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  August 2006 
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  • GABA Events in August
  • New/Renewing Members
  • Member News
  • Job Board
  • GABA Affiliates
  • GABA Industry Groups

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    GABA Events in August
    GABA-CA: Wine Tasting and Tour at Paul Hobbs Winery
    Members-Only Event!
    Saturday, August 12 2006, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
    Paul Hobbs Winery, 3355 Gravenstein Hwy. N. (Hwy. 116), Sebastopol CA 95472
    Famous winemaker Paul Hobbs is hosting GABA for a special summer event at his winery. Join GABA for a sunny and tasty adventure in beautiful Russian River Valley. For more information, please visit GABA's website.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, August 17th, 7-10pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact [email protected].

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, August, 16th, 7-10pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstr. 14, Hamburg (
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact Holger Ritter [email protected].

    GABA-Bavaria Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, August 16th, 7-10pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose (
    The GABA Bay Area Stammtisch will be held in cooperation with the State of Bavaria West Coast Office from now on. No RSVP needed; free to attend.

    GABA-CA: European Summer Mixer
    Thursday, August 31st, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
    At Swissnex, 730 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
    GABA invites you to this Summer Mixer in cooperation with British American Business Council, French American Chamber of Commerce and Swissnex. $5 Members, $10 for non Members. Please RSVP to [email protected]

    Visit GABA's website for more information about our events! »

    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Corporate Member
    Rogue Wave
    Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP
    The Perreault Birmingham Group

    Basic Corporate Members
    Canesta, Inc.
    Gei designs west

    Individual Members
    Mr. Paul Adams
    Mrs. Birgit Eschmann
    Mrs. Barbara Mutter
    Mr. Peter Pick

    Student Members
    Mr. Eugene Mirabella
    Mrs. Yali Wang

    For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit our website or contact [email protected]

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    Member News
    The IIC (Industrial Investment Council) is proudly announces that it successfully advised solar cell developer and producer First Solar Inc. in their location decision process for its first global large scale production plant. First Solar will soon start producing the next generation of solar cells in Frankfurt (Oder) in Brandenburg. The collective investment is approximately EUR 115 million. When the plant is completed, it will possess the nominal capacity of 100 MW and will employ over 400 workers. The IIC assisted First Solar throughout the entire project period by providing project counsel and management services.
    For more information please visit Should you or your clients be interested in free of charge advice regarding feasibilty-studies for a location in eastern Germany, please contact Philipp Kunze at [email protected] or (650) 283 7766.

    sigikid is now available in the US! One of the most prestigious brands for soft toys in Germany, sigikid has set the highest standards for anything cuddly over the past 38 years. sigikid's initial product line is its family of Guardian Angels, featured on The entire product line is available at select retail stores or through mail order. Call 1-866-4-CUDDLY for more information.

    FACCSF presents Business Booster to accelerate your Business Project starting September 20th / Application Deadline August 15th. At the end of the program, you will:

    • be a part of an extensive FACCSF network with high-level professionals and decision makers;
    • acquire a firm understanding of what it takes to boost your own business strategy
    • have the chance to win a monetary prize for "The best business presentation"
    For further information and registration please visit

    Tim Bonnemann invites you to attend the second Web Monday Silicon Valley, scheduled for August 14 at 6.30pm (location tbd). Web Monday is an informal gathering in and around Germany aimed at bringing together developers, designers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, researchers, web pioneers, inventors, bloggers, podcasters, end users and other folks interested in web 2.0 (in the broadest sense). The goal is to better connect the German web 2.0 scene as well as improve transatlantic idea exchange between Germany and the US. Anyone involved in web 2.0 or neighboring fields who has an interest in German-US business or "bridging" is most welcome to join. Whether you are from Germany and live and work here in Silicon Valley or a local with ties to Germany -- Web Monday Silicon Valley is your chance to connect with a growing audience of German web aficionados. Free to attend. For more information and RSVP check out the wiki and/or go to Or you can contact Tim directly at [email protected].

    Job Board
    The German International School of Sílicon Valley (GISSV) in Mountain View, 310 Easy Street, is looking for an Office Manager/Admission Coordinator. More information:

    The German International School of Sílicon Valley (GISSV) in Mountain View, 310 Easy Street, is looking for interested firms and institutions who would welcome interns for 4 days (Tuesday to Friday after Labor Day - 9/5.-8./2006). Our 10th grade students are bilingual and would be very grateful for the chance to learn and maybe even support you. Please contact Birgit at [email protected] or (650) 254-0748 for further information.

    GABA Affiliates

    GABA aligns with non-profit organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, California an beyond to encourage international business, trade, and foster transatlantic knowledge-share.

    American Council on Germany (
    British American Business Council Northern California (
    California Association of Germany (
    French-American Chamber of Commerce (
    German Mixer (
    [email protected] (
    Monterey Bay International Trade Association (
    Silicon Valley Association for Startup Entrepreneurs, International Chapter (SVASEi) ( )
    Silicon Valley - China Wireless Technology Association (
    Silicon Valley RFID Group ( v_rfid)
    Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD) (
    Women's Calendar (

    GABA Industry Groups

    GABA's industry groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

    Life Sciences IG
    Dedicated to enabling and fostering alliance networks between German and US life science companies. IG Life Sciences features an event series "Learn and Delight" in California Bay Area to facilitate the networking in the life science community. A panel discussion with industry experts highlights significant life sciences topics and is accompanied by a Gourmet tasting. Visit our website for more information.

    Semiconductor - IT IG
    Germany and the US are two of the leading manufacturers and consumers of semiconductors, with exciting opportunities for business development and exchange of knowledge, to build on existing relationships and shape new ones. Visit our website for more information.

    Telecommunications IG
    Dedicated to facilitating business, trade, and exchange between Californian and German companies in the areas of fixed and mobile communication and digital media, educating members of the business community on both sides of the Atlantic in telecom and communication-related topics, and deepening the understanding among them about the state and development of the markets in Europe and the U.S. More information coming soon to our website.

    Media & Entertainment IG
    Activities and events supporting the Californian and German media and entertainment industries.To find our more, please visit our website

    Human Resources IG
    The group's objective is to enable companies and individuals alike to stay abreast of current employment trends, compensation issues, corporate governance, legal developments, immigration/visa trends and "best practices". For more detailed information, please go to our website.

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