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Originally built in 1901,
this luxury hotel was lovingly
restored in 2013 and later
purchased by Nicky and
Danny Quinlan in November,
2013. Offering an intimate
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class  accommodation
with shopping, cafes and 
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The Courier Newspaper

The Bridge Mall precinct project will highlight the importance of spending with local small business operators while promoting Small Business Day on Oct 4

Management of the Eureka Pool will be handed back over to The City of Ballarat

Fragments torn from the original Eureka flag are being exhibited at M.A.D.E for the first time in more than a century

Federation University’s Enactus team is working hard to bring aid and comfort to Ballarat’s disadvantaged and homeless

Children will have the chance to build the Eureka Stockade scene entirely out of Lego this weekend at M.A.D.E as part of the 160th anniversary of the battle


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September 11 - September 17


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 @ 212  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  


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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




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Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities for Members

Members currently have the chance to support two CB initiatives - More information contact


Become a b2b Business to Ballarat supporter and assist us to promote Buy Local

Sponsor Business Day Out 2015, CB’s newest business event


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  


Invitation to Ballarat Businesses

The Industry Skills Consultative Committee (ISCC) is hosting Tell it like it is, government and business coming together to explore real training needs and requirements. - Download More Information >>>

Famous Last Words

UnitingCare are raising funds for BreazeWay Meal Program by presenting the show 'Famous last words’ where accomplished people will give the final speech of their life at an event you will be dying to see! Friday 10th October, 7.30pm at Neil Street Uniting Church, Adults $19, Concession $16 to book tickets call MajesTix on 5333 5888.


Congratulations to our Ballarat's Best Boss (BBB) finalists: Karen McCraw, Karden Disability; Lee Squire, Fernwood Fitness; and Ben Sellars, Ben's Army. Come along to our Member's Night Friday where we will be crowning the winner, plus all Members will receive free house wine and beer from 5pm-7pm (you can sign up on the night).


School Holiday Fun

Minecraft Competition

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) is giving Australian Minecraft users, 18 years old and under the chance to compete in one of Australia’s hottest competitions celebrating the 160th Anniversary of The Eureka Stockade. The competitors will be required to build the Eureka stockade in Minecraft on a custom designed server MADECORE! A chance to play Minecraft and win prizes! Entries are now open, register now!


Kryal Castle

These school holidays at Kryal Castle - you get to meet the The Clans of Kryal! The King, Queen, Knights, Maidens, the She-Dragon Ushnagh, even the Wizard - are all anxiously awaiting the end of Term 3 to welcome adventurers young and old into the castle. We're open seven days a week throughout the holidays!



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Source: Entrepreneur  16 September 2014

Peter mired inside a traditional corporate environment and people living life inside lean start-ups will find his thinking particularly spot on! read more >>>


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Source: Smart Company 15 September

Innovation - it’s a word used far too often with many connotations that confuse businesses over what innovation is, how they should be trying to achieve it and what the best outcomes of being innovative are read more >>>


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