Weekly update Dec 18: Dalat Winter Weekend, Election Results, Think like Santa

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Upcoming Events – click for more information and to register online

Christmas & New Year’s Dinner Parties @ La Habana, Sun, Dec 24 and Sun, Dec 31
La Habana Restaurant – Bar – Lounge is well-known for its authentic Spanish cuisine and its wide choice of tapas, as well as its famous Cuban cocktails, its Cuban & Latin rhythm and live entertainment in a lovely cozy architecture. Click the link highlighted above for more information.

Dalat Winter Weekend and Ambassador’s Roundtable, Fri-Sun, Jan 26-28
Plan now to join Ambassador Marine, Consul General Winnick, AmCham Governors, members and guests in a networking weekend, with Ambassador’s Roundtable discussion of key issues and outlook for 2007. We have reserved seats on VN Airlines and rooms at Dalat Sofitel Palace and Dalat Novotel Hotels. Register now for this stimulating weekend, with optional activities including excursions, golfing, spa, and simple relaxation. Click on the link for Schedule and Registration Form.

Election Results – Annual General Meeting, Wed, Dec 13
Nearly 150 members and guests enjoyed the Annual General Meeting and Cocktail Reception. Click the link for information on the Board of Governors report and results of the election Governors for the two-year term 2007-2008.

6th Annual AmCham Scholarship Award Ceremony, Dec 13
In partnership with National University of Ho Chi Minh City (NUH), AmCham awarded 20 scholarships to top students of NUH including: University of Polytechnique, University of Natural Sciences, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Economics, based on a rigourous four-step assessment process over three months, managed by AmCham’s Human Resources Committee.

Issues Updates and AmCham – related News

Vietnam notified WTO on Dec 12; will become WTO member on Jan 11
Viet Nam informed the WTO on 12 December 2006 that it has ratified its membership agreement. It will now become the WTO’s 150th member on 11 January 2007, 30 days after WTO received the official notification.

AmCham and Vietnam Related News. Click the link for more news highlights.

More news you can use

For a better brand, think like Santa
He runs a multinational enterprise that combines uncanny customer intelligence, superb information management and world-class service. He leads a logistical tour de force that spans the globe and delivers the goods, just in time. And he does it all with a warm, some would say jolly, panache that is impossible to forget. His name: Santa Claus.

America’s 25 Best Entrepreneurs
Meet the brilliant young minds behind some of the most promising startups in the U.S. today. They’re fearless, determined, and all age 25 or under. You can read about all of our finalists’ ventures in our second annual Special Report on Best Entrepreneurs Under 25. Then you can flip through a followup slide show to check in on the five winners, as chosen by our readers (who cast almost 50,000 votes), and get the lowdown on what’s next for each of them

Preparation is key when asked for bids, proposals
Your phone rings. It’s a prospective customer. He’d like you to come out and make an estimate or prepare a proposal. It’s always good to have customers knocking on your door, but how much time and energy should you spend preparing bids and proposals for new business? Realistically, you have to be responsive to all potential customers. But there are ways to limit the amount of time, money, and effort you spend on dead-end shoppers. Here’s how:

Event Presentations and Downloads
Did you miss an AmCham event? Were you there but wanted to have a copy of the presentation? Didn’t get the business card of the person you were talking with? Now you can download the presentations by clicking on the above link. Also, you can see a list of people that attended the event, with links to their company contact information. Download the AmCham HCMC Board of Governors Report on Activities in 2006.

Sec 911 – Housing cost amount eligible for exclusion or deduction – U.S. Citizens
The U.S. Treasury Department issued a notice concerning housing costs eligible for exclusion or deduction by U.S. citizens and .

FAQ – Dining in HCM City
We’ve added a “Ho Chi Minh City Restaurant Guides” page under our FAQ. There are links to two popular on-line restaurant guides that will help you find the restaurant you’re looking for. Or you can email the link to your visiting friends and relatives that are asking you for recommendations. Has maps, addresses, tel/fax numbers, etc.

AmCham Events and Committee Meetings
Click the link to make sure you are aware of the many networking opportunities, And click on REGISTER ONLINE for an efficient registration experience. We schedule lunches so that you can get in and out easily between 12:00 and 1:30 pm, on your lunch hour.

Online Membership Directory
Looking for information on AmCham members? Click here to browse the Online Membership Directory. We now have 325 member and associate companies, with nearly 700 representatives of those companies.

Other Chambers in Ho Chi Minh City. Click the link see other events in HCMC.

Other AmChams in the Asia/Pacific Region Click this link ff you plan to travel in the region and want to know about networking opportunities in the city(ies) you will visit. AmCham members are welcome to attend member functions at any AmCham in the Asia-Pacific region at local member rates. Be sure to have your AmCham member card with you and your www.amchamvietnam.com member listing up to date.

Benefits and Services
Review your benefits and services and learn how you can benefit from Networking Online, with about 66,000 visitors and 120,000 page-views per month to www.amchamvietnam.com.

Weather in Vietnam and Western Pacific
Get weather updates and view approaching typhoons from links on this page (satellite views, current and forecast weather, 5-year averages). A new link provides detailed information on 2006 West Pacific Typhoon Season.

Tips and hints from the AmCham webmaster

View www.amchamvietnam.com’s web traffic rank on www.alexa.com (www.amazon.com)
Compare the traffic rank of www.amchamvietnam.com with other web sites. The smaller the number the higher-ranking the web site. Yahoo=#1, Google=#2, www.amchamvietnam.com=#75,000.

www.amchamvietnam.com traffic ranking graph (www.alexa.com)

Speakeasy Speed Test Click on the SPEED TEST image to test your internet connection speed. By measuring the download and upload rate you are able to accurately judge your current line throughput or internet connection speed.

Try it now to see how if your internet connection measures up.

AmCham Webmaster’s Computing Tips: Web Browsers
The browser is the most important piece of software on most people’s computers. It shapes the way you use the internet, how you gather information and the speed and ease with which you collect it. Since the top browsers are free, there’s no reason not to shop around. Click on the link to read the reviews, download and install the browsers (it’s automatic), then try them to see which one you prefer.

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