Networking and business clubs in the Netherlands

Business networking backgroundThere are a whole lot of business and networking clubs in the Netherlands aimed at the international community. Here’s a list.

American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands
Established in 1961, the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands (AmCham) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political, voluntary organisation of companies and individuals involved in investment and trade between the United States of America and the Netherlands. If your business is transatlantic, you should consider joining AmCham Netherlands. Website

Amsterdam American Business Club
The Amsterdam American Business Club is a professional networking organisation whose main purpose is to help improve business-to-business contacts between Dutch and American businesses. The club consists primarily of American and Dutch professional people, but also includes a broad variety of business men and women of different nationalities and backgrounds. It currently has over 1,400 members and meets once a month in Amsterdam. Website

Australian Business in Europe
ABIE is a networking organisation for business people and professionals of all sorts. By organising functions throughout the year, ABIE aims to facilitate networking amongst Australians living and working in the Netherlands and others living or working in Europe. Such networking provides a social basis for expats but also a basis from which international opportunities between Australia and the Netherlands can be fostered. Website

Brazilian Dutch Chamber of Commerce
Bradutch – the main object of the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands, is to develop activities that stimulate interactivity and business between Brazil and the Netherlands. Bradutch is responsible for organising Brazilian trade missions to the Netherlands, and also promoting conferences, seminars and meetings related to economic, commercial and cultural exchanges between the two countries.  In addition, the organization has platforms for networking, offers several diverse publications and different services for its members. Bradutch is based in Amsterdam and has seven offices in Brazil. Website:

Founded over 40 years ago, the Commercial Anglo Dutch Society’s purpose was, and still is, to provide an informal meeting point for Dutch and English-speaking professionals, to help members improve commercial and cultural contacts between the UK and Commonwealth and The Netherlands, and to promote good practice in these fields. CADS publishes a monthly newsletter, invites members and their guests to a monthly lunch (usually with a guest speaker), organises various social events, and raises money for charity. Website

Club of Amsterdam
The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-orientated think-tank involved in channelling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don’t just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes. It organises events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publishes findings and proceedings through various off-lne and online media channels. Website:

Connecting Women
CONNECTing WOMEN aims to provide a forum for motivating and supporting professional and internationally-aware women in the paid and unpaid sectors. How? Through networking and presentations at its monthly meetings, a web site, and a variety of interesting workshops. Interested? Then pop along to one of the meetings. Website

Dutch-German Chamber of Commerce
Promotes trade and organises conferences and seminars between the Netherlands and Germany. Also operates a ‘young professionals’ group. Website

European Professional Women’s Network in Amsterdam
EuropeanPWN-Amsterdam is an international networking association for professional women in the Netherlands. It offers an open platform for members to communicate and share expertise through organised monthly meetings and informal networking sessions. An integral part of the EuropeanPWN-Amsterdam philosophy is an open, positive approach – one that aims to promote the personal growth of its members as well as the overall development of women in business. Website

Foreign Press Association
The professional organisation representing the more than 120 foreign journalists who cover the Netherlands for foreign media. Website

French Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands
The French Chamber of Commerce is based in Amsterdam. It runs a very active French-Dutch Business Club and offers services ranging from a simple list of contacts to the recruitment of French-speaking staff or an agent, incorporation, domiciliation and payroll administration. Website

Institute of Directors
The Institute of Directors’ Netherlands branch focuses on developing effective networking within the Anglo-Dutch business community. The IoD in the Netherlands organises local activities and networking events for members and their guests. International IoD members are part of an influential network of business leaders worldwide and benefit from free access to prestigious member premises in the UK, France and Belgium.Website

JCI Amsterdam International
The club for ambitious professionals (age 21-40) seeking possibilities for personal development, community projects, networking and opportunities for their own organisation. It offers a team of young, enthusiastic professionals who work or live in the Amsterdam area, who come from various different countries, and have many different fields of expertise and backgrounds. They use their time within the chapter to promote trade, commerce, community and culture, whilst developing their professional and social skills. Website

Netherlands African Business Council
The Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) believe that the Dutch private sector has a prominent role to play in the sustainable development of the African continent. Active in nearly every sector, NABC has amassed an extended network of thousands of African business contacts and enjoys collaborative relationships with Dutch knowledge institutions, NGO’s, the Dutch government, African embassies and trade and investment promotion institutes. Website

Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce
The NBCC is a bilateral non-profit membership organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting Anglo-Dutch trade and investment and to serving its members’ needs. With offices in London and The Hague, the NBCC provides the first point of entry for doing business in the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom. Website

Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association
The aim of the NHKBA is to provide a forum for people interested in Hong Kong, to give its members and their guests an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences and to gain first hand information from prominent visiting speakers. The main objective of the NHKBA is to strengthen bilateral relations between Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Focus areas include economic relations and also cultural and educational relations. Website

Polish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands
The Polish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands is a non-profit organisation
uniting, promoting and supporting Polish entrepreneurs in the Netherlands, as
well as Dutch companies collaborating with Polish customers and partners. We are
a stable platform for Polish-Dutch cooperation. Website

Polish Professional Women in the Netherlands
Polish Professional Women in the Netherlands is a platform uniting Polish female professionals and entrepreneurs living and working in the Netherlands. The goal of the association is to gather together a group of active internationally minded women, exchange knowledge, experience, and support the personal and professional development of its members. Website

Rotary Club Utrecht International
All members of Rotary Club Utrecht International have an international background and less than half of the club’s members are Dutch. The club’s motto is: Sharing a cross cultural experience. The working language is English. Find out more about joining the club on the website. Website

Society of English Native Speaking Editors
SENSE stands for the Society of English Native Speaking Editors. Based in the Netherlands, the society serves as a professional networking community for nearly 400 members who work as editors, translators, interpreters, copywriters and teachers of English writing skills. Every year SENSE organises a full programme of professional development activities, including lectures and workshops, as well as regular social events.The society also maintains a thriving forum where members can crowdsource the in-depth knowledge and technical information possessed by fellow language professionals. Website:

Spanish Association of Professionals in the Netherlands
The Spanish Association of Professionals is a club whose objective is to promote networking among people and companies which work at a professional level in the Netherlands and which have ties/interests with the Spanish-speaking world and culture.The club consists primarily of Spanish and Latin American professional people, but also includes a wide variety people of different nationalities and backgrounds with a common interest in Spanish culture. Website:

Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce was established in the Netherlands in 1960 and has more than 160 company members from Ikea to Volvo Cars Netherlands. The chamber’s main role is to provide a forum for members to exchange business ideas, experiences and to explore new business opportunities. Website

Women’s Business Initiative International
The goal of the WBII is to promote the inclusion of women in the professional world by identifying and removing barriers that prevent their full participation. The WBII provides a physical space and necessary support to create new business ventures, expand small businesses, spark new ideas and collaboration, increase profitability and expand employment opportunities. Website

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