History

The Bendigo Chamber of Commerce and Industry was constituted in 1886 with the vision to be the single voice of the business community for the City of Greater Bendigo.
ā€˜Be.Bendigoā€™ is the trading name of the organisation ā€˜Bendigo Business Councilā€™ which was formed in 2008 as a merger between two Bendigo business organisations: The Bendigo Chamber of Commerce and Central Victorian Business Network (CVBN).
The Chamber of Commerce was facing declining membership and relevance but had for many years been a voice for business in Bendigo, promoting local businesses and presenting the needs and views of local business to all levels of government.
CVBN was a newer organisation (commenced in 2002 and incorporated in 2003) formed to facilitate business to business networking amongst Bendigo businesses including bringing high-profile inspirational business speakers to Bendigo.
The obvious similarities between both organisationā€™s stated aims and objectives led them to work together with the aim of a single peak body to support a strong, vibrant and growing business community for Bendigo and Central Victoria. The formation of this entity was put to members of both organisations in June 2008 receiving strong approval.
Upon the merger, Bendigo Business Council continued the functions of both the Chamber and CVBN by providing advocacy, networking and events to members and partners.
In 2017 the Bendigo Business Council was rebranded to Be.Bendigo (Business Excellence Bendigo), the trading name of the Bendigo Business Council.

 

OUR BOARD
Marika McMahon, O'Farrell Robertson McMahon
Marika McMahon, O'Farrell Robertson McMahon
Chair

Why is Be.Bendigo important?

Bendigo is one of the best places to live and work in Australia. With a rich history, it now needs to develop a vibrant and prosperous future in a demanding and changing the world. That canā€™t be done by government alone, it requires Bendigo businesses to come together to imagine a greater future and design how that can become a reality.

What I bring to Be.Bendigo?

An insatiable appetite to see Bendigo improve. For over 20 years I have been passionate about Bendigo, developing upon its strengths, driving initiatives like the new hospital, improved court facilities, decentralised ambulance stations, increased involvement of women in leadership, improved recruitment and retention of professionals in Bendigo.

As a family lawyer and Director of Oā€™Farrell, Robertson McMahon lawyers, I see that Be.Bendigo can provide essential support for local business.

Robyn Lindsay, Bendigo Health
Robyn Lindsay, Bendigo Health
Deputy Chair

Why is Be.Bendigo important?

As a vibrant prosperous Bendigo is a healthy, happy Bendigo. We require a collaborative approach to ensure that Bendigo businesses thrive; one that considers education, health, technology, arts and small business as well as big industry. Together we will be able to make a much better impact.

What I bring to Be.Bendigo?

From a business perspective, I oversee a large portfolio in the public health sector involved in the employment of approximately 1500 staff and the management of significant assets. I have a clinical health industry nine background and have spent part of my career working in strategic and business planning and health systems managementā€“ driving improved performance for the health business sector. I am passionate about the interface between better business and better health and am proud of the contribution that Be.Bendigo is making to building the leadership capacity of the region.

Damien Tangey, Birchgrove Property
Damien Tangey, Birchgrove Property
Director

Why is Be.Bendigo important?

All great communities have a range of voices that contribute to their wellbeing. It is essential that the business community in Bendigo have a strong voice for the strategic growth and development of the region, to bring industry sectors together with community, education and government and also to celebrate the achievements of its members.

What do I bring to Be.Bendigo?

I am passionate about the inclusive growth and development of the Bendigo region and seek to bring a broad strategic perspective to Be.Bendigo. I have operated a local business Birchgrove Property for over 25 years and have worked extensively in the area of building new communities. I currently chair the Strategic Advocacy Committee of Be.Bendigo which is the lead proponent of the Smart City Bendigo Alliance aimed at improving community outcomes and bringing new forms of government funding to this region. I enjoy better understanding the changing influences on Bendigo and also serve as the President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Vic), a Board Member of Remembrance Parks Central Victoria, a Member of the Loddon Mallee Regional Development Australia Committee and a College Councillor of Bendigo Senior Secondary College.

Damien Palmer, AFS & Associates Chartered Accountants
Damien Palmer, AFS & Associates Chartered Accountants
Director

Why is Be.Bendigo important?

Bendigo is such an enjoyable place to work and live. Our economy is diverse and successful, and the lifestyle that comes with working, living and doing business in Bendigo is second to none. Be.Bendigo is an important part of this by being the voice and advocate for Bendigo businesses, and by helping build and develop business-to-business relationships, which in turn helps Bendigo businesses succeed. When Bendigo businesses succeed, all of Bendigo benefits, and this great city becomes even greater and more liveable.

What do I bring to Be.Bendigo?

I’m lucky to be the accountant and advisor for many Bendigo businesses, and in that role I gain a valuable insight into what’s on their mind, good and bad. I bring this broad-based business insight to Be.BendigoĀ which enables me to make a valuable strategic contribution to Be.bendigo and support our members.

 

Nick Carter, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Nick Carter, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Director

Why is Be.Bendigo important?

Be.Bendigo is a key integrator and gateway for existing and new businesses and professionals in Bendigo and central Victoria. Through Be.Bendigo, the business community can access a diverse range of resources, expertise, and business to business (B2B) opportunities to partner with business and government to the mutual benefit of individual benefits, and broader the community and social benefit.

Be.Bendigo is an advocacy body which looks to present a concise and well understood voice of the business community.

What do I bring to Be.Bendigo?

Growing up in business, in a small business with my parents, and subsequently with my sister has given me a great appreciation for the challenges, and opportunities in running a business. In addition, my professional role as Head of Consumer Banking at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank gives me a look at business from a different angle, particularly around the regulatory challenges that will impact our business community, and the power of communities working together via our partnership model Community BankĀ®

Hayley Tibbett, Indulge Chocolates
Hayley Tibbett, Indulge Chocolates
Director

Why is Be.Bendigo important?

Be.Bendigo is valuable to all business from small to large. Providing
the opportunity to work together, share information and resources.
To be united on issues affecting us all and working as one to
advocate for the betterment of Bendigo. A strong, united
community supporting smart growth of our city.

What do I bring to Be.Bendigo?

I bring the unique perspective of a small business owner with ten
years experience in retail and hospitality; managing staff,
manufacturing and maintaining strong commercial relationships.
My background includes fitness, hospitality, and administration.
My commitment is to ensure that Bendigo and our region fulfill our
potential to be a leading force in business in Australia

 

OUR PEOPLE
Dennis Bice
Dennis Bice
Chief Executive Officer

Dennis started as CEO at Be.Bendigo in 2018. Previously he was a leader in local organisations as the Manager of theĀ Bendigo Football-Netball League, as the AFLCV Operations Manager and as the Retail Executive at Bendigo Bank. With an extensive background inĀ business and finance during his +30 years with Bendigo Bank, Dennis will focus on creating partnerships to help ā€œvalue-addā€ for local businesses. Dennis notes that one of the great privileges of his role is the connection and relationships with so many small businesses, where he has the opportunity to see first-hand how hard they work and how important they are to our local community.

Wayne Tobin
Wayne Tobin
Engagement Manager

Bronte Deary
Bronte Deary
Marketing & Communication Coordinator

Pauline Slavin
Pauline Slavin
Administration Officer

Petra McLoughlin
Petra McLoughlin
GROW Project Manager

 

ABOUT
Be.Bendigo – Careers

We are the peak body for business in Greater Bendigo advocating, collaborating and engaging with Partners & Members from around the region.

Our members come from a range of industries and include major corporations, large private enterprises, start-ups and small to medium size businesses. Be.Bendigo provides businesses with the opportunity to develop relationships with a broad range of organisations.

We currently employ a small team of staff and no matter the stage of your career, we offer rewarding and challenging opportunities, plus a range of benefits that assist in building a career with Be.Bendigo.

To apply for a current vacancy please click on the position listed below and follow the steps outlined.

 

Current Opportunities:

There are currently no active advertisements.

 

If you have any queries in regards to our current vacancies, our recruitment process or about working at Be.Bendigo, please contact our office on (03) 5442 7816 for more information.

Young Professionals Network

Over the last 12 months the Young Professionals Network has been busy hosting a variety of free and paid events. These range from social nights to informative seminars. The committee aims to support new hospitality businesses in town,by hosting a Friday night drinks when they first open, this was the case at Vault Eatery and Babylon.

A Bendigo property evening was co-hosted with sponsors McKean McGregor, and Bendigo leaders such as Marnie Baker have been utilised at panel of success events. Itā€™s been great seeing new young professionals in town coming along to the events and meeting new people.

Bendigo Regional HR Network

The Bendigo Regional HR Network is proud to provide local HR professionals and business owners with access to speakers and experts in a range of topics relevant to managing staff, by offering free events throughout the year.

The Network provides a professional forum for people involved in employing staff (HR professionals or those in management or support roles) to:

  • Meet and discuss topical employment-related issues
  • Share knowledge and experiences with peers in a supported and confidential environment
  • Provide a forum to exchange views with an emphasis on practical outcomes and strategies to manage day-to-day employment-related issues

    Find out more here