Business networking groups help you meet new business contacts and like-minded professionals; here is a list of business organisations and clubs in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has numerous business networking groups and business organisations for expats looking for either professional or social networking events, and it can be a great way for foreigners to integrate into the Netherlands, find a Dutch job via word-of-mouth or meet important business contacts.
Both members and guests are typically invited to networking events, which can include anything from seminars and workshops to special holiday celebrations. Some business networking groups are catered to help foreigners connect with the Dutch international business community. Here is a list of the main business networking groups, business organisations and business clubs in the Netherlands for expats.
American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)
The American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands (AmCham) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political, voluntary business organisation of companies and individuals who invest in and trade between the United States of America and the Netherlands. Established in 1961 and now in its sixth decade of service to the US business community, the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands (AmCham) seeks to further develop business relations betwees the US and the Netherlands.
Amsterdam American Business Club (AABC)
AABC is a professional business network group whose main purpose is to help improve business-to-business contacts between Dutch and American businesses. The club consists primarily of American and Dutch professionals but also includes a broad variety of nationalities and professional backgrounds. They currently have almost 1000 members and hold a lunch every third Monday of the month. On alternating months, they allow two of their sponsors to give a ‘market place presentation’, which normally lasts around 10–15 minutes.
There are also special events during the year such as our Labor Day Picnic and Thanksgiving Dinner.
Australian Business in Europe (ABIE)
Australian Business in Europe (ABIE) is a business organisation for Australians living in Europe and for Europeans wishing to maintain a connection with Australia. It’s an organisation of more than hundreds of individuals across the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and other countries. ABIE hosts events throughout the year alongside quarterly dinners.
Club of Amsterdam
The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, not-for-profit, international foundation involved in innovation in industries, science and society. This business club organises events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publishes findings and proceedings through various offline and online media channels.
Commercial Anglo-Dutch Society (CADS)
The Commercial Anglo Dutch Society (CADS) is a professional Amsterdam business networking group whose main purpose is to promote Anglo-Dutch relationships through a series of cultural, business and social events, such as monthly lunches with guest speakers every last Friday of the month.
Connecting Women is an international community of diverse women that aims to provide members and guests with an enriching and inspiring monthly evening of learning and sharing. Members can meet women in similar situations, network and enjoy speakers on diverse topics from personal and professional development to social and environmental issues. You have to be a member to join events.
European Professional Women’s Network Amsterdam
European Professional Women’s Network is a vibrant growing pan-European federation of more than 15 women’s business organisations. The common objective is to provide women with the tools, networks and support they need to assume leadership. They aim to share knowledge across Europe, and are involved in several Europe-wide initiatives. They combine a sophisticated online networking platform, linking several thousand business women across Europe, with regular, offline events in many cities including Amsterdam.
Foreign Press Association
The Foreign Press Association is a professional organisation representing about 100 foreign journalists who cover the Netherlands for foreign media. Members journalists work for some of the most important international media in the world including Reuters, Dow Jones, the Associated Press, AFP, Bloomberg, XINHUA, TASS and dpa among others.
French Chamber of Commerce Netherlands
The Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie France Pays-Bas (CCI France Netherlands) is a private business organisation consisting of 200 member companies from various sectors. Their goal is to promote trade between France and the Netherlands and to strengthen the Franco-Dutch relations within the business community in the Netherlands.
Irish Netherlands Business Association
The Ireland Netherlands Business Association (INBA) connects Irish and Dutch business people in the Netherlands through regular networking events. INBA provides a useful forum for making connections between companies and individuals who are involved in business and commercial activities in both Ireland and the Netherlands, or who are engaged in trade between the countries.
Italian Professionals the Netherlands
This professional group aims to provide better connections between Italian employees working in the Netherlands. To join this business group, you must have a strong professional connections with the Netherlands.
Junior Chamber International – Amsterdam
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Amsterdam International is an international chapter of ambitious young professionals between the age of 21 and 40 who are serious about business networking and seeking possibilities for personal and management skills development. Junior Chamber has 2,500 members in the Netherlands and 250,000 worldwide. The purpose of JCI is to contribute to the advancement of the global community by providing the opportunity for young people to develop their personal skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and fellowship, necessary to create positive change.
Kiwi Expat Association (KEA)
KEA is New Zealand’s expat and business network group in the Netherlands. It’s a global non-profit organisation. Through regular networking events, social gatherings and newsletters, they provide New Zealanders living and working in the Netherlands with a platform to meet each other and strengthen ties between New Zealand and the Netherlands. KEA is also open to Dutch residents with a proven commercial, business or cultural interest in New Zealand.
Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce
The NBCC is a bilateral non-profit membership business organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting Anglo-Dutch trade and investment and to serving its members’ needs. With offices in London and The Hague, the NBCC provides the first point of entry for doing business in the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom. In 2015, more than 500 representative from over 150 member companies attended their events.
Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce
The number one goal of the Netherlands-Polish Chamber of Commerce is to help businesses of all sizes to grow and prosper. They offer their 200 members exposure in the business community, a strong networking base and opportunities for professional development.
Rotary Club Utrecht International
Rotary Club Utrecht International is part of the worldwide organisation Rotary International. It is a young, dynamic and enterprising club. It consists of approximately 30 members, with new members regularly joining the club.
Society of English Native Speaking Editors
SENSE is a professional business networking group with approximately 350 members, including editors, translators, interpreters, copywriters, and teachers of English communication skills. Each year, SENSE organises a full programme of professional development activities such as lectures and workshops, as well as several social events.
Spanish Association of Professionals in the Netherlands
The Spanish Association of Professionals in the Netherlands or Asociación Española de Profesionales en Holanda is a business club for professionals living in the Netherlands with ties to the Spanish-speaking world. Their membership consists of professionals from Spain and Latin America.
Swedish Chamber of Commerce
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands mission is to provide a business network group for the advancement of Swedish and Dutch business and their members. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce promotes trade relations between Sweden and the Netherlands and delivers a unique business network based on the combination of Swedish and Dutch cultures.
Toastmasters of the Netherlands
Toastmastersof the Netherlands, a part of Toastmasters International, is regarded as one of the leading organisations in communication and leadership skill development. As a member, you will gain all the tools, resources and support you need. Through its worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters helps nearly 300,000 people communicate effectively and achieve the confidence to lead others. There are chapters in most major Dutch cities in the Netherlands.
Women’s Business Initiative International (WBII)
WBII is a community of entrepreneurial women. Through active collaboration members create a business networking group for promotion and a dynamic business network for the exchange of knowledge. The initiative is a structured space designed to meet diverse business needs.