Running a Business

Operating a business can be challenging. Staying up-to-date on industry trends and opportunities can give you confidence and your business direction.

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CitySwitch National Program

The City of Ballarat has joined CitySwitch – a free national program that helps office-based businesses reduce emissions and their environmental impact.

CitySwitch assists businesses to map a pathway to net zero emissions and connects them with other businesses on the journey.

Participants are encouraged to reduce their office energy use, switch to renewable energy, and take part in the circular economy, among other key net zero focus areas. 

There are more than 500 businesses Australia-wide participating in the CitySwitch program, spanning the finance, legal, engineering, advertising, architecture and health sectors. 

These businesses accounted for 19 per cent of Australian office space in 2022.

In 2021, businesses participating in the program saved $62.6 million by making their properties more energy efficient.  

CitySwitch upskills, mentors and educates businesses and their teams, and helps them to become climate resilient. Businesses receive tools and support for each point along the way.

To find out more or to join the CitySwitch program, visit or email 

Have you considered joining an industry association? 

There are a number of industry associations with a presence in Ballarat, including Commerce Ballarat, Australian Industry Group, Bridge Mall Business Association and the Buninyong Community Association.
Membership of an association can have many benefits for new and established businesses.  

Stay up-to-date with business news

You can subscribe to our Economic Development e-newsletter to receive information about:  

  •  City of Ballarat business development and networking events

  • Other opportunities for businesses supported by City of Ballarat

For updates on grant opportunities from across Australia applicable to your business, please visit GRANTGURU

You may also be interested in grant opportunities from City of Ballarat

You can also speak with our Business Engagement Officer about how your business is going by calling 5320 5500 or emailing 

Share your business success stories

We are proud of the diverse business community in Ballarat. Small, medium and large businesses in various sectors not only service our local community but also contribute to the overall economic strength of our region.   

We love to hear about and share your success. 

If you are celebrating a contract win, moving into a new facility, or milestone in your business, please contact us on 03 5320 5500 or