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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida
Issue 07
Volume 4
July 2013



happy 4th of July to all of our supporters!


We have some exciting new events coming up this summer and fall. We have reached out to our Swedish colleagues and are organizing a first of hopefully many joint events in Palm Beach. 


FACC already works together with ABiCC (Association of Bi-National CC) based in Miami, to ensure our members get maximum exposure and plenty of opportunities to network.


We have some opportunities for your company to be a sponsor/organizer of an event. Please contact the board for more info. 


Also would you consider serving in either our financial, membership, event planning committees? It can be a very rewarding experience providing high exposure to your company and having fun with bunch of great people!


At your service,


Lena Hartikainen

FACC-FL President


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News from Florida

Germany-based DHL recently invested more than $20 million to add facilities at Miami International Airport, a key hub for air freight to and from the fast-growing Latin American region. Read the article here.

UF's Innovation Hub nurturing tech gurus
Three University of Florida engineering grads are writing code for a new mobile app called Beacon that can scan mobile phone users' surroundings and provide them with digital information - everything from a weather report to coupons and a list of daily specials. Read the article here.
Mega yacht sales turning the corner 

Sales of mega yachts are turning the corner in the improving economy, according to some South Florida-based yacht sellers and builders. Read the article here.

Garda to further expand in Boca Raton 
Cash logistics firm Garda World has created 500 or five times the jobs it promised in the state in 2010, with 150 of those in Boca Raton. Read more here.


Hollywood, Florida: A global tourist destination?
"Come to Hollywood!" will be broadcast across the world, on at least 13 in-flight airlines from Air India to Malaysian Airlines, on in-hotel programming at Sandals, and televised in homes from Korea to Africa.

The goal is to get tourists to pick Hollywood to visit. Read the article here.

South Florida home prices increase again 
The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties rose 13 percent in April from a year ago. It's the 16th consecutive increase. Read more here
South Florida aiming to become a 'tech hub' 

South Florida's technology industry is at a turning point, poised for rapid growth.

To ensure the industry stays on course, the nonprofit South Florida Technology Alliance is launching a new campaign to raise the tech sector's profile inside - and outside - the region. Read the article here.



News from Finland


Job opportunities abound for data security experts
Data security offers a myriad of opportunities. A company does not need to be a giant to be an industry leader. Good technology and solid experts in the field are always in demand. The Finnish companies Codenomicon and Silverskin are leading the way. Read the article here.

Helsinki becomes the R&D center for the American ShopperTrak
The Chicago based ShopperTrak which is a global counter and analyzer of retail foot traffic, has bought Finnish start-up RapidBlue Solutions, a leading European provider of retail data and analytics. Read more here

Helsinki attracts foreign investments
The number of foreign direct investments made in Finland continued to grow in 2012 for the third consecutive year. The Helsinki region attracted the most investments, with an increase of 13 per cent in comparison with the previous year. Read more here.

Fully automated baggage handling possible - for the first time
Many airports have growing numbers of passengers and needs to expand or modernize their facilities to handle expanding bag flows. Finnish company Ahkera Smart Tech has solved the issue with Finnish robotics and software know-how - as first in the world. Read the article here.
PlayHaven opens European office in Helsinki
California-based PlayHaven, which helps mobile gaming companies retain, engage and make money out of their players, has started European operations in Helsinki. Read the article here.
Lift technology reaches new heights 
Finnish lift and escalator maker Kone says it has invented a new technology which means elevators can now travel to heights of one kilometer. Read more here.


First FACC and SACC 
joint venture event
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Networking event together with Swedish American Chamber of Commerce

August 1, 2013, 6PM                      
My Wine Dive Restaurant , 319 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, Florida

We are reaching out to a larger Scandinavian population in south Florida and having our very first joint venture networking event with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Fort Lauderdale.
Stay tuned. More information to come soon! 
Member Introduction

USA Suomeksi Web page offers the latest news in north America and Finland. From their site you will find the upcoming events and much more useful information. Read more here
Amerikan Uutiset is a Finnish newspaper since 1932 writing about actual topics in North America and Finland. Amerikan Uutiset has also their web page Read the latest news here.

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:

  • August, 1st                       Networking event, Joint venture event with SACC-SFL                                               
  • September                        Lecture about Obama Care         
  • October                            Networking Event
  • November                          Lecture with a Business theme, Technology/Life Science                                                       
  • December, 13th                  Christmas party
  • January                            Welcome to Florida, Tervetuloa Floridaan                                                                                
  • February                           Lecture about Finnish Education (CIMO)                                                              
  • March                               Lecture about Taxation/Immigration                                                                                      
  • April                                  Palm Beach Strategic Forum
  • May                                  ABICC Inauguration of the year

Partner Trade Events


 Korea Trade Mission

July 2, 2013

Miami, Florida

The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) invites companies to participate in the Korea Trade Mission. This mission is designed to provide value-added opportunities for local buyers and business leaders in various industries to explore cooperation with promising Korean companies during their visit to Miami. With the newly established Free Trade Agreement between the US and Korea, the Korea Trade Mission will be an exciting opportunity that will open new markets and fuel economic growth for both the US and Korea.



Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce is writing a Blog. Follow it here!

In June FACC attended the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce's Tech Forum: LinkedIn, Your Secret Weapon for Business -Learn how to harness the most powerful social media for business success!
Read more here.


The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce's Newsletter is a great opportunity to get your brand noticed and build a network of contacts for your business!

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Please contact the FACC (faccflorida@gmail.com) for more information about advertising opportunities.


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




Lena Hartikainen
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce