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Baird & McGregor is one of the
oldest and most prestigious
 legal practices in Ballarat. 
We have close links to the
local community and can give
first-hand advice on local
matters. We are proud of our
reputation and always give our
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Special Offer to Commerce
Ballarat members: simple Wills
and Enduring Powers of Attorney
 for a couple $200.00 (inc GST). 

Offer valid until 26th
November 2014



Is your business using Social Media? Do you know/understand why it should be?
Take a few minutes and check out the psychology behind........

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Items of Interest 

VECCI - Survey shows lifting payroll tax threshold would encourage Victorian employment growth -  read article >>>

10 strategies for managing clock-watching - read article >>>

To Be Successful, Do Only What Matters - read article >>>

How You're Not Maximizing Facebook - read article >>>

What are the most important signs your enterprise has a resilient immune system? - Read article >>>

You’ll never hear successful people say these 15 phrases - read article >>>

The most interesting man in the world is now on Oculus Rift - read article >>>   

Members in the News

The Courier Newspaper

RSM Bird Cameron a local accounting firm will move to a new three story building

The Ballarat Turf club have already sold 2500 dining packages significantly more than last year’s 1500

Berry Street held a recognition lunch last Wednesday to applaud the efforts of current foster carers

Committee for Ballarat will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in 2015

Ballarat Regional Industries is celebrating 30 years

State government funding will boost MaxiTRANS productivity and provide several new jobs

The City of Ballarat will set up in Buninyong on Thursday, with council officers staffing a 'pop-up’ office at the town hall

New Link  special vecci membership discount for members of an affiliated local chamber    

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October 22 - October 29




Good Food Ballarat a month-long celebration of the local venues, menus and producers of
Ballarat's food culture.



Upcoming Events    



Young Professionals Network Events

Coffee Catch Up

The Young Professionals Network is now meeting on a regular basis - the last Thursday of every month.

Our next catch up will be on; Oct 30, 7:30-9am @ Craig’s Royal Hotel, 10 Lydiard St Sth. Please come along for a free chat and a coffee before work. No RSVP required.

Evening Networking YPN

@ Red Lion Hotel, 221 Main Rd
Date: 19 November
Members: Free
Non Members: $20.00
Time: 5.30pm -
First Drink and savouries provided. RSVP Required. REGISTER HERE   

Download event flyer here  



Commerce Ballarat Info Comm Breakfast

Date: 12 Nov 2014
Members: $15.00
Non Members: $25.00
Venue: Sails on the Lake
Time: 7.00am-8.45am


Running a family business can be immensely rewarding, but also present unique and often unexpected challenges. Harwood Andrews is dedicated to supporting family businesses and in this breakfast seminar will cover topics relating to succession planning, development of family business structures, family constitutions, trade mark and intellectual property considerations for your business, and managing the challenges, pressures and unique factors that family businesses often face.
Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE


Melbourne Food and Wine CEO Natalie O'Brien

Date: 25 Nov 2014
Members: Free
Non Members: $25
Venue: Jackson’s & Co, Cnr Mair & Lydiard sts
Time: 3pm - 5pm

Key note speaker - Natalie O’Brien, CEO of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, followed by drinks and networking.

Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE




505 Club

Hosted by Golden City Hotel

Date: 04 December 2014
Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50
Venue: Golden City Hotel, Sturt 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  

Members News


2015 Commerce Ballarat Mentoring Program

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the 2015 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 and for Commerce Ballarat Members the program is free of charge! For more information download flyer    


Enterprise is Turning 10! Commerce Ballarat Members Special Rates

Commerce Ballarat Members continue to have the chance to buy advertising space in all 3 editions of the Enterprise in 2015 and receive discounted rates plus a free advertisement in The Courier. More details


Ansonia Restaurant Pre-Christmas Party Menu

The Ansonia Restaurant is offering delicious lunch and dinner packages for pre-Christmas functions up to the 24th December.  For menu information and bookings phone 03 5332 4678 or email


Mental Health Program Wins Prestigious Award

Electricity distribution company CitiPower and Powercor has won the Mental Health Employer Excellence Award at the 2014 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards presented by Victorian Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge. The inaugural award recognises the company’s Mental Health Program which promotes awareness, prevention and early intervention. Read media release


Simplex Insurance Solutions named Best Insurance Broker at recent AB+F Insurance Awards

Simplex Insurance Solutions was announced as Australia’s Best Insurance Broker at the Australian Banking& Finance Insurance Awards (AB+F) held at the Ivy Room in Sydney on 16th October, 2014


The George Hotel Balcony Lunch

Discover the bounty of our Ballarat region, with Exclusive Chef Liam Downes preparing a four course degustation lunch with matching wines. Held on Friday 14th of November at The George Hotel (first floor balcony), 12 noon, bookings are essential



The Man Behind Aesop’s Global Growth: Meet Michael O’Keeffe

Source: Smart Company  28 October 2014    


Aesop’s chief executive, Michael O’Keeffe has grown from a minnow to a globally recognised cosmetics brand, securing himself a nomination for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards in the process read more >>>



5 Tips to Productively Change You Anger

Source: Inc 28 October 2014    


Contrary to conventional wisdom, anger can be productive and healthy, but you need to know how to express it the right way, say the authors of a new book read more >>>  



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