Voka: Discover 8 Dynamic Chambers of Commerce in Flanders
Established in 2004, The Vlaams Netwerk van Ondernemingen (Voka) is an alliance between all the Chambers of Commerce in Flanders.
These are the Voka Chambers of Commerce:
- Metropolitan in Brussels
- East Flanders
It is the largest network of companies in Flanders, with more than 18.000 businesses. This represents 65% of the private employment and 70% of the added value in Flanders and Brussels.
Currently, Wouter de Geest, CEO of BASF Antwerpen, is Voka’s president.
The General Secretary is Niko Demeester.
What does the Flemish Chamber of Commerce Voka do?
Voka defends the interests of its members. Its ultimate goal is to create a framework for successful entrepreneurship in Flanders. To do this, Voka keeps close contact with several key institutions and authorities.
President Wouter de Geest met with past Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.
Voka has also hosted, during regional and European elections, several political debates. These brought together entrepreneurs and politicians from all the main Belgian political parties: CD&V, SPA, Vlaams Belang, Open Vld, Groen, PVDA, and NVA.
In order to best represent Flemish entrepreneurs, Voka is in constant communication with governments and politicians. Yet Voka is not only present at the regional level.
They also play an important role on the international stage. Regular meetings are organised with diplomats, policymakers, and other businesspeople.
For example, Hans Maertens, then CEO of Voka, joined a group of high-level Chamber of Commerce delegates. They discussed Brexit with former British ‘Brexit’ Minister Dominic Raab.
Voka can give entrepreneurs advice on all kinds of matters, such as foreign investment opportunities, tax and legal matters, transport, import, export, human resources, and tenders.
They also prepare training days to help businesses become stronger. Furthermore, Voka organises regional and international networking events, congresses, trade missions and inspiration tours.
Every year, Voka Limburg organises its New Years’ Invitito, which brings together more than 3000 entrepreneurs. Furthermore, during the Voka Open Bedrijvendag, which happens once a year, hundreds of Flemish companies open their doors to the public to get a behind the scenes experience.
How to become a member?
In order to become a member, you just need to fill out a form. A member of the Chamber of Commerce will get in touch with you.
How to do business with Voka?
If you are interested in expanding your business activities through their network, you can join them and take part in their networking events, seminars and conferences.
Or, you can join CONNECTS and have direct access to clients and opportunities worldwide.
Members of Voka have FREE access to the CONNECTS platform.
If you are not a member yet, you can start your free CONNECTS trial here.
Key contacts: Get in touch with CONNECTS moderators
Moderators are responsible for specific networks or Chambers of Commerce in the platform. Moderators work directly for the Chambers of Commerce.
They are there to help entrepreneurs. They can give advice about communications, information on companies or local markets. They can arrange introductions with other entrepreneurs.
Whatever the need, they will be there to help. All platform users can book a free training with their moderators on “how to use” CONNECTS.
Entrepreneurs can directly contact any moderator from another Chamber of Commerce. This means they have access to local market information and trustworthy contacts from Chambers of Commerce throughout the world.
Here are the moderators for the Voka Chambers:
- Antwerpen-Waasland – Luc Van Looveren
- Flanders – Astrid Demeulenaere
- Limburg – Ward Smits
- Mechelen-Kempen – Petra Van Bouwelen
- Oost-Vlaanderen – Jolyn De Baets
- Vlaams-Brabant – Sophie Berlamont
- West-Vlaanderen – Daphne Renier
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