Congratulations to Sue Ryan our member from Organised by Sue from recently graduating as a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®). These credentials are awarded to a professional organizer who has been educated in depth on the issues of chronic disorganization. The CPO-CD® program is for intermediate and advanced professional organizers who are looking to develop their skills, techniques and knowledge that can be applied in a practical way when working with clients who are affected by chronic disorganization. This is an internationally recognised qualification and Sue is one of only two organizers in Australia with the high level of training! How amazing. Read more »

POWER FM LADIES DAY 2019 16 October 2019

Thursday the 24th October the 2019 Power FM Ladies Day will kick off at the Ballarat Turf Club. For a fun filled day of fun, fashion, friends and racing make sure you book by Friday October 18th. Tickets include a 2 course meal plus champagne, cocktails and beverages throughout the day, racebook and entertainment, punters club, market stalls and fashion parades. The day commences from 12:30pm and tickets are $75 for Ballarat Turf Club Members, or $85 for non-members. To book, call 53334 6273 or email Read more »


Ballarat & Grampians Community Legal Service is seeking expressions of interest to join the Committee of Management. The Committee of Management has particular interest in attracting people with skills in strategic planning, policy, finance, grant seeking and fundraising. BGCLS is committed to ensuring the diversity of their Committee represents the diversity of their communities. Women, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, young people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To find out more, or make an application please click HERE. Read more »


RJMS Wine Bar is proud to present an evening of European style wine tasting. Mingle with your friends and other wine lovers while tasting superb local wines and cheeses. Our cheese platters will be placed on central tables in each of the three rooms to coincide with booking times ranging from 6 – 8 pm. Enjoy the warmth and ambience of our charmingly unique alfresco area. Sample some of the sixteen outstanding quality wines on offer, many of which are not usually available by the glass. For more info Click Here Read more »


Can your business help Finn win?! Finn Tobin is an amazing 13 year old Archer from Learmonth. Ranked No.1 in Australia and is turning heads in the world of Archery. Finn now has the opportunity to take on the world's best in 2020! Finn is a genuine "Little Aussie Battler" so he needs your help! Finn hopes to compete internationally early next year. With his sights set on 4 four major championships in 4 months which is a big financial commitment for his family. You can help through cash donations on Finn's Go Fund Me page here or support them through donating goods and services and helping them spread the word! For more info call Sharon on 0417 009 428. Read more »

HOPATHON 16 October 2019

Hop Temple are holding the second annual Hopathon on November 9th! What is it you ask? It's a 0.6KM Fun Run for the rest of us.... And no you don't have to hop. Have you always wanted to say you've completed a fun run, but it's hard when your training schedule consists of brews and food? Then the Hopathon is for you, a 600m run around the Hop block where you'll get a T-Shirt, headband, pint of beer and completion medal to show off to all your family. The event is proudly supporting the Special Care Nursery. Last year they raised $7,472.45, and this year they want to beat it! Get you TICKETS HERE Read more »


Applications are now open for round two of the City of Ballarat's Community Impact Grant Program 2019/20. The program gives community groups the opportunity to apply for funding for projects, equipment upgrades, neighbourhood-based community events, or an idea that needs some start-up funding to become a reality. Round two applications close 31 October. For more information, click HERE. Read more »


Ballarat Car Sales are happy to announce their next education session to help you get to know your vehicle. In this workshop, get hands on with the basics, including checking your oil and water, changing a tyre, jump starting your vehicle and much more. It will be held on Wednesday 16th October (tonight!) from 6pm-7pm at the Ballarat Car Sales Workshop. To RSVP CLICK HERE Read more »


As Australia heads into what is predicted to be a warmer than average summer, a timely study has found workers are significantly more likely to suffer injuries in hot weather, especially during the first few days of a heat wave. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology recently warned that daytime temperatures during the October to January period are -very likely to be above average over virtually all of Australia-. Read more... Read more »

BALLARAT IS OPEN 16 October 2019

The Ballarat is Open (BiO) project is about better understanding what our various brands and identities are throughout the city as well as looking more broadly at how the city ticks, what drives its growth, how we present the city to others, and how a greater number of our businesses and residents can share in the prosperity that a rapidly growing regional city brings. Commerce Ballarat members have an opportunity to be part of this project with a creative human-centred design sprint scheduled for next Tuesday 22 October:    A Vision and Identity for Ballarat Tuesday 22 October, 10.00am - 12.00pm This will explore what Ballarat's unique identity and personality is, what we want for our long-term future, and what might be holding us back from getting there. Click Here to Register If this time is not suitable, you are welcome to register for any of the other workshops being held throughout the city (see for details and links) Read more »


Mair Street is a high-volume, important corridor connecting local businesses, retailers and schools in the area. Improvements to Mair Street will improve safety, ease traffic congestion and promote the corridor as a main road through the CBD. Stage 1 improvements between Victoria Street and Davies St, are currently under construction, tools go down on this from December 1 2019 until January 12 2020 so that works don't impact Christmas shopping on Mair Street. Read more »


Central Highlands Inclusion Festival 2019 will offer people with disability, with their families and carers, opportunities to come and try inclusive community and mainstream options and services and gain further information from these providers to consider ongoing participation. Also practical workshops on how to be more inclusive of people with disabilities aimed at community groups and community and mainstream providers. Thursday 14th November, 2019: 10am – 7pm Ballarat Sports and Events Centre. Norman Street, Wendouree. View Flyer Here Read more »


Two category branding opportunities available for the 2020 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards. - Young Business Person of the Year - Family Business Category Also align your business as a supporter of the Young Professionals Network in 2020. If you would like more information for either of these opportunities please email Read more »


The crazy Christmas period is fast approaching and we are holding our 3BA Xmas Appeal Biznet Breakfast again! This breakfast will give attendees the chance to bid and purchase from an exciting range of donated goodies! If your business would like to donate anything to be auctioned or raffled on the morning, please contact All proceeds from the morning will be donated to the 3BA Christmas Appeal helping make Christmas time more enjoyable for more than 4,000 Ballarat area families. Read more »


Throughout October Commerce Ballarat are partnering with the Ballarat and District Suicide Prevention Network to provide our business community with safeTALK workshops. We have many people asking us what they can do to help reduce suicide in our community, so this is how you can! The Suicide Prevention Network funds suicide prevention training that is delivered by Lifeline Ballarat, so that you can participate at no cost and maybe save a life? This is how you can help the community to make a difference. safeTALK workshops empower participants to recognise invitations for help and give the gift of life through proven intervention methods. safeTALK stresses safety while challenging beliefs that inhibit open conversation about suicide. Read more »


We are excited to share with you that we are working on a project with Federation Business School to evaluate business conditions in the Ballarat region. Our shared objective with this report is to assist local business and government at all levels when making future decisions on planning and direction. Here is the link to the survey for the first round of this project, the project is led by Dr. Moulik Zaveri, lecturer at the Federation Business School. Participation in this survey is purely voluntary; however in order to gain maximum benefit we need for you to spare 8 - 10 minutes to complete the survey. This will help us deliver a quality report that will provide great benefit to businesses such as yours. Read more »