Dutch Chamber Miami – Frank Behrens

Events

NETWORK EVENTS

The Dutch Chamber Miami is an ideal platform to meet, network and do business with the region’s top professionals from the diverse worlds of finance, investment management, banking, private equity, venture capital, law, accounting, capital markets, marketing, media and general business. Become a member today.

On a monthly basis we organize network events both in the North (Boca Raton area) and the South (Miami area) of South-Florida. Each month we have a special focus on a certain industry, related to the priority strategy of the Dutch government and the strategic plan of our embassy in Washington. This allows the Chamber to invite American and European business in Florida related to this industry to offer higher value to our network events. You will meet interesting new people that come to our events for the same reason you do: create new business opportunities by connecting with local people in a friendly, professional and enjoyable environment.

For all our members the majority of these network events are complementary or with a major discount.

Please check our Events page to find out about our next networking event!

BREAKFAST MEETINGS

Six times a year the Chamber organizes a breakfast meeting. Each one with a specific hot topic about doing business in Florida. There will be one or more expert speakers during breakfast and there will be an excellent opportunity to network with members and non-member participant during the event.

The meeting will include a forum discussion and is conducted in a hotel to create a professional environment where members get informed and have the opportunity to meet and greet existing and new members.

Please check out our Events page for our upcoming Breakfast meeting.

SEMINARS

Twice a year, in spring and fall, the Chamber hosts a seminar. The seminar is organized under the auspices of the diplomatic mission of the Netherlands in the Miami. Both the Dutch government and the Dutch embassy have specific strategies which focus on key industries with growth opportunities in the United States and Florida in particular.

Our seminar will be organized according to these focal points of the Dutch government and will give our members an outspoken opportunity to get fully informed about the latest developments and chances related to the seminar’s theme.

It is the Chamber’s intention to have as many foreign guests, speakers and business people attending these seminars, in order to give our members a maximum chance to engage with these hot topics and learn more from experts in that field.

The seminars will close with a forum discussion and a networking reception to create plenty of opportunity to express opinions, ideas and expertise and to meet new and interesting business people. This way we guarantee valuable return on your investment as a participant.

Please check out our Event page for our next seminar scheduled in the spring of 2012.

GALA DINER

To celebrate her majesty’s birthday, the Chamber organizes her yearly gala diner in honor our King and Queen and to celebrate the long trade tradition between the United States and the Netherlands.

The Gala diner will be a perfect occasion to meet government officials both from Florida and the Netherlands.

Furthermore, the Gala diner will have a strong cultural aspect where the Chamber will contribute with very Dutch cultural programs, like classical music, modern dance, art and literature, to show the rich tradition of the Netherlands and the tremendous talent we have.

The Gala will be held the last week of April or first week of May to commemorate the National Week in the Netherlands and in honor of our King Willem Alexander.

Please check our Event page for an update on the upcoming Gala diner in 2016.

HERITAGE DAY

November 16th is the Dutch-American heritage Day. There is over 237 years of rich trade and investment tradition between the United States and the Netherlands and once a year this tradition is celebrated.

Following the exploration of the American East Coast by Henry Hudson on behalf of the Dutch East India Company in 1609, Dutch settlement in the Americas started in 1613. From then on a number of villages, including New Amsterdam on the East Coast, which would become the future world metropolis of New York City, were established by Dutch immigrants. According to the 2006 United States Census, more than 5 million Americans claim total or partial Dutch heritage[1]Today the majority of the Dutch Americans live in Michigan, California, Montana, Minnesota,New York, Wisconsin, Idaho, Utah, Iowa, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

As of 1990, November 16 is “Dutch-American Heritage Day”. On November 16, 1776, a small American warship, the Andrew Doria, sailed into the harbor of the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius in the West Indies. Only four months before, the United States had declared its independence from Great Britain. The American crew was delighted when the governor of the island ordered that his fort’s cannons be fired in a friendly salute. The first ever given by a foreign power to the flag of the United States, it was a risky and courageous act. Indeed, angered by Dutch trading and contraband with the rebellious colonies, the British seized the island a few years later. The Dutch recaptured the island in 1784.

Another rich tradition of the Netherlands is the famous Rice Table dinner. Inspired by the Indonesian kitchen (Indonesia was a Dutch colony for over three centuries), the rice table is something that any business man that has been in Holland remembers and enjoyed. Therefore, the Chamber celebrates the Dutch-American Heritage Day with a traditional Indonesian Rice Table buffet for its members.

GOLF TOURNAMENT

Each year we have our prestigeous golf tournament. This social event will give each member the chance to meet new contacts and to mingle with our members and other members of different Chambers from all over South Florida.

Please check out our Event Page for the data of this next event by the Dutch Chamber Miami.