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Cinque Oakley Senior Lawyers
is a firm comprising of
five lawyers that commenced
practice in 1984. It has,
as its guiding philosophy,
service and loyalty to
clients which is the
foundation of the firm’s
longevity. Cinque Oakley
Senior Lawyers provides
a wide range of legal services
including wills and estates,
conveyancing, family,
crime and commercial matters.

Ph. 03 5331 5466


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Items of Interest

ACCI congratulates Government on its successful hosting of the G20 leaders read media release >>>

ACCI welcomes announcement of the conclusion of free trade negotiations between Australia & China read media release >>>

Australia-China free trade only a first step to real partnership read more >>>

Sponsorship opportunity Rotary Conference 2015 - more info >>>  

20 essentials for interviewing prospective employees read more >>>

What are the secrets to making people click? Find out more >>>

Twitter now lets you search through every tweet ever tweeted read article >>>


Members in the News

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Centrecare’s annual toy drive has kicked off again in an effort to give every child a chance to wake up to a gift on Christmas

A new fundraising event for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute a golf day called 'Chip for Charity’

The Forge and Mitchell Harris Wine Bar have taken out a place in the Golden Plate Awards

Steven Stosny’s was speaking at Ballarat community Health’s inaugural Family Violence Conference at Ballarat Lodge last Thursday

Committee for Ballarat chairwomen Judy Verlin and BJT director Stacey Grose, want more females to step up to the leadership plate


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November 12 - November 19


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Upcoming Events     

Young Professionals Network Evening Event

@ Red Lion Hotel,  221 Main Rd

In partnership with Harwood Andrews

Date: Wednesday 19 November
Members: Free
Non Members: $20.00
Time:  5:30pm

This event provides young professionals with an opportunity to get together to build networks and strengthen relationships with like-minded individuals. First Drink and savouries provided.

Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE

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Young Professionals Network

Coffee Catch up

@ PO Box Designs,  21 Peel street North

Date: Thursday 27 November
Time:  7.30am—9am
Members: Free
Non Members: Free
Please come along for a chat and a coffee feel free to quickly pop in or stay longer. A great way to network in a relaxed setting.

No RSVP necessary.



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, the opportunities available through the festival and the importance a vibrant food scene. Drinks and networking to follow.

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    


2015 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 2015 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards. Commerce Ballarat is offering you the opportunity to link your name with these prestigious awards, two categories available for 2015! For more info contact


Commerce Ballarat’s 'Find the b2b Xmas Bunyip’ Competition!

Clues started 12 November, be listening to PowerFM & Radio3BA for verbal clues each morning. Follow us on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter for pictures clues! More information here


Uniting Care Donation Bin, clean out your wardrobe

UnitingCare Ballarat is a not-for-profit community service agency that has delivered support to thousands of people in our community for over 35 years. The UnitingCare Donation Bin will be at Commerce Ballarat’s office (27 Doveton St Nth) until November 26 for any donations of clothing and blankets. All donations help support lifeline, breezeway and accommodation Assistance.


New CEO at BGT Mr. Garry Doyle

Garry brings a wealth of experience in the area of Training and Management to BGT. His previous experience includes managing training organisations for companies like Nissan, and Siemens. Garry was General Manager of Deakin Prime the corporate arm of Deakin University where he was responsible for providing University and Vet Sector programs to a range of corporate clients. Welcome Garry!


Good Food Ballarat upcoming member’s events

Friday 21 - Jackson’s & Co Experience the Region
Sunday 23 - Seymours On Lydiard Ballarat cup Sunday Social
Tuesday 25 - Ballarat Steakhouse Ribs & Red



Lessons from 2014′s biggest viral success story

Source: Marketing mag 18 November 2014    

Social media feeds have quietened down since July and August when people were posting videos of themselves being doused in freezing iced water. As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge shapes up as 2014’s most successful viral success story  read more >>>


A Primer on Measuring Employee Engagement

Source: Harvard Business Review 17 November 2014    

Much has been studied about the impact of employee engagement on company performance, and there is general agreement that increased engagement drives results read more >>>  


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Australian Bureau of Statistics

9314.0 Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Oct 2014

5501.0.55.001 Government Financial Estimates, Australia, 2014-15 Final (Final Issue)

7215.0 Livestock Products, Australia, Sep 2014

6324.0 Work-Related Injuries, Australia, JUL 2013 TO JUN 2014