The Czech North America Chamber Of Commerce & Culture Comences It’s Activities

11-12 2008 Aktuality English
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The Czech North America Chamber of Commerce was established in Boston, Massachusetts in October 1998. At its birth, there were key personalities of Czech origin, Thomas J. Bata, of the world shoemaker fame and a well-known Canadian industrialist A. Karel Velan. The Chair of the Czech Senate, Peter Pithart participated in signing of the proclamation. The CNACC is registered as a non-profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia, with its Head office in Toronto, Ontario. Its active branches are in Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia.

In the fall of 2007, the sister organization, the Canada Czech Republic Chamber of Commerce had decided to continue in its original direction. The Czech North American Chamber of Commerce was, however, looking for a new direction. It found it in focussing on the co-ordination and promotion of the Czech culture in North America. The Executive Director of the Chamber, Lubomir Novotny has created an unique website, which informs those Americans and Canadians of Czech heritage about incoming cultural events, specifically about tours, performances and exhibitions of Czech artist coming over the Atlantic. In addition, it offers them facilitation of sharing of traveling expenses of those artists.

United States and Canada have the largest Czech expatriate community in the world. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic there are some 1.5 million person of the Czech heritage living in North America. The website of the Czech Embassy in Washington lists more than 163 Czech related organizations in the US. In Canada there are 37 Czech organizations. Many of them include persons of Slovak origin as well. This gives our services a market of 200 potential clubs or organizations. In addition, there are potential interested parties such as professional concert agencies and galleries. In order to promote the Czech culture, our goal is to bring together all interested parties in the Czech community in North America. Our plans include having a broad target market with management focusing on all elements of the Czech cultural life in North America, thus creating a voluntary network of Czech communities in North America.

Karel Velan, from Montreal, a well-known Canadian industrialist of Czech origin and a benefactor of the Czech cultural projects, heads the new Board of Directors. The Vice president is Otto Masek, the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Czech North American Chamber of Commerce. The Executive Director is the founder and the developer of the Czech Events concept, Lubomir J. Novotny, based in Toronto.

It will offer membership to Czech artists living both in North America as well as in the Czech Republic, offering them promotion of their works through it’s website.

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