Sixth Annual German-American Business Forum
Provides Practical Advice on Transatlantic Business
German companies looking for business opportunities in the US received valuable guidance on how to do so at the 6th Annual German American Business Forum (DAWT) which took place on June 4 in historic Potsdam, Germany.

Participants included more than 250 representatives from various German and American companies, as well as highly respected political and economic experts. The main purpose of the forum was to provided strategic and practical guidance for German businesses planning to enter the US market or expand operations there.

An opening reception took place at Potsdam's historic Sanssouci Palace. Guests were welcomed by Peter Riehle, Chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce (AHK USA), who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc., and President & CEO, WITTENSTEIN holding, Corp. He was joined by Peter Heydenbluth, President, Potsdam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dr. Martin Wansleben, Chief Executive, DIHK.

Other notable speakers included: Prof. Dr. Jörg Steinbach, Wirtschafts Minister des Landes Brandenburg and Christian Hirte, Parlamentarische Staatssekretär für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi)

The next day kicked off with a panel discussion on Transatlantic Relations followed by as series of workshops focused on: 
1 ) What you need to know about US market entry (legal framework) 2) Sales Strategies USA 3) Medical Technology 4) How to find the right employees 5) Product expansion 6) Industry 4.0
The forum was organized in cooperation with the German American Chambers of Commerce (AHK USA), Potsdam Chamber of Commerce , RGIT , GTAI and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
STEP USA Alumni Pitch Night: Internationalization
The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC NY) held its fourth STEP USA Alumni Pitch Night in Berlin on June 5, encompassing dynamic lectures and workshops on internationalization.

The event featured leading experts on internationalization, venture capital and technology transfer, such as: Nico Gramenz, CEO of the Factory in Berlin, Julian Riedlbauer, Partner at GP Bullhound, Astrid Freier, Head of SAP.io Foundry Berlin, Marc Bovenschulte, Director at the Institute for Innovation and Technology and the long-standing STEP USA Partner Brian Frumberg, CEO & Founder from VentureOut New York.

During several panel discussions, fireside chats and lectures, the experts addressed key aspects of US market entry. That included shedding light on the criteria that German startups must fulfill in order to achieve success in the US. The program offered intercultural skills, best practices, day-to-day working experiences of established German startups and legal foundations for secure, long-term development of business in the US.

The highlight was the STEP USA Pitch, where five alumni of the STEP USA program presented their company business models before a jury of business innovators. Ineratec GmbH prevailed as winner of the competition due in large part to an impressive pitch by Philipp Engelkamp, the company's managing director from Karlsruhe.

Read more here.
GACC NY Participates at Chatbot Hackathon in NYC
It was another first for GACC NY: we partnered with our STEP Alumni Labs.ai for a Chatbot Hackathon in NYC. More than 50 developers participated forming teams that built their own chatbots with support from expert mentors like: Labs.ai , Detecon , Google Cloud and MongoDB and ICM Hub .
First prize went to a student group that created a chatbot called BingeBot, intended for TV consumers who can’t decide which shows to watch next. The bot suggests new movies based on your preference, genre and the trending popularity. Could certaily come in handy for those who are undecided about switching between life TV, on demand, Netflix and Amazon prime!
NJ Students Gain Digital Manufacturing Skills through New Mechatronics Certificate Program
Essex County College (ECC) in Newark, NJ is moving quickly to build dynamic new educational pathways to address both community and industry needs in the Garden State. Through close coordination with state representatives and local partners, the college has innovated a new Mechatronics Certificate as part of their Mechanical and Manufacturing Degree program. 

The combination of mechanical and electrical competencies will help their students to adapt to the developing needs of advanced digital manufacturing. The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC NY) is excited to partner with ECC on the new program by integrating German-based apprenticeships in Mechatronics with local manufacturers. Through their growing cooperation, ECC and the GACC NY will target the skills gap in manufacturing, while providing students with debt-free education and accelerated career pathways.  

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Train-the-Trainer Program Launches in NJ: Focus on Mentoring Apprentices for Digital Workplace
The German American Chamber of Commerce skills initiative in New Jersey is debuting their first Train the Trainer Seminar.

Trainers need practical skills to transfer their knowledge and ensure effective learning -- and that is where this seminar comes into play.

The 4-day seminar is designed to help trainers communicate and train more effectively. Partner and friend, John Sarno, of the Employers Association of New Jersey, will host the seminar July 23-July 26. To learn mor e about the seminar, please contact Alexandra Hoffmann at ahoffmann@gaccny.com .

The training promotes equips a skilled worker with the knowledge and practice to become a mentor to an individual while passing on valuable skills. The course is inclusive to any profession.

Read more here .
GACC NY Continues Support of Transatlantic American and German Student Exchanges
Universität Bremen Visits Financial District
As part of its ongoing support of American and German business student exchanges, the GACC NY again welcomed a group of future business leaders to its downtown NYC office. This time, 20 students from the Universität Bremen visited NYC as part of an in-depth program which allowed them to experience first-hand the fast-paced world of international business. 

GACC NY President & CEO Dietmar Rieg spoke with them about what the AHKs' roles are in supporting transatlantic commerce. He also provided important insights on the financial industry from both a US and German perspective.
Metropolitan College of New York Students Headed to Germany
A group of 55 business students from Metropolitan College of New York will travel to Frankfurt, Cologne and Bonn on July 19 for a week-long educational experience supported by the German American Chamber of Commerce.

 The group’s robust program will include visits to the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights , Economics, and Social Sciences of Health, Deutsche Welle, and more. 

The participating students come from diverse backgrounds and will graduate with concentrations in areas including health, automotive and media business. This international experience will be a meaningful addition to their study program, preparing them for an accelerated career path.

Leading up to the trip, GACC NY President & CEO spoke with the students on June 11, providing them with insights into the current dynamics in international business and economics. The group was highly engaged and is poised to build on their German experience next month.
NAPHN19 Expo Explores Passive House Technology
The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC NY) is a promotional partner of the sixth annual North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) Conference and Expo: NAPHN19 . The event will take place June 27-28, 2019 in New York City.

NAPHN19 will be the largest gathering of professionals working with Passive House technology in the United States to date. The conference will investigate how professionals and policymakers are implementing Passive House, at scale today. Attendees will learn from internationally known speakers, explore a wide range of innovative Passive house products and network with fellow attendees. 

More information about the conference and registration please click  here
and receive a 10% discount by applying the discount code naphn19*gen.  
Taste of Germany Roadshow in July 2019
The GACC NY is planning a culinary roadshow to present German foods and beverages to a US audience. As part of the “Deutschlandjahr”, the concept will feature a five-day roadshow across the Northeastern US making stops Bethlehem (PA), Pittsburgh (PA), Buffalo (NY), Rochester (NY) and Albany (NY) between July 22-26, 2019 . The tasting events will connect US and German culture through traditional as well as innovative German foods and beverages. Moreover, the project will foster business relationships between German and US counterparts.

The campaign “Deutschlandjahr” focuses on intensifying the transatlantic dialogue, international exchange and cooperation between people and cultures in order to establish and expand networks. It will highlight how areas in Germany and the USA complement one another as partners and can work towards resolving important future tasks.

The initiative titled Wunderbar Together will target different groups such as decision-makers and important, established and potential partners in civil society, politics, business and industry, culture, media, science and education. The initiative will also target people with no previous knowledge of Germany, people outside of major urban centers along the coasts, young people and Americans with German roots or close ties to Germany.

Please visit the event website to see the different tasting event locations, exhibiting companies and to RSVP for events.
GACC Connects with Gibbons for Workshop: What is Implicit Bias and How Can it Impact Your Hiring?
Despite the constant flow of headlines about harassment in American workplaces, many employers are working behind the scenes to increase diversity and educate employees on respect and inclusion.

Implicit bias - the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions without our conscious knowledge - has thus become a “hot topic,” with many companies devoting full- or multi-day sessions to raising awareness of individual biases, providing tools to manage and prevent such biases from impacting workplaces and workplace decisions.

At a June 10 lunch workshop, the GACC NY connected with GIBBONS to explore this critical workplace issue. Kelly Ann Bird , Director, Gibbons Employment & Labor Law Department; Leader, Gibbons Workplace Training Academy (pictured) spoke about implicit bias, particularly related to the hiring process.

As part of her presentation she conducted a short mock interview, which highlighted the types of biases that may arise based on a candidate’s presentation and specific characteristics. The goal is to raise awareness of the role and impact of implicit bias, even at the early stages of the employment relationship. She was joined by Peter Flägel, Director, Gibbons Corporate Department; Administrative Director, Gibbons German Practice.
NYC Lays Groundwork for Truck-Accessible Electric Charging Stations throughout the City
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to identify organizations interested in developing and operating truck-accessible electric charging stations throughout the City. The initiative is the latest update to the $100M  FreightNYC  plan, which will modernize the City’s freight distribution network.

GACC NY is eager to promote NYCEDC initiatives such as this one, which are in line with our organization's sustainability collaborations between New York and Germany. These joint initiatives involve startups, universities, government agencies, incubators/accelerator, large companies, and civil society organizations from New York.

Read more here .
Upcoming Events

For the 6th time at the German Mission in Midtown New York the GACC NY and the German Mission to the UN will organize a UN Procurement Seminar exclusively for German companies, providing unique possibilities for one-on-one meetings with UN Procurement staff.

Registration details and information on participating UN agencies will follow soon. Stay tuned!
Roadshow: Taste of Germany
Monday, July 22
NY State and Pennsylvania

Train-the-Trainer Seminar
Tuesday, July 23
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Livingston, NJ

Reeperbahn Festival 2019: Delegation Trip to Germany
Monday, September 16
(Hamburg, Germany)

European Fall Networking Boat Cruise
Tuesday, September 17
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (NYC)

German American Forum on Energy Storage & Smart Grids
Tuesday, October 29 (NYC)

Additional Upcoming Events

Job Market
The GACC NY supports companies in recruiting skilled personnel as well as applicants in finding permanent employment or internships in the US through posted job advertisements.

The GACC NY is currently looking for: 
  • 6-12 moth Internship in Business Nework & Events
  • 12-18 month Trainee in Business Network & Events

Our clients are looking to fill the following positions:
  • Communications and Marketing Manager at the GACC West
  • 12-month Internship with Bavarian US Offices for Economic Development
  • 3-month Internship at Germany Trade & Invest
Details on these listings can be found at  www.gacctalentnetwork.com .
GACC NY 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  visa@gaccny.com  and visit our website at  www.go-j1.com .
Trade Shows
Security Essen , the world’s leading trade show for residential and commercial security, will take place September 22–25, 2020 in Essen, Germany . Exhibitors and visitors can expect a wide variety of topics ranging from new smart home security solutions to intelligent drone systems as well as innovative concepts for event securit y.

Apply now to secure one of the booths to exhibit at security essen .
Click here to see the exhibitor list from the last show

Save time and purchase your tickets online now, or contact Karen Vogelsang. 
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