By Michael DeLeo, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Friday, October 7th, the Gringo Café in Ipanema will host its increasingly popular Gringo Group Therapy night, co-sponsored this month by The American Society of Rio de Janeiro (AmSoc Rio) Happy Hour. The event’s theme will focus primarily on visas and setting up small businesses in Brazil, with three guest speakers: lawyer, long-time Rio resident and AmSoc Rio Board Member Michael Royster, Rio real estate expert Hakan Olsson, and his colleague Jonathan Kendall of Rio Relocations/TSS Brazil Consulting.
The casual get-together is being put on with AmSoc Rio, and Society president David Huffard explains: “AmSoc’s Happy Hours are a great way to connect with other expats, make new friends and network. The group that gathers is always friendly, helpful and eager to generate ideas for future endeavors.”
AmSoc Rio has been in Rio de Janeiro since 1917 and continues to be a strong part of the community. The Society, which is member and sponsor-funded, provides community services and charity works as well as support for new arrivals.
The topic was selected to help answer common questions about the visa-types available here, as well as to help aspiring entrepreneurs consider different business options. It is not just for new arrivals, as continuous changes in visa and tax laws often open new opportunities and close others.
The monthly ‘therapy,’ which was created to bring native Brazilians and expatriates alike together to exchange tips and stories of living in Rio de Janeiro, will begin at 7PM and offer numerous drink specials and Gringo Café’s locally famous American fare.
In addition to Michael Royster, noted legal adviser and Curmudgeon Opinion columnist, Hakan Olsson of Rio Apartments will be available to kick off the conversation with some general information and options.
Mr. Olsson explains: “I will be introducing the pertinent topics and different ways people set up businesses here in Brazil.”
Both are vastly experienced in the field of entrepreneurship within Rio and will provide invaluable advice to anyone looking to begin a small business.
The happy hour is not solely about visas or other other business-related advice, however. Sam Flowers, the founder and owner of Gringo Café, describes the event as a laid-back atmosphere “Where people gather together to get inspired, share ideas, tips and advice about pursuing our dreams and aspirations in the Cidade Maravilhosa.”
These Gringo Group Therapies have been a staple amongst the expat community for over seven months, and continue to grow with each session. Anyone interested in starting their own business in Rio, learning more about difficult visa issues, or just simply meeting new friends should stop by for a Happy Hour cocktail and introduce themselves to a valuable network of people.
Friday, October 7th, 7-9PM
Rua Barao Da Torre 240
Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro