German American Business Outlook Conference on December 11              
The results from our 9th annual German American Business Outlook (GABO) survey are now in and will made public at the December 11 GABO conference , hosted by JP Morgan Chase at their midtown Manhattan office.

This year, KPMG worked on creating the survey in partnership with the GACCs and the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT). In addition to presentation of the survey highlights, the conference will feature an expert panel discussion on the current business environment for German businesses in the US.

There's still time to register for the conference!

Thanks, again, to all those who participated in the survey.

Recent Events
Newcomer of the Year Awards Presented at Annual Goose Dinner
The winner of the Newcomer of the Year Award 2017 is ......
Kaia Health, Inc
From Left: Eva Bacon-jetlite, Sebastian Sujka-xbird, Ralph Peter-Mueller-CFturbo and Konstantin Mehl-Kaia Health (Photo: Mark Hall)

Our independent jury voted Kaia Health the GACC's Newcomer of the Year 2017. They were recognize for their use of artificial intelligence to treat chronic back pain non-invasively. In addition to personalized care, Kaia's innovative digital thereapy may lead reduced health costs. This creative startup lead the pack out of 100 shortlisted candidates. The Huffington Post described Kaia Health's overarching goal as to provide a tailored and holistic therapy program to reduce - if not eradicate - the prescription of opioids for individuals who suffer from chronic conditions, like back pain.

In addition to Kaia, the following finalists were recognized as Notable Newcomers at the gala dinner:  CFturbo, Inc., jetlite,GmbH and  Xbird,GmbH.

All finalists were selected from a pool of more than 100 candidates which caught the GACC's attention over the past two years for their excellent contributions to the transatlantic business community. Each has successfully identified and addressed a need in the US market, while maintaining the highest standards of quality and service and forging strong ties between the US and Germany. and stood out for its products and services, creative spirit, and innovative approach. 

Congratulations to everyone! And thank you to Lufthansa for sponsoring all of our 10 shortlisted candidates to attend our gala! #NewcomeroftheYear2017
Brose North America, Inc. Wins GACC 2017 Apprenticeship Award
Apprenticeships thrive . . . 

at Brose North America, Inc.


Brose North America, Inc. is the winner of this year's GACC Apprenticeship Award.  The Michigan-based company is being recognized for its leadership and innovation in workforce development by implementing German standard apprenticeship programs in the United States.

The GACC Apprenticeship Award honors Brose for their efforts and investments in workforce development and education as well as the creation of valuable career pathways for young Americans.

The Award will be presented to Brose North America, Inc. at a special ceremony at RGIT (Representative of German Industry + Trade) on November 15 in Washington, DC. Dr. Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of German, will open the ceremony, which also happens to take place during National Apprenticeship Week - raising the profile and highlighting the benefits of the dual training approach for companies and apprentices.

ESTENSIS Takes Home Award for Excellence in Innovation
Jan Diesback, Director of Sale, ESTENSIS, (center) accepts the  Excellence in Innovation award from Matthew Allen, GACC NY (left), along with Peter Riehle, President & CEO, Wittenstein, Inc .
ESTENSIS was recognized for its Excellence in Innovation at the GACC Awards Gala. With operations in the New York City region, ESTENSIS  has been established in the world-wide conference business for more than 20 years. The company was recognized by the GACC for it intuitive scientific E-Poster system "Das Terminal". Used in scientific conferences around the globe, this digital slide management system has transformed data presentation and presentation management for exhibitors and attendees alike.

The German American Business Awards, presented by the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs), are one of the highest accolades in transatlantic business, recognizing companies for their exceptional achievements in digitalization, innovation, and service. A total of five GACC Awards in three categories waspresented at the award ceremony in Chicago.

Click here for details on the other award winners. Congrats to them all!

GACCs Shine Spotlight on CEBIT Digital Innovation Festival
Standing, from left: Victor Boyajian, Global Venture Technology of Dentons, Reinhold Umminger, Director of Key Accounts for CEBIT and Dietmar Rieg, GACC 
The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in collaboration with Dentons Venture Technology in New York and the German trade show organizer Deutsche Messe AG, hosted an October 27 event spotlighting Europe's premier Digital Innovation Festival CeBIT.  

The event was part of a week-long roadshow through the US with stops in Phoenix, Orlando, Kansas City and New York City. The New York stop focused on current digitization trends and innovation in the Tech Startup scene, and offered an opportunity to learn about international business exposure at CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany.

New York City is home to an estimated 7,000 high-tech companies, which provide more than 100,00 jobs in the high-tech industry and more than 150,000 technology jobs in non-technology industries, such as health care, retail and finance. Silicon Alley, based in Manhattan, is a metonym for the sphere embracing the city's high-tech industry.

In the past few years, a growing number of startups were founded in the Big Apple. This growth is fueled by factors such as the rise of several prominent startups (Foursquare, Kickstarter etc.), the arrival of venture-backed accelerator programs to help young startups get off the ground and moves by New York City's government to encourage tech innovation.

Learn more about  CeBIT 2018 and visitor/exhibitor opportunities for startups

New York and Germany Cooperate on Energy Efficiency
The delegation of energy efficiency experts from New York State who traveled to Berlin.
The German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. hosted an event at NYU Center for Global Affairs this past October 16 that provided key insights from this year's New York - Berlin energy efficiency delegation trip in June.

Topics such as energy policy, energy efficiency in cities and buildings, sustainable transportation, and the movement towards 100% renewables were addressed. During a panel discussion actionable recommendations were identified that could be applied to today's energy policy in New York State.

The June delegation consisted of 15 energy stakeholders from New York State who were invited to Germany for five days of idea exchanges with their German counterparts. The US delegation was given the opportunity to learn more about German energy policies, meet relevant stakeholders and visit real-life manifestations of policy. This exchange was so popular and productive that another delegation trip will take place in March 2018.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is pursuing international energy policy cooperations, to build strategic relationships with partner countries. The GACCs support the BMWi in their aim to foster energy policy exchange with the US.

Click here fort more about the German Federal Government's energy dialogue with the US, and sign up for the Energiewende Direkt Newsletter to keep informed about the German energy transition.
 
UN Procurement Seminar: Tips on Doing Business with the UN  
Attendees at the UN Procurement Seminar
Doing business with the United Nations offers great potential. In 2016, the UN organizations procured for more than $17 billion. Against that backdrop the GACC NY in collaboration with the German Mission to the UN organized a UN Procurement Seminar in NYC exclusively for German companies this past October
 
Representatives of approximately 30 companies received first-hand information from UN representatives of various New York-based UN agencies. Among the speakers was United Nations Procurement Division's (UNPD) Procurement Director Mr. Dmitiri Dovgopoly, who showcased the different procurement areas and needs of the organization.  Presentations from UN procurement staff organizations such as UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS, Global Compact and UNDB were also featured. 

Technical staff from the Department of Field Support (DFS) shared their experiences from the field and explained how business opportunities are generated. In addition to the UN presentations, Dr. Christoph Schemionek from the RGIT (Representative of German Industry + Trade) spoke on business opportunities at the World Bank. Attendees were particularly enthusiastic about the one-on-one meetings with UN procurement officers.

As an added bonus, companies were treated to a guided tour of UN headquarters on day two of the seminar, which was supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Similar seminars take place on a regular basis at different UN locations.

GACC NY Participates at Panel Discussion in Darmstadt on US Economic Policy  in Trump Era
Lars Hennemann (center) posses questions to Eberhard Flammer, Dietmar Rieg, Dr. Berend Diekmann and Wolfgang Muno (from left)

The GACC NY participated in panel discussion last month in Darmstand, Germany, focusing on the current economic environment in the USA. The event took place last month at the Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK) Rhein Main Necker to a full house.

ECHO editor-in-chief Lars Hennemann moderated the panel consisting of business and economy experts including, Dietmar Rieg of the GACC NY, Eberhard Flammer, president of the IHK Lamm-Dill,  Dr. Berend Diekmann, head of the department of Foreign Economic Policy for the USA, Canada and Mexico in the Federal Ministry of Economics, and Dr. Wolfgang Muno political expert at the University of Mainz.

Despite the many business challenges posed by the Trump administration, the group remains optimistic about the USA and its economic viability for Germany.

As Dr.Diekmann cautiously stated during his closing remarks: "In terms of economic policy, some challenges await us, but the pendulum will also swing back."

 
Upcoming Events
German American Smart Buildings Symposium
Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
German House
871 UN Plaza (1st Ave. @ 49th St.)
NYC
East Coast Industry Forum (ECIF) and Gala Reception
Thursday, Nov 16, 2017
1 - 5:30 PM
Singh Center for Nanotechnology
University of Pennsylvania
3205 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

YPN Workshop: How to Achieve & Engage in a Diverse Workforce
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017
6:30 - 9:00 PM
12 East 49th Street, 11th floor
NYC

STEP Pitch Night - December
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
6:30 - 9:00 PM
Location and details TBD
Miscellaneous Events
Promoting Careers in Germany
Thomas Dzimian and Jessica von Tresckow of the GACC NY Career Services Dept. participated in this year's 
Career Booster event at the Goethe Institute in NYC, which informs US students on career opportunities in Germany

Ich Bin Expat Fair Draws Big Crowd
More than 500 visitors and exhibitors filled the lower Manhattan venue known as The Mezzanine this past weekend for the first Ich Bin Expat Fair. GACC NY joined CityKinder in hosting the event, which proved wildly popular with German-speakers in the NYC Metro area - both new arrivals and longtime residents.
GACC J1 Interns Among Volunteers at this Year's NYC Marathon 
J1 participants brave the rainy weather to volunteer at this year's NYC Marathon.
J-1 Exchange Visitors, sponsored by the GACC NY, joined more than 1,400 other J-1s as volunteers at TCS New York City Marathon,  the world's largest marathon.This group includes students, interns, au pairs, and research scholars in the United States as part of the  J-1 Exchange Visitor Program 

The Exchange Visitors were the largest and most diverse group of volunteers at the marathon, comprising more than 14 percent of the total volunteers. They experienced firsthand the American values of volunteerism and civic engagement. Our participants stood alongside other volunteers at Miles 5 and 6 in Brooklyn and Mile 18 in Harlem to provide water and moral support to nearly 50,000 runners from more than 135 countries. Several Exchange Visitors also ran in the Marathon, including five au pair/host parent teams.

The strong J-1 volunteer presence at the TCS New York City Marathon highlights the benefits that American citizens receive from State Department programs. International participants make concrete contributions to local communities across the United States, as they come together to contribute to the American spirit of volunteerism.
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 for Career Services/Recruitment
  • Intern for Consulting Services/Events - San Francisco offce 
Our clients are looking for:
  • Area Sales Manager
 
The listings can be found on www.gacctalentnetwork.com.
 
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 visa@gaccny.com and visit our website at www.go-j1.com
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Trade Fairs
 bauma Continues Reign as Largest Trade Show at Messe Munich
Photo Courtesy of bauma.
Messe Munich has been organizing successful trade shows for over 100 years. The majority of those shows are number 1 in their industries. But Munich does not only organize shows in Munich. They bring their expertise and know-how around the world to establish new and successful trade shows internationally. The largest construction show to take place at Messe Munich is bauma, which is not only the largest construction show, it is THE largest show ever to take place. With over 6.5 million square feet, it is truly a trade show where you need to wear comfortable shoes!

While our GACC NY office recruits for bauma, we also recruit for other Messe Munich shows that take place around the world. Shows scheduled for 2018 include:

The ConMin West Africa - May 14 - 17 in Abuja, Nigeria

M & T Expo - June 5 - 8 in Sao Paulo, Brazil

bauma CTT Russia - June 5 -8 in Moscow

bauma China - November 27 - 30 in Shanghai 


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