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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!

 

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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.

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

solar eclipse | 8/21/2017


The Solar Eclipse was the talk-of-the-town yesterday.  Many of you shared your experiences with documenting pictures and/or videos via the social media.  Some created a pinhole projector and other chased the solar eclipse glasses …  Some of you were also published in an article from the VRT where you will recognize the participation of beATLes Francisca and Saskia.

 

business seminar on immigration | 5/17/2017


The Belgian American Chamber of the South, in partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce, the British American Business Council and the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce – Southeastern US is pleased to invite you to a business seminar on Immigration on Wednesday, May 17 with AGG.

With a new American administration, the rules and guidelines for visas are changing. For businesses in the US that rely on their foreign employees, it is important to keep up to date with these changes and to predict their impact. The seminar will discuss hot topics in immigration under president Trump’s administration including the following:

  • Compliance – New Form I-9 Requirements / Trump Administration Enforcement Actions
  • Admissibility under ESTA and B-1 status/ CBP update
  • E, L and H visa status Processing
  • Surprise H & L Site Audits /  the new USCIS Directive
  • Best Practices for Global Mobility Managers
  • Dual Citizenship for German nationals

And the guest speakers are:

  • Teri A. Simmons
  • Montserrat C. Miller
  • Wilhelm J. Ziegler
  • Matt Ohm
  • George E. Lee

Logistics

  • When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 4 to 6 pm
  • Where: Arnall Golden Gregory |  171 17th Street NW, Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • Event fee: Members BACoS, GACC, BABC, NACCSE : free, but registration is required! | Non members: $35
  • ​Registration: online

Springboard to Europe | 6/1/2017


On June 1st, a complimentary seminar regarding doing business in Europe will be organized by Frazier & Deeter and Arnall Golden Gregory.  What are some of the key business considerations to understand before taking the leap across the pond?  This panel of experts will accelerate your learning curve.

The event starts at 8 am with Mike Whitacre, Frazier & Deeter and Tycho Stahl, Arnall Golden Gregory as moderators.

The program is as follow:

  • 8:00 – 8:05 Welcome and introduction – Mike Whitacre, Frazier & Deeter and Tycho Stahl, Arnall Golden Gregory
  • 8:05 – 8:10 Belgian Consul General Comments – William De Baets, Consulate General of Belgium
  • 8:10 – 8:15 UK Consul General Comments – Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, British Consulate-General
  • 8:15 – 8:45 UK Discussion – Dom Fiore, PKF London
  • 8:45 – 9:15 Belgium Discussion – Kurt DeHaen, PKF Belgium
  • 9:15 – 9:45 German Discussion – Wolfgang Van Kerkom, PKF Germany
  • 9:45 – 10:15 Break and networking
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Ireland Discussion – Patt Flynn, Flynn O’Driscoll and Micheal Smith, IDA Ireland
  • 10:45 – 11:30 European Legal Discussion – Kai Westerwelle, Taylor Wessing
  • 11:30 – 1:00 Lunch and networking – Ania Lackey, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Eastern Europe Discussion – Dieter Natlacen, Taylor Wessing
  • 1:30 – 2:00 VAT Overview – Wouter Brackx, PKF Belgium

Logistics

  • When – Thursday, June 1st from 8 am – 2 pm
  • Where – Frazier & Deeter, LLC | 1230 Peachtree Street, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Registration – Space is limited!  Register by Thursday, May 25th, 2017.
    Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

 

Kortrijk delegation to Greenville, SC | 5/9-13/2017


Fancy a trip to Greenville, SC?  Why not tackle along the Kortrijk Sister City Delegation in Greenville, SC from May 9th – 13th?

The main purpose of the ‘K2G’ delegation visit is for both cities to learn more about -and be inspired by- each other’s people, ambitions, approach and accomplishments. In addition, it’s all about:

  • exploring shared interests and mutual opportunities related to government, urban development, education, arts, and business.
  • establishing many new and valuable relationships between community, educational, and business leaders in Kortrijk/West Flanders and Greenville/The Upstate, that are excited about helping to maintain and develop this sister city relationship, while providing new opportunities for them-selves and the organizations or companies they represent.
  • developing the Kortrijk-Greenville bridge as a unique gateway between our both countries.

Here is the detailed agenda.

For the epicureans, enjoy a “Belgian Beer Dinner” on Wednesday May 10th at 7 pm at The Trappe Door, downtown Greenville.  This “fusion” menu is a mix of Belgian with Southern specialities.  The cost per person is $70 all-in (without alcohol: $50 per head), including meeting those Belgian Delegation participants:

  • Mr. Vincent Van Quickenborne, Kortrijk Mayor and Member of the Belgian House of Representatives
  • Ms. Kelly Detavernier, Kortrijk City Council Member
  • Ms. Dominique Viaene, Sister Cities Coordinator for Kortrijk
  • Mr. Stijn Debaillie, Coordinator at DesignRegio Kortrijk
  • Mr. Matthieu Marisse, Regional Director for VOKA South-West Flanders
  • Mr. Piet Grymonprez, Co-Founder & Managing Director of MyMachine Global Foundation
  • Ms. Isabelle Pertry, Head of the Internationalization Department at Howest
  • Mr. Roel Vandommele, Director of Education at Howest
  • Ms. Isabel Vanslembrouck, Director of Research and Development at VIVES
  • Ms. Patricia Waerniers, Director of Education at VIVES
  • Dr. Petra Huyst, Staff Member Research at KULAK
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Wim Thielemans, Provincial Chair of Advanced Materials at the Renewable Materials and Nanotechnology Research Group at KULAK
  • Mr. William de Baets, Consul General for Belgium in Atlanta
  • Mr. Wim Van Cauteren, Trade Commissioner at Flanders Investment & Trade
  • Mr. Anton Mertens, President of the Belgian American Chamber of the South
  • Mr. Jean-Louis Vanderstraeten, President of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas (and a Belgian!)

Of course, a number of “Greenville VIPs” will also be in attendance, and it will be a very relaxed and enjoyable event; no formalities or black tie…. Only 32 spots remaining for the dinner, out of a total of 80 – First come – first served [invitation has not yet been extended to the general public].

For more information about the visit or email Stijn.

belgian THIRSTday | 5/4/2017


You beATL Queen might be on another ‘planet’ but life goes on as well as beATL’s life … The May gathering will take place from 7 pm at The Pub Perimeter.   Last we were there was in January 2015 so it’s time to give it another … shot. 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 …

The Pub is a small chain based in Cincinnati (this is their twelfth store, and first Georgia location) that has the design of a traditional English pub, with appropriate posters and prints on the walls to give you the full British immersion experience. Henry VIII and the London Underground, The Beatles, The Who, Muse, Radiohead…  And the servers are in kilts (with underwear).   While there, have a quick peak in the upstairs lounge to check on their famous Pour Your Own Beer Wall!

Logistics

  • When: Thursday May 4th, 2017 from 7 pm.
  • Where: The Pub Perimeter | 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346.  Directions.  Enter the Perimeter Mall via its main entrance on Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE (almost opposite the corner of Exxon Gas Station and Perimeter Center East).  The Pub is squeezed between the Mall entrance and Goldfish.
  • Parking: ample free parking or valet at $5 + tip
  • RSVP

 

BACoS – Women’s Series | 5/1/2017


The Women’s Series are joint events of the Belgian, French, Netherlands, Finnish and German 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 also facilitating professional opportunities and networking among peers.  The topics offered aim to connect and develop the women of our communities.

Good mentoring depends on having a collaborative, reciprocal learning relationship with your mentor. Whether you are just starting your career, seeking personal or professional development, or transitioning to new responsibilities, it is important to understand what it takes to be an effective mentoring partner and how to successfully engage in the relationship.

Join the Chambers & Council on Monday, May 1st and meet their guest speaker, Maria Gallahue-Worl, Sr VP & Head of Sulfone Polymers at Solvay Specialty Polymers.  Maria will share her experience as both a mentee and a mentor, and through her personal journey, how a successful mentoring can influence our life as a whole.

Logistics

  • When – Monday, May 1st, 2017 at 6 pm
  • Where – Burr & Forman |  171 17th Street NW, Suite 1100, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • Parking – Parking will be validated
  • Event fee:
    • Members BACoS, NACCSE, FACC, FACCSE, GACC South & BABCS : $20
    • Non members: $35
  • Register online

Luncheon with Pieter De Crem | 3/23/2017


Join this luncheon, sponsored by the Consulate General of Belgium, with The Honorable Pieter De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade of Belgium, former Minister of Defense of Belgium on Thursday March 23rd at the Atlanta Metro Chamber.  Mr. De Crem is visiting our city to celebrate the resuming of the direct flight between Atlanta and Brussels [first flight on Saturday March 25th].

Mr. De Crem will discuss  ‘In the heart of Europe: Belgium, the EU and the transatlantic relationship in challenging times‘ with particular attention to:

  • Trans-Atlantic and bilateral economic relations
  • Business opportunities in Belgium
  • Current situation in Europe and future outlook

Logistics

  • When : Thursday March 23rd, 2017 from 11.45 am to 1.30 pm
  • Where: Metro Atlanta Chamber | 191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3400, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Admission: free
  • RSVP: by March 21st to Sarah Saxner
  • Public Transport: 191 Peachtree Tower is located at the Peachtree Center MARTA station
  • Parking:
    • Metro Atlanta Chamber: 191 Peachtree Tower Parking Garage
    • International Garage: 192 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Central Parking System: 218 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Self Park: 221 Peachtree Center Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Peachtree Center Garage: 161 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303