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April 29, 2016

Best Cooperation of the Year 2016 - Awards Ceremony on April 28

The Best Cooperation of the Year 2016 competition organized by the Association for Foreign Investment (AFI) and the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic (AmCham) awarded together four projects. The aim of the competition is to select and honor the year’s best projects involving cooperation between companies and the research sphere.

Press release in Czech here,

Press release in English here.

April 21, 2016

Speaker Series: Business Breakfast with Dan Ťok - Minister of Transport on April 19

Minister Dan Ťok was invited to speak about his longer term plans for transportation, and ANO’s plans for the economy. On April 19 he met with about 40 Amcham members at Radisson Blu Alcron hotel. The outcome about his speech you can read here. Next meetings of the speaker series are business breakfast with Andrej Babiš on May 5 and luncheon with Pavel Bělobrádek on June 21. You can register at registration@amcham.cz.

April 21, 2016

Advertising opportunities in currently prepared publications: Czech Republic Overview, Best Office, Year-end Report

Our three major publications of this year are currently being prepared: Czech Republic Overview, Best Office and Year-end Report.

In all three publications members can advertise their products and services on limited number of publication pages. Companies interested to receive more information or to book the advertisement space can check the prices, distribution places and other specification further in the text or contact Lucie Vrbová at lvrbova@amcham.cz (733 685 318).

   

April 19, 2016

Leadership meeting on: "The Dark Side of the Leadership"

Robert Hogan, Prezident and founder of Hogan Assessment Systems, USA gave a short presentation to GMs/CEOs of member companies. Few outputs from Robert Hogan presentation:

Leadership is about building a team. The principles of Leadership:

  • Integrity
  • Good judgement
  • Competence
  • Vision

April 12, 2016

AmCham Announcement: Board of Directors Nominating Period Open

Nominations for seats on the 2016-18 Board of Directors open this week. All members who are representatives of member companies in good standing may be nominated or apply. Any member representative can nominate another member representative, or themselves. Nominations must be received by email (wstacey@amcham.cz) or post (AmCham, Dusni 10, 110 00 Praha 1) by 5.00pm, Friday, April 29.

March 31, 2016

Around the World with 14 Chambers

Dear members, our chamber, in collaboration with 13 other Chambers in the Czech Republic, is preparing an event „Around the World with 14 Chambers“ which will take a place on May 4th, 2016 at Zofin Garden.

This multicultural – networking event will offer almost 400 guests the selection of finest food, drinks and culture from the world. 

To get more information about the event and registration, click here. Are you interested in which chambers are participating? Click here

March 30, 2016

Visit Europe guide_April & May & June 2016

Look at the current issue of "Visit Europe" highlighting upcoming events and featuring special offers to the members of AmChams in region. To read April & May & June 2016 issue, click here.

March 23, 2016

Jaromír Hainc of Prague Institute of Planning and Development made presentation to AmCham members

On March 24, Jaromír Hainc of Prague Institute of Planning and Development made presentation of new version of Metropolitan Plan to about 20 members of AmCham, mostly members of Real Estate Committee. Together with Petr Návrat - Deputy Director than followed with lively discussion. This event will be followed by roundtable with Petr Hlavácek - Director of IPR in late May/beginning of July. The presentation available here.

March 16, 2016

GM Breakfast at Hilton Prague

On March 16, AmCham organized another GM Breakfast for General mangers/CEOs/Owners from different sectors to discuss their business plans & overview for 2016. Many thanks to all of GMs for active participation and discussion at the breakfast and special thanks to Stefan Bauer of Hilton Prague & Christian Schwenke of Hilton Prague Old Town  for hosting this breakfast.

 

Read more about upcoming activities for General managers/CEOs/Team Leaders/ Heads of branches:

March 03, 2016

2016-17 Best Office publication - Czech Republic 2020: Strategy for Growth (Time for your action)

AmCham committees heads have defined major areas which will be covered in this year´s publication issue. Overall publication theme for 2016-17 is Czech Republic 2020: Strategy for Growth. Any member company can participate on the preparation of publication´s content – best through attending one of AmCham Best Office committees where all details are being discussed and proposals made. Final material will be published and distributed in September 2016. Check the last year´s issue HERE.

If your company would like to participate on creating the content of the publication please contact Lucie Vrbová at lvrbova@amcham.cz, 733 685 318 or Renáta Paceltová at rpaceltova@amcham.cz , 724 184 866.

By April 10, 2016 members are asked to send their suggestions of topics/themes together with the brief introduction (1 paragraph) to above mentioned contacts.

February 23, 2016

GM Breakfast on February 23 - InterContinental

On today´s GM Breakfast at InterContinental we have discussed AmCham 4 Strategic  Directions for Czech Economic Policy –  Letter on Strategy.

The objective of this document is to start a discussion of how the Czech Republic can set a strategy (allocate its current economic and political assets) in order to improve its economic performance over the next ten years. The document will be used to hold roundtables with all willing policymakers, both in the public and private sector, in an attempt to create consensus on the economic direction of the country.

We have determined at AmCham 8 questions linked to the strategic directions and as agreed on today´s breakfast there is one main question which is: SKILLED PEOPLE – Where to find skilled people, Lack of skilled people, not only IT specialists, How an IT specialists should look like in 2020, Language skills, Any Certifications, Internship, Why technical positions are not enough attractive for students?… How private business can help?

Next step – Roundtable on March 15, 2016 – 11.am. Registration by email. See more.

January 28, 2016

January 28: International Data Protection Day + 3 questions survey for members by February 12, 2016

AmCham and its Czech Industry Coalition for Data Protection (CICDP) would like to inform you, that January 28 is the Data Protection Day. DPD is an international effort to recognize the importance of protecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. In 2016 CICDP and AmCham prepare event with new director of the Office for Personal Data Protection Ivana Janu. We would like to know more, what your company does in area of data protection - fill in 3 QUESTIONS SURVEY by February 12.

If you would like to gain more information, join us for IT committee & Brief on: Why all the buzz around the EU General Data Protection Regulation? on February 16, 9.00am or contact veronika@amcham.cz.

January 22, 2016

AmCham Letter on Strategy & 8 questions

Following to the AmCham Letter on Strategy we would like to find answers to the defined questions bellow. AmCham committee members with expertise, studies& researches, and interest in solving/answering the following questions should contact AmCham by email for more information. To see the questions, click here.

January 15, 2016

New Year´s GM Evening at Golden Key Hotel

On January 13 we had our first GM evening in 2016. Around 30 GMs/CEOs met to talk to leaders from different business areas. Everything started with a toast by Jiri Gajdosik, Managing Partner of Asten Hotels (hosting member company), continued with a commented tour through Golden Key hotel, then networking & raffle, food and wine.

Big thanks goes to Constellation s.r.o. and Asten Hotels s.r.o. which donated gifts to the raffle.

January 04, 2016

Welcome in 2016! - Join us at AmCham activities in January.

On behalf of AmCham Board of Directors we would like to invite GMs, CEOs, Executives Directors, Plant managers for upcoming GM activities starting January 13, 2016 - with New Year´s GM Evening. Register by email here.

Delegate representatives of your member company for our committee meetings - we will discuss AmCham Letter on Strategy, brainstorm new topics, plan upcoming activities and best office events/publication. Register online under the company password or at registration@amcham.cz. Click on the title to read more.

December 18, 2015

Christmas Break

Dear Members,
please, let us inform you, that our office will be closed from December 23, 2015 to January 1, 2016. We look forward to seeing you at AmCham events in the new year.

December 18, 2015

Christmas Message from Weston Stacey, Director of AmCham CR

“We will all soon retreat to our friends and family for days of festivity, kinship and rest. For most Europeans and Americans, this is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ, whose teachings form so much of our joint values. He urged us toward empathy: To do unto others as we would want others to treat us. As we reflect on the past year and prepare for the next, it gives us a chance to consider how we could better promote our values in our work, in our life, and in our society. I wish you peace and joy and the warmth of family this holiday season.”

Weston Stacey
AmCham Czech Republic

December 17, 2015

Let´s enter the new dimension of volunteering!

AmCham members through One World Many Voices project help to restart existing online platform for volunteering in Czech Republic, namely Dobrovolnik.cz, Databaze.Dobrovolnik.cz and Volunteer.cz create one website, which will combine the strengths of all three. Whole project is inspired mainly by the online platform of New York Cares and Do-it.org. HESTIA – National Volunteer Center is managing this project, coordinating IT solution, user testing, cooperation with current users, charities involved in project, coordinating of promotional campaign, reporting, measuring the impact of project etc. 

We want to create the space for inspiration in volunteering action, the space, where citizens can be easily involved in voluntary activities and third sector (all non-profit, charitable organizations) and public administration organizations as well as individuals can find supporters and volunteers for their programs, iniciatives and activities. Click on the title to read more.

December 10, 2015

Akademie waldorfské pedagogiky gets money from One World Many Voices

Money from One World Many Voices will help Akademie waldorfské pedagogiky (AWP) to establish itself as a supporting institution for the waldorf school movement in the Czech Republic. We hope the project money help us to be independent from any grant money in the future in our core activities. In this way we hope to be long-term sustainable in the future.

Project of AWP: "Bringing more people supporting Waldorf´s Educational system under one roof“. We would like to support creativity of teacher´s in their classroom everyday life. Through talks, seminars and especially various artistic activities. Click on the title to read more.

December 03, 2015

Time of Christmas parties opened by AmCham Christmas Mixer!

See our photogallery Mixer. 

Great time, networking, mulled wine and ginger bread. Thank you to our sponsors: Coca-Cola, Dallmayr Kaffee, and Asten Hotels for cakes.

December 02, 2015

Základní škola Ružinovská - Prague 4 gets money from One World Many Voices (OWMV) - AmCham philanthropic project.

Funds to this project were raised in Silent Auction and by special contributions from corporations purchasing Corporate tables at AmCham Thanksgiving Ball.Thank you to all donators & contributors. AmCham will continue to support Schools/NGOs projects aiming to improve the community life – contact us if you/your company would like to be involved more in OWMV next year.

Project of ZŠ Ruzinovska:

"Monday afternoon meetings" for graduates  (meetings of approx. 15 graduate students from our school - adults with different degrees of mental disability and medium-functioning autism) - to teach them (taking in account their mental possibilities) to use touch pads, which are very welcomed and suitable for people, who very often have problems with gross and fine motor skills.

For donated money we would like to buy 5 iPads. We would like to use these iPads for education of our students in morning hours as well, this would provide full time use of the devices. Click on the title to  see more.

December 01, 2015

2015 AmCham Wings Award for Community Leader goes to David Šmejkal of Poradna při finanční tísni

David Šmejkal leads the Centre since its establishment seven years ago. Over this time, the Centre has become a highly recognized institution both among professionals and as well as wide public.

The general aim of David Šmejkal´s advisory services is to make people aware of responsibility over personal finances, teach the wide public how to avoid risks associated with indebtedness and promote responsible borrowing.  His team does so through professionally structured seminars, workshops, lectures which they adjust to each specific audience and its experience: schools, companies, social service providers, senior homes, unemployed….

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from Michal Nebeský, President of AmCham CR

Thanksgiving started as one culture thanking another.

The Puritans who came from England would not have survived America’s harsh winters without the help of Indians, who brought them food, and taught them what fruits to eat and what plants to farm.

And so, when the harvest was complete, and food stored for winter months, the pilgrims invited their Indian benefactors for a feast of celebration.

This lesson of caring between cultures is especially important today. We live in a world in which people and cultures have mixed together so that it´s nearly impossible to draw lines of distinction. All of us attest to that. Some of us come from somewhere else, or have married someone from another place or culture or religion. Some of us have worked in another country, or done business in another part of the world. We watch films and read books, and listen to music, and travel, and enjoy the food that has been created by the minds and hands of those living somewhere else. We live in a time that, due to the progress of technology, the possibility of humanity living in a global community is possible, and not just possible, but reality.

November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Ball raised CZK475.600,- to fund schools & NGOs aiming to improve the community life. 2015 Wings Award goes to David Smejkal of Poradna pri financni tisni.

On Saturday, November 21, AmCham organized its traditional Thanksgiving Ball for its members and their business partners at the Zofin Palace. The evening was in the spirit of social responsibility. Thanks to the Silent Auction nearly CZK 500.000,- can be allocated through AmCham´s philanthropic program One World, Many Voices for schools´ & NGOs´ projects across the Czech Republic aiming to improve the community life. AmCham Wings Award to a community leader was awarded to David Smejkal of Poradna pri financni tisni, o.p.s. (click on the title to read more)

To see event´s photogallery, click here.

November 19, 2015

AmCham 2016 Letter on Strategy

2016 Letter on Strategy in English.

2016 Letter on Strategy in Czech.

The objective of the document is to start a discussion of how the Czech Republic can set a strategy (allocate its current economic and political assets) in order to improve its economic performance over the next ten years. It lays out our ideas about the strategic direction of the economy and serves as a staring platform to discuss views with the hope of forming some consensus on how to construct our future prosperity. The ideas expressed represent the distillation of our discussions with businesses, universities and government officials, and we recognize they do not reflect all options, or perhaps even the best options. The document will be used to hold roundtables with all willing policymakers, both in the public and private sector, in an attempt to create consensus on the economic direction of the country. We recognize that we may not have the only- or best- solutions, and expect the document to evolve through the debate, therefore we also would appreciate any feedback you have on the document, or any other suggestions.

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