Women’s Series | 12/07/2017


Laleh Sharifi, Partner and Business Immigration Practice Group Leader of Smith Gambrell & Russell, will tell you how U.S. immigration policies impact you, your business and family. It is not simply a hot political issue to debate.

From compliance issues, internship and work visas to green cards and dual-citizenship, she will cover the current topics that affect our personal and business lives, and discuss the future of U.S. immigration.   Laleh Sharifi, will also be available to answer your questions.

The Women’s Series is a collaborative initiative of the French, Netherlands, German and Belgian American Chambers of Commerce as well as the British American Business Council.  Started in January 2014, the Women’s Series holds quarterly business events for professional women of the Atlanta international community. The goal of the Women’s Series is to bring educational and stimulating content to our attendees, while facilitating professional opportunities and networking among peers.

LOGISTICS

  • When: Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm
  • Where: Promenade II, 1230 Peachtree St NE, Suite 3100, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Parking: parking lot at location – Parking will be validated.
  • Event fees:
    • Members BACoS, NACCSE, FACC, GACC & BABC : $20
    • Students (bring your Student ID): $20
    • Non members: $35
  • Registration is a must

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Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas | 12/2/2017


Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas is coming on Saturday December 2nd at 10 am.   The Legend will have bags full of presents of all kinds (provided by you, dear parents) and goody bags.   Polish your shoes,  prepare some carrots and  and practice those songs!

Join the Big ‘Molenwiek’ Saint Nicholas Celebration for all Belgian – French & Flemish speaking – children in the Atlanta area.

Please read carefully all the logistic infos!!!  Presents, check and registration form are a must!

Logistics

  • When: Saturday December 2nd from 10 am until 12.30 pm
  • Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Parking: behind the Church and the entrance is on the left side of the playground.
  • Presents [not more than $15/present/child]: must be dropped in advance [see locations days and times below]. Bring a wrapped present for your child(ren) clearly marked with their full name(s).
  • Registration sheet [write on a piece of paper in block letters 1/ the details of the person in charge in your family with email address  and 2/the first and last names of each person in your party] + payment [checks payable to de Molenwiek] must accompany all presents with at the latest with the name(s) of your child(ren) and including all adults attending the party.
  • Cost – to be paid by check to De Molenwiek at drop off of presents
    • $5 per child
    • kids aged 2 and under are free but must be registered.
    • $10 per adult, including grand-parents
  • Presents Drop off locations:
    • Friday November 17 between 9am and 12pm at st. Davids Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell, GA 30076 [school is located backside of the Church]
    • All other days at the front porch of de Molenwiek, 1007 Applegate Dr., Roswell, GA 30076
  • More infodemolenwiek@hotmail.com
  • Organizers: De Molenwiek, beATL & Atlanta Holland Club

Belgian THIRSTday | 11/02/2017


Let’s have our drinks at The Pub Perimeter where those ladies wear beautiful kilts!  Meet us from 7 pm around the bar area to catch up and chat chat chat!

The British-style bar is absolutely gorgeous, will all the bling-bling a traditional pub has to offer (except the typical smell) and friendliest staff I have ever encountered. They have a good selection of beers including the minimum beATL requirement of 8 Belgian ones.  And tease your palate with some brilliant food … Well it’s not Belgian…. Please take the time to RSVP

Logistics

  • When – Thursday November 2nd, 2017 from 7 pm
  • Where – The Pub Perimeter | 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346
  • Parking – ample free parking
  • RSVP – a simple yea or a nay would be so appreciated!

beATL is your friend


beATL is your companion, your friend.  beATL is your guide to all Belgian-related events in and around Atlanta.

But beATL is also you.  You and your family.  You and your Belgian friends.  So if you would like to do something with your fellow compatriots, just send me the logistical info, and beATL will publish it for you and handle the RSVPs.  It can be anything and it doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of work:  just grab an idea from all the events around you and make the call …

Here is  an example: you want to bring your family to the fabulous display of Christmas Lights at the Botanical Garden in Atlanta in December (could be January too) …  Why not team up with other Belgian families who would probably want to do the same … Pick a date and time and let beATL make the announcements for you … Every single family will purchase their tickets in advance (or at the ticket window on the day) so you don’t have to deal with money … Just be at the meeting point to welcome your peers, and enjoy the lights!  How simple is that??

Here are some simple ideas for families: walk with or without picnic, a movie night, a haunted house, a day at Six Flags, peek at the zoo, fun at Snow Mountain, Atlanta streetcar … And for adults: a Segway tour, a visit to the Center of Civil and Human Rights, bond with a mummy, Atlanta Movie Tour, drive a Porsche, dance lessons, bowling…

Or course, you could also organize a wine tasting evening, a themed party, an automobile rally, a treasure hunt, a canoe trip,… which all require a little bit more organization but ask a friend to help you and it will be all fun for all!

What are you waiting for???   Contact beATL and let’s schedule something and have an exciting beATL-Time!

 

Young Professionals networking drinks | 10/24/2017


Mix and mingle with Young Professionals peers of the German, Belgian, British, Swedish, Finnish and Dutch business community for this first joint networking drinks, organized by our local chambers of commerce – including our own.  This is a great opportunity to expand your network… that is if you are under 40 years old!  You will also get a guided tour of Orpheus Brewery’s 16,000 square foot facility!  Don’t forget to register!

LOGISTICS

  • When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 rom 6 – 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheus Brewery | 440 Dutch Valley Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
  • Event Fee: $10 (one beer & guided tour included)
  • Hosts: The Netherlands, German, Finnish, Swedish and Belgian  American Chambers of Commerce & the British American Business Council
  • Registration is a must.

Luzia | 11/16/2017


beATL goes to Luzia, the latest Cirque du Soleil’s adventure. We have a group reservation for 25 persons, at a discounted price, for Thursday November 16th at 8 pm.  This is an event for the whole family [and friends]! Registrations – with payment – will be first come, first serve.

Interested?  Email us with us and we will contact you to arrange for the payment.  Registrations are only valid if your payment is received before the deadline of October 15th.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday November 16th, 2017 at 8 pm – Meeting Point and time will be confirmed to attendees.
  • Where: Atlantic Station | 241, 20th St, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • Price (price level 2):
    • Adults: $60
    • Children <12: $50
    • Seniors 65+: $55
  • Deadline for registration and payment is Sunday October 15.

Belgian THIRSTday | 10/5/2017


To celebrate October, let’s revisit The Brass Tap, the sports bar owned by French citizen Samy.  This festive pub offers a myriad of beer options – over 300 craft beers from around the globe – and has a nicely-loaded wine cellar.

This bar could be a serious option for coming Belgian soccer games!

Logistics

  • When – Thursday October 5th, 2017 from 7 pm
  • Where –  4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road in the Park Place Shopping Center across the street from Perimeter Mall | (770) 557-0232.   Easiest access is through the path left of McKendrick’s Steak House.
  • Parking – ample free parking or valet parking.
  • RSVP – a simple yea or a nay would be nice ..

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let them know!


Catastrophes can happen.  Nobody is immune … Unfortunately.  So please read carefully the following information [Flemish and French versions included below].

Keep the Consulate General of Atlanta informed of any changes in your addresses, emails, phones, births etcetera and spread the word to Belgians you might know and who haven’t registered yet at the Consulate General.

Belgian travelers should use the very useful Belgian Foreign Affairs’ tool Travellers Online allowing Belgians to register and give their contact information during their travels.  This would help localizing our citizens in time of difficulties.


Veillez à informer le Consulat Général d’Atlanta de tout changement d’adresse, téléphone, email, naissances etc.  Si vous connaissez des belges qui viennent d’arriver aux Etats-Unis, encouragez-les à s’inscrire auprès du Consulat.

Si vous voyagez, on vous conseille vivement de vous inscrire sur Travellers Online, outil créé par les Affaires Etrangères et qui, en cas de crise, permet de facilement localiser les belges en difficulté.


Stel het Consulaat-Generaal te Atlanta op de hoogte van alle wijzigingen in adres, e-mail, telefoon, meld evenzo geboortes en andere wijzigingenen. Informeer andere Belgen die u wellicht kent en die zich nog niet bij het Consulaat-Generaal hebben geregistreerd.

Belgische reizigers maken best gebruik van Travellers Online , opgezet door het Belgische ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken,  waarin Belgen zich kunnen registreren en hun contactgegevens opgeven voor hun reis. Het is een zeer handig hulpmiddel en aarzel dus niet om bezoekers aan te moedigen om er gebruik van te maken.

Consulate General of Belgium – Mr. William De Baets | 230 Peachtree St NW, Ste 2250, Atlanta, GA 30303  atlanta@diplobel.fed.be | Office: 404-271-9669 | Emergency : 404-659-2150

 

Nasty Irma


Irma … a sweet name but not when it comes to a category five hurricane..  This one looks like the nastiest to hit the Atlantic Ocean ever. Even if ‘her’ path is not confirmed yet and still might change, Florida, coastal Georgia and the Carolinas might feel the impact with more or less devastating consequences.  Listen to your local authorities.  Here is a list of the few important agencies:

  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management Emergency:  Information Line 1-800-342-3557 | http://www.floridadisaster.org | Facebook: FloridaSERT | tweets @FLSERT
  • The Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency: www.gema.ga.gov
  • The South Carolina Emergency Management Division: www.scemd.org |  Facebook: @SCEMD | National Guard on Facebook: @SCGuard | Hurricane Guide 2017
  • The North Carolina Emergency Management, part of NC Public Safety: www.ncdps.gov | Facebook: @NCEmergency
  • At the federal level, coordination is done by the Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.fema.gov | ready
  • National Hurricane Center: www.hurricanes.gov | www.nhc.noaa.gov
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Both Florida and South Carolina are already in state of emergency!  Some places have also received evacuation orders.   Prepare your survival kits: purchase food and water, keep your gas tank full and phones charged at all time, have candles and/or flashlight & batteries, put your precious belongings and important documents in ziplock bags, get some cash,  secure your yard equipment, make sure you have an adequate of your medication [if needed], become familiar with local evacuation zones, locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes, make a personal property list of valuables, electronics and furniture, …

Think about where to go in case of evacuation and agree upon a meeting point for your family in case you would be separated.  Make sure that all your kids know – by heart – your cell phone number and/or an emergency number. For the little ones, tuck in their pocket an ID card with relevant information, again, in case you would be separated. Same for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Don’t forget your pets … leave their collar day and night and make sure a pet tag is attached with his/her name and your contact information.  Remember that a scared pet might escape in panic …  Make sure that you have enough food for them as well.

And finally, if you haven’t done so yet, register your family with your Consulate General in Atlanta. For the Consulate General it is useful to know the situation and the whereabouts of the Belgians in its jurisdiction. Don’t hesitate keeping us informed via atlanta@diplobel.fed.be.

Let’s hope that José (already close to hurricane strength) is not going to follow suite!  Remain vigilant, be careful and stay safe!

Note: The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30. | Interesting guide: Hurricane Guide perhaps for SC but plenty of useful information!

 

Farewell Wim | 9/5/2017


Wim Van Cauteren and his lovely wife Luciana have been beATLe fans as soon as beATL started its journey in June 2014.  For sure we will miss seeing them around!

Wim has been appointed as Trade Commissioner for Flanders & Brussels in Mexico-City where he will work at the Belgian Embassy.  There are a lot of economic links between the US and Mexico which has adopted a lot of American business practices while keeping its Latin flavor.   Also Mexico has, apart from Brazil, the largest economy in Latin-America offering many unexplored opportunities that Wim is excited about.

Luciana and Wim are fluent in Spanish, making the move to such a beautiful country even more attractive; they are both really looking forward to live there.

Wim started working for Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) in June 1998.   His first posting was Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; that was followed by a 7-year stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  After Argentina, he went back to Brussels for 2 1/2 years – at FIT’s headquarters, and since 2012, Atlanta became their new home.

His main activities is to give support to Flemish & Brussels export companies, that want to expand into the (Southern) USA.  On the other hand, he also detects US companies that want to cross the Atlantic and invest in Europe which explains why you could see him at numerous conferences, events and exhibitions.

He was also the co-organizer of three large trade missions in his jurisdiction: two Flemish-Dutch trade missions (one to Houston, TX and one to Atlanta, GA) and one Belgian Economic Mission to Texas.

What he loves about his job is getting positive feedback from Belgian and local companies, industry associations and government representatives but the icing on the cake is when a company secures a contract thanks to his introduction!

Wim will never forget the day and night of January 28 in 2014 when a snow and ice storm hit Atlanta!  Here is his story: ‘that night we were organizing a reception for Belgian businessmen that participated at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, so we could not leave the office early.  We left the office at 11 PM thinking that by that time the highways would be clear. Wrong ! I-75 north was still clogged with cars and there was a complete stand still. We got off the freeway, but we got lost somewhere in midtown and we feared we would have to overnight in our car with freezing temperatures outside. Luckily a Good Samaritan found us and was so nice to give us a ride back to my office in downtown Atlanta. At the office, we had to make a makeshift bed, made of tapestries and old carpets, but we were so happy that we didn’t have to sleep in the car.’

He will always enjoy and feel proud with the headline on the VRT (Flemish Public Television) news that stated that the first joint Flemish-Dutch economic mission in Houston, TX was a success. After several months of preparation, it was very rewarding.

If you ask Wim about his personal best moments in Atlanta, he will tell you about the Sun Dial restaurant in the Westin-hotel downtown where he had a birthday dinner with Luciana … but what made it very special is that on that rainy day, the view was nonexistent giving them the impression of having dinner in the clouds.   And the Belgian beers at the Brick Store Pub will remain a very good souvenir.

His last day in Atlanta is on September 15 … and no, the name of his successor is not known yet.   Check the blog again soon.

Join Flanders Investment & Trade and the Belgian American Chamber of the South on Tuesday, September 5th, so you too can thank Wim for all the great work he has done in the Southeast, wish him all the best on his new mission in Mexico and say goodbye to this super nice couple.

Logistics

  • When: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm
  • Where: Burr & Forman LLP171 17th Street Northwest – 11th floor, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • RSVP by Sept 1st, 2017