AGBC

Association of American-German Business Clubs e.V


An all-volunteer organization, AGBC provides a forum for the discussion of national and international commercial relations and ideas. AGBC supports free trade, the sharing of ideas benefiting both countries, and personal interaction between business people within Germany. The AGBC is open to all nationalities who support its goals.

The American German Business Club (or AGBC e.V.) is a private, non-profit, international organization, presently consisting of ten AGBC Chapters: Bonn, FrankfurtHeidelberg, Kaiserslautern, MunichStuttgart and Wiesbaden - Mainz. Its activities are designed to strengthen the ties between representatives of American and German business through personal networking in an informal atmosphere.

 

Letter from the President

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The Holiday Season has arrived. The midterms are over in the USA, and Kanzlerin Dr. Angela Merkel has announced that she will not seek another term of office following her current term. These events have activated political activity on both sides of the Atlantic, not to mention the ongoing combat on both sides of the English Channel over Brexit.

There has been an enormous migration of population in recent years causing an increase in prejudicial activity, mostly in Europe but in the United States as well.  Simply to reiterate policy within the AAGBC, we don't condone prejudice in any form, not for race, gender, nationality, religion or any other reason.

In my many years with the AAGBC, I'm not aware of anyone suffering under any prejudice, but I wanted to remind everyone of our policy.

There are a number of wonderful events happening within the individual chapters in the coming weeks.  Below please find a partial listing to review:

AGBC Munich: On Wednesday, 5 December, the International Business Council Munich (IBCM) is featuring a major event at the Marriott, with a speech from Prof. Dr. Felbermayr providing an update on the ever-evolving global trade situation.
On Monday, 10 December, the AGBC Munich Christmas party will take place on the first floor of Donis Wirtshaus. This is at the beautiful Marienplatz overlooking the Christmas market. 

AGBC Wiesbaden: On 4 December there is a Stammtisch at the Wingert Vinothek. 
Come on 13 December to a Politscher Salon for a book review meeting. 
And on 17 January, there will be a general meeting to review all primary issues of the chapter. 

AGBC Kaiserslautern: is featuring a Christmas party on 6 December with exit games adventures. 

AGBC Bonn: We all thank our team members in Bonn for having hosted a very successful AGBC National Board meeting on 10 November.  One of the critical and positive developments from this meeting is the rebuilding of our national AAGBC website. Our new site will be GDPR compliant.  We trust it will provide enhanced functionality, efficiently helping visitors access specific chapter activities directly from the site main.  Our current website contract is scheduled to terminate on 31 December 2018. And we express our collective appreciation to the board and the member of AGBC Bonn for providing hospitality for this meeting.   

AGBC Heidelberg and Rhein Neckar: AGBC Heidelberg has its big traditional Christmas Banquet on Saturday, 15 December, at our beautiful old baroque Hotel Ritter located in the middle of the Christmas market.  In addition to a magnificent feast, there will be lots of wine and Christmas caroling as well.
In mid-January 2019, there will be an annual New Year's networking event at the Hotel Marriott in Heidelberg. 

AGBC Frankfurt:  On 9 December,  there will be a special Christmas jazz concert in the castle of Bad Hamburg.  Seating is limited, and so pre-purchase of tickets is required.
19 December: Annual economics luncheon on the top floor of the Intercontinental Hotel.
EOT (Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow): This year's competition is evolving in an extraordinary fashion, with over 180 students initially registering for the potential scholarship prizes to be awarded late spring 2019 for the individuals or groups with the best new business ideas. 

But now moving into December, we’ll have the return of the traditional music of the season and ever more frequent cheerful greetings like “Merry Christmas, Frohe Weinachten or Happy Hanukkah.”

We wish you these greetings as well, throughout this holiday season. In addition, we wish you a healthy, prosperous and especially Happy New Year.
Barry

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The American German Business Club (or AGBC e.V.) is a private, non-profit, international organization, presently consisting of seven AGBC Chapters: Bonn, FrankfurtHeidelberg, Kaiserslautern, Munich, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden - Mainz. Its activities are designed to strengthen the ties between representatives of American and German business through personal networking in an informal atmosphere.

An all-volunteer organization, AGBC provides a forum for the discussion of national and international commercial relations and ideas. AGBC supports free trade, the sharing of ideas benefiting both countries, and personal interaction between business people within Germany. The AGBC is open to all nationalities who support its goals.

Take a look at the chapters' events.

CHAPTER NEWS
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22. September 2018

Our great summer effort to produce a winner finally bore fruit.  We had our AGBC sponsored cancer walk on Saturday, 22 September, which had a beautiful morning and beautiful afternoon.  We had a total of 50 people registered and the Marriott provided great service for us all day long.  They provided a large conference room for us to hear Professor Dr. Peter Lichter of DKFZ who briefed us on the current successes in combatting cancer.  It was a fascinating presentation and generated many questions afterwards. Prof. Lichter got a lot of applause; and it was a very successful presentation.  

Next event was a cruise on the Neckar and Professor Lichter stayed with us for the cruise and our terrace reception which followed.  Halfway through the terrace reception the clouds rolled in and it started to sprinkle a little bit. So the Marriott (with its very professional staff) moved everyone into the hotel and continued the reception from there.  

The press attended, and we had a very laudatory and comprehensive report written in the local newspaper, along with a beautiful big color photograph of me presenting Prof Dr. Lichter a check for $100,000.  That was our minimum guarantee to ensure that the DKFZ was an active participant in our day's activities. We finished off this great evening in the Marriott's restaurant.  The last attendees didn't leave until midnight (in taxis).

KNOWLEDGE BASE

Expats face a couple of administrative challanges like how to pay taxes, how to get health insurance, how to vote from abroad plus the daily surprises of living in a foreign country in a different culture which eventually has every once in a while a different approach to implementing values like "life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness" to daily activities like queuing or the use of knife and fork, let alone that you don't find your stuff on the shelves in the supermarket and that - after all that progress that has been made in the last 20 years - they still speak a foreign language …

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Contact Information

  • Association of
  • American-German
  • Business Clubs e.V.
  • Mainzer Landstraße 176
  • 60327 Frankfurt
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  • Administrative Office:
  • Am Beckmannplatz 4
  • 53340 Meckenheim
  • Phone: 02225 - 70 444 15
  • Fax:   02225 - 70 34 999
  • national@agbc.de
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