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Items of Interest 

ACCI - Westpac survey of industrial trends - read survey >>>

Competition Policy review Draft Report read report>>>

Olly’s online video advertising tip three: how to score a Youtube upgrade - read article>>>

Storytelling is out: Why storymaking is the future of bandmarketing - read article>>>

Ballarat Charities invited to come along and ask the ACNC - more information >>>




Professor Ian Harper, Competition Policy Review - Draft Report released - watch video >>>

Members in the News

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Beechworth Bakery managing director Marty Matassoni is a proud supporter of the Tour de Beechworth as it will help raise funds for SES Victoria

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is giving primary pupils and secondary students the opportunity to work with local professional artists as part of an extensive school holiday program

Bunnings Warehouse will be hosting DIY workshops for grandparents and their grandchildren these school holidays on October 1st

The Ballarat Foto Biennale creative director has travelled to China for the 14th Pingyao International Photo Festival to help promote talented Australian photographers to international audience

Eclipse Ford has said goodbye to devoted Annalee Gertner after 50 years in the business

The City of Ballarat have welcomed state government changes to residential zones which will pave the way for high density housing around the city’s CBD

Apple fanatics brave the cold temperatures for the latest iPhone waiting in line for hours at Telstra Country Wide store last Friday 

The City of Ballarat plan a million-dollar redevelopment of the Black Hill lookout as part of the master plan to transform the iconic reserve

Comfort Inn and Suites City Views Ballarat says old fashioned service helped win the Choice Hotels Australia Franchise of the year Award

The YMCA Recranked Recycle program has donated 25 bikes to the local Bikes4Cambodia organisation

Business Weekly

September 18 - September 24


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Upcoming Events    

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.


Our next catch up will be on;
Sep 25, 7:30-9am @ 212m  Photographic Gallery & Studio, 212 Mair St


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. No RSVP required.

Bisnet Breakfast

Date: 07 Oct 2014
Cost: $25
Venue: Alexandria on Lydiard, 30 Lydiard St Nth
Time: 7.00am-9.00am

Commerce Ballarat is proud to partner with Bisnet for this pre-election panel where candidates have been invited to make a short presentation on why they should be elected to represent this great region. 

Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE

505 Club

Hosted by McCallum Industries

Date: 09 October 2014
Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50
Venue: McCallum Industries, 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  


Diary Dates:

November 25 Melbourne Food and Wine CEO Natalie O'Brien

December 4 505 Club hosted by Golden City Hotel

Commerce Ballarat Info Comm Breakfast

Date: 12 Nov 2014
Members: $15.00
Non Members: $25.00
Venue: TBC
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




Members News

Exciting Sponsorship Opportunity for Members

Members currently have the chance promote their business state-wide - Places limited



Business Day Out 2015

Program announced next week


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  


Exciting Ballarat Turf Club News!

Track opens October 8 for great racing More information

Ladies Day October 23 More information

Drum Roll please!!! Ballarat Cup SATURDAY November 22 Cup Packages


APPLICATIONS OPEN - United Way & Ballarat Foundation community funding 2015

Applications are now open for funding in 2015 from the joint funds of United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation. Funding is available for community groups, volunteers and agencies looking to make the city we love a little bit better. To find out more information please call 5331 5555 or email

Media release and consultation paper - future plans for our electricity network

Directions and Priorities Consultation Paper outlining proposed plans for the electricity network in your area and a supporting media release. The paper is the culmination of 18 months of speaking to customers of CitiPower and Powecor and it outlines their feedback to date and our high level plans for the next five years. Read consultation paper and media release



Why Do Businesses Fail?

Source: The Age   22 September 2014

We think the trouble happens in the first year, but the truth is a little different  read more >>>


The Unpaid Experts at Your Fingertips

Source: Smart Company  23 September

For most smaller business operators, social networking for business still provides as many quandaries and queries as it does opportunities  read more >>>


Australian Bureau of Statistics

6202.0 Labour Force, Australia, Aug 2014


5671.0 Lending Finance, Australia, Jul 2014


9314.0 Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Aug 2014


5439.0 International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Aug 2014


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