The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce hosted a casual networking event on October 27th 2016, our Bowling After work. We would like to thank everyone who participated, the event was a blast! Our next event will be our annual Christmas Party on December 2nd, you are all very welcome to celebrate the Holidays with us. We will also have a special award ceremony during the night, where we honour one member with the first Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Business Achievement Award.

We also have the honour to announce that we have a new Trustee Member, SAS. Happy to be on board with you! SAS is also the main sponsor for our Christmas Party, sponsoring the grand raffle prize, a round trip ticket Miami-Helsinki. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, let's kick off the Holiday Season!

Yours in service,
Esa Jokela
FACC President

Introducing new members

SAS - Trustee Member                    
SAS is Scandinavia's leading airline  and has an  attractive offering to  customers with access to a far reaching network. Altogether, Star Alliance offers more to 119 destinations in Europe, the US and Asia. Membership in Star Alliance provides frequent  travelers.  In  2014/2015,a total of 28.1 million passengers traveled with SAS
than 18,500 daily departures to 1,330 destinations in 192 countries around the world. 

Kati Makinen KellerWilliams Realty Partners
When you work with me, you will receive a knowledgeable and professional real estate agent, a committed ally to negotiate on your behalf, the systems in place to streamline buying your home and the backing of a trusted company, Keller Williams Realty.  
What's new

Stay connected
Remember to stay connected and share your news and events with us, a key opportunity to promote your business to our network and establish a stronger footing in our vibrant network. Are you interested in hosting an event? Let us know and we will help you to promote your company as a valuable and preferred business partner.

Sponsor our events
Interested in sponsoring our upcoming events? Next opportunity is our annual Christmas Party. Interested? E-mail us at info@facc-fl.com

 News from Finland

Photographer Valeria Velpart

Slush countdown begins
One of the leading startup conferences in Europe, Slush, is about to bring platefuls of tech professionals into Helsinki this week. What's it about? 

Finnish and Chinese firms partner for pulp mill
News outlets suggest that the pulp mill project is worth 780 million euros. The Chinese company would become the majority owner of the plant, which is to be located in Kemij√§rvi, Lapland. The plant is set to start operating in 2020 with an annual pulp capacity of around 400 000 tonnes, most of which is likely to be sent to China. 

LIFE 2017
Lapland International Forum for Education.  LIFE 2017 is an exclusive opportunity to visit ordinary Finnish schools. See for yourself how teaching is organized, talk with the local teachers and students, and listen to the top Finnish pedagogical experts, such as Prof. Kirsti Lonka, to get inspired and have new ideas for your daily work as an educational professional. Read More

 News from Florida

$33 million in future State grant allocations have been committed to PortMiami - THE EXPANSION CONTINUES
On the heels of another record-breaking year for both cargo and cruise passengers, $33 million in State grants have been allocated to PortMiami over the next five years.   This is another important step that will help the Port better respond to the next generation of cruise and cargo business. Read More

Art Basel in America. 
Miami Beach, December 1 - 4, 2016
In our American show, 269 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant works from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars.   Read More

Despite Zika and hurricanes, Florida lures record number of tourists
Tourists continue to visit Florida in record numbers during a year that saw two hurricanes hit the state and federal officials warn away pregnant women from Miami due to the Zika virus. Florida Gov. Rick Scott will announce Monday that 85 million tourists visited the state during the first nine months of 2016. Read More

Upcoming FACC Events
Don't miss out on our Annual Christmas Party, December 2nd! 
Ticket includes Cocktail hour and three course dinner. Singing, entertainment and dancing through the night, as well as an amazing raffle with the grand prize sponsored by SAS, round trip ticket Miami-Helsinki. 

Besides all this, we're having an award ceremony, where the first Finnish American Chamber of Commerce  Lifetime Business Achievement Award winner will be announced.  

Upcoming partner events

December 10th, 2016

December 6th.

December 13th


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