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Billy's Bistro & Bar Mercure Ballarat

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Freight Bar & Resturant

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Items of Interest

ACCI: Australian Chamber welcomes Turnbull Government’s Harper Review response - read media release>>>


3 Ways to Use the Green-Eyed Monster to Your Advantage - read article>>>


Christmas trading explained: SmartCompany’s guide to festive season public holidays and opening hours 2015 - read more>>>


Meet Margot Spalding, the owner of a $20 million regional business who is standing up for her community - read article>>>


How your business can secure an Export Market Development Grant - read article>>>

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November 19 - November 25

Ballarat Show Day Public Holiday: In order for us to advocate on your behalf it is
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Upcoming Events

Young Professionals Network - Coffee Catch Up

@ 4 Seasons Juice Bar

Date: Thursday 26 November
Time: 7.30am - 9.00am 
Venue: 4 Seasons Juice Bar, 323 Sturt St

Free for CB members

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, with like minded young professionals.

Last YPN Catch up for 2015!

No RSVP necessary.

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*
*$10pp donated directly to UnitingCare

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 Convention Centre. It will be a fun afternoon for members to socialise and celebrate 2015.



BisNet Breakfast

3BA Christmas Appeal Auction
Guest Speaker: Ryan Waight

Date: Tuesday 01 December
Venue: North Ballarat Sports Club, 729 Creswick Road
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Members: $20.00
Non Members: $30.00

Details: Ryan Waight is an engaging leadership coach and speaker who creates positive change within organisations. This breakfast will also give attendees the chance to bid at auction from an exciting range of donated items.


Members & Non members: REGISTER HERE

505 Club

Hosted by Federation Business School

Date: Wednesday 9 December
Venue: Ballarat Technology Park Central
            106-110 Lydiard St Sth
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50

Details: An evening of networking and building relationships to grow your business, drinks and nibbles provided.

This 505 Club will also be an opportunity to acknowledge both our Mentees and Mentors from the 2015 Mentoring Program.

Members & Non-members: REGISTER HERE

BisNet Breakfast

Guest Speaker: Jane Ferrari

Date: Tuesday 02 February 2016
Venue: Oscars Hotel, 18 Doveton St Sth
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Members: $20.00
Non Members: $30.00

Details: The job title of 'Winemaker - Communications’ scarcely indicates the scope of Jane Ferrari’s role at Yalumba Wines and still less of her expansive personality. Her passion is as infectious as it is heartfelt. If you spend an hour or so with Jane, be it in a London boardroom, a New York tasting or at the Angaston winery, you will learn more about the heritage and culture of Yalumba and the wider Barossa region than most locals learn in a lifetime.

Members & Non-members: REGISTER HERE

Ignite Your Business 2016 

Presented by Federation Business School

Date: Tuesday 16 February 2016
Venue: Ballarat Technology Park - Central Seminar Theatre
Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm

Members: Free
Non members: $45.00

Details: This workshop will assist you in understanding the benefits of strategic planning for your business.   It will provide you with the skills to undertake the process and give you the opportunity to reflect on your business whilst interacting with other business owners from the region.  The workshop will have a focus on growing your business in a sustainable way and will help you to identify the strategies that may give you an edge over your competitors. 

Members & Non members: REGISTER HERE

Members News

2016 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards Sponsorship

As part of its role in providing a united voice, strong, reliable leadership and advocacy for business, Commerce Ballarat is proud to be hosting the 2016 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards. Commerce Ballarat is offering you the opportunity to link your business with these prestigious awards, ONE category sponsorship is still available for 2016! For more info contact

2016 Commerce Ballarat Mentoring Program now OPEN!

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the 2016 Commerce Ballarat Mentoring Program. This is an exciting opportunity for Ballarat businesses, suitable for new enterprises or those that require assistance to grow or develop their business further. The program is free of charge for Commerce Ballarat Members! For more information download flyer   places are limited.

Ballarat Golf Club for a Staff Christmas Party

Are you looking for a venue to hold a Christmas party for your staff but your group isn't large enough to book an entire venue? This could be perfect for you! Join the Ballarat Golf Club for a Staff Christmas Party you will remember. Festive decorations a 2 course meal and live entertainment for $50 per guest. Saturday 19th of December - doors open at 7pm, dinner at 7.30pm - Bookings are essential. You can call and speak to their function Managers Nat & Narelle on 5338 3000 or send a message for more information. You can also email on


To Lead Change, Explain the Context

Source: HBR Tuesday 24 November

Imagine that your boss asks you to run as fast as possible in one direction, and then after a few minutes, blows the whistle and asks you to run the opposite way. Imagine that this happens over and over again. After a while, you’d not only get tired, you would be frustrated by the meaningless instructions and the lack of progress.


Understanding Australian Customers

Source: Marketing Mag . Wednesday 25 November

Australians are a unique bunch, writes Tony Ward, from our approach to brand loyalty to how we interact on social media. Tony wardOne size doesn’t fit all when it comes to global consumers. Research reveals major differences between East and West, among emerging and mature economies, as well as within OECD (developed) countries themselves.


Australian Bureau of Statistics      

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


5220.0 Australian National Accounts: State Accounts, 2014-15


5368.0.55.003 International Trade: Supplementary Information, Financial Year, 2014-15