WelComE TO THE vazo!

Located in Southeast Amsterdam, the VAZO has been successfully protecting the interests of the business community in the southeast area of Amsterdam and along the Amstel river for more than 30 years. VAZO members meet every month at the popular informal drinks event for members, as well as in smaller groups during member lunches, theme-based meetings and workshops. However, the VAZO looks beyond Southeast Amsterdam and has entered into a cooperation agreement with the VEBAN and the ORAM business associations. Under this shared umbrella the business associations protect the interests of all entrepreneurs in the greater Amsterdam region. Even if your company is not established in Southeast Amsterdam, you are welcome to join the VAZO.

commercial interest

Membership of the VAZO represents an attractive commercial interest for businesses. The board members of all member companies feature on the list of members and can be directly approached by fellow members. Many of these contacts regularly attend our activities. These decision-makers can substantially strengthen VAZO members’ commercial and informal networks. Such contact can be established, for example, during the monthly informal drinks event for members, during lunches and the meetings in the Dreeftoren building, where the VAZO is located, and on location with members. Doing business and sharing knowledge are the key pillars of the meetings organised by the VAZO.

     the network

It is not a precondition for membership that companies are located in Southeast Amsterdam. Approximately 15% of members are located elsewhere, but have business interests in this area.

                   ABOUT THE VAZO

The VAZO Business Association has the following objectives:

  • To protect the common interests of the business community in the widest sense of the word
  • To initiate and strengthen business relations
  • To promote the southeast region of Amsterdam as a business location

The association is involved in themes such as accessibility, housing, the employment market and the safety and quality of public space. Apart from protecting interests, the VAZO is also a platform where entrepreneurs, directors and policymakers can meet in formal or informal surroundings. 

The board of the VAZO Business Association

Mr R. (Reinier) Mutsaerts, chairman (Mutsaerts Automotive-Consultancy)

Mr H.J. (Henk) Markerink, vice-chairman (Johan Cruijff ArenA)

Mr B. (Bas) van Veen, treasurer (BDO)

Ms E. (Elise) Groenendijk, board member (AMC)

Mr P. ( Paul) Oudeman, board member (AMC)

Mr. R. (Robert jan) Jansen, board member (ROC Zuidoost)

The association's daily management is in the hands of the director 

Mr H.M. (Huib) van Santen, Director

Ms D. (Dite) Van Esser, Operations manager

Ms B.C.( Bianca) Zalme, Operations assistant 

The VAZO office is open from Monday to Thursday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

protection of interests

As an influential and autonomous representative of businesses and as a counterpart to the government, the VAZO Business Association has a significant finger in the pie. In an area as dynamic as Southeast Amsterdam, there are all kinds of business interests at play. Accessibility, the quality of public space, parking, security and strengthening the area's image as a prime business location are just a few examples. VAZO membership gives companies an important voice when it comes to the quality and the development of the business location. This is expressed, for example, in the members' active participation in the association's various working groups.

informal drinks events for members 

Every last Thursday of the month, the VAZO organises the most popular members’ meeting of the Amsterdam business community. From 5.00 p.m. onwards, members are greeted by VAZO board members and the secretariat. A short informative programme is followed by plenty of time to network while enjoying a drink and a sumptuous 'walking dinner' buffet. The programme finishes at approximately 8.00 p.m. The monthly informal drinks events are free to association members and their guests. The event is hosted by a different member company each month. Check the calender for the coming events.


Find out about the network and organisation that protects the interests of businesses in Amsterdam! Register for one of our meetings or schedule an appointment with VAZO director Huib van Santen for an informal introductory meeting. Of course you can follow the example of more than 350 other companies and become a member of the VAZO.

10 reasons to join the VAZO: 

  • direct access to the business community in Southeast Amsterdam
  • monthly networking opportunities at the popular informal drinks event for members 
  • free access to the VAZO Community App
  • free participation in theme-based meetings and a variety of workshops at management level
  • exposure by organising theme-based meetings together with the secretariat
  • constant access to an up-to-date membership file in Excel
  • the possibility of sending commercial mailings via the secretariat
  • protection of your company's interests with regard to local government
  • access to offers by members for members
  • if desirable: personal supervision by board of VAZO


The basic subscription fee for VAZO membership in 2020 is € 762,00 excl. VAT per year for companies with up to 75 employees. Larger companies pay a subscription proportional to their number of employees. Membership of the Business Association is valid for a period of one calendar year and, unless it is cancelled, tacitly renewed for a period of one year on each occasion. Cancellations must be submitted to the association at least two months prior to the end of the calendar year (before november 1). The articles of association of the VAZO Business Association can be obtained from the secretariat.

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word lid!

Maak kennis met dé netwerk- en belangenbehartigingsorganisatie van Amsterdam Zuidoost! Meld u aan voor één van onze bijeenkomsten of maak een afspraak met VAZO-directeur Huib van Santen voor een vrijblijvend gesprek.