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.
‘Be.Bendigo’ is the trading name of the organisation ‘Bendigo Business Council’ 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 organisation’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 can’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 O’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 management– 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.Bendigo 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 Bank®

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

Mitch Cairns, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank
Mitch Cairns, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank
Director

Why is Be.Bendigo important?

Small, medium and large businesses, and the community alike, look to Be.Bendigo to be a guiding voice in providing Greater Bendigo the best chance to be one of the most successful and vibrant regional centers now, and in the years to come. Be.Bendigo provides a platform for businesses and individuals to connect with likeminded people within the community, it helps to develop the skills and capabilities of the leaders of the future, and it guides and assists in the growth of Greater Bendigo.

What do I bring to Be.Bendigo?

As a young professional within the Bendigo Community, I bring a different perspective and a young voice to the Be.Bendigo Board. Working for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank allows me to impart the knowledge and expertise of one of the largest employers in Bendigo onto the community, business, and Board alike.

Eve Ritchens, AFS & Associates Accountants
Eve Ritchens, AFS & Associates Accountants
Director

Why is Be.Bendigo important?

Be.Bendigo plays an important role in the business community by providing a voice for businesses and organisations of all sizes, connecting private and public. As one of Victoria’s largest regional hubs, Be.Bendigo works with local, state and federal authorities to ensure Bendigo is the best placed for business and will continue to guide this with the growth of our city. Be.Bendigo is a crucial element in all facets of business for our community.

What do I bring to Be.Bendigo?

As a committee member for the Bendigo Young Professionals Network I bring a new perspective to the board, representing tomorrow’s leaders. I am passionate about Bendigo and the opportunities that living regionally presents for young professionals and believe that Be.Bendigo plays an important role in this. Along with that I bring my background in marketing and strategic communications to the board for B2B relationships.

 

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 the Bendigo Football-Netball League, as the AFLCV Operations Manager and as the Retail Executive at Bendigo Bank. With an extensive background in business and finance during his +30 years with Bendigo Bank, Dennis will focus on creating partnerships to help “value-add” 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

Sharon Good
Sharon Good
Marketing and Communications Manager

Zarli Drummond
Zarli Drummond
Trainee 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

Established in 2004, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) provides a place for young professionals
to connect, engage and develop with the aim to retain young professionals in our community.
Over the last 12 months YPN has held a range of social events such as Friday night drinks as well as
seminars and webinars. These include:
Webinar – First home buyer info night. Co-hosted with YPN Partners McKean McGregor Real Estate
plus a panel of local experts
Webinar – Reducing waste in Bendigo with exchangeable coffee cups. Co-hosted with City of Greater
Bendigo’s Zero Waste Team
Seminar – Grow your money: Investing. Guest speaker Josh Sharp from Bendigo Bank held at the
National Hotel.
YPN enjoys welcoming new faces to events whether they have relocated to Bendigo for work,
returned from moving away after high school or simply looking to make some new connections in
the business community. We look forward to seeing you or young professionals within your
organisation at one of our events soon.
To connect with us email ypn@bebendigo.com.au or follow us on socials to stay up to date with our
events @bendigoypn

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 issuesFind out more here