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Business Groups, Associations and Networking for Expats in Hong Kong

Submitted: August 2013

Hong Kong has a large international community and professional networking is ever present, therefore expats generally find it easy to integrate professionally. There are numerous groups, clubs, associations and other professional networks. Typically, you will have to sign up to become a member of such a network and pay an annual membership fee. In return, you will get access to networking events, publications, online resources and consultation services. Detailed information on how to become a member, various types of membership and the respective fees can be found on the website of a particular network.

Often the first contact point for expat businessmen and businesswomen is their country’s Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Most large countries have their Chamber of Commerce representation in Hong Kong and these run membership clubs. The membership clubs are primarily directed at expats from the respective country who are doing business in Hong Kong and business professionals from Hong Kong who wish to do business in that particular country. They offer support to businesses and organise regular networking events. See for example:

For other Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong, click here.

In addition to that, there are many other Hong Kong-based networks that offer networking opportunities for English-speaking expats. Examples include:

  • The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce – one of the largest business network in Hong Kong, with around 4,000 members; it represents the interests of the business community and organises networking events for its members
  • Business Network International (BNI) – one of the oldest and largest business networks in the world with various groups known as “chapters” located across Hong Kong
  • Entrepreneur Hong Kong – a non-profit organisation aimed at entrepreneurs from Hong Kong
  • Executives Global Network (EGN) –network dedicated to professionals from all managerial levels; it offers professional support to its members and organises networking events
  • Hong Kong Freelancers and SMEs – a group dedicated to creating a strong referral network of freelancers and SMEs in Hong Kong
  • SME Creativity Centre – a network dedicated to small and middle-sized businesses; regularly organizes lectures with prominent speakers and other networking events
  • Women in Charge – professional network for female entrepreneurs in Hong Kong

For other useful resources see:

Finally, do not forget about online networking sites for professionals. These networks enable both businesses and individuals to create an online profile and join groups of interest. They can be useful for self-promotion, recruitment and making new contacts in your field. The most popular networking site for professionals in Hong Kong is LinkedIn.

For other expat groups in Hong Kong, see Expat Groups in Hong Kong.

 

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