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WDEA, a not-for-profit,
community based organisation
has beendelivering employment
services in Ballarat since 2009.

Established in Warrnambool in
1989, is now one of the largest
providers of disability and
general employment services
in Regional Victoria and
South Australia.

Recent announcements of
increased business in Ballarat
will result in WDEA growing
it’s staffing to approximately 30
employees by July 2015.



Items of Interest

ACCI Small Business Survey: March Quarter 2015 - view survey>>>

ACCI: Small businesses doing it tough before Budget lifeline - read media release>>>

Give it a go: There's no better time than now - read article>>>

Focus on winning either hearts or minds - read article>>>

Enjoy the top 14 quotes from Daze of Disruption! - read more>>>

Gates, Gladwell, Cain, and More: 17 presentation secrets from superb TED talks - read article>>>

3 truths about millennials that will change the way you manage them - read article>>>

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May 14 - May 20


Business Day Out 2015

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Upcoming Events

Commerce Ballarat Members Briefing

Date: Wed 27 May
Venue:  Trench Room, Town Hall, Sturt St
Time: 12.00pm - 1pm (lunch included)

Members: FREE


Details: City of Ballarat Draft Budget 2015/16 and Draft Council Plan




Young Professionals Network

@ The Bean Barn, 217 Sturt Street

Date: Thur 28 May
Time:  7.30am—9am
Free for Commerce Ballarat Members

Details: 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.




Date: Tue 02 June
Venue: Jacksons & Co, 201 Mair Street
Time: 7.00am - 9.00am

Members: $20.00
Non Members: $25.00

Details: Business is about people - are you getting the most value from your team? Presented by Harwood Andrews, MTA Optima, Plus It and Adroit Insurance.

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE


Commerce Ballarat 505 Club

Hosted by Standby Security Services

Date: Thur 11 June
Venue: 122 Doveton Street South
Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm

Members: Free
Non Members: $16.50

Details: An evening of networking and fostering positive business relationships. Drinks and savouries Provided.

Members and Non Members: REGISTER HERE


Members News

May Membership Mates Rates

Commerce Ballarat members have the opportunity to access some fantastic discounts during the month of May. Get a mate’s business to sign up as a new member during the month of May and both you and your mate will benefit. More info click here


We’re encouraging your business to take a pic when you buy from another local biz and share it on social media!

Enter by posting your image on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the


or email your image to .
Winner will be randomly selected and will receive a $500 voucher for their biz from a Commerce Ballarat b2b Gold Sponsor of their choice.
Competition starts May 11, the winner will be announced May 27.



SME $20,000 "instant" asset tax write-off explained - and it applies to second-hand assets too

Source: Smart Company 21 May 2015

The 2015-16 federal budget announcement that small businesses (i.e. businesses with aggregate annual turnover less than $2 million) would be able to immediately write off assets they start to use or install ready for use, provided the asset costs less than $20,000 has been widely welcomed. No surprise there.

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Finding the cure to staff disengagement

Source: Marketing Mag 21 May 2015 

Chris Roberts, managing director of Engaged Marketing, diagnoses a bad case of staff disengagement and prescribes some solutions. If the average Australian workplace was a patient, doctors would diagnose a bad case of employee disengagement that had the potential to poison the organisation’s business goals and bottom line.
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Australian Bureau of Statistics

5439.0 International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Apr 2015

6227.0.30.001 Microdata: Education and Work, May 2014

9314.0 Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Apr 2015

5671.0 Lending Finance, Australia, Mar 2015

7215.0 Livestock Products, Australia, Mar 2015