Member Spotlight: Stephanie Ward

Each month we'll feature a different AABC member in our new Member Spotlight, this month Stephanie Ward. Would you like to be featured in a future edition of our Member Spotlight? Get in touch with Veronica at marketing@aabc.nl   1. Who are you? (introduce yourself) I’m an Okie (that’s someone from Oklahoma) who has lived in the Netherlands since 1999. Moved here for a Dutch guy and we’re still together and happier than ever. I love nature, water (looking at it and swimming in it) a...
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Engage Your Audience from the Stage

By: Sangbreeta Moitra, www.sangbreetamoitra.com “Invisible threads are the strongest ties.”― Friedrich Nietzsche Last week, I was talking to a friend in business development who has to give a high-stakes talk at a conference. He said, “Of late, my audience is just off. They don’t respond to my one-liners or humour. Fingers crossed for a better audience next time!” I’ve had that in the past too. A talk or presentation that was prepared for hours, with the perfect amount of witty humour, stor...
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Starting a Business in the Netherlands?

Avoid these simple mistakes to ensure that doing business is enjoyable and not a headache! By: Adam Kiolle , Blenheim Attorneys As a legal advisor to small and medium businesses in the Netherlands, I help my clients through some of the most exciting and some of the most frustrating parts of doing business. In this blog, I share three simple tips to help you avoid some of the most common problems that I come across in my practice. Doing business can be one of the most rewarding things ther...
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Member Spotlight: Noa Rawlinson

Each month we'll feature a different AABC member in our new Member Spotlight, this month Noa Rawlinson. Would you like to be featured in a future edition of our Member Spotlight? Get in touch with Veronica at marketing@aabc.nl   Who are you? My name is Noa Rawlinson, I am a Dutchie and naturalized U.S. citizen who lived in the United States for close to ten years. I am a Certified Public Account, registered and licensed in the State of Florida. This is the State in which I spent most o...
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The Dutch School Attendance Law

By: Annebet van Mameren, New2nl Last year there was a lot of commotion on the playground of a small town in the south of the Netherlands. What happened? A family from the school had gone skiing and had posted some photos of their holiday on Facebook. This had upset some dutiful (or maybe jealous) parents who had felt the need to inform the truancy officers. As a result, the family was fined 400 euros. Only people who are familiar with the Dutch School Attendance (Leerplicht) Law would unde...
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How to stop feeling like a wimp and acting like a jerk

By: Steven Lips, Expatica Communications. Lately, I have been feeling like a wimp when meeting new people from the States at networking events. At two recent networking events with people from the US (not at the AABC, of course), the following occurred: I met a guy at the bar; shook hands with him; introduced myself by saying my name; and looked him in the face. Then it started. The guy started to pitch himself in a way that totally took me by surprise. It was as if he was facing the Dr...
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Member Spotlight: Albert Both

Each month we'll feature a different AABC member in our new Member Spotlight, this month Albert Both. Would you like to be featured in a future edition of our Member Spotlight? Get in touch with Veronica at marketing@aabc.nl Who are you? Introduce yourself My name is Albert Both and people also know me as Mr. Dutch Brainwash. I have my own company Talencoach (languages coach) and I show people how they can learn and speak Dutch faster than they ever imagined. For this purpose I developed my ...
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Housing Survey ICAP

Finding a decent place to live can be a major headache in Amsterdam, and a costly one at that. The International Community Advisory Panel, set up to try to improve the dialogue between the international community and Amsterdam officials, is carrying out a new survey on housing - to identify bottlenecks and hopefully bring about improvements. The results of ICAP's previous survey on education are currently being finalised. We can tell you over half of the city's international residents want to...
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Business Networking. Do It the Right Way.

By: Neifor B. Acosta, AABC Secretary of the Board Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “networking” as “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically, the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.” 1 [emphasis added] The two operative words in this definition are “exchange” and “cultivation” because without either of these important elements, it would be impossible to grow your network and derive its benefits. This...
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Business Strategy

By: Michael Knulst, www.sophiq-software.com Why are you in Business? What is the value of your Business? Are you in the right Business? We have entered a new era: many of the old business models with their related revenue models don’t seem to work anymore. There is a whole new dynamic and as entrepreneur we have to shift our old paradigms and ways of thinking. Many consultants emphasize that business strategy is necessary and I agree with that. The main question however is how to do this? In ...
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