Are you a small business in the Netherlands? Important tax changes from 1 Jan 2020

If you are a small business based in the Netherlands like Zestee, there are some important tax changes coming into effect from 1 January 2020. Official information from is of course in Dutch: 2020 Nieuwe Kleineondernemersregeling (KOR) Disclaimer here that I am no expert, and that you must understand and comply with the official information … Continue reading Are you a small business in the Netherlands? Important tax changes from 1 Jan 2020

2019 Rise and Lead Summit The Hague

On 19-20 September 2019, I had the pleasure of both attending and speaking at the Rise & Lead Summit in The Hague. This was the second annual summit, now spread over two days instead of one. I was very disappointed to have to miss the 2018 Rise & Lead Summit due to a back injury. … Continue reading 2019 Rise and Lead Summit The Hague

2019 Launch Yourself Event

I attended this personal branding "Launch Yourself Event" at the Park Theatre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands on Monday 24 June 2019. It was aimed at two target groups - those looking for work, and those with their own business. Despite the English language event name, it was held completely in the Dutch language. I'm fairly … Continue reading 2019 Launch Yourself Event

2019 Logeion CDay

On 20 June 2019, I attended the Logeion CDay near Utrecht, the Netherlands. The Hague University of Applied Sciences, where I work part time, was one of the sponsors of this event for around 800 communication professionals from around the Netherlands. My "fasterclass" session was on intercultural communication - Communicating with non-native Dutch speakers in the Netherlands and beyond.

2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

On Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th June 2019, I had the amazing experience of attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2019) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Co-hosted by the governments of the United States and the Netherlands, it showcased the depth and breadth of innovations that are improving lives around the world, and the critical role … Continue reading 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

2019 Female Ventures Delft: Double Potential

On Wednesday 12 June 2019, Female Ventures held a lovely event at YES!Delft. It's been a while since I have been at this location and they have grown! This incubator for innovation hosts around 100 startups and scaleups and has a very cool atmosphere. Jasmijn Giohalas, Program Coordinator gave a brief talk. For more info: … Continue reading 2019 Female Ventures Delft: Double Potential

2019 BASE Conference Amsterdam

On 29 May 2019 the first BASE conference was held in Amsterdam at the Parool Theater, The Student Hotel. BASE was born as an acronym for the four pillars needed to grow a business to the next level: Build (relationships & resources), Advance (sales and marketing), Sustain (profitability and growth) and Elevate (innovation). Co Founders … Continue reading 2019 BASE Conference Amsterdam

2019 International City Podium

The ICP (International City Podium) is an annual event to showcase Talent & Career opportunities in The Hague - Rotterdam region and was held this year on 23 May 2019. Organised by the International Community Platform and supported by partners City of The Hague, the World Trade Center The Hague, Universiteit Leiden, and The Hague … Continue reading 2019 International City Podium

2019 #LinkedInLocalTheHague

We held our first #LinkedInLocalTheHague at The Hague University of Applied Sciences on Thursday 16 May from 10.30am-12pm. International Business THUAS - Trends in Marketing This event was part of a "Trends in Marketing" minor in the International Business programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. My colleagues teach neuromarketing and big data for … Continue reading 2019 #LinkedInLocalTheHague

2019 The Next Web Amsterdam #TNW2019

The Next Web - the "Heart of Technology" - held its 14th annual conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 9 & 10 May 2019. With around 17,500 attendees from all around the world, it was an absolutely epic two days. I spoke with so many incredibly inspiring people - from wonderful WiT (Women in Technology) … Continue reading 2019 The Next Web Amsterdam #TNW2019

2019 Google Amsterdam DWQT

Photo credit: Florence , Google On 9 April 2019 I had the opportunity to visit Google Amsterdam for the DWQT training. DWQT stands for Digitale Werkplaats Qualified Teacher. For the last year (2017-2018), I was a trainer myself on the Google Offline Training, read more about that here: https://zestee.com/category/google-digital-marketing-workshops/ On that project, I represented Google … Continue reading 2019 Google Amsterdam DWQT

2019 WBII First Impressions on LinkedIn

On Thursday 28 March 2019, I had the absolute pleasure of talking to members of the Women's Business Initiative International in The Hague about First Impressions Online and LinkedIn. Petra Fisher was scheduled for this presentation, but sadly was sick, so Lisa Hall asked me to step in at the last moment. I was previously … Continue reading 2019 WBII First Impressions on LinkedIn

2019 Spark Women Amsterdam

The 5th edition of the Spark Conference in Amsterdam helped #entrepreneurs to create, elevate and celebrate today, 26 March 2019. With a fabulous line-up of speakers and panelists, I learned a lot and connected with lots of wonderful women (and a few men). I attended Spark in 2015 and 2016 but had to miss the … Continue reading 2019 Spark Women Amsterdam

The Road to the TEDx Stage Masterclass Amsterdam

The Road to the TEDx Stage  Exclusive Event Masterclass, TEDx Panel and Boring to Brilliant Book Launch Barbara Rogoski, Senior TEDx speaker coach, invites you to her exclusive event where you can learn the insider secrets for how YOU can bring your story to the TEDx stage. By attending, you will: join a masterclass to learn the … Continue reading The Road to the TEDx Stage Masterclass Amsterdam

Welcome to the Zestee Blog

Welcome to the Zestee blog - this is a treasure trove of nearly a decade of my favourite topics, articles, resources, book reviews, summaries of events I've been to and more.  You can navigate by scrolling, or via the category and archive dropdowns in the sidebar (or below if you are on a mobile device). … Continue reading Welcome to the Zestee Blog

Facebook Community Leadership Circles Amsterdam #1

On Saturday 9 February 2019, I attended the first Facebook Community Leadership Circle in Amsterdam. Held at the beautiful and super cool Impact Hub Amsterdam, it was an inspiring and interesting event. Of the 16 community leaders that attended, we calculated that our communities together total almost two million members! This event provided us with … Continue reading Facebook Community Leadership Circles Amsterdam #1

2019 New Business Summit The Hague

On Thursday 7 February 2019, I attended the New Business Summit in The Hague. It was held at the Zuid Holland Provincehuis, an amazing building that I've walked by several times but never been inside....until now! https://youtu.be/9M6_GZaRGvc Hosted by the World Startup Factory, this interesting event brought together startups, stakeholders and investors. Aditya Putta did … Continue reading 2019 New Business Summit The Hague

2018 Rise and Lead Women Summit The Hague

Two months from today, on 27 September 2018, I'll be attending and speaking at the Rise and Lead Women Summer in The Hague.  With an amazing list of speakers, you can grab a great deal on early bird tickets, but still get a bargain on full price tickets if you miss out.  Student ticket prices … Continue reading 2018 Rise and Lead Women Summit The Hague

How do I comply with GDPR/AVG? Small business resources

The 25 May 2018 deadline is fast approaching for GDPR and you'll no doubt notice a frenzy of emails regarding this.  Large organisations have their legal teams onto it but for small businesses like my own, it's up to us as individuals to figure out compliance. Zestee is 10 years old this year, and I … Continue reading How do I comply with GDPR/AVG? Small business resources