About Us

Our Story

BeneluxConnect exists to increase the return on the high cost of connecting across the Atlantic. Each year,  hundreds of people leave their office to travel to or from the Benelux countries, hoping to increase business through new contacts. Some contacts are based on impersonal internet searches or databases, and few if any have any structured follow up afterward.

BeneluxConnect provides native knowledge with effective follow-up to nurture and maintain tenuous connections, helping them grow to be productive and profitable relationships for all.

We make repeat site visits, go to major trade shows and attend Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, industry sector and other meetings. We arrange our own private meetings to learn more. For a look at some of the places we’ve been developing contacts, click here.

Our Approach

We believe that true value in all relationships is built on a trust developed through repeat contact. Spreadsheets, phone calls and quick visits help identify and initiate opportunities, but they grow for all parties only through sustained and intentional support. BeneluxConnect and SC Connect provide personal and customized support in the Benelux area of Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg) and the Southeastern US. The Benelux is a gateway to the much larger region of Europe much as the Southeastern US opens up North America.

Our Services

Market Research

From years of living and working in both regions, we’ve developed on-ground knowledge and contacts to provide the data and local knowledge that can make the difference between a good decision and a wise one. To see how we went in-depth on the Ag-Tech sector of the Research Triangle Park region, click here.

Professional Presentations

Even the best product needs to be presented properly. If you’ve spent all the time and effort to build a company and its products, shouldn’t you make sure that you’re making the best presentation possible when the opportunity comes? Wonder what our customers say? Check out some of their thoughts here.

Economic Development

We find qualified companies ready to invest in your community by talking in-country to the sector experts, business groups, journalists and government agencies with the personal and professional relationships to know. On-the-ground intelligence is the most difficult to get, but the most reliable, and we provide it through diligent research and work. For a recent case study, click here.

BeneluxConnect has worked successfully with service providers, companies and economic development groups on both sides of the Atlantic.

That’s BeneluxConnect Director Trip DuBard on the left, after introducing Research Triangle Regional Partnership and Biotalys executives in 2019. Biotalys announced in 2020 it was locating its US headquarters in the Research Triangle area. Click here to read more.

Community Development

In an increasingly connected world, communities and their schools, universities and local governments often find growth through international collaborations. BeneluxConnect works in-country to create, develop and maintain important relationships for your region.  For a case study, click here.

Business Development

Growing a business is tough work, and international growth is time-consuming and expensive. BeneluxConnect operates from Europe, lowering the risks and costs of developing new business. We can make the personal visits, follow up calls and trade show appearances that grow  your  international success. For a list of the recent events BeneluxConnect attended — and where we would have been happy to represent you — click here.

Meet BeneluxConnect

Trip DuBard

Founder and Director

View Trip’s LinkedIn profile here

A native South Carolinian, Trip spent decades in South Carolina, as an Associated Press reporter covering state government, an Anheuser-Busch distributor running a $30 million operation across seven counties, and as director of a statewide non-profit which ran the SC Teacher of the Year Celebration. Publicly minded, he has served on numerous government and non-profit boards, including the SC Workforce Development Board.

In the fall of 2016, Trip moved to Brussels to be with his wife, a woman he met his first day at Duke University in 1978.  Now, he works to connect his home region to his adopted country and northern Europe.

Now that you know…

Let BeneluxConnect introduce you to new business, improve the productivity of your expensive trans-Atlantic visits and increase long-term profits.

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