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Excerpted from the Brazil Career Guide

Networking in Brazil is very important for launching and advancing your career. Fortunately, there are plentiful opportunities, including regional business associations, many strong professional associations, active industry federations, and networking groups that provide social interaction and increased cultural awareness. Some of the networking groups focus on developing mutual understanding and stronger ties between Brazil and other nations. There also are local, national and international chambers of commerce.

Business Organizations

Associação Comercial do Rio de Janeiro (ACRJ)
Commercial Association of Rio de Janeiro
http://www.acrj.org.br/ (Portuguese)
This association facilitates opportunities for doing business and establishing contact with authorities of the municipal, state and federal governments. It conducts seminars, lectures and debates with specialists in different fields. It also offers a variety of services to associates.

Associação Comercial do Rio de Janeiro
Rua da Candelária, 9º, 11º e 12º Andares
Centro
Rio de Janeiro – RJ
CEP: 20091-904
Brazil
Fax: +55 (21) 2514-1229
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Professional Associations

Information Technology

IT Forum 365
http://www.itforum365.com.br/ (Portuguese)
IT Forum 365 is a meeting place for the Brazilian IT community, providing news, schedules for events and conferences, case studies, webcasts and videos. Free registration is required to access members-only content.

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Engineering

Conselho Federal de Engenharia, Arquitetura e Agronomia (CONFEA)
Federal Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy Council
http://www.confea.org.br (Portuguese)
CONFEA is a national organization that was created in 1933 to register and monitor professionals in three main areas: engineering, architecture and agronomy. Today, CONFEA has approximately 1 million members and serves as the highest regulatory body for the professional areas under its jurisdiction. CONFEA unites the information of the 27 CREAs (Regional Councils) that are present in each state; information regarding each CREA is available on the website.

Tel: +55 (61) 2105-3700
Fax: +55 (61) 2105-3739
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Accounting and Finance

Conselho Federal de Contabilidade (CFC)
Federal Accounting Council
http://www.cfc.org.br (Portuguese)
The CFC, through its state branches (Conselhos Regionais de Contabilidade – CRC), is responsible for issuing the certification that allows a professional to work as an accountant in Brazil and for orienting and monitoring the manner in which the profession is exercised. The council was created in 1946. Registration with the CFC is an essential qualification for professionals working in the preparation of company balance sheets.

Tel: +55 (61) 3314-9600
Fax: +55 (61) 3322-2033
Email: cfc@cfc.org.br or ouvidoria@cfc.org.br
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Business Management and Marketing

Associação Brasileira de Marketing & Negócios (ABMN)
Brazilian Marketing and Business Association
http://www.abmn.com.br (Portuguese)
Founded in 1971, the Brazilian Marketing and Business Association (ABMN) is a non-profit entity that represents marketing professionals. It provides information on technological advances and mechanisms that could help associates optimize services and financial returns. Marketing news and an events calendar are available through the ABMN website.

Tel: +55 (21) 2294-8493
Fax: +55 (21) 2274-8799
Email: comunicacao@abmn.com.br, marketing@abmn.com.br/ or eventos@abmn.com.br

Industry Organizations and Councils

Associação Brasileira de Comércio Exterior do Brasil (AEB)
Brazilian Foreign Trade Association
http://www.aeb.org.br (Portuguese, English)
The Brazilian Foreign Trade Association is a private, non-profit organization that represents and protects the interests of Brazilian businesses involved in foreign trade. It operates alongside governmental agencies and private enterprises, both in Brazil and abroad.

Tel: +55 (21) 2544-0048
Fax: +55 (21) 2544-0577
Email: aebbras@aeb.org.br
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Unions and Labor Organizations

Federação das Associações Comerciais e de Serviçosdo Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (FEDERASUL)
Federation of Trade Associations and Services of Rio Grande do Sul
http://www.federasul.com.br/ (Portuguese)
The Federation of Trade Associations and Services of Rio Grande do Sul (FEDERASUL) is an organization of business associations and non-profit organizations. There currently are 230 affiliated associations, bringing together the forces of economic and productive communities in the state. Approximately 40,000 companies of varying sizes participate in this system of pro-active representation. These companies represent all sectors of the economy: trade, industry, services and agriculture.

Tel: +55 (51) 3214-0200
Email: federasul@federasul.com.br

Networking Groups

International Newcomers’ Club of São Paulo (INC)
http://www.newcomers-sp.com.br (English)
The International Newcomers’ Club of São Paulo is a multicultural social organization that provides support, information and opportunities for international English speakers living in São Paulo. The website is filled with information about the city and lists upcoming events and activities. Founded in 1961, the group is not restricted to new arrivals but also includes members who have been living in Brazil for a while. Activities include monthly coffee meetings, volunteer opportunities in local institutions and publication of a quarterly, online newsletter for members.

International Newcomers’ Club São Paulo
Email: membership@newcomers-sp.com.br

Chambers of Commerce

Camara de Comercio Exterior (CAMEX)
Chamber of International Trade
http://www.camex.gov.br/ (Portuguese)
The Chamber of International Trade (CAMEX) was launched as part of the Brazilian government’s efforts to increase international trade. CAMEX provides leadership in the formulation, adoption, implementation and coordination of policies and activities related to the international trade of goods and services.

Chamber of International Trade
Esplanada dos Ministérios - Bloco J - Sala 700
Brasilia – DF
70053-900
Brazil
Tel: +55 (61) 2027-7050
Email: camex@mdic.gov.br

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the Brazil Guide.



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