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2019 is a year like no other, as it marks BelCham’s Centennial,
a magnificent journey of 100 years of foreign trade, community building and business success stories.
If there was ever a reason to gather our community, this is it!

We kicked off a year full of Centennial Celebrations with our  “Party of the Century”, where we invited our community to join our roaring festivities! #BelCham100 was truly a night for our history books!

Images of the spectacular event can be found on our Facebook page.

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OUR HISTORY

To celebrate our 100 year existence we bundled our history in an easy digestible book. Read more about how we came to be, our highs and lows and our future plans!

OUR PRESS RELEASE

To Download Our Press Releases:

Dutch Press Release
English Press Release
French Press Release

Press inquiries can be addressed to Valerie Van den Keybus, Co-Managing Director in NYC, at  +1 (347) 439-4372 or valerie@belcham.org.

Press Articles on the BelCham100 Centennial Celebrations:

In Dutch: VTM, GVA, GVA, Trends
In French: L’Echo

OUR HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL

With the help of Gent-based visual artist Musketon we created an illustrated version of our 100 year history. Use the arrows to scroll through the milestones we’ve selected for you and peek into our past.

  • 1919
  • 1922
  • 1926
  • 1929
  • 1935
  • 1943
  • 1944
  • 1947
  • 1950
  • 1957
  • 1959
  • 1967
  • 1968
  • 1971
  • 1975
  • 1981
  • 1983
  • 1986
  • 1988
  • 1993
  • 1997
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2006
  • 2014
  • 2019

HISTORICAL PHOTOS

Below a small selection of photos from BelCham’s history. Click on the images to view when and where these were taken, and contact us for more images.

1936: Annual Banquet of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce in the United States - Waldorf Astoria, New York, February 20, 1936.
1939: Before a crowd of 300 and with speeches broadcast on short wave to Belgium and Belgian Congo, representatives of the Kingdom of Belgium laid the cornerstone for the imposing pavilion which will house the Belgian exhibit at the New York World’s Fair 1939.
1949 - cocktail party on board the M/V Houffalize
1949: Through the courtesy of the Belgian Line, members of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce in the u.S. Inc., and their fiends were entertained at a cocktail party on board the M/V Houffalize on June 9th 1949.
2006: The 17th Friendship Award in New York on December 18, 2006 at The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, on Fifth Avenue. Recipients of the Award were Viscount Etienne Davignon, and Former European Commissioner and Dr. Henry A. Kissinger.
2012: The Chamber’s Annual Gala
2014: The official opening of our co-working space Atelier in New York City
2014: The official opening of our co-working space Atelier in San Francisco
2018: BelCham’s Annual Gala at Guastavino’s
2018: BelCham’s Annual Gala at Guastavino’s – New and old leadership team pose for the picture. From left to right: Marianne Amssoms, Laurence Van den Keybus, Valerie Van den Keybus, Bieke Claes and Chris Burggraeve

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ABOUT BELCHAM

BelCham is proud of its 100 years, founded after the end of World War I in 1919 by Belgian and American business professionals. Over the years, we’ve acted as a bridge between both continents, bringing together a transatlantic community, and providing guidance to entrepreneurs growing their businesses in the US.

Today, BelCham is the driving force behind international business growth: an on-demand partner and central access point providing resources, market knowledge, and connections that unlock transatlantic opportunities. More here:
https://www.belcham.org

Celebrate Our History. Shape Our Future.