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Items of Interest 

 ACCI Survey of Investor Confidence July - read article >>>

The painless way to power up your profits - read article >>>

Work smarter not harder - read article >>>

The seven things not to do when sending emails to clients, customers & prospects - read article >>>



Business Beyond 2014 - watch video >>>

Members in the News

The Courier Newspaper

Art Gallery of Ballarat to host the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards for the 2nd year

Ballarat Regional Tourism to run 50 television adverts during SBS’s 3 week coverage of the Tour De France focussing on Ballarat

Phoenix P-12 Community College students to participate in a performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre of Mozart’s The Magic Flute

The Good Guys Local giving program donates over $18,000 to Ballarat Hospice Care

Ballarat Turf Club to host its first million-dollar Cup Day this year - Saturday 22 November

Bastille Day celebrations at Mitchell Harris Wines at Le Tour 2014 event

Ballarat Technology Park Central, Federation University host two day GovHack competition

Federation University to offer short courses in Illustration Character Design for aspiring artists & graphic designers

Federation University to hold open day on August 31.

Leadership Ballarat Western Region initiative, Rug Up Ballarat host successful winter market at Mining exchange

UnitingCare Ballarat benefit from donations made at Rug Up Ballarat Winter Market

Being open for only two months, Fu Man Lou is still the talk of the town

Business Weekly

July 10 - July 16

Upcoming Events    

Lunch & Learn with Russ Wylie

Date:23 Jul 2014
Venue: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, 102 Eureka Street
Time: 12:30pm - 2pm
Members: Free
Non Members: $25.00


Did you miss Russ Wylie at our Business Day Out this year? Or perhaps you saw him and wish to delve deeper? This session is for you.

Russ has been working with Business Owners, CEO's and Executive Management Teams for over 20 years, he specialises in helping businesses handle the practical & emotional demands of growth, change & adaptive leadership.

*Session cost includes a packed lunch of sandwich, slice and drink.

**Non Members who attended Business Day Out may attend free of change but must register by emailing  

To book your place please contact the office on 5333 3233

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

6 August 2014

Government Lobbying & Community Engagement

13 August 2014

Business Basics Panel

20 August 2014

Dealing with the Media

21 August
Marketing for Biz Panel

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

Members News

Business Opportunity - New CB Website

CB members are invited to click on the link to download the website specifications document .

Big News! First keynote speaker for BDO 2015 confirmed

Brad Smith is twice winner of Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year and runner-up International Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Brad's company braaap has won Australian Retail Business of the Year four times. In 2014 he was appointed to the Reserve Bank of Australia's advisory Board. Click here to read full bio   

BDO Sponsorship Opportunities Available,

Phoenix P-12 Community College invite Business Back to School

In conjunction with B31 Ballarat Business Month Phoenix P-12 Community College is inviting Ballarat Business back to school on August 25. From 9:30am-12:30pm students will conduct sessions that give business owners the opportunity to experience today’s classroom.  The experience has been organised by the Year 12 PDS/WRS VCAL students and will include classes/instructions in VET (Vocational Education and Training), ICT in the classroom and question and answer time. For more details and to book click here >>>


Fernwood supports women of Western Victoria with new online program

From leotards to leggings, Les Mills to Zumba, fluoro to black and back again, Fernwood Fitness has proudly produced transformed women's lives for 25 years. To celebrate this remarkable milestone, and help women in Ballarat and surrounds achieve their best body for life, Fernwood Fitness alongside health and fitness coaches Susan, Tracey and Genevieve, Fernwood’s online angels, has created the 28 Day Breakthru™ online program offering the perfect combination of exercise, nutrition and mindset. Read full Media Release here >>

2014 Breeders Crown semi finals & Ballarat's Got Talent return to Bray Raceway

The Ballarat District Trotting Club will host the Semi-Finals of the Breeders Crown Saturday 16 August in conjunction with Ballarat’s Got Talent competition, showcasing Ballarat most talented individuals and groups. Action kicking off at 5pm, contact the Club for bookings or more information on (03) 5334 1744



The Stakeholders You Need to Close a Big Deal

Source: Harvard Business Review , 11 July 2014

A $27 million investment by Andreessen Horowitz fueled Pinterest’s explosive rise on the startup scene. A partnership with Starbucks elevated the mobile payment company Square to a whole new level  read more >>>       



Why Good Old Competition Still Matters

SourceInc Magazine , 14 July 2014

In my first job out of college, I worked for a startup company whose biggest partner was one of our nation's largest aerospace companies. Frequently, I would have to visit the offices of the larger company to work side-by-side with their employees read more >>>




Australian Bureau of Statistics

9314.0 Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Jun 2014.

5671.0 Lending Finance, Australia, May 2014

6202.0 Labour Force, Australia, Jun 2014

1310.0 ABS Stats Mobile Application, Jul 2014

8752.0 Building Activity, Australia, Mar 2014



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