German-American Business Forum (DAWT) Set for 2018
The German American Chambers of Commerce, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Stuttgart Region, present the 5th German-American Business Forum on June 21, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.The event targets German companies that are seeking to establish business relationships within the US, and focuses on consulting, discussions, as well as workshops addressing practical questions about doing business in the USA.The business forum provides an exclusive platform to network and exchange ideas with some of the highest-ranking representatives of German companies in the US.With over 300 guests from a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, automotive, as well as financial services, we anticipate an impressive turnout for this event.
This year, the Business Forum is partnering with the Trade Fair Global Connect.
For more information and registration, please visit our event website .

Die Veranstaltung richtet sich an deutsche Unternehmen, die Wirtschaftsbeziehungen zu den USA auf- oder ausbauen möchten. Im Mittelpunkt der ganztägigen Veranstaltung stehen Diskussionen und Präsentationen, bei denen Unternehmensvertreter aus den USA (US-Firmen oder deutsche Tochterunternehmen) über ihre Erfahrungen berichten, Chancen und Industrietrends aufzeigen und auf potenzielle Hürden im täglichen Geschäft hinweisen. Mit einer Vielfalt von aktuellen Fragestellungen der deutsch-amerikanischen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen will die eintägige Konferenz zum Austausch anregen und strategische und praktische Ideen bieten. Wir erwarten mehr als 300 Vertreter deutscher und amerikanischer Unternehmen, sowie hochrangige Vertreter aus Politik und Wirtschaft.

Recent Events
Advocating for Skills Initiatives in the USA
On Monday, February 5th, the German Embassy hosted a Round Table in Washington, DC, to kick off the year's Skills Initiative Agenda.  The heads of the GACC offices were in attendance, along with RGIT Vice President, Freya Lemcke, the Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Irene Braam, the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Labor Institute, Carsten Huebner, and Deutsche Welle Senior Correspondent, Carsten von
Image courtesy of Brose
The Head of the Economic Department at the Embassy, Karl-Matthias Klause, welcomed the group to the event, expressing optimism for the Initiative, which was launched in 2012.  He highlighted many of the accomplishments from the past year.  These included the growth of GACC Vocational Training programs in 10 states throughout the US, the selection of Brose USA as the GACC Apprenticeship Award winner, and an event with the National Academy of Sciences in November. 
Looking ahead, a major focus of 2018 will be defining a new Joint Declaration of Intent between the US and Germany on vocational training.  The current declaration was signed in 2015 and will expire in summer this year.  German Ambassador Peter Wittig will travel this year to Vermont on the invitation of Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss further development of vocational training. 
The GACCs will continue to develop vocational training programs based on the German model, as well as exchanges to provide apprentices with opportunities for international experience.
If you're interested in exploring how German-style apprenticeship training can make your company more sustainable, please contact GACC New York representative Matthew Allen at
Success of Event & Concert Promotion Conference May Lead to Similar Event in Future
Given the great success of our first-ever conference on transatlantic collaboration in the Event & Concert Promotion industry, the GACC NY, collaboration with  BMWi (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), is proposing a similar event in
Dietmar Rieg of the GACC NY welcomes attendees.

The conference was part of a delegation trip of 7 select German companies from the Event and Concert Industry who visited New York City and Los Angeles several days this past fall. It was sponsored by the BMWi with organizational support from the GACC NY.

Program goals are to strengthen transatlantic exchanges and collaboration between Germany and the US in the concert and events industry. The German delegation met with local industry leaders, research institutions and government representatives to exchange ideas, discuss new developments and lay the groundwork for future cooperation.

Sharing industry ideas and experiences.

Music and events experts from the US and Germany were provided a unique platform to hear from high-level speakers and meet with companies from both countries to explore potential synergies. All agreed that business models are being reshaped by digitalization. Participants learned about the latest trends in the music industry, including what's being done to create new audience experiences. 

In a nod to the Conference's success, several German companies that attended have already begun business ventures in the US!

Upcoming Events
U.S. Tax Reform: What It Means for International Businesses
Thursday, February 22, 2018
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Bayerische Landesbank New York
560 Lexington Avenue, 21st floor, NYC
The Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Industries
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
12:30 to 6:00 PM
Consulate General of Germany
871 United Nations Plaza, NYC

Energy System Transformation: Delegation Trip to Germany - II
Monday, March 12 - Friday, March 16, 2918
Berlin, Germany
YPN Workshop: How to Network Effectively
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
6:00 to 9:00 PM
Location TBD

EACC Spring Networking Event at Central Park Boat House
Thursday, May 24, 2018
6:00 to 9:00 PM
Loeb Central Park Boat House, NYC
Thursday, May 10
Spring may still be on the horizon, but it's not too early to save the date for our annual Asparagus Gala Dinne
r in May!

We'll celebrate this popular culinary German tradition at one of New York's premier locations, Tribeca Rooftop.  You'll mix and mingle with a crowd of more than 350 GACC members, including top-level representatives of German and US firms and their guests. There will be ample opportunities for networking and gathering valuable business tips. Of course, you'll savor the delicious, classically German cuisine known as  edible ivory  -  imported specially for the occasion from Germany by EMO Trans, Inc. and Lufthansa Cargo.

The evening will kick off with a sunset reception on Tribeca Rooftop's terrace with sweeping views of the Big Apple. Once dinner ends, our after party begins, featuring sizzling music, drinks and more networking. 
Early bird discounts available through March 16!

Job Market
The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) New York supports companies in recruiting skilled personnel as well as applicants in finding permanent employment or internships in the U.S. through posted job advertisements.
The GACC is currently looking for:
  • Intern for Germany Trade & Invest
  • Intern Trade Show Services 
Our clients are looking for:
  • Executive Assistant, German National Tourist Office
  • Trainee for 18 months - Information Technology (IT)
  • Trainee for 18 months - Banking / Financial Office Department
The listings can be found on
The German American Chamber of Commerce is also an official sponsor for J-1 visas in the categories of "Intern" and "Trainees" and can help you in obtaining your J-1 visa. Please contact us at and visit our website at

Trade Fairs
LOPEC Sets Trends in Printed Electronics
From March 13 - 15, 2018 in Munich, Germany, LOPEC , the international exhibition and conference for the printed electronics industry, will provide information on state-of-the-art technologies, trends and new markets for printed electronics. Virtually everyone who is important in this industry is represented here, and it's the perfect place to find out about emerging technologies. Visitors can look forward to more than 150 international exhibitors and more than 180 conference presentations to expand their business contacts and create new opportunities.

LOPEC will once again offer in-depth insights by focusing on industries which currently play a crucial role in the world of printed electronics: Mobility, spanning e lectrochromic dimming mirrors, OLED tail lights, and flexible displays and W ellbeing , covering medicine, fitness, and health applications.

LOPEC connects, inspires, and puts ideas into practice. Get your ticket now and start your trade show preparation!
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