Christmas is just around the corner and 2016 is almost wrapped up, and we've had a lot of fun this year. Thank you members for being a part of our business, you are all important to us. I   look forward to seeing  you again next year.  Our first event of the year 2017 is our (annual) Wine & Dive Mingle and Networking event, on January 12th. Don't miss out on that one, let's kick-start 2017 together! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Yours in service,
Esa Jokela
FACC President

Member news

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What's new

FACC Christmas Party and the first FACC Lifetime Business Achievement Award 
We had the honour to give the first Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Business Achievement Award to our member Osmo Sikanen from K.K Car 
CO.,Inc. and Ambassador Rent a Car, Inc.  in recognition and sincere appreciation of a lifetime of ethical and successful business leadership in the Finnish-American community.
Read more and s ee all the pictures from the event  here.

Membership renewal
It is time to renew your membership for the 2017 season, if you haven't done so yet.  E-mail us at info@facc-fl.com for more information.

Internship opportunity
Are you, or do you know someone who would be interested in an internship at the FACC? The position is a shared internship: 50% Finnish American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) and 50% Honorary Consulate of Finland. The internship will start in May 2017, for more information Click here
 or contact us at info@facc-fl.com 

News from Finland
Altogether,  the index  evaluated 180 countries across their natural capital, resource intensity, intellectual capital, social cohesion and governance.

UK daily tells everyone to go to Finland
The Independent has included Finland in its list of places to visit for 2017 due to its "legendary wilderness" and the chance to see the Northern Lights. 

Best funding rounds for 2016
It's been a big year for fundraising here up north. Wondering who's attracted the most coin? This week we take a peek at the companies in question.

 News from Florida

Taking a holiday road trip? Get ready to pay more in Florida
There will be no break in the cost of gas this holiday
season. The cost of gas per gallon went up 10 cents in Florida in the last week - from $2.22 to $2.32, according to AAA. Nationwide, the price per gallon went up 3 cents, from $2.21 to $2.24. Read More 

Even if business is slow, the holidays can be a good time to reset your career path
For many people, December is the most critical month of the year. It's a chance to reach projections, finish out the year strong, assess shortfalls at work and home, and make concrete plans for the year ahead. Despite holiday distractions, those who stay focused and motivated should find the payoff significant.  Read More

Six tips for growing middle-market businesses in 2017
With 2017 fast approaching and a new "sheriff" coming to town who has brought optimism for a better economy, it is beneficial for business owners to evaluate key factors that may affect their businesses and take the necessary steps to position themselves for maximum success. So, what steps can be taken to prepare for growth in 2017?  Read More

Upcoming FACC Events
We hope you find this newsletter useful and we would love to get feedback and suggestions on how to make it better. We also have many volunteer opportunities within the chamber so let us know how you want to be involved.

Esa Jokela
FACC, Florida Chapter