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Unlocking Business Opportunities in the U.S. (Rotterdam, May 23)

This is a good time for Dutch companies to consider entering or further expanding in the world’s largest market, either directly or via a partnership with a U.S. company.

The Biden Administration introduced among others the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to stimulate investments in U.S. infrastructure and energy projects. Also, various U.S. states have incentive programs for different sectors.

Our seminar on May 23 will share insights about opportunities, challenges and experience on doing business in the U.S. and explain among others how to benefit from the IRA and other subsidy programs.

This program is co-hosted by Rotterdam Partners, EACC Netherlands, MKB Rotterdam Rijnmond, and It’s meant for entrepreneurs who are interested in the U.S. and who want to be further updated on the latest relevant resources available.

Venue: De Doelen, Karel Doormanstraat 233, Rotterdam
Date: Thursday May 23, 2024 (2.30pm – 6.30pm)
Tickets: Free of charge (for members and non-members of EACC Netherlands)



14.30 – 15.00: Walk-in visitors

15.00 – 15.05: Welcome

  • Jorn Douwstra, Manager International Trade & Investment, Rotterdam Partners
  • Marcel Schulze, Executive Director, EACC Netherlands
  • Dirk de Bie, Business Development & Partnermanagement,


15.05 – 15.35: Entering the U.S. market 

Get well-connected in the U.S.
“How the U.S. Embassy can assist your U.S. expansion plans and more information on the SelectUSA Investment Summit (June 23-26)”

  • Philip Hammerstein, Sr. Commercial Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce at U.S. Embassy


The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
“Opportunities for Dutch companies active in renewable energy, electrical vehicles and infrastructure.”

  • Andrew Moffat, Acting Economic Unit Chief, U.S. Embassy


15.35 – 16.05: Putting the spotlight on a state level
Panel session on site selection: “What do U.S. states offer to Dutch companies when doing business in their market?”

  • Sieb Hoogstra, Director, SelectFlorida Benelux
  • Vick Verhaege, Sr. Advisor FDI, JobsOhio Benelux
  • Nicholette Ross, Site Selection Consultant, Global Location Strategies (Moderator)


16.05 – 17.15: U.S. Expert presentations
“A selection of EACC member specialists will explain the challenges and solutions which companies are facing when expanding into the U.S.”

  • Willem Wolfs, Business Relations Manager, TABS, Inc.
    ‘Organizing your backoffice when expanding into the U.S. market’
  • Jan Joosten, Partner, Ferdinand Pierson LLP
    ‘Legal Aspects of Doing Business in the U.S.: Poodles, Microwaves and Hot Coffee’
  • Max Regtuit, Tax Associate, Archipel Tax Advice
    ‘Dutch tax considerations to expand to the U.S. successfully’
  • Robert Havekotte, Founder, InternationaalVerzekeren
    ‘Contract Management and International Insurance Risk’
  • Duco Royaards, Head of Partnerships, Ebury
    ‘Foreign Exchange Risk Management, International Payments, Trade Finance’
  • Hilde Cevaal, CEO, VisaVersa
    ‘Visa Application Strategies’


17.15 – 18.30: Networking Reception



May 23 2024


14:30 - 18:30


De Doelen
Schouwburgplein 50, Rotterdam


EACC Netherlands
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