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Small Business Bus to Visit Ararat – Tuesday 27th June

business bus

The Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. Book a session or drop in and discover how the Small Business Bus can help you plan, start or grow your business. Visit http://www.business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call the Ballart Victoria Contact Centre on 13 22 15

Have your say on the 2017 Draft Rating Strategy, the council plan 2017-2021 and the draft budget 2017/18

The Ararat Rural City Council has announced three barbecue sessions for the community to attend in order to discuss the 2017 Draft Rating Strategy, the council plan 2017-2021 and the draft budget 2017/18 before they are considered for adoption at the council meeting on June 27.   Sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 23

Ararat Bypass – Business Input Survey


Ararat Bypass – Business Input Survey Put your opinions across on impending the Ararat Bypass https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7YXFMS2  

Network & Nibbles


Don’t miss out on the first Network & Nibbles night for 2017. To be hosted at Chalamber Golf Club (on the deck). The “network & nibbles” is an informal evening of networking and fostering relationships with other businesses throughout the region. Non ARBA members are welcome. DATE: Tuesday 16th May 2017 TIME: 6:30pm LOCATION: Chalamber

Festival & Events – Business feedback

Please help ARBA, by doing this quick Survey. It will only take a second. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFDBZSK We appreciate your feedback.

Networking Business Breakfast


Meet, Connect & Grow with our Networking Business Breakfast

Wednesday 23rd November 2016
RSVP by 1pm Friday 18th November

Member Profile


Member Profile: Hansen Design & Print

Congratulation to the team at Hansen Design & Print for recently celebrating their 10th Anniversay








Geoff Penna gives us an insight into his business journey.

How did your journey begin?
Geoff and Jean Penna commenced Penna Print, on 1st March, 1978. Just 10 years ago sold to Hansen Design & Print.

What’s the favourite part of your job?
Meeting with people – business leaders, business operators, local residents or tourists should always remain important. This in turn allows for courteous and satisfying service.

What’s your favourite part about the Ararat Region?
The geographic location, couple with the varying natural beauty is often taken for granted; but we are constantly reminded by travellers ‘what a beautiful part of the world you live in”.
This area provides all the services that we so heavily rely upon, and expect.

Why I/we joined ARBA?
Back in 1978, under the business of Penna Print, I joined the then “Ararat Chamber of Commerce”. It was imperative that a new business to town should become involved with the business community. This was seen as a direct way of having input. For about 25 years I was involved in all roles on the executive and committee; including trader promotions.

Business Name: Hansen Design & Print
Address: 70 Vincent Street, Ararat
Phone: 03 5352 2370

Welcome our new members


We are thrilled to welcome our new members!
JWard Museum

Premier Tourist Venue in Ararat ran entirely by passionate volunteers.





Meet Geoff White – JWard Volunteer

How did your journey begin?
I started volunteering at JWard about 11 years ago after I retired from teaching
What’s the favourite part of your job?
Taking tours for visitors to the region, seeing the improvement we as friends of JWard make to JWard with making it a better tourist destination and mixing with other volunteers who are involved with JWard.
What’s your favourite part about the Ararat Region?
The beautiful rural area such as Mt Langi Ghiran, Mt Cole, the rolling hills around Moyston and the scenic drive to Avoca.
Why we jointed ARBA?
One of our JWards aims is to promote businesses in the region by attracting 10-12,000 visitors. Also the more closely business can work together the more attractive we can make Ararat.

If you interested in becoming a volunteer contact JWard today for more information.
Business Name: JWard
Address: Girdlestone Street, Ararat
Phone: 03 5352 3357


Ararat Council Candidate Forum









Expression of interest to all business owners and operators with Ararat Rural City Council.

This is your chance to hear from candidates standing for Council, the evening will held Tuesday 18th October at 7:00pm @ Ararat JWard.

Limited seating available.

Express your interest today to ARBA president Jodie-lee Wells on jd_wells79@hotmail.com or phone Saines Lucas Solicitors on 5352 5256 by Monday 17th October.

Network & Nibbles Night – 25th October 2016

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Own or run a Business within the region. Why not come along to our informal gathering where we catch up, unwind and do a little networking at the same time.

Venue: Chalamber Golf Club, Ararat

Time: 6:00pm

To RSVP or for further information please contact ARBA on (03) 5355 0218 or support@arba.org.au by Tuesday 18th October 2016.



Welcome our new members


We are thrilled to welcome our new member!

Ararat Ballarat Real Estate

Meet Brad, Jamie, David & Grace.
David gives us an insight into his business journey.
How did your journey begin?
We opened our Ballarat office over 30 years ago, then we opened another office in Maryborough over 10 year ago. We’ve always seen Ararat as a good opportunity and a town on the way up.
What’s the favourite part of your job?
Meeting new people and helping them move to a new home. It’s an exciting time and we’re privelleged to be a part of it.
What’s your favourite part about Ararat Region?
The people. So many down to earth, good people in the region
Why you joined ARBA?
To connect with the business community and to give back in some way.
Be sure to pop by and say hi to Ararat Ballarat Real Estate team soon
Business Name: Ararat Ballarat Real Estate
Address: 70 Barkly Street, Ararat
Phone: 03 5352 1537

Welcome our new member


We are thrilled to welcome our new member!
Liquid Indulgence


Owner Maria Tsanga gives us an insight into her business journey.

How did your journey begin?

My passion has always been in the hospitality industry with having owned a Restaurant in Melbourne and with over 20 years of experience I found it was time to work for myself again. I found a niche in the Ararat market for a mobile coffee van and decided to design and commerce my own business for the Ararat and surrounding areas.

What’s the favourite part of your job?

The opportunity to meet people and making them beautiful coffee. Not to mention being my own boss

What’s Your favourite part about the Ararat Region?

The beauty of the area such as the Pyrenees Rangers, Mt Cole, Green Hill Lake – the whole country lifestyle really

Why you joined ARBA?

To meet other like minded people and the networking opportunities.

Business Name: Liquid Indulgence

Contact: Owner – Maria Tsanga

Phone: 0497 284 675



Networking Business Breakfast








It was an early start on the 17th August 2016, for 70 of Ararat’s leading business people at the Networking Business Breakfast. The event is a collaborative effort between Ararat Regional Business Association – ARBA and Ararat Rural City Council with the event theme being “Infrastructure boom”. Melanie Robertson – Committee for Ballarat and Graham Soawyer – NBN western region were the key note speakers for this event


New President for ARBA.


Congratulation to Jodie-Lee Wells on be coming the new ARBA President at the 2016 AGM.









All so Congratulation to :-  Vice President  – Phil Clark

Secretary         – Therese Roper

Treasurer         – Graeme Foster

Committee          – Victoria Laugesen

                  – Max Perovich

                        – Annie McPherson


Member Profile June 2016