2018 Business Mentoring Program - Applications Now Open!

An exciting learning opportunity for Ballarat business. Mentees will be matched with experienced local business people. Free for Commerce Ballarat members, participants also receive a free ticket to Business Day Out 2018.  More information here, to apply send a one page letter stating how you believe your business could benefit from this program to Read more »

WIN 4 tickets to Rock in the Vines Featuring Jimmy Barnes

Register before Friday and attend our upcoming After Five to go in the draw to WIN 4 tickets to Rock in the Vines Featuring Jimmy Barnes, Jon Stevens, Richard Clapton and Taxiride!* *Register online before Friday 20 October 2017 - *Attendance at the After Five event is mandatory Read more »

The Best Christmas Party In The Goldfields! 18 October 2017

This year RACV Goldfields is holding our first ever Corporate Christmas Party featuring Back to the 70s & 80s Show. It's guaranteed to be a fun night out and is a great option for businesses looking for something a bit different for their Christmas function this year! Venue: RACV Goldfields Resort Date: Saturday 9 December 2017 Time: 7pm to 11pm, includes three course meal with house beer, wine and soft drink* To book please CLICK HERE call 03 5345 9600 or email Read more »

Nicole Crocker Becomes a Director at Cooke & Foley, Business Advisors & Accountants 18 October 2017

The Directors of Cooke & Foley, Business Advisors & Accountants are excited to announce the admission of Nicole Crocker as a Director. Nicole commenced with us in 1999 and has consistently provided clients with proactive, understandable advice which has assisted the continual success & total financial care of our diverse client base. Congratulations to Nicole who can be contacted at the office on 5331 2600 or via email View full Media Release here... Read more »

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Thank you 18 October 2017

What an extraordinary Biennale it has been! 25,000 visitors, a record crowd, attracted by David LaChapelle coupled with the dynamic range of curated exhibitions, an extensive education program, prizes, public work in laneways and many Fringe exhibitions in Ballarat buildings, cafes and businesses. Thanks to all the wonderful venues - over 100, who helped bring photography to every corner of Ballarat. Registrations for the next Fringe program open early 2018, venues interested can email Read more »

Fiona Elsey Charity Love Night 18 October 2017

Join the Fiona Elsey Institute  for the Premier screening of Bad Mums 2 at Regent Cinemas, Ballarat. This special early release screening is set to be a fun night girls night out!  Charity Movie Night tickets cost $25, with no concessions, and must be purchased prior to the event. Tickets include a choc top, 6:30pm arrival for 6:45pm start. You can purchase your tickets here All proceeds go to supporting the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.  Read more »

Serious -KRACK- vulnerability puts nearly every Wi-Fi network at risk, opens sensitive data to hackers

A massive vulnerability has been found in the WPA2 security protocol used by the majority of modern wireless networks, allowing potential hackers to steal sensitive data just by being in range of a vulnerable network. The vulnerability, called the -key reinstallation attack- or -KRACK- flaw, was discovered by Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef and released in a research paper online, warning users of a -serious weakness- in the WPA2 protocol. Read more »

Why You Should Charge Clients More Than You Think You're Worth

One of the most challenging decisions freelancers, solopreneurs, and independent consultants face is how much to charge for their time and expertise. What if people complain that you're overpriced - or, even worse, walk away from a deal with you entirely? But the answer isn't swinging to the other extreme and asking a fee so modest you'll ultimately resent it read more... Read more »

Donations Wanted

At our December BisNet Breakfast we'll be holding our annual  auction and raffle with all money raised going to the 3BA Christmas Appeal. Helping make Christmas time more enjoyable for more than 4,000 Ballarat area families. If your business would like to donate a product or a voucher please contact If you would like to attend this BisNet breakfast you can register yourself and colleagues here Read more »