The NAF Dutch Chicago Business Exchange
The Dutch Chicago Business Exchange (DCBE) was formed in 2005 and operates as a committee of the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF). It was founded with the support and input of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chicago, the Netherlands Club of Chicago and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA).
The DCBE’s mission is to exchange business, cultural and other ideas amongst members of the Dutch community in Chicago, to foster interaction amongst U.S. business people doing or seeking to do business in/with the Netherlands and in so doing to promote the goals of the Netherland-America Foundation.
The DCBE cooperates with other organizations sharing similar goals and organizes 9-10 meetings per year and invites speakers to speak with the group. Additionally, the DCBE maintains a website containing valuable member information, information on companies, governmental organizations and trends in the U.S.
The organization functions as a committee of the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) and is managed locally by local Chicago business people, bankers, lawyers and entrepreneurs.
The NAF is the leading bilateral foundation initiating and supporting high-impact exchange between the Netherlands and the United States, including the NAF/Fulbright Fellowships and programs in the arts, business, public policy and historic preservation. NAF activities provide donors and recipients with access to a broad network of educational, cultural and business organizations that exemplify Dutch and U.S. excellence in a number of disciplines.
Founded in 1921 by such luminaries as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM, the NAF operates under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, the Honorable Pieter van Vollenhoven. Click here for more information on the NAF.