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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida
Issue 08
Volume 4
August 2013




greetings from our first joint event with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce! We had such an interesting and diverse group of people that we will definitely do more of these in the future. The floor was full of discussions about future business opportunities and happy faces.

Welcome Swedes to the community, lets keep the friendly competition going!

For those of you who missed this you can read about it in the blog below and make sure you come to our next event in September where the focus is in health care.


At your service,


Lena Hartikainen

FACC-FL President


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News from Florida

Economy in U.S. Expands More Than Forecast on Inventories 
The economy in the U.S. grew more than projected in the second quarter, showing it is overcoming the cuts in government spending and higher taxes. Read the article here.
VC funding soars in Florida, powered by Open English's results
Venture capital funding in Florida soared in the second quarter of 2013, thanks to large investments in two Miami-based companies. Read more here.

Florida tries to tap huge growth in Chinese tourism
Chinese travelers are discovering Florida, and tourism officials are eager to widen this flow of big spenders to boost the state's economy. Read the article here.
Florida remains a cruise powerhouse
More than 6 million passengers embarked on cruises from Florida ports in 2012, a tiny uptick from the previous year that allowed the state to hold on to its 60 percent share of the U.S. market. Read more here.


Florida Expected To Soon Be Third-Most-Populous State

Demographers expect Florida's population to continue growing steadily over the next eight years. A population-estimating committee says the state is on track to soon be the country's third-most populous.Read more here.


Florida to receive $7 million to train workers for new jobs

Florida will receive more than $7 million in re-employment funds to train the unemployed for new jobs, the federal labor department in a recent press release. Read the article here.

Public-private projects could boost economy and add jobs

A ramp-up of public-private partnerships - nicknamed P3s - is expected to boost the economy and generate construction jobs. P3s can save taxpayers money and inconvenience on complex projects such as the I-595 expansion in Broward County, which is expected to cost less and be finished more quickly under private financing. Read the article here.


Economist's forecast for Florida: clearing skies

Florida's economy is getting a boost from recovering national housing and financial markets, which are allowing more people to move to the state and also sparking new housing, according to a forecast from a University of Central Florida economist. Read the article here.


News from Finland


Transatlantic travel gets easier with joint business of Finnair, BA, American Airlines and Iberia
Finland is now only a one-stop journey away to many more North American cities, which is great news for Finnish firms doing business in the US, Canada or Mexico, and for leisure travelers as well. Read more here.
Towards growth in health sector research and innovation through a joint action plan 
The health sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. Finland has solid competence in this sector, which could be exploited more efficiently to boost growth and competitiveness. Ministries and health sector actors are preparing a joint growth strategy and action plan. Read the article here
Finnish company introduces first face recognition payment system in the world 
Finnish company Uniqul has developed the world's first payment system which recognizes customers' faces. Read more here. 
Finland tops the list of bottle-recycling countries 
Finns are active collectors of beverage containers. More than 90 per cent of all recyclable bottles and cans are either recycled for reuse or reclaimed for their raw material. Around 6.6 million plastic bottles alone are returned each week. Without recycling, they would form a mountain of waste. Read the article here. 


The Secret to Finland's Success With Schools, Moms, Kids-and Everything 

The Finnish welfare system and economic model gets thumbs up from the American magazine The Atlantic.The magazine notes that Finland has "inarguably one of the world's most generous -- and successful -- welfare states" in the world. Read the article here.


Finland is the sixth most innovative country on the globe

Finland is the sixth most innovative country in the world according to the Global Innovation Index 2013, USA in 5th place. Read more here.   

FACC & SACC combined their efforts

Finnish American Chamber organized their first joint networking event together with The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach. 

This event was great opportunity to reach out a larger Scandinavian population in south Florida and get new business contacts. See more pictures from the event 

ObamaCare Seminar
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 Are you ready for the monumental changes taking place in American Healthcare in 2014?


                             September 26th                        


Total Wine & More

805 N Congress Ave., Boynton Beach 

RSVP by Monday 23th September (faccflorida@gmail.com or 561-582-2335)

You can also register at our Facebook page here!

Event is FREE


Our informative seminar will answer the following questions among others:    

- How will Obamacare affect me and my Taxes? 
- What is the individual mandate? 
- What are Health Exchanges? 
Meeting conducted by an experienced Insurance Professional Miko Puro will end with a Q & A session and a complimentary wine tasting entitled "Vive la France"   


 Get educated about your choices for 2014 Health Insurance!



FACC Upcoming events

Board of Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida gathered together for the annual Brainstorming meeting where events for the next twelve months were planned. The board has worked very hard in providing its member base relevant events networking opportunities and bringing in interesting speakers. 


The members are encourage to join us in organizing, sponsoring and executing these events to maximize your exposure to the business community.


Mark your calendar with the preliminary plan:

  • October                             Networking Event
  • November                           Lecture with a Business theme, Technology/Life Science                                              
  • December, 13th                   Christmas party at Restaurant Benvenuto in Boynton Beach
              • Honorable Speaker: Jarmo Viinanen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations
  • January                             Lecture about Taxation & Investments                                                                               
  • February                            Welcome to Florida / Tervetuloa Floridaan                                                              
  • March                                Lecture with a Education theme                                                                                      
  • April                                  Palm Beach Strategic Forum
  • May                                  ABICC Inauguration of the year

Partner Trade Events


 Export University 101: Introduction to Exporting

August 7, 2013 
Jacksonville, Florida


Export University is a training program developed by the Florida District Export Council in cooperation with the Florida Trade Alliance Partners to help companies begin an export initiative and to gain skills and innovation in their international sales. Delivered by the U.S. Commercial Service, Export 101 is designed for new-to-export firms that would like expert advice on the export basics. Attendees will receive a certificate following completion of this course.  This course is ideal for marketing and sales management and staff, export operations personnel, purchasing, logistics, and anyone with a responsibility for export functions.    



September 11, 2013

Miami, Florida

Please mark your calendar to for NAFTZ's 41st Annual Conference and Exposition. NAFTZ's Annual Conference and Exposition is the single largest event of the year dedicated solely to Foreign-Trade Zones. With four full days of educational sessions, exhibitions, and networking events, the Annual conference is the most important event of the year for Foreign-Trade Zone professionals. Invited speakers include Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board; Mayor Tom�s Regalado of Miami; and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who will address a range of issues important to the FTZ community. Expert panel discussions will cover such topics as the proposed In-Bond Process regulations, the Trusted Trader program, changing trade patterns and eCommerce for grantees and users/operators, CBP compliance, and many other topics. We are excited to bring our conference to Miami to help members of the FTZ community save money, support U.S. jobs, and stimulate local economic development.




September 17-18, 2013
Miami Beach, Florida

The Water Expo is the only event in the United States providing access to the ever-growing, non-stoppable water related markets for all the Americas. With its unique marketing mix (USA + Latin America & the Caribbean), the Water Expo works as the one-stop, all-inclusive, interactive conference and marketplace on this extremely important resource, combining a major trade show with front edge extensive educational and networking programs serving the residential, commercial and industrial markets


September 24, 2013
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


If you own a successful business and want to explore potential international markets or are an exporter looking to enhance your knowledge, then the International Trade Certificate Program is right for you! Not only will you learn and discuss advanced topics in international trade, but also this program will help prepare you for the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional Exam.


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Lena Hartikainen
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce