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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The Importance of Video

By: Stef Prein, www.studiofets.com Remember the good old days, when we only had a TV in the living room and maybe a computer upstairs, hidden in a study because it was an ugly machine you didn’t want to see? Remember when the central place in any household was that TV? Remember when videos on the internet looked like a mosaic pattern of colored squares? Know that those days are definitely over… In today’s world no day goes by with having seen a least one video. On the internet. On your pho...
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Do what you love, love what you do

By: Kirsten van Rijn, www.kirpunt.nl “Choose a job you like and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Unkown Since I started my own business, this is how I feel about what I do. By turning something negative, a serious back injury, into something positive, choosing the job I really like, I made one of the best decisions of my life. After completing my Bachelor Business Administration I started working as an Office and Account Manager at Cava Barcelona, where I sold Spanish w...
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Your Personal Brand Is Important

By: Cristina Stoian Portraits, www.cristinastoian.nl You are already a brand. Everyone is. Even if you don’t always feel it… Whether you are a small business, a single professional, or a creative - your personal brand matters. A professional portraiture session lets you steal the show, which in my eyes, is your show anyway. Casual photographs (like ‘selfies’) aren’t right in many places nowadays, and to move onto the next level, you might need something that captures you naturally, professi...
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Member Spotlight: Adam Kiolle

Each month we'll feature a different AABC member in our new Member Spotlight, beginning with Adam Kiolle, our board member in the position of Legal Affairs. 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 Adam, I am 29 years old and am an Australian attorney at a commercial law firm in Amsterdam, Blenheim Attorneys. I am also a member of the AABC’s board of directors and res...
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Key Retirement and Tax Numbers for 2017

Beacon Financial Education IRS 2017
Every year, the Internal Revenue Service announces cost-of-living adjustments that affect contribution limits for retirement plans, thresholds for deductions and credits, and standard deduction and personal exemption amounts. Here are a few of the key adjustments for 2017. Retirement plans • Employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), and most 457 plans can defer up to $18,000 in compensation in 2017 (the same as in 2016); employees age 50 and older can defer up to an additional $6,000 in 2...
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Art in the Workplace

By Jessica Lipowski, jessicalipowski.com Stark white walls and bare cubicles do not create a comfortable and inspiring workspace. However, it is hard to justify investing in art and other decorative fixtures when budgets are tight and the long-term value is not immediately apparent. Most view art as a luxury or an added bonus, not a necessity. While works of art certainly liven up sterile spaces, art adds more to an environment than aesthetically pleasing eye candy. According to a 2012 stu...
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ICAP Amsterdam Needs AABC Members

By ICAP Have you got something to say about what could be done to make Amsterdam a more attractive place to live or do business? The International Community Advisory Panel would like to hear from you. ICAP has been set up by a group of international Amsterdammers, including AABC supporter and DutchNews.nl editor Robin Pascoe. The aim is to provide a platform to give the city’s 100,000 expats a voice in city affairs. In particular, ICAP aims to collect and reflect the views of the internati...
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Idea Coaching for Startups and Companies with New Ideas

By Rob Lacroix, Expat Coaching Company Those who were there when I made my pitch at the previous AABC meeting might remember I am a life coach. What I did not tell you is that I also have another activity within my company. I am also an “idea coach” at VINS. You might be wondering what it is an idea coach does.   “Imagine this: You have a great idea” You have a great idea for a startup or for a new service to be introduced within your already existing firm. It is such a great idea tha...
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