Joining Commerce Ballarat
How would your business benefit from becoming a member of Commerce Ballarat, click the image below to see.
Download a Commerce Ballarat PDF Brochure
2013 - 2014 Annual Report
Advocacy - the voice of Ballarat business
Networking - opportunities to liaise with other local businesses
Business Events - either members only or subsidised rates
Development - a wide variety at subsidised rates
Weekly Members Bulletin - delivering relevant information
b2b - Business to Ballarat
Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards
Cost of Membership:
1 - 4 Employees
5 - 20 Employees
All prices are per annum. Please note membership period is from July 1-June 30 inclusive.
"Commerce Ballarat are extremely active within the local community providing a range of informative briefing sessions, outstanding networking opportunities and general assistance to their members. For such a small team, they are outstanding in their delivery of high quality events, functions and workshops for businesses in Ballarat." Kay Macaulay - Australian Industry Group
'Commerce Ballarat is by far the best investment any business can make. Being a member opens so many doors to meet other business’s and build strong business relationships. The events that are offered are very valuable to any business, no matter its size.’ Sam Borner - Ballarat Buyer’s Advocate
"Commerce Ballarat has a profound impact on our business. The networking opportunities, assistance with brand promotion and exposure and representation in matters involving corporate stakeholders is of great assistance. The Ballarat Turf Club is most grateful for the ongoing support from Commerce Ballarat and we look forward to a strong working partnership in the future." Lachlan McKenzie - CEO - Ballarat Turf Club
"Harwood Andrews is proud of the close working relationship we have with Commerce Ballarat. Since our brand entered the market in 2011, we have fostered our connections with the business community through the involvement and support of some of Commerce Ballarat’s premier events, notably the Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards and Business Day Out. We have also actively approached Commerce on many occasions to partner in delivering industry specific information sessions to small and medium sized business owners in an effort to provide valuable support and education to organisations that help Ballarat thrive and prosper.
We have taken the opportunity to provide our support to Commerce Ballarat in 2015 by continuing our sponsorship of the Business Awards, and by taking up the offer of major sponsorship of the Biznet Breakfast series because we believe that the work that Commerce Ballarat does with their members and businesses in the region is vital to their continued success." Shelley Best - Harwood Andrews
"I believe strongly in supporting CB as local businesses should be supporting each other so as to retain as much business in Ballarat as possible. Being a member of CB can ensure that this is possible. The more members the stronger CB becomes and in turn the stronger Ballarat businesses become in difficult economic circumstance as we are all facing now." Wayne Krause - Nextra Wendouree
"On the whole I'm extremely impressed with the value for money that my membership gives to me and my business. It appears that Commerce Ballarat is on the front foot in staying abreast of developing trends within the business community and that effort should always be encouraged and sustained. I've yet to meet any of the Commerce Ballarat people personally, but I already feel like one of the family." Phil Dickson - Ingot Media Pty Ltd.
"A big thanks to all for doing this work and keeping the interest of all businesses at the forefront of people’s minds." Wayne Shrimpton - WorkSecure P/L.
"The main reason that my company has been and will be a member of Commerce Ballarat, is that we need an organisation that is the Voice and Face of small business. We need to be able to liaise with other small business and be kept informed of what is going on in our City." Mike Beaumont - Ballarat Meat Company
"It has been invaluable to me, to have expert folk to talk to about my business, its direction and how to go forward. The support and information has been a great guide and has provided some fabulous opportunities." Alison Shirley, Body Brilliance Pilates
"Ballarat Mailworks is a family business that was established in October 2009 and immediately joined Commerce Ballarat. Without the initial support and guidance of Commerce, we would not now have a successful and viable business. Their ongoing support and communication to us is excellent and we thoroughly recommend any business new or old to become a member." Neil McLeod, Director - Ballarat Mailworks.
"Talking about issues that face our business and strategies to move forward is a really valuable and rewarding experience, we all need some change in our business as it grows to keep us motivated." Ralph Brayshaw, Impact Teamwear
"A fantastic resource we use to ensure current career based advice to young people and to link them with the Ballarat Business community." Brendan O’Connell, Partnership Broker - Team Leader - Highlands LLEN
is a strong advocate for Commerce Ballarat and has found the organisation to be an invaluable resource since we took over two local businesses in 2005 and 2006 (now operating under the one roof at 21
Armstrong St North). I have found Commerce Ballarat to be a dynamic, highly professional, useful, educational, valuable resource for Crowe Horwath
." Kathryn Egan, Branding & Marketing Manager - Western Victoria - Crowe Horwath
Simplex Insurance Solutions was established in Ballarat in 2005, with the assistance of Commerce Ballarat we have been able to grow our business to a point where we have over 1200 clients both local and interstate.
Commerce Ballarat has assisted us with networking events such as 505 where we can meet other professional business people who can assist us in our growth with their services and in turn may also wish to utilise the services that Simplex has to offer too. The Commerce Ballarat Race day is a great networking event where we normally have a table and bring some our clients along to a fun day and it provides our clients with an opportunity to network too. Commerce Ballarat also has relevant business courses, such as the Savvy Social Media course last year which for an old dinosaur like me, it helped me feel more comfortable in the Social Media market place. I find Commerce Ballarat is great value for money and has assisted my company to be the success that it is today. Kay Jackson - Simplex Insurance Solutions
Through our membership and participation in the Commerce Ballarat community, we have benefited from participating in a number of initiatives, including:
- Ballarat Business Awards (as an entrant, category award winner and sponsor)
- Events (through attendance at various events, speaker Opportunity and meeting other members of the Ballarat Business Community)
- Newsletter (Keep up to date on local issues, understanding of what's happening in the community, notify other members of relevant news at Newbiz Solutions)
- Social Media (Understand what other members are up to through social channels - Commerce Ballarat LinkedIn Group & Twitter)
- Support (I have at times sent an email to Jodie requesting feedback on a specific topic)
Commerce Ballarat have also provided advocacy through preparing a letter of support for a Government Grant Application. This allowed us to facilitate a program that resulted in benefits to other members of Commerce Ballarat and the Ballarat Business Community.
Like any community, you get back out what you put in. While we are far from the most active members, we understand that the more we contribute, the bigger the opportunities. How different people perceive opportunities, benefits and value is subjective. What we view as an opportunity, a benefit or valuable will differ from someone else.
For us, the opportunities, benefits and value we receive from being a member far outweighs any costs (money & time) associated with being a member. Paul Brick - Newbiz Solutions