THE CLUB

How will a Global Business Owners (GBO) membership benefit me?

After joining GBO, you will be part of a global community of other business owners, partners, founders, investors and executive decision makers. They all are looking for more productivity, more profitability but also more personal fulfillment. During our meetings they share their challenges, needs, opportunities as well as their business visions and strategies.

What can I expect by becoming a member of GBO?

You will find a wide variety of networking ​possibilities by creating business friendships, sharing knowledge and discussing ideas, thus ​providing the basis for new business opportunities, not only locally but internationally as well.

In which countries and cities can I find GBO chapters?

We establish new city ​chapters almost every month. Currently there are GBO clubs in more than 20 cities, such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Cannes (Riviera), Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Marbella, Milano, Monaco, Nice (Riviera), Rotterdam, Sao Paolo, Stockholm, Valencia and Zürich.

​Why is GBO different from other clubs or networks?

​Through the numerous events, the socializing with fellow members is one of GBO’s strengths. Some business owners don’t have access to a platform where they can lay out issues, share ideas and knowledge or even get feedback from others. Here at GBO, we organize meetings which enables everyone to meet on a regular basis, where members can take the opportunity to challenge their thinking and challenge their ideas. Members help other members to make decisions on bigger decisions.

Are there any ​further features GBO ​offers to members?

The Member section of our website offers a host of additional features for members like:

  • International Discussion Board with a wide variety of topics
  • Member 2 Member Offers
  • ​"Sponsor a Start-up" Program
  • City Chapter information exchange groups
  • Attractive Loyalty Points and Referral programs
We have also designed a menu of extra services for our members which can be chosen à la carte for an extra fee.



​What is the GBO Code of Conduct?

​As GBO is a community of like-minded peers, all meetings and events have a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Nevertheless, as a general guideline, here is our code of conduct.
1. As GBO members, we show respect and appreciation to all fellow members, guests and staff from head office.
2. As GBO members, we never use abusive or vulgar language, or engage in racial, ethnic or gender-related slurs or derogatory comments.
3. As GBO members, we will pay attention to any request or question a fellow member will communicate, in either public or private message. Even if we cannot help with their request, we will make sure to send a friendly reply.
4. As GBO members, we will not spam our fellow members with excessive or unwanted sales messages, either during meetings or online. Sending the same sales message to all members via the platform is not permitted in the interest of all members.
Inappropriate behaviour of any GBO member will be investigated, discussed and an appropriate course of action will be taken, including the cancellation of membership if necessary.

MEMBERSHIP & MEMBERS

​Why ​have I been invited?

​​You have been invited through LinkedIn, ​where your information matched with our requirements for a possible member. We believe you have the professional profile for our club and invite you to learn more about ​the spirit and philosophy of the network.

​​How many members belong to the network?

GBO currently has over 650 active members worldwide. This number increases frequently of course as we grow with new chapters in cities around the world, whilst the established chapters continue to attract new members as well.

What type of businesses and industries are GBO members involved in?

Our members have various business backgrounds and come from a wide and interesting range of industries. We have partners of large law firms, high-tech start-ups, yacht brokers and fintech investors amongst our members, along with many other professions and industries. Part of being a GBO member is having the opportunity to learn and reflect about many different business models and specialties.

​What are the membership fees?

​Membership fee varies depending on the length of your chosen membership term:
1 year – 500 €
3 years – 1.300 €
5 years – 2.000 €

21 % VAT will be added to all invoices in Spain. 21 % VAT will be added to all invoices in the EU, unless a valid EU VAT Number (i.e. BE09999999XX) is provided with the invoicing details. All invoices outside the EU will be VAT exempt.

​Is the membership renewed automatically after my chosen term?

​No, GBO does not automatically renew memberships. At the end of the membership term each member is ​contacted personally. Members must agree to proceed for another membership term.

Can I cancel my membership at any time and get reimbursed?

Memberships are non-refundable. Each case will be reviewed individually, and extraordinary circumstances will be considered if appropriate.

​As a member, can I join any GBO meeting or event?

​As a GBO member, you may join any city chapters worldwide. Simply book your seat through the website or App. The members in other chapters are always looking forward to meeting fellow members in person!

​MEETINGS

​​Is there a minimum attendance requirement?

​​No, there is no minimum attendance required, however, in order to fully take advantage of ​the opportunities GBO offers, we suggest you attend as many ​meetings and special events as you can.

​​​Will a host be present at the meetings?

​​​Yes, the President or Vice President, who are also members of their respective city chapters, will host the meetings and will welcome and introduce you to the other members and guests present.

​​​Will a host be present at the meetings?

​​​Yes, the President or Vice President, who are also members of their respective city chapters, will host the meetings and will welcome and introduce you to the other members and guests present.

​Are there any other events, apart from the regular meetings, where members can meet and network?

​There are many special events throughout the year, ​including ​exclusive member only events organised by the local chapters, complimented by a yearly special activity event per city and the ​GBO Annual Summit held on Mallorca, the birthplace of GBO.

​​I have been invited via LinkedIn but I am not a business owner. Can I stil attend a meeting as a guest?

​​If we have received a personal mail from one of our Guest Managers, inviting you to join your local chapter as a guest after the LinkedIn invitation, the Guest Manager has already ensured that you potentially are the right fit of the club. If we think this is not the case yet, we will of course let you know as well.

​​Why do I have to pay for lunch or dinner upfront?

​​GBO has been able to secure favourable lunch and dinner menu prices with the upscale Restaurants where the meetings are held. These need to be paid centrally from GBO to the Restaurant.
We also want to ensure that members and guests can rely on the published guest list and that tables are well filled without empty spaces.

​​​Which meetings are more popular - lunches or dinners?

​​​Both lunch and dinner are equally popular. Members and other guests choose to join either one depending on their schedules.

​​​​Are there any pre-set topics or presentations I personally need to prepare for?

​​​​No. There will be an introduction ​around ​the table(s) ​to enable all attendees ​to find out more about each other and to start free flowing, interesting conversations. ​The local Presidents ​also organise ​occasional ​informative presentations and talks on topics that are relevant to the GBO community, held by either members or external guest speakers.

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