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Basic RGB We are very excited to announce our first GABA Stammtisch Sacramento this month. Stop by, make new friends and find out what GABA is all about. In celebration of the International Women's Day, we welcome you to join the Global Women's Journey event in San Jose on March 14th and learn at the SoCal WiB event, how to Turn your Passion into your Livelihood in Los Angeles on March 19th. Also you can learn at our event on March 21 how enterprises are discovering Social Gaming as a way to engage their employees and make work more fun.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda
Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together in the East Bay and enjoy some of Speisekammer's delicious German dishes, beers and even the famous tart Applewine from the Franfurt Area, while meeting old and new friends. Please register, so we can reserve a table for the right number of people; free to attend. See you there!

GABA Stammtisch SoCal
Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Berlin Currywurst - The Beer Garden 1620 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles

Please come and join us this Spring evening at our monthly GABA Southern California "Stammtisch" as we this time are planning to gather at the newly opened Beer Garden by "Berlin Currywurst" on Cahuenga Boulevard. Enjoy great company, authentic and 100 percent organic German food, beers and wines at this traditional and "gemütlichen" German beer garden. We look forward to celebrating the beginning of Spring with you there!

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Triptych bar/restaurant/art gallery 1155 Folsom Street, San Francisco

Please join us every second Wednesday of the month for our San Francisco GABA Stammtisch. Street parking is available. The Civic Center BART Station is 3 blocks away. It should be easy to spot us in the main room when you enter. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

Global Women's Journey
Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 6:00 PM - 09:00 PM
eBay 2065 Hamilton Ave, San Jose

Join BayBrazil, GABA, SVForum & WITI to hear the stories of women leaders who have made it in the diverse Silicon Valley. Celebrate international women's day and learn how women are progressing regardless of race and ethnicity.

SoCal: Women in Business - Turn your Passion into your Livelihood
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Filter Los Angeles 5782 West Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles

Transform your life - learn how to turn your ideas and passions into your business. Attendees will learn tools and action steps, defining their mission statement, their message, defining the audience and target customers, and much more.

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café 987 N San Antonio Rd Los Altos

Join us for our monthly casual Stammtisch get together at Esther's German Bakery! We are looking forward to see you there.

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Pyramid Alehouse 833 West Torrance Blvd Torrance 1029 K St., Sacramento

Please join us for GABA's new monthly casual get-together in Sacramento, we hope to establish a regular group every third Thursday of the month.
Please RSVP to [email protected], so we can reserve a table for the right number of people.

Social Gaming in the Enterprise
Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SAP Palo Alto 3410 Hillview Avenue Building 1 Palo Alto

Enterprises are discovering gamification as a way to engage their employees and make work more fun. By using game mechanics and game design techniques in business applications, boring tasks become interesting, and many metrics improve dramatically. Are you curious? Than join our panel of distinguished experts who will share their experience and insights on gamification.

Munich Chapter monthly GABA Meeting
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Marriott hotel Berlinerstr 93 North Schwabing Munich, Other

Please join us for our monthly meetings of the GABA Munich Chapter with a special presentation and ample opportunities for business and technology networking.

GABA's online event calendar for more information and to register!
Co-Sponsored Events

Soccer & Brazilian Heritage Night
Sunday, Mar 10, 2013, 7:00 PM
Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara Univeristy

BayBrazil was invited to team up with San Jose Earthquakes to organize a Brazilian Heritage Night. On March 10, the Earthquakes will play against the New York Red Bulls, which just hired Brazilian soccer star Juninho. Olivier, Juninho will be joined by French soccer Thierry Henry, former captain of the French National Team and all-time leading goal scorer. It should be a lot of fun! Follow this link to register for the event.

VC Taskforce - The Cleantech VC Pitch
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto

This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to network with investors, present their company, and hear first-hand what it takes to raise early-stage capital in 2013. To Pitch: To present a pitch, prior to registering, please contact Ashish Mahashabde at [email protected] or call 916-390-9233 to learn of slot availability.

WavePlay - International Founder Home and Family Event
Thursday, Mar 21, 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Reed Smith, 101 2nd Street #1800, San Francisco

For all internatonal founders who are doing business in the U.S. Now it's time to address the needs of your home and family in the Bay area. Please join the 'International Founder Home and Family Event' for ideas and networking focused on the needs of your home and family in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area. Receive a $5 discount on the regular ticket price with the promo code: http://wpintlmar2013.eventbrite.com.

International Business Expo & Networking Event
Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco

Please join us for this International Business Expo & Networking Event that the Australian American Chamber of Commerce is hosting in partnership with a number of Bay Area International Chambers and Business Organizations. This Expo will provide a unique opportunity for participating organizations to profile their business members and their services to an international audience of 300+ within the San Francisco Bay area.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Detecon, Inc.

Bavarian U.S. Offices/West Coast

Solid Health Insurance Services

Individual Members:
Berglez, Adi
Borsutzki, Claudia
Farris, Greg
Goldberg, Deborah
Holzer, Angela
Karrenbach, Martin
Kownatzki, Clemens
Last, Thorsten
Mihaescu Ph. D. P. E., Edda
Milhem, Ray
Lintzen, Johannes
Robinson, David
Reisch, Rosemarie
Wilson, Philip

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

Inside GABA
After many years of dedicated leadership, Bernd Steinebrunner has decided to step down as GABA's SoCal chairman. His commitment and vision have added greatly to GABA's success. Wolfram Doelker previously Vice Chair, has been elected to succeed him as Chairman of GABA Southern California.
Wolfram is the CEO of WD Enterprises in Los Angeles and has served as Vice-Chair of GABA Southern California Chapter for many years. He started his career in banking and finance in Stuttgart, Germany. He has managed the successful globalization of a European based company, negotiated and integrated over 20 acquisitions, started businesses from scratch, negotiated joint ventures, developed licensing and franchise programs and managed business units in Europe, Asia and North America.

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

Interest Groups
DSC_0055 Cyber-Security - The German and US Approach to a Common Challenge
In February GABA hosted in collaboration with TeleTrusT and the IT Security Association Germany a very central topic in the area of internet security. Across the globe, governments, societies, businesses, and individuals are facing a number of critical challenges regarding cyberspace, data integrity, authenticity, confidentiality, and security. As a response to a rising number of cyber threats, an increasing number of Governments are introducing Cyber Security Strategies. In our panel event with numerous distinguished cyber security experts from both Germany and the United States discussed the German and the US approach to their challenges and opportunities for transatlantic cooperation in this area.
GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest group:

Automotive IG
Clean Tech IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
International IG
Life Sciences IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Semiconductor - IT IG
Software IG
Wireless/Mobile IG
Women in Business IG
Young Professionals IG

Member News

WINHELLER Attorneys at Law
Social Fundraising Platform www.rally.org now available in Germany. Winheller Attorneys at Law advised the US company, one of the "Most Promising Companies for 2013" (Forbes Magazine), on its entry to the German market and on various questions of tax, labor and banking and finance law as well as trademarks.

The annual window for filing H-1B visa petitions
The annual window for filing H-1B visa petitions opens April 1, 2013. Likelihood of early exhaustion of available 85,000 visas is high. Employers who have identified professional candidates for hire should initiate the process now. For further details, please contact immigration attorneys E&M Mayock at 415 765 5111 or email [email protected].

Euro VAT Refund
Are you leaving Value Added TAX (VAT) money behind in Germany? The deadline for claiming back last years business related VAT incurred on events, hotels, transportation, and other costs in Germany and other EU countries is fast approaching. Please contact Euro VAT Refund before April 1 if you are interested in proceeding with a VAT refund.

Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development. LLC
Save the date March 25, 2013 for a Bavarian Happy Hour on the occasion of GDC (Games Developers Conference) in San Francisco. Join us for a virtual Tour through WERK 1 - the hotspot for digital startups in Munich. The exact location and time will be announced on our website shortly! More information at http://www.bavaria-westcoast.com/news-events.html

Celebrating its 13th anniversary, the GISSV is looking back to a very successful year, with outstanding results of the WASC and the BLI inspections, and the purchase of the historic Hillside building in Berkeley. For upcoming events and information on our summer camps, which give children a unique opportunity to learn/improve their German language skills in a stimulating, creative atmosphere, please see www.gissv.org.

Job Opening

Director of Engineering
YesPartners' client is a leading provider of embedded systems development tools for engineers. The company is growing, profitable and debt-free. They are looking for a Director of Engineering. To see the complete job description please visit our Job Market. For additional information, please contact: [email protected].

Practice Lead - NetSuite/OpenAir
YesPartners' client is an Oracle Gold Partner and an Expert in Oracle solutions for project-down organizations worldwide. They are looking for a polished, tech savvy communicator ready to be the voice of the company, empowered to grow a new practice. They are looking for a practice Lead - NetSuite/OpenAir To see the complete job description please visit the Job Market. For additional information, please contact: [email protected].

Culture Selection

Oh Boy - from Cinequest Filmfestival
Monday, Mar 03, 2013, 09:30 PM, California Theater, San Jose
Tuesday, Mar 07, 2013, 02:15 PM, Camera 12 - Screen 9, San Jose
Saturday Mar 09, 2013, 06:15 PM, Camera 12 - Screen 8, San Jose

Cinequest present a German movie - a film from Berlin. A day in the life... but oh boy, what a day! A breezy, comic, light-footed, fun and funny film! Meet Niko, a young Berliner stuck in a state of in-between. As he drifts from one moment to the next, we are treated to a string of often hilarious vignettes and picture-perfect portraits, including: an encounter with a hyper-petty bureaucrat, a once fat schoolmate become skinny actress; a lovely but senile old lady and her armchair; and a beautifully portrayed old man in a bar. A hugely enjoyable film. Don't miss it!
For further information contact:

German American Business Association
Phone: +1 (650) 386-5015, Fax : +1 (415) 276-2375
http://www.gaba-network.org, Email: [email protected]