Powerling is one of the French SMEs that distinguishes itself in the United States. Anette van de Loo, co-founder of the translation and localization company, was among the four entrepreneurs welcomed by the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, during his trip to Massachusetts on Friday, September 28th.
During a round-table discussion organized in the presence of dozens of economic stakeholders and officials, Anette was able to present the Minister with the strengths and challenges encountered by French business owners who wish to operate in the US market. Challenges include: mastering the tax laws in each different country and the accessibility to incentive packages from France. On the other hand, the BPI (Banque publique d’investissement - Public Investment Bank), an institution with no equivalent in the world, is positive for French SMEs in America. According to Anette van de Loo, the BPI provides extremely valuable assistance to entrepreneurs.
Anette, the only woman on this select panel, was accompanied by Emmanuel Arnaud, CEO of HomeExchange and coordinator of FrenchTech Boston; Patrick Millot, President of Saint Gobain Abrasives; and Romain Marmot, Councilor for Foreign Trade and COO of Voluntis.