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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.

November 05, 2015

GM Breakfast: Where are we and who do we have?

The question at this morning’s breakfast is one that is asked almost every time two managers meet: where do we find more qualified people? The easy answer is a better education system and a more skillful immigration policy. Well, okay. But every advanced economy on the planet (and perhaps beyond) asks the same question and answers it similarly. We have to dig deeper for a more effective answer...

To read whole article click on the title or here.
See photos from the Breakfast at flickr.

 

November 05, 2015

Silent Auction as part of 2015 Thanksgiving Ball

As last year, there will be Silent Auction as part of AmCham Thanksgiving Ball. AmCham  members donated items (products & vouchers) for this Auction – Full list (more than 30 items) will be available at the Ball and will be distributed to all 550 guests of  the Ball.

We would like to encourage guests of the Ball for bidding in the Auction. Funds collected from the Silent Auction will support  our philanthropy project One World Many Voices.  From 2013 the program’s aim is expanded from support of communication in English to support of school/NGOs projects that bring benefits to students, local communities/public and build relationships with local governments. More at https://www.facebook.com/OneWorldManyVoices

To see whole list of donated items click here.

November 02, 2015

Visit Europe guide_November & December 2015

Look at the current issue of "Visit Europe Guide" highlighting upcoming events and featuring special offers to the members of AmChams in region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 01, 2015

2015 Thanksgiving Ball - reserve your Corporate table or Individual tickets now!

On behalf of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic, I would like to inform you about tickets at the 2015 Thanksgiving Ball.

Starting October 12 you can buy two types of Individual tickets. Seats for Individual tickets are placed at the table with ten seats at the balcony of the Grand Hall from where is a perfect view of the stage and Corporates tables or at the Main floor behind Corporate tables. The capacity is limited! Just send an email at lpokorna@amcham.cz for more information & prices.

The last Corporate table is available! Please don´t miss this opportunity to invite your business partners or clients to your corporate table with 10 seats.

September 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Ball Silent Auction - Nomination of projects for 2015

In 2015, AmCham Board proposed to dedicate funds (CZK 200,000) raised during the auction in 2014 forSchool projects which:

  • use digital technology to increase public access and participation in local communities and
  • support high school and university students’ using technology to solve community problems.

How AmCham members can participate:

  1. Help us identify and develop projects for Silent Auction donations – please suggest project by sending an email at rpaceltova@amcham.cz
  2. Send us short description of the project, school/NGO/town involved in the project, why you recommend this project/why this project should be selected. Send us contacts/email contact/phone to school/project coordinator.
  3. Deadline for nomination of the projects - October 20, 2015

For more information, please, send us an email at rpaceltova@amcham.cz. All about One World Many Voices, last year projects & Videos  -  HERE

 

 

 

September 24, 2015

Conference Public Procurement of Medical Devices and Technologies in Hospitals on September 22

On September 22, AmCham together with CzechMed organized Conference Public Procurement of Medical Devices and Technologies in Hospitasl, which held about 200 attendees. In the keynote speech by Jaroslav Kracún - Legal Officer, DG Internal Market & Services, European Commission, he addressed Procurement of quality with consideration of sustainable development under the new Directive 2014/24/EU. Foreign speakers - Yvan Cox - Manager of the Material Management, University Hospitals Leuven and Geert Heyrman - Head of procurement and logistics department, GasthuisZusters Antwerpen together with representatives of Czech ministries, health care companies and hospitals procurement professionals delivered opinions and ideas and had discussions on public procurement and how to buy health care devices and technologies effectively in terms of price and quality.
For photogallery, click here. Presentations of speakers: Jaroslav Kracún (European Commision), Jan Klusácek (Ministry of Heath Care), Radim Senk (ÚVN - Military University Hospital Prague), Adam Vojtech (Ministry of Finance), Yvan Cox (University Hospitals Leuven). For conference programme and panelists´ profiles, click here. Video from Platform for quality of medical devices here. For press release, click here.

September 10, 2015

Nominations for AmCham Wings Awards 2015 - until October 20th.

AmCham members have a unique opportunity to nominate outstanding Community Leaders for the annual AmCham Wings Awards.

  1. AmCham Wings for AmCham member - please nominate an individual who has made significant contributions to AmCham activities in the course of 2015. These acts should have brought a benefit to the AmCham as well as business community as a whole. The time and talents of AmCham members are what make the organization thrive. Without the voluntary efforts of dozens of members throughout the year, our organization would not be able to advocate new reforms, organize insightful seminars, and make the connections that bring greater prosperity to the country.
  2. AmCham Wings for a Community Leader - please nominate a person whose activities have improved the condition of community life in the Czech Republic and had a positive impact on the public. It should be non-political individual, regardless AmCham membership.

More info, forms for nominations, & deadlines - click on the title to read more.

September 09, 2015

GM Evening & Wine tasting _ Congratulation to the winner of 2 Air tickets to US donated by Delta Air Lines

GMs/CEOs of AmCham members with spouses met for the first time this membership year at hotel Klárov/Asten Hotels at Malá Strana. We all tasted excellent wine  provided by House of Wine including wine from California together with cheeses (special selection made by Jiri Gajdosik :)).

See photos at  - https://www.flickr.com/photos/amchamcz/

Special thanks to Jiri Gajdosik of Asten Hotels for hosting this evening, Miro Jersak of House of Wine for providing wine tasting and to sponsors of the Raffle.

Items for the Raffle / donated by member company:

  • 2 air tickets to US donated by Delta Air Lines
  • Cosmetics & voucher for shopping donated by Fashion Arena Prague Outlet
  • 1 night stay at Hotel Savoy Spindleruv Mlyn donated by Asten Hotels

August 27, 2015

best office 2015/16 - engagement: order your printed copy for free now

Fifth edition of AmCham publication BEST OFFICE, this year with the subtitle Engagement has been recently published. Electronic version of the publication can be downloaded here.

Printed copies of the publication can be ordered via email at lvrbova@amcham.cz latest by 11 September 2015.

  • As a Corporate Patron member you can get 5 printed copies free of charge
  • As a Corporate member you can get 3 printed copies free of charge
  • As a Small Business member you can get 2 printed copies free of charge
  • One copy of the publication will be sent to companies which won´t specify their interest in receiving the publication. This copy will be sent directly to company GM/CEO.

Any copies beyond that number would be charged by CZK 95,-/pc (VAT incl.).

August 26, 2015

Visit Europe guide_September & October 2015

Look at the current issue of "Visit Europe Guide" highlighting upcoming events and featuring special offers to the members of AmChams in region.

August 24, 2015

Silent Auction as a part of AmCham Thanksgiving Ball 2015

See some of the items donated by AmCham members last year:

If your company would like to be involved  and donate a product/voucher for this year´s Silent Auction, contact Renata Paceltová at rpaceltova@amcham.cz before September 10.

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