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Maarten De Jeu: Be Prepared For Your International Expansion

A lot of people have their own advice when it comes to business, but Maarten de Jeu has the experience in international business to be an authority when it comes to the idea of expanding businesses across international borders. As the founder of SVM Advisory, he has helped many businesses by consulting with them on how to grow internationally. With a strong global network of business connections, SVM Advisory is known for the partnerships that they have helped to create between different businesses that have benefited all who are involved. Investing and growing internationally can be confusing and overwhelming, which are some of the reasons why so many businesses fail when making the attempt. By using the expertise of Maarten de Jeu, businesses are able to overcome different problems that they come across or in some cases they are able to just avoid them completely with the help of his knowledge and advise. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/maarten-de-jeu


The international entrepreneur can speak several different languages including Dutch, German, French, and English. Currently, he resides in Chicago, where his business is also based and is known to be an active member of his community. He moved to the city in 2008 after being recruited by Aviva to be their Director of Strategy and Corporate Development before he made the decision to create his own firm in which he currently serves as General Director. Maarten de Jeu has a great deal of respect for the power of education and invested a great deal of effort into his after earning both a Master’s in Public Administration and an Executive MBA as well at Leiden University and the University of Oxford’s business school.


Being multilingual is a very important skill to have if you are doing international business and Maarten de Jeu suggests studying the native language of the company you are expanding to. This can lead to a lot less confusion as you will not have to run everything by a translator to make sure that what you are saying is correct and not accidentally offensive. There are many differences between the cultures of the world and these should be respected, especially when it comes to doing business. While learning a second language may not seem that appealing, being multilingual is fairly common among people in other countries around the world.


When expanding into a new market, it’s important to have a strong business plan for going forward says Maarten de Jeu. While this business plan may change with the market or as you discover new things about it, it’s important to have something strong going into it while remaining willing to make changes if they are needed. Global expansion is an intricate process and it’s important to be prepared.

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