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Solar Energy and your Business

Date:04 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by VECCI in partnership with the Clean Energy Council

Venue: Alexandria on Lydiard, 30 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Details:
This briefing will outline what you need to know about solar energy for business. Learn about the business case for solar, challenges and potential barriers, what questions to ask and how solar may improve your bottom line. Using case studies and language you can understand, VECCI's sustainability experts will help you assess and understand the sometimes complicated world of solar energy.

For further information and to book:
Call Belinda Tierney on 8662 5345 or email training@vecci.org.au


Improving Your Business Resource Efficiency

Date:04 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Venue: Alexandria on Lydiard, 30 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Email : enquiries@growmethemoney.com.au
Phone: 03 8662 5480

Details: VECCI brings you a briefing series covering what you need to know about improving resource efficiency in your business and how it can help you to:
• Reduce operating costs – use fewer resources and generate less waste
• Improve process efficiency – create more using less
• Reduce environmental impact – decrease carbon emissions
• Improve green image and reputation – better engage customers and staff
• Gain a competitive edge – increase market share over competitors

This briefing will provide the opportunity to speak with experts, network with other businesses and share insights into the value of improving resource efficiency in your business. The briefing will give an overview of the tools available to businesses, how to implement them and monitor performance, and how to maximize staff involvement.

This briefing is relevant to all business and industry types - case studies presented will provide practical examples of successfully implemented resource efficiency projects.


Bisnet & B31 Business Breakfast

Date:05 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: TBA
Details:
Presented by Federation University Australia in partnership with Telstra Country Wide, Alexandria on Lydiard, Bartercard and 3BA/Power FM

Venue: Alexandria on Lydiard, 30 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Time: 7.15am - 8.30am

Details:
Digital strategy for the business owner is the subject for our B31 Ballarat Business Month breakfast. Southern Cross Austereo Director of Digital & Innovation Clive Dickens will take you through the growth in social media and why you need to be a part of it. When you consider the growth of mobile devices and how they are used to research and interact, it is much better to be connected to that activity than not. But how do you do it so that it adds value to your business? Come along to our FREE August breakfast to find out.

For further information and to book:
Call Telstra Country Wide on 5338 6069 or email f0901529@team.telstra.com


Gov 4 U!

Date:05 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by the Department of Industry

Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: North Ballarat Sports Club, Creswick Road, Ballarat

Details:
This seminar for small business operators will be jointly delivered by the Federal Department of Industry, the Victorian Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI), the Industry Capability Network (ICN) and Tradestart, together with an Economic Development Manager from the City of Ballarat. Find out what advice, support and grants are available from the three tiers of government for Ballarat businesses and how it can be accessed.

Bookings essential

For further information and to book:
Call John Macdonald on 9268 7576 or book online at https://register.eventarc.com/22966/gov4u-advice-support-grants-for-smes-in-the-ballarat-region


Government Lobbying and Community Engagement

Date:06 Aug 2014
Non Members: $25.00
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by Premier PR in partnership with Commerce Ballarat

Venue: Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar, 18 Doveton Street South, Ballarat
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm


Details:
Premier PR, Managing Director, Joanna Stevens will share her solid understanding of how government operates from her time working for the Federal Government in the office of Chief Government Whip. Hear stories from Canberra's front line, from liaising with the PM's office to how government operates and the appropriate processes for engagement to deliver your message. Joanna is a member of the Federal Government's Lobbyist Register and in her current role engages with local, state and federal governments to secure better services and facilities for the region. Free for Commerce Ballarat members.
Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE


Secrets of my Success

Date:06 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by Crowe Horwath in partnership with the Ballarat Business Centre

Time: 7.00am - 9.00am
Venue: Crowe Horwath, 21 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat

Details:
This interactive forum offers a panel of local successful business owners and operators who will share the reasons for their success and traps to avoid. Leading local businesses including Jackson & Co, Springhill Farm, and Inglenook Dairy, will provide an interactive forum to share their experiences, their reasons for success and traps to avoid - to help you to take the most direct route to success. (bookings essential - includes breakfast)

Please click here (or copy and paste link below into your browser to register)http://comms.crowehorwath.com.au/pub/pubType/EV/pubID/zzzz53a3950f844f6350/nc/zzzz53bc83702ba04978/interface.html

For further information:
Call Natalie Falciglia on 5304 5700 or email ballarat@crowehorwath.com.au


Mobile Business Centre - Part of Victoria's Small Business Festival

Date:08 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by Small Business Victoria and the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation

Venue: Bridge Mall, Ballarat
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Details:
Whether you are planning, starting or growing your business, the Victorian Government's Mobile Business Centre can help you to develop your business ideas and capabilities. Operated by Small Business Victoria, the Mobile Business Centre is a 'travelling office on wheels' and offers friendly, professional assistance from an information officer and expert advice from an experienced business mentor. (Bookings Essential)

For further information and to book:
Call 13 22 15 or book online at www.business.vic.gov.au/mbc


Mobile Business Centre - Part of Victoria's Small Business Festival

Date:09 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by Small Business Victoria and the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation

Venue: Bridge Mall, Ballarat
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Details:
Whether you are planning, starting or growing your business, the Victorian Government's Mobile Business Centre can help you to develop your business ideas and capabilities. Operated by Small Business Victoria, the Mobile Business Centre is a 'travelling office on wheels' and offers friendly, professional assistance from an information officer and expert advice from an experienced business mentor. (Bookings Essential)

For further information and to book:
Call 13 22 15 or book online at www.business.vic.gov.au/mbc


DISC: Capitalising on Behavioural Style for Optimal Performance

Date:12 Aug 2014
Non Members: $40.00
Members: $40.00
Details:
Presented by Headstart Work Solutions

Venue: Ballarat Business Centre, 15 Dawson Street South, Ballarat
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Details:
Learn how to improve the recruitment process and how to manage peak performance through a scientifically validated approach used by over 75% of Fortune 500 Companies. (Bookings Essential)

For further information and to book:
Call Lisa Hayden on 0418 434 434 or email lisa@lisahayden.com.au


Networking: the Next Steps

Date:12 Aug 2014
Non Members: $25.00
Members: $25.00
Details:
Presented by the Ballarat Business Centre

Venue: Jackson & Co, Cnr Lydiard and Mair Streets, Ballarat
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Details:
Networking is all about cost-effective business development. Throughout the month of August B31 will provide unlimited opportunity to create new business contacts and cement existing relationships. Even if you have never networked before you will still get the chance to meet many new contacts. This session will guide you through making the most of the opportunities that will be created from your new contacts. (Bookings Essential)

For further information and to book:
Call Bree Grundell on 5364 2900 or email bree@ballaratbusiness.com.au


Ballarat Technology Park August Breakfast

Date:12 Aug 2014
Non Members: $20.00
Members: $20.00
Details: Venue: Ballarat Technology Park, Mt Helen
Email : j.anson@ballarat.edu.au
Phone: 5327 9893
Details: The use of information systems and technology in the delivery of health care
Tuesday 12 August 2014 | 7.30 for 7.45am (sharp)
iiNet Conference Centre, Greenhill Enterprise Centre

Guest Speaker: Michael Krieg, Chief Executive Officer, St John of God Ballarat Hospital


Business Basics Panel

Date:13 Aug 2014
Non Members: $20.00
Members: Free
Details:
Venue: Seminar Theatre - Brewery Building, Ballarat Technology Park, Federation University,
107 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Details:
This session is definitely worth attending for any business whether you are a new business, growing rapidly or looking for a better structure. Come along and share in the wealth of knowledge offered by our expert panel members - Matthew Tol, Principal at MTA Optima; Paul Stephens, Director at Nevett Ford Lawyers and Marc Amos, Manager Business Engagement
Department of State Development, Business & Innovation
Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE


Commerce Ballarat 505 Club

Date:14 Aug 2014
Non Members: $16.50
Members: Free
Details:
Venue: WDEA Employment, 219 Mair Street
Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Details:
An evening of networking and fostering relationships to grow your business.
Drinks and Savouries provided
Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE


Manual Handling can be Healthy!

Date:14 Aug 2014
Non Members: $35.00
Members: $35.00
Details:
Presented by the Ballarat Occupational Health and Safety Group (BROSH)

Venue: Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt Street, Ballarat
Time: 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Cost: $30.00 BROSH members - $35.00 non-members (bookings essential)

Details:
Manual handling in the workplace is often seen in a negative sense and physical activities are replaced with the aim of safeguarding the workplace. This session will demonstrate that manual handling, whether loading your body at work or the gym, can be healthy or unhealthy depending on the task, the person and the circumstances. The presentation will be made by Joint Action who look at the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.

For further information and to book:
Call Kay Macaulay on 5331 7688 or email kaym@aigroup.asn.au


How to Write A Tender

Date:15 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by the City of Ballarat

Venue: City of Ballarat, Trench Room, Sturt Street, Ballarat
Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm

Details:
This workshop is open to all businesses. The hands-on workshop is designed to provide practical information and skills that will assist businesses to prepare quality tender submissions and win local government tenders. (Bookings Essential)

For further information and to book:
Call Andrea Carroll on 5320 5116 or email andreacarroll@ballarat.vic.gov.au


Creativity for Business Success

Date:18 Aug 2014
Non Members: $40.00
Members: $40.00
Details:
Presented by the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation

Venue: Ballarat Lodge and Convention Centre, 613 Main Road, Ballarat
Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Cost: Early bird rate until 6 August - $30.00 per person.
After 6 August - $40.00 per person (bookings essential)

Details:
Unlock creativity and right brain thinking as you discover everyday strategies to make your business more innovative with Clare Bowditch, Founder of Big Hearted Business. Clare teaches creative people about business and business people about creativity in ways that make sense. She has been a mentor to creative business people for the past 10 years and also happens to be an ARIA award-winning songwriter and a Logie-nominated actor. Join Clare as she provides insights and everyday strategies to unlock creativity and innovation and find creative solutions to business problems.

For further information and to book:
Register online at www.clarebowditchballarat.eventbrite.com.au or email festival@business.vic.gov.au


Ballarat Careers Expo

Date:18 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by the Rotary Club of Wendouree and Ballarat Grammar Parents and Friends

Venue: Ballarat Grammar School, 201 Forest Street, Wendouree
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Cost: Gold coin donation

Details:
Meet over 300 trade and professional career representatives and gain access to course and apprenticeship information from over 50 university, TAFE, industry and private providers.

For further information:
Call Ballarat Grammar on 5338 0700 or visit www.bgs.vic.edu.au


Regional Human Resource Management Conference

Date:19 Aug 2014
Non Members: TBA
Members: TBA
Details: Venue: Ballarat Lodge, Main Road, Ballarat
Email : kaym@aigroup.asn.au
Phone: 5331 7688
Details: This one day conference is designed to assist companies to improve the way they manage human resources in the workplace. The conference is designed to stimulate, inform and assist regional HR practitioners, managers, supervisors and business owners to develop strategies that add value to their organisation.

It will be a must for anyone dealing with employees and wanting to keep abreast of changes within human resource management practices.

The conference will be held from 9.00am to 4.00pm and will be followed by a networking event to allow participants to discuss the topics of the day.

$220.00 Ai Group members - $250.00 non-members


Dealing with the Media

Date:20 Aug 2014
Non Members: $25.00
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by Premier PR in partnership with Commerce Ballarat

Venue: Quest Apartments, 7 Dawson Street North, Ballarat
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Details:
This session will be presented by Joanna Stevens, Managing Director, Premier PR, former journalist and founder of Ballarat Lifestyle Magazine. Over the past 12 years Joanna has worked in strategic communications engaging with rural and regional Victorians using a number of communications tools. In this session, Joanna will outline how to write a media release, how to get the message right to target the right people, and basic writing skills and editing tips.
Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE


Speed Network your Way to Success

Date:20 Aug 2014
Non Members: $25.00
Members: $25.00
Details:
Presented by the Ballarat Business Centre

Venue: Jackson & Co, Cnr Lydiard and Mair Streets, Ballarat
Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Details:
Do you want to grow your business, broaden your connections and increase exposure? But you don't know how to network and make the contacts required to increase your reach and potential new customers. Then speed networking is the ideal way for you to meet quality contacts in an informal atmosphere, forge business relationships fast and have heaps of fun along the way. (Bookings Essential)

For further information and to book:
Call Bree Grundell on 5364 2900 or email bree@ballaratbusiness.com.au


FREE 2 Hour Resume Writing Seminar

Date:20 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Venue: Central Highlands Library Ballarat
Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Email : carmel@provenresumeresults.com.au
Phone: 0407 143 431

Details:
To reserve your place please telephone the library on 03 5338 6850 OR email carmel@provenresumeresults.com.au

BE QUICK! LIMITED PLACES!!

We would like to invite you to attend one of our FREE 2 Hour Resume Writing Seminars where we will TEACH you how to structure the layout of your own Resume/CV and Cover Letter. Please feel free to bring your current Resume/CV along.

You will also learn how to find what the keywords are in a job advertisement, how to select the "Right" Referees, how to correctly Address Key Selection Criteria and essential Interview Techniques to "Nail" that Interview!!


Marketing for Biz Panel

Date:21 Aug 2014
Non Members: $20.00
Members: Free
Details:
Venue: Seminar Theatre - Brewery Building, Ballarat Technology Park, Federation University,
107 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Details:
A panel of expert speakers will share their wealth of knowledge about the power of marketing and the part it plays in every business success. The panel will comprise Gavin Nash, owner of Nashish Marketing and Design specialising in branding, website development and advertising; Jordan McPhan, owner of JRM Social specialising in social media strategies, training, complete digital management, building and maintaining websites and executing email marketing campaigns; Erin McCuskey, Creative Director of Yum Studio specialising in film and video for engagement, communications and storytelling.
Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE


How Supplier Collaboration Builds your Business

Date:22 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by the Timber Merchants Association

Venue: Industry Skills Training Centre, Federation University, Grant Street, Ballarat
Time: 5.00pm - 9.00pm

Details:
Learn how to increase business profitability by being ethical, sustainable and connected. This session will be presented by Eric Siegers, CEO, Timber Merchants Association and Cliff Moss, CEO, Good Business Matters. Come along and network with friends and local businesses and discover the resources available from local merchants, associations and suppliers to improve customer service and build relationships. (Bookings Essential)

For further information and to book:
Call Ingrida Matulis on 9875 5000 or email info@timber.asn.au


Sending Business Back to School

Date:25 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by Phoenix P-12 Community College in partnership with the Highlands Local Learning and Employment Network

Venue: Phoenix Secondary College, Hertford Street, Sebastopol
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Details:
Local business leaders will go back to the classroom to get a taste of learning today and to interact with their employees of tomorrow. Participants will interact with current students, experience VET classes in Building and Construction, Event Management and Hairdressing and use current in-school ICT Weebly and Edmodo. A Q&A style session for students and participants will wrap up the day. (Bookings Essential)

For further information and to book:
Call Deborah Ellis on 5336 5021 or email info@highlandsllen.org


One Stop Small Business Support

Date:26 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by the Small Business Commissioner

Time: 7.30am - 9.00am
Venue: Oscar's Hotel & Cafe Bar, 18 Doveton Street South, Ballarat

Details:
This session will provide advice, tips and a general overview of the services provided by Business Victoria, the Small Business Mentoring Service, Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Victorian Small Business Commissioner (VSBC) including how to start up a business, business relationships, retail leases, trading fairly, consumer guarantees, product safety, complaint management and more. (Bookings Essential - includes breakfast)

For further information and to book:
Call Emma Ryan on 9651 7636 or email emma.ryan@vsbc.vic.gov.au


Cloud Accounting + Financial Literacy

Date:26 Aug 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Presented by Crowe Horwath in partnership with the Ballarat Business Centre


Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Crowe Horwath, 21 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat

Details:
You are in business to make money and every dollar counts! So learn how to make wise business decisions based on sound financial live data. This interactive workshop will provide you with a better understanding of your business's financial statements and increase your overall financial literacy. You will learn the benefits of using Cloud Accounting, the main options available and how easy it is to migrate to, use and save heaps of time! (Bookings Essential)

For further information and to book:
Call Natalie Falciglia on 5304 5700 or email ballarat@crowehorwath.com.au


FREE 2 Hour Resume Writing Seminar

Date:03 Sep 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details:
Venue: Central Highlands Library Ballarat
Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm
Email : carmel@provenresumeresults.com.au
Phone: 0407 143 431

Details:
To reserve your place please telephone the library on 03 5338 6850 OR email carmel@provenresumeresults.com.au

BE QUICK! LIMITED PLACES!!

We would like to invite you to attend one of our FREE 2 Hour Resume Writing Seminars where we will TEACH you how to structure the layout of your own Resume/CV and Cover Letter. Please feel free to bring your current Resume/CV along.

You will also learn how to find what the keywords are in a job advertisement, how to select the "Right" Referees, how to correctly Address Key Selection Criteria and essential Interview Techniques to "Nail" that Interview!!


FREE 2 Hour Resume Writing Seminar

Date:22 Sep 2014
Non Members: Free
Members: Free
Details: Venue: Central Highlands Library Ballarat
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
Email : carmel@provenresumeresults.com.au
Phone: 0407 143 431

Details:
To reserve your place please telephone the library on 03 5338 6850 OR email carmel@provenresumeresults.com.au

BE QUICK! LIMITED PLACES!!

We would like to invite you to attend one of our FREE 2 Hour Resume Writing Seminars where we will TEACH you how to structure the layout of your own Resume/CV and Cover Letter. Please feel free to bring your current Resume/CV along.

You will also learn how to find what the keywords are in a job advertisement, how to select the "Right" Referees, how to correctly Address Key Selection Criteria and essential Interview Techniques to "Nail" that Interview!!


Commerce Ballarat 505 Club

Date:09 Oct 2014
Non Members: $16.50
Members: Free
Details:
Venue: McCallum Industries, 1820 Sturt Street, Ballarat
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Details:
An evening of networking and fostering relationships to grow your business.
Drinks and Savouries provided
Members and Non-Members: REGISTER HERE


OUT OF THE GROUND FESTIVAL

Date:01 Nov 2014
Non Members: $75.00
Members: $75.00
Details:
Venue: Moorabool Shire and surrounding local farms
Email : info@ootgfestival.com.au
Phone: 0438 355 509

Details:
Come join us at our Out Of The Ground festival Tour on Saturday 1st November and Sunday 2nd November 2014. Enjoy the serenity of local farms and produce, experience the sights along the way and see the dedication and devotion of what it takes to produce quality locally grown foods.
Help us support our local farmers and experience the goodness and nutrition of what is grown out of our local soil with the opportunity to take it home with you whether it be a bunch or a box.
A fun, entertaining, Educational tour exposing our most hidden treasures of the Moorabool Shire and surrounds

Stay and Join us over the weekend, camping sites available, Experience our Saturday Night Outdoor Movie night on a local property and sit back relax and enjoy a Sunday Jazz Wine and cheese tasting afternoon.

It's a wonderful weekend promised to entice all lovers of Food and The Countryside.
Let us introduce you to Buninyong, The Moorabool Shire and surrounding Towns

Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketbooth.com.au and visit our website http://www.ootgfestival.com.au/


OUT OF THE GROUND FESTIVAL

Date:02 Nov 2014
Non Members: $75.00
Members: $75.00
Details:
Venue: Moorabool Shire and surrounding local farms
Email : info@ootgfestival.com.au
Phone: 0438 355 509

Details:
Come join us at our Out Of The Ground festival Tour on Saturday 1st November and Sunday 2nd November 2014. Enjoy the serenity of local farms and produce, experience the sights along the way and see the dedication and devotion of what it takes to produce quality locally grown foods.
Help us support our local farmers and experience the goodness and nutrition of what is grown out of our local soil with the opportunity to take it home with you whether it be a bunch or a box.
A fun, entertaining, Educational tour exposing our most hidden treasures of the Moorabool Shire and surrounds

Stay and Join us over the weekend, camping sites available, Experience our Saturday Night Outdoor Movie night on a local property and sit back relax and enjoy a Sunday Jazz Wine and cheese tasting afternoon.

It's a wonderful weekend promised to entice all lovers of Food and The Countryside.
Let us introduce you to Buninyong, The Moorabool Shire and surrounding Towns

Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketbooth.com.au and visit our website http://www.ootgfestival.com.au/


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