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
George E. Lee
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
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
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.
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].
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 atThe 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!
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.
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.
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
Members BACoS, NACCSE, FACC, FACCSE, GACC South & BABCS : $20
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
When : Thursday March 23rd, 2017 from 11.45 am to 1.30 pm
As part of the Upstate International festivities, Greenville Sister Cities International would like to invite you to our 4th annual Belgian Beer Dinner! This wonderful evening full of great conversation, laughs, and culinary delight will take place on Monday March 27th at The Trappe Door, downtown Greenville, SC.
Seating is limited, so please contact The Trappe Door ( or 864.451.7490) to reserve your seats – especially if you plan on coming with a larger group.
Last year, the event was sold out in less than 1 week, so it’s very important to get your name on the reservations list as soon as possible. In order to confirm and keep your reservation, you will be required for advance payment at The Trappe Door within 1 week of signing up.
Full refunds will be available upon cancellation at least 1 week before the event, i.e. by Sunday March 19th the latest. The money for later cancellations and no-shows will serve as a fundraiser for Greenville Sister Cities International.
The Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta takes part in the Atlanta Francophonie Festival with a screening of “Tous les chats sont gris” for Belgian Movie Night on Tuesday March 21st, 2017. The screening will be followed by a Belgian-themed reception.
When: Tuesday March 21st, 2017 @ 7 pm
Where: Alliance Française | 1197 Peachtree Street NE, #561, Colony Square, Mezzanine Level, Atlanta, GA 30361
Parking: free parking upon validation underneath the building
The Great War in Broad Outlines, a traveling exhibition commemorating World War I and honoring the centennial anniversary of the U.S. entry into the War, opens in Atlanta on March 6, 2017 at Atlanta History Center | 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. Told in more than 30 panels, the exhibition chronicles many events including the efforts of Herbert Hoover, as head of the U.S. Food Administration, in providing humanitarian relief to those starving in wartime Belgium.
The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has selected Atlanta as the only Southeastern venue to host the exhibition that honors the human sacrifice of more than 116,000 U.S. military in the “war to end all wars.”
This exhibition has been produced by the Belgian National Institute for Veterans and Victims of War and sponsored by the Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta, Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Miami and UPS. Co-sponsored by the European and Eurasian Studies Program, Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, Department of History Department of Politics and International Relations and Honors College.