Business Groups, Associations and Networking for Expats in Brazil

Author: Jim Newham
Submitted: February 2015

In Brazil, where there is such a strong emphasis on social interaction, networking is a vital part of the business culture. There are numerous networking groups, clubs and professional associations dedicated to business and individual professions. You can find out more about them in Brazilian business magazines and journals, including that of the local chamber of commerce.

Typically, you will have to sign up to the business group to become a member and pay an annual membership fee. In return, you will gain access to the group's networking events, publications, online resources and consultation services. There is detailed information on how to become a member, along with various types of membership and the respective fees on the group’s website. Most of these groups have regional and local branches.

Among the major business groups and networks are:

Despite the traditional macho culture in Brazil, there are some very successful women in business (and, of course, politics – notably the president, Dilma Rousseff). However, networks are specifically dedicated to women in business are somewhat thin on the ground.

There are also numerous professional networks and associations dedicated to individual professions, such as the  Brazilian Association of Radio and Television Companies, Brazilian Electro-Electronic Industry Association and the Brazilian Aluminium Association. There is an extensive list of professional, governmental, and business associations in Brazil on the Export Focus website.

As elsewhere in the world, online networking sites have also become very popular among professionals in Brazil. These networks enable companies and individuals to create online profiles and join interest groups. They can be useful tools for self-promotion, recruitment and making new contacts in your field. The most widely used networking site among professionals in Brazil is the global networking site LinkedIn.

Expat business people may also be interested in the country-specific business groups in Brazil, such as the Brazil-US Business Council. A good starting point is to approach the respective country's Chamber of Commerce in Brazil. Most Chambers run clubs both for business people from a particular country and Brazilian business people who want to do business with that country. These clubs offer consultation services and organise networking events for their members. For other expat groups in Brazil, see Expat Groups in Brazil.