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Welcome to First 5000

First 5000 is a new business development alliance for Australia's most significant mid-size companies. It's a vehicle to connect and network with local and international big business as well as policy makers, and of course each other.

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Tatiana Coulter


Is your job putting you at risk? Tatiana Coulter highlights the 10 most dangerous jobs in Australia. 

Our jobs are probably the most important factor if we are to reach our dreams and secure a better future for our family. What we do for a living & the salary we earn is a huge factor in the quality of life we enjoy today, and in the future.

Tatiana Coulter, CEO of Family Life Insurance Advisers
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Jost Stollmann

Concerns over the domination and control wheedled by the four major banks have been voiced to the Federal Government’s Competition Policy Review. Jost Stollmann of Tyro Payments believes it is time to take action again the unfair punishment of Australia’s small to medium business community.

Fines should be tripled for breaches of Australia’s competition law, to prevent the country’s four major banks from crushing smaller competitors.

Jost Stollmann of Tyro Payments
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Martin Seward

The month of November has been the focus of a campaign promoting the services of small business. Martin Seward of program sponsor American Express explains the vital role of small business in the community. 

To understand why the First 5000 community of mid-sized businesses should be interested in the plight of small business, you first have to understand the importance of small business to macro-economic prosperity.

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Fergus Neilson


First 5000 members are invited to have your say on The Futures Project’s enquiry into Energy Security and Affordability. Submissions close Friday 19 December 2014.

The NSW Energy Security Summit in September 2013 identified a number of challenges that could significantly disrupt the State’s energy security.

Have your say: Energy Security and Affordability

At its essence empathy is our ability to connect with and understand others. Executive coach Leah Sparkes argues that putting yourself into other people’s shoes is good for business and for employees.

Recently at a networking lunch an old friend and former colleague asked a question that my eight year old boy asks me all the time: “If you could have any superhero power, what would it be?”

Leah Sparkes is head of Candeo Consulting

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