounding region.

Merger of Karden Disability Support Foundation and Arthur Creative to expand an arts program for Ballarat people with a disability.

Clare Bowditch to present at B31 Ballarat Business Month in August.

Beechworth Bakery Ballarat have joined The Courier once again to launch the search for Ballarat’s best slice.

BRACE Education and Ballarat health Services celebrate a decade of collaboration training aged care workers.

Business Weekly

July 24 - July 30

2014 CGU Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards

Congratulations to all finalists! Click here to see the full list of finalists and check our Facebook photo gallery

Watch the amazing video below, CB is very proud of our finalists!


2014 Finalist Montage - watch video >>>

Upcoming Events    

Commerce Ballarat Young Professional Network - Regular Coffee Catch-up

The Young Professionals Network is now meeting on a regular basis - the last Thursday of every month. The venues will vary throughout the CBD and will be communicated via emails, social media and this bulletin.


Our next catch up will be on;
July 31, 7:30-9am @ The Bean Barn.

Please come along for a chat and a coffee before work. Feel free to quickly pop in or stay longer. A great way to network in a relaxed setting.

Commerce Ballarat 505 Club

Hosted by WDEA Employment

Date: August 14 2014

Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50
Venue: WDEA Employment, 219 Mair Street
Time: 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 - B31 Ballarat Business Month Events

Download full events program here >>>


6 August 2014
Government Lobbying & Community Engagement

Premier PR, Managing Director, Joanna Stevens will share her solid understanding of how government operates from her time working for the Federal Government in the office of Chief Government Whip. 


13 August 2014
Business Basics Panel  

This session is definitely worth attending for any business whether you are a new business, growing rapidly or looking for a better structure. 

20 August 2014
Dealing with the Media

This session will be presented by Joanna Stevens, Managing Director, Premier PR, former journalist and  founder of Ballarat Lifestyle Magazine. 


21 August 2014
Marketing for Biz Panel

A panel of expert speakers will share their wealth of knowledge about the power of marketing and the part it plays in every business success.

Click on links for further details. All events are free for CB Members but bookings are essential

Members News

Are you feeling the cold - Please Help!

Uniting Care has an urgent need for men’s coats, sleeping bags and blankets. Please drop them into the CB office or directly to Uniting Care at the Light Lounge, 105 Dana Street.

Enterprise Magazine Publishing Dates 2014/15

Since its introduction in 2005 Enterprise has celebrated the successes of Ballarat business and continues to be the business review publication embraced by the city’s business community. Over 4000 copies of the magazine are distributed free of charge via post to local businesses and hand delivered to restaurants and cafes in the CBD. See pricing and publishing dates here >>>  

Celebrate the opening of Ballarat Community Health Lucas

BCH invite the community to a free fair on Sunday 3 August. The Fair will run between 10am to 3pm on Sunday at 12 Lilburne Street, Lucas Town Centre. The fair will be an opportunity to see that BCH Lucas delivering much more than health and clinical services and is quickly becoming a new community hub for Ballarat’s growth zone. Take a tour, get a free health or blood pressure check, visit our new public gym and try some of the free activities. There will be fun for the kids too with a jumping castle, face painting, kids gym and free balloons.

Blossom Connect eStore - can you contribute or benefit?

Blossom Connect recently launched "The Printable eStore" offering a variety of printable downloads for local families. From planners & organisers to birthday invitations and eBooks. We would like to expand this eStore to include valuable information resources for parents and families in the region. Information sheets, How to Guides and short eBooks on health, education, wellbeing and play. If your business is interested in providing expert content for such resources and promoting your business through Blossom Connect please contact Louise Jones at or 0409 943 862 or visit

The George Hotel - Function space exhibition

Management at The George Hotel invite you to attend a 'Cocktail & Canape Evening’ in The Lounge, located in the rear of The George Hotel on Friday 8 August at 6:30pm. This event will provide us with the opportunity to tour the many event spaces for the possibility of your business hosting future events within our precinct, in one of the function spaces. For more information or to RSVP please contact



What good retailers do right and bad ones do wrong

Source: Smart Company ,  29 July 2014 

"By and large, talent is in such short supply that mediocrity can be taken for brilliance rather more than genius can go undiscovered." - Charles Saatchi  read more >>>        


Don’t Try to Read Your Employees’ Minds

SourceHarvard Business Review  , 28 July 2014

In An Essay on Criticism, Alexander Pope famously wrote, "A little learning is a dangerous thing." I think of this quote often when observing executives with a "little learning" of emotional intelligence read more >>>  


Australian Bureau of Statistics

4260.0 Outcomes from Vocational Education and Training in Schools, experimental estimates, Australia, 2006-2011 (First Issue)

9309.0 Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2014

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