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Here is a selection of Berlin's key organisations and institutions, encouraging economic development and relations within and beyond Berlin.

Industrial Investment Council
Chairman: Hans Christoph von Rohr
Director International Strategy: John Zindar
Charlottenstrasse 57, 10104 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 20 94-56 64, Fax: 20 94-23 10 | U2 Stadtmitte | Ownership: governments of 6 New German States (70%), federal government (30%)
English-language website. Working language is English. Consultants are German, British, American (US), Japanese and French. With offices in London and New York.

The most internationally staffed economic institution in Berlin is the IIC. Their stated goal is to assist international investors looking at Berlin and the 6 eastern states (now known as the New German States). It was originally established at the end of 1996 by the Federal government through funds from the Privatisation Agency for former East German Assets (Treuhand Anstalt). It is mostly independent from the Berlin government.

Berlin Business Development Corporation (Wirtschaftsförderung Berlin)
Managing Director: Dr. Hans Estermann
Ludwig Erhard Haus, Fasanenstrasse 85, 10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 399 80-0, Fax: 399 80-239 | S+U Zoologischer Garten | Shareholders: IBB - Investment Bank Berlin (37,5%); Confederation of Employers and Business Associations of Berlin and Brandenburg e.V. (17,5%); Chamber of Trade and Commerce (17,5%); Berlin Chamber of Crafts (17,5%); IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG (10%)
Website is translated into English. Representatives can speak English and some speak French. No international offices. Check out their Welcome Package deal on an office and apartment for a 3 month test.

The Berlin Business Development Corporation (BBDC) supports and advises investors within and beyond Berlin and beyond Germany. It cooperates with other state and privately owned Berlin economic development and marketing institutions ; i.e.Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) , Berlin Foreign Marketing Service (BAO), Senate Department for Economics , and the Industrial Investment Council (IIC).

The BBDC was established in 1978 by the State of Berlin with the aim of supporting business investment, offering free and confidential services for anyone seeking help.
Its services include: detailed information on Berlin as a location for industry and commerce, regional markets and the real estate market, and consultation on subsidies, financing and management plans.

BAO BERLIN International GmbH
Ludwig Erhard Haus, Fasanenstrasse 85, 10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 315 10-0, Fax: 315 10 316 | S+U Zoologischer Garten | Shareholders: Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry, IHK (70%), Berlin Chamber of Small Businesses and Skilled Crafts, HWK (10%), the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers´ Association Berlin, ZVEI, (10%), German Machinery and Plant Manufacturers´ Association Berlin,VDMA (10%).

Website is translated into English. Representatives can speak English and some speak French, Spanish, and Russian. EU Office in Brussels.

Primary goal of the BAO is to assist Berlin companies to expand internationally, with the focus on the EU, Poland and Russia. Secondary goal - in cooperation with the BEDC - is assisting international companies considering or moving to Berlin.
The BAO provides advice on import and export issues, foreign trade and payments legislation, joint ventures and public contracting. It also provides information on EU related topics. In addition, it organizes Berlin display stands at international trade shows, delegation trips and Berlin presentations internationally, supports foreign economic delegations, mediates contacts and promotes the Berlin-Brandenburg economic region.

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