The Podlasie Business Club
The Podlaski Business Club is located in Bialystok, the biggest city in northeastern Poland and the capital of Podlaskie Province (Voivodship). Widely known as "the green lungs of Poland," our region is famous for being the greenest, unpolluted and most ecological part of the country, as well as for the only remaining population of the European bison living in the wild. Geographically, the very centre of Europe is only 80 km away.
The Podlaski Business Club was founded in 1993 as a voluntary association of businessmen. It acts in accordance with the internal legal statute of the Association of Private and Legal Persons. The objectives of the Club include representing and defending economic interests of its members, fostering relationships among businessmen, solving economic, legal and organizational problems, cooperating with the authorities and administration with regard to business promotion, enhancing the prestige and power of this social circle, promoting professional ethics, as well as running educational courses in the areas of culture, sport, tourism, society, etc., aimed at further integration of the Club's members.
Within the framework of the regular Club meetings important economic issues are discussed, such as those of the economic self-government, taxation and customs laws. High on the agenda are also the problems of the overall economic policy of the state, local and self-government authorities. A very significant part of the Club's mission are meetings with politicians and businessmen.
The Club consists of 64 members, including 8 support members. Among them are professionals representing different fields of economic activity: trade, production and services, with two production companies exporting to the European Union and a significant presence of the construction and development companies. The Club holds regular meetings with known officials, such as politicians or businessmen.
The most important meeting to date, "The Regional Celebration of Podlasie Entrepreneurs' Accession to the UE," was held in April 2004. Prior to this event, in 1999, there was a major celebration marking Poland's accession to the NATO.
On the Podlaski Business Club members' initiative, several successful business missions have already been launched, among others to New York, New Jersey and Chicago, where meetings with the representatives of local Polonia business circles were held. There were also several business missions to Kaliningrad, Grodno and Pskov. Many Club members maintain very close economic relationships with their business partners from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. These contacts provide a unique opportunity for promotion of the Podlasie region and Polish economy.
Along with the Institute for European Studies at the University of Commerce and Informatics, the Podlaski Business Club organized an international conference entitled "The European Union Programme to Support Polish and European Regions." Among its participants were some 60 EU representatives as well as the representatives of the embassies of Belgium, Holland and Great Britain. The Deputy Speaker of the Polish Parliament was the Honorary Patron of the event.
The Podlaski Business Club is also an important initiator of charity actions, such as the renovation of the Branicki Palace, the so called "Versailles of Podlasie." As such, it organizes the famous "Saint John Feast with The Branickis."
We are open for cooperation in different fields of business activity, including those which have not been mentioned in my short presentation. Please do not hesitate to visit our website for more information.