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Virtual Workshop: Becoming more successful as a foreign organization

June 11, 2020
June 11, 2020
Start time:
1:00 pm
End time:
2:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Register here

Many entrepreneurs want to do business in the United States.They expect that they can enter the market with their Dutch mentality. Although the Netherlands and the US seem to have many similarities, the reality is completely different.

Doing business in another country is always a challenge and certainly in the US. Every state has its own culture and rules. And even within a state there are many differences.

Fortunately, more than 100 Dutch companies have preceded you in Texas. They have all found their way. At the NBSO we receive questions daily about doing business in Texas. That is why we have developed a series of workshops in collaboration with SCORE and Houston Community College with the theme "The secrets of doing business in Texas".

The topics of the workshops are:

  • Finding, developing and maintaining relations
  • Becoming more successful as a foreign organization
  • Finding sources of funding
  • Understanding social and cultural differences

During each workshop, different experienced entrepreneurs will give you tips and tricks about doing business in Texas. Whether you have been working in Texas for years or want to start a business in the region,these workshops are interesting for anyone who wants to do business successfully in Texas.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn with us!

About the workshop

As a foreign company in the US, you always have to work the extra mile to stand out and being successful. Enter to a new market and understand the different processes and rules associated, it’s an important challenge for those who want to do business in America.
How can you distinguish yourself as a foreign company? What do you need to compete in the local market? Which resources are available for international organizations?
In this workshop, you can answer all these questions and receive practical information to help you in your international journey.

About the speakers

Edward Verweij, Managing Director, Hatenboer-Water Americas Corp.

In Houston since 2013, Edward Verweij held several senior management positions throughout the maritime and offshore / oil & gas industry. Extensive travels across the globe, and two expatriate assignments have positively challenged Verweij, making him a pioneer in starting-up new ventures abroad for Dutch-owned companies. 15 years of proven sales track record make him a seasoned professional within a very international, often technical, working environment.

Verweij started his career at Damen Shipyards, the largest shipbuilder in The Netherlands. Later, Edward moved to Shanghai, China to establish the opening of a branch office for a Dutch multi-national. When moving to Houston, Verweij was working for Van Aalst Marine & Offshore, a company involved in technical solutions for the Oil & Gas industry. In 2013, Edward joined Scandia Gear, a successful international manufacturer of safety gear for maritime and offshore. Together with his wife, in just 5 years, Verweij has significantly grown Scandia’s presence and revenue in the Americas region. Today, Verweij is employed with Hatenboer-Water Americas Corp, a company for which he started a Houston operation in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Hatenboer, since 1906, is a specialist in potable (drinking) water generation, both on land as well as in the maritime & offshore industry. Learn more: https://www.hatenboer-water.com/

Erik Vanderlaan, CEO of Data2save

Erik has a long career supporting the Energy and manufacturing industries, skilled in helping companies optimize their assets with Data and IT related needs. He holds a Master of Science degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.
In 2008, Data2save was launched, focusing on creating SaaS applications, facilitating Cloud based work with locations in Houston & Austin, Texas, The Netherlands, The U.K.,  Ireland, and S. Africa. Primarily, creating: - Websites, (mobile) Applications, SaaS Solutions, Marketing, Email services, Social Media Services, Cyber Monitoring, and Managed IT Solutions.

Prior to starting Data2save, Erik worked in 3D CAD Software development & sales in the Netherlands, France, Germany and the U.K. In 1999, he was appointed as the CEO and setup successful offices in Texas, Canada, and Mexico, employing +30 professionals. He is a top performing and well-respected Engineer, occupied with AutoCAD Piping Plant design software customers in the Oil & Gas and industrial industries. Working extensively on global projects for both the Commercial & Government sectors, providing consulting and Project management, in Software development or mechanical engineering projects. Erik is involved in several startup companies and has extensive experience adapting to evolving market situations Learn more: https://www.data2save.com

Anthonie Dekker, Owner and Founder, Anthonie's Market Grill

Having spearheaded the ever-popular “Dekker’s” restaurant in Fulshear, Texas, Chef Anthonie Dekker is no stranger to success. Dekker hails from Holland where, as a boy, he was captivated by American TV westerns. Arriving stateside at 25, he held major culinary positions in Houston, Kemah and Minneapolis before returning to his beloved Texas as Executive Chef to the Houston Texans. He moved on to serve as private chef for one of south Texas’ largest cattle ranches, pleasing the palates of notables from George HW Bush to George Strait.

While Chef Dekker’s passion is “great meat cooked on an open-fire Mesquite grill,” his menu reflects an obsession with all spectrums of tang. His gold standard: creative, scrumptious food delivered with impeccable service and genuine hospitality. Learn more: https://anthoniestogo.com/

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