With the fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany in 1989–1990, Berlin had become the federal capital of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The American German Business Club Berlin (AGBC Berlin) was informally established in Berlin in 1993 by a group of German and American entrepreneurs from various sections of the city with the encouragement of former US Ambassadors and local German officials. Since 1995, the club has been registered in Germany as a non-profit organization under the name AGBC Berlin e.V.
As businesses in Berlin became more multicultural and innovative as a result of reunification and growth of the city, the composition of the club’s membership also evolved to include entrepreneurs and business people of various nationalities. The club’s past presidents include German, American and Canadian men and women. Other nationalities are represented on the Executive Board. The founders of the club chose English as the language of the club and this preference is memorialized in the club’s constitution.
In 1999, Berlin officially adopted its full role as the home of the parliament and government of the Federal Republic of Germany and by the year 2000, the German Bundestag had moved its headquarters from Bonn to Berlin. As a result of these events, the United States Embassy also migrated from Bonn to Berlin where it has been serving as the U.S. Embassy in Germany since 1999.
During this period of relocation from Bonn to Berlin, the club’s activities and interests gradually expanded to included participation by government and Embassy officials in its monthly networking events. In the context of evolving and growing business interests in the Berlin community (of approximately 3.5 million people), the club’s focus has kept pace with the changing environment and provides speakers at its monthly evening networking events who address the changing issues related to conducting business in Berlin and its environs. The club’s membership continues to increase as does the number of guests who attend the club’s networking events, which provide a broad array of opportunities to network among entrepreneurs and business people combined with superb food and beverages.
The club continues to build on its two decades of successful networking and welcomes entrepreneurs and business people of all nationalities that are committed to furthering the goals of the club. Past presidents include German, American and Canadian men and women. Other nationalities are represented on the Executive Board. The founders of the club chose English as the language of the club and this preference is memorialized in the club’s by-laws.