Upcoming Biznet Breakfasts


Tues 5 March - Sara Quon

Tues 2 April - Melinda Toye followed by a panel Q&A with John Drennan & Andrew Keast

2019 Diary Dates

Tues 7 May
Tues 4 June
Tues 2 July
Tues 6 August
Tues 3 September
Tues 1 October
Tues 3 December





Members: $25.00
Non Members: $35.00

Sara Quon has been appointed as Sovereign Hill’s new CEO. Formerly the Group Chief Executive Officer at Beechworth Honey and the inaugural CEO of Tourism North East, the regional tourism board for the Victorian High Country, Sara has a career that spans twenty years, split across tourism/major events and the food sector. She previously spent four years at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival as Marketing Director and then CEO.

Prior to her decade in tourism, Sara worked for nearly ten years in the dairy industry working across New Zealand, Australia and Asia. Sara serves on the board of Visit Victoria, and has been a member of ministerial advisory boards regarding the alpine resorts and food and wine tourism.

Date: Tuesday 5 March
Time: 7am - 8.45am 
Venue: Sovereign Hill (New York Bakery), Bradshaw St, Golden Point





Guest Speaker: Melinda Toye + Panel Q&A with John Drennan & Andrew Keast 

Commerce Ballarat Members: $25.00
Non Members: $35.00

Melinda Toye, Registered Migration Agent

As a Registered Migration Agent Melinda Toye is the principal migration consultant at Blue Door Migration based in Ballarat and servicing Western Victoria. Melinda holds a Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law & Practice from Victoria University, as well as a Bachelor of Management from Federation University. Migration law is complex with constantly changing legislation and requirements that can easily go very wrong for clients.

Attendees will have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the different Employment Sponsorship visas, the requirements, process, costs and the factors that will affect which visa pathway is suitable for your business and potential employee.

Followed by a panel Q&A with -

John Drennan, City of Ballarat Intercultural Employment Pathways (IEP) Team 

With over 25% of Australia’s population born overseas, it is important for local councils to provide opportunities for people from different backgrounds to integrate into the community. Some of the ways the Intercultural Employment Pathways team do this is by helping program participants transition into paid employment, advancing the education and training of participants (eg: providing English training opportunities), and collaborating to develop the entrepreneurship skills of people in our pathway program..

Andrew Keast, Storyteller for Refugee Talent

Andrew Keast is Storyteller for Refugee Talent, a social enterprise platform designed to unlock refugee and migrant talent and provide a human-centred approach to matching refugees and migrants with employers offering work opportunities that reflect the extraordinary expertise, qualifications and experience of refugees.

Date: Tuesday 2 April
Time: 7am - 8.45am 
Venue: Bell Tower Inn, 1845 Sturt St