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Jacco Bouw, CEO of Webpower with the Dragons Business Award 2015

Dragons Businessclub co-created a successful annual Chinese New Year’s event with the Hollands-Chinese Kamer van Koophandel on February 24, 2015 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in The Hague. View the pictures here.
Around 200 participants enjoyed food for thought, business networking and a festive lucky draw. Mr. Dongxu Zhang, Chairman of Hollands-Chinese Kamer van Koophandel, and Mr. Atom Zhou, Chairman of Dragons Businessclub, opened the event with best wishes for entrepreneurs to achieve win-win situations by expanding the Dutch and Chinese business platforms for fruitful cooperation.  Mr. Jaap Smit, King’s Commissioner of the Province of Zuid-Holland, foresees that the Dutch and Chinese developments will be intensified and closely linked due to centuries of cooperation and the ‘Dutch being the Chinese of the West’. Additionally, Mr. Gou Haibo, Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, mentioned that more business opportunities will come due to the current reformation process in China stimulating vitality and dynamics for successful cooperation between Netherlands and China. Mr. Jim Morris from Schouten Global gave an interesting and interactive presentation about culture differences also questioning if the Chinese are the ‘nieuwe aardappeleters’ .

Dragons Businessclub Award 2015
Mr. Jaap Smit, King’s Commissioner of the Province of Zuid-Holland, awarded the Dragons Business Award 2015 to Webpower (digital marketing). Mr. Michiel Berssenbrugge, president of Webpower, received the award with great pleasure and thankfulness. Other nominees for the Dragons Business Awards 2015 were Dutch Bakeries (food sector) and Incentive Europe (tourism industry).

‘A winning effort begins with preparation’ Joe Gibbs. Save the date of April 22, 2015 if you aspire to increase your business opportunities. Next event will be an Asian Salon held at the Venduehuis in The Hague, one of the largest Auction Houses in The Netherlands, with a guided tour, information on the auctioning process and a Chinese diner buffet. More information will follow soon.

Sincere appreciation goes to Mr. Chen Xu, Ambassador of China in The Netherlands, who attended the event. Moreover, much gratitude goes to the main partners of the Chinese New Year’s event Crowne Plaza hotel in The Hague and the Municipality of The Hague and to the sponsors MoneyGram, 88 Mobile and China Times.

By Wanny Chan

Christmas Charity Event 2014

Dutch-Chinese business networking shoulder to shoulder with corporate social responsibility

Cheque dec 2014

Photo: Mr. Chan of Chun Pah Foundation receives the cheque by Mr. Zhou of Dragons Businessclub.

Dragons Businessclub organized it’s yearly Christmas Charity Event at the exclusive 17th century landmark in Rotterdam, het ‘Schielandshuis’ on December 12, 2014. More than 125 participants with a warm heart towards corporate social responsibility contributed to the energetic atmosphere of this event. Mr. Atom Zhou, chairman of the Dragons Businessclub, welcomed all guests, especially Mr. Liu Chun, general counsellor, and Mr. Jiang Hua, counsellor of the Chinese Embassy. He presented the charity purpose of 2015, the Chun Pah Foundation in the Netherlands fostering inclusiveness of the Chinese senior generation by keeping elderly out of isolation with social activities. To continue Mr. Chang Wong, one of the founding fathers of the Dragons Businessclub, announced the accession of former deputy mayor Mr. Henk Kool of the City of The Hague to the Committee of Recommendation for the Dragons Businessclub. View the pictures here.

Growing trade relations
Mr. Jochum Haakma, Chairman of the Committee of Recommendation for the Dragons Businessclub, proceeded with a speech about the growing trade relations between China and the Netherlands. The Nuclear summit in the Netherlands marked the first official visit of Mr. Xi Jinping, President of China, with for example a match making event enabling the closure of many business contracts. Moreover he underlined the major accomplishments, high level of self-sufficiency and smooth integration of the Chinese society obtained in the Netherlands with 100 years of history. Therefore, Mr. Haakma supports the Chun Pah Foundation and used the scots pine tree as a symbol of ‘evergreen’ development of the Chinese Dutch society.

Presentation China today: Growth or Crisis?
Mr. Peter Ho, Chair professor in Chinese Economy and Development at the Delft University of Technology, presented some interesting developments, perceptions and paradoxes about China as an influential economic country. Think about the consequences of economic reforms in the situation of imbalanced political reforms, misunderstanding created by the ‘snapshot’ syndrome, or the ‘euphoria’ disease. Euphoria disease type 1  with China being the saviour of the Euro crisis, and type 2 also called the ‘yellow peril fever’, with a debate about symptoms of a potential real estate bubble. To conclude, professor Ho also shared three recommendations to remember. Firstly everything you believe about China can be true and untrue due to the great differences. Secondly, prepare well, do not assume you know China. And finally, Knowing yourself is the key to success in China.

Live music
During the network dinner Ms. BaoBao Lin, ‘the Shanghainese Diva with the golden voice’, brought us to ‘Old Shanghai’ with her Jazz and Chinese folklore music. Also Mr. Yuan Wei, a talented young pianist, performed his piano repertoire.

Morning Tears Foundation
Ms. Wilma Huijskes, boardmember of the Alliance for the Morning Tears Foundation, presented the use of last year’s proceeds with great gratitude. The proceeds of €8,305.- enabled the therapeutic project at the Fuyiwan House in Zhengzhou, China. The Fuyiwan House is a sustainable pilot model centre uniting European universities and childcare institutions in the benefit of vulnerable Chinese children of for example prisoners. Intellectual and sensorial development, health and social inclusiveness are key to increase awareness  of the children on larger issues and help them to be part of the world with self-confidence. Currently the Fuyiwan pilot houses around 120 children per year and it has the capacity to inspire many more children in the future. Morning Tears invited the members of the Dragons Businessclub to the official opening ceremony of the Fuyiwan House in China in the presence of the Belgium King and Queen.

Chun Pah Foundation
Ms. Lily Li of the Chun Pah Foundation elaborated the ‘Home visiting’ project of the Chun Pah Foundation. For approximately €25.- two to three volunteers can organise one ‘home visit’ giving the Chinese elderly people attention, a small gift and when necessary a helping hand. This project runs 100% on volunteers, gifts and donations without government subsidies.  More than 2,000 volunteers in the Netherlands are active for the Chun Pah Foundation, showing their effort and respect for the senior ‘family members’ in the Dutch society. The foundation aspires to realize 500 home visits in 2015, amongst other activities to keep the Chinese elderly out of isolation. The lottery and auction raised a valuable amount of €8.006,- for the Chun Pah Foundation. Mr. Chan, chairman of the Chun Pah Foundation for The Hague region with an age of 64, received the cheque of €8,006.- with great gratitude.

‘Fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses’ – a Chinese saying.
We are grateful to all the participants, sponsors and donors, who enabled the Christmas Charity Event in 2014. Especially our main partners: Cathay Pacific Airways, Nederlands Express and Cathay Travel Service. We are also grateful to our sponsors and donors: Brandwijk, Bender & Partners, 88 Mobile, MPR Accountants, Everaert Advocaten, Moneygram, GoGoDutch, Incentive Europe, Apollo Hotels & Resorts, Asian Tower, Park Restaurant Rotterdam, Visa2China, Pudu Health Centre, Jade House Jewellery, U-Steam, restaurant Grand Garden, Anja Berkers Arts and floating restaurant Sea Palace.

Next event: Chinese New Years Celebration on the 24th of February 2015
Do you want to get inspired? Dragons Businessclub invites you to the Chinese New Year’s Event on February 24, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in The Hague. The winner of the Dragons Businessclub Award 2015 will also be revealed during this event. More information will soon be available on this website. Members and business relations of Dragons Businessclub will receive an invitation for this event.

By Wanny Chan

Social media: Key to success in doing business in China?

Foto Dragons Cafe 5 nov 2014

Dragons Businessclub organized a dynamic Dragons Cafe event at the floating Chinese restaurant Sea Palace in Amsterdam. Many participants attended the event on the 5th of November 2014. Mr. Atom Zhou, chairman of the Dragons Businessclub started to present a few new board members: Ms. Uling Hu (events), Ms. Nga Yau Wong (editorial), Mr. Igor Nuijten (secretary), Ms. Jessie Mo (finance) and May Wu (PR & volunteers), strengthing the volunteer network of Dragons Businessclub. View the pictures here.

The Dragons Cafe continued with two presentations from Mr. Jacco Bouw, Ceo of Webpower, Mr, Ming Luo, founder and managing partner of GogoDutch. Mr. Bouw elaborated on interesting opportunities in China concerning the channel shift of marketing instruments towards social media. Mr. Luo highlighted the massive impact of social media, in terms of exposure, revenues and brand value.

Mr. Marc de Roo, Ceo and brand strategy director of Link Design and Mr. Hong Tong Wu, founder of the Chinese Radio & Television in the Netherlands and specialist on extreme events, joined the presenters for a lively panel discussion. Have you heard of Alibaba, O2O (Online to Offline), Weibo, B2C, ‘screen pollution’, WeChat, O2M (One to Many), T-mall, ‘phone as an organ’, Taobao, B2B, ‘daily exposure of 3000+ social media messages’, storytelling to make it ‘sticky’, aka ‘stick to your mind’. It was inspiring and unforgettable. The plenary session proceeded with interesting discussions and networking accompanied by good Chinese food.

The growth of online platforms and the increasing use of social media provide tremendous business opportunities in China with one language and one large market. Don’t be overwhelmed by social media, because a good product or interesting activity is still the base for the usage of marketing instruments as social media. ‘Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.’ by Blaise Pascal.

Do you want to get inspired? Dragons Businessclub invites you to the exclusive Christmas Charity Event on December 12, 2014 held at the Schielandshuis, an unique landmark in Rotterdam. More information will soon be available on this website.

By Wanny Chan