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owned and operated
business located at Dunnstown. 

"We produce some
of the finest milk you are
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We have won several awards
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Paper People | Harry Baker | TEDxExeter - watch video>>>

Items of Interest

ACCI: Kate Carnell's opening remarks at the National Reform Summit - read news>>>


ACCI: China-Australia FTA great for Australian jobs, industry groups say - read media release>>>


Four senior industry leaders talk career advice for under-30s - read more>>>


Your Secret Mental Weapon: 'Don't Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good' - read article>>>


Insta-success: The nitty gritty of what works for businesses on Instagram - find out more>>>


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 Business Weekly

August 21 - September 02

 2015 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat WINNERS!

Watch winner announcement videos - CLICK HERE>>>
View all Winners - CLICK HERE>>>
View happy snaps from the Gala Night CLICK HERE>>>

View WIN News Gala Night wrap up HERE >>>  

Upcoming Events

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

BisNet Breakfast

Guest Speaker: Greg Carpenter

Date: Tuesday 13 October
Venue: Craig's Royal Hotel
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Members: $20.00
Non Members: $30.00

Details:  Greg commenced a career in Racing Administration with the Western Australian Turf Club in November 1981. Currently Greg is the Executive General Manager Racing - Racing Victoria.

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

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.


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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

Victoria Park Preliminary Draft Master Plan 

Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society is seeking the support of Commerce Ballarat members, to complete the Victoria Park Master survey and vote in favour of: Event Infrastructure and Social Amenity.
• Developing the southwest corner as an events space accessible for public use when not used for events.
• Redevelopment of the existing community pavilion as a base to support increased events through the Park.
• Further development of the equestrian precinct to support equestrian.
As you are aware, City of Ballarat has submitted an application for Federal Funding (National Stronger Regions Fund) for establishment of the Showgrounds / Events Centre at Victoria Park. Click HERE  to fill out survey.

Gallery Board of Directors Expression of Interest

The Gallery Board of Directors provides strategic direction for Australia's premier regional gallery. The Board invites expressions of interest for two voluntary four-year positions on the Board from interested parties, outlining senior experience in one or more areas of relevant expertise: financial or legal management in the Not for Profit sector, fundraising and strategic marketing. A commitment to the visual arts is essential. Confidential expressions of interest, including CV, should be received by the Gallery by 5pm, Friday 4 September 2015. More information click here>>>

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

You are invited to a photography exhibition that Alison Shirley and Michelle Dunn have mounted at the Mallow Hotel, just around the corner from Body Brilliance Pilates, at 20 Skipton St. Part of the Fringe exhibitions presented as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, 2015. They have featured images captured during their walk of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, earlier this year. There will be a free drink upon arrival and some nibbles, then further drinks at bar prices. The opening is being held this Thursday, September 3rd, 6 - 9pm.

Fundraiser Mission Australia - Novotel Forest Resort Creswick "GOLF DAY"

Accor Hotels Australia is a business partner of Mission Australia and each year hosts a fundraiser. This
Year a Golf Day will be held at the Novotel Forest Resort in Creswick. Please help support Mission Australia by entering a team of 4, or make a donation of cash or prizes for the event. For more information or to enter CLICK HERE

Grand Final Breakfast with Guest Speaker Brad Sewell

Join the Rotary Club of Wendouree on Saturday October 3rd at the Ballarat Golf Club from 8am-10.30am for a gourmet breakfast and entertainment $60pp. Roland Rocchiccioli and an expert footy panel will be there on the morning also, come join in on the excitement of the day! To book in tables of 10 contact 5333 1105.

Have you booked your Christmas Party?

The Miners Tavern located in the heart of Ballarat, has many fantastic function spaces perfect for your Christmas party. From sit down dinners for as small as 10 or as many as 200, to Cocktail style parties for up to 500. From food & drinks to music & entertainment the Miners Tavern are the venue for you this Christmas. For more info DOWNLOAD FLYER or call 5332 1811.



How Indra Nooyi Turned Design Thinking Into Strategy: An Interview with PepsiCo’s CEO

Source: Harvard Business Review September 2015 
Just a few years ago, it wasn’t clear whether Indra Nooyi would survive as PepsiCo’s CEO. Many investors saw Pepsi as a bloated giant whose top brands were losing market share. And they were critical of Nooyi’s shift toward a more health-oriented overall product line read more >>>

We've Become So Obsessed With 'Innovation' That It's Now Meaningless

Source: Entrepreneur  02 September 2015
The word "innovation" and its many derivatives have come to define the state of business today. Every company, regardless of size, the service they provide or the product they produce wants to at least be perceived as being innovative, regardless of the reality read more >>

Australian Bureau of Statistics      

5232.0.55.001 Assets and Liabilities of Australian Securitisers, Jun 2015

5625.0 Private New Capital Expenditure and Expected Expenditure, Australia, Jun 2015

5655.0 Managed Funds, Australia, June 2015

5676.0 Business Indicators, Australia, Jun 2015

8731.0 Building Approvals, Australia, Jul 2015