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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida
Issue 6
Volume 5
June 2014


 the new board met for a brainstorming and planning session last month and in this newsletter you see some of the results from the meeting. 

 We were please to have many of you answering our survey, where we were measuring what type of events you would want us to provide for you. We will be posting the results in blog form in the near future, so keep your eye on the FACC news blog.

 All Scandinavians celebrate the summer Solstice at the end of June, the festival of light. We are bringing the light to you with our Swedish and Norwegian friends and of the month at our networking event. Come and meet our new board members Steven and Marko, make new business connections and celebrate summer!

 Mark your calendar with all the exciting events for the coming season and get involved, that is the best way to benefit on your membership. 


At your service,


Lena Hartikainen

FACC-FL President


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FACC Upcoming events


  • June 18th, 6pm                  Scandinavian Midsummer Networking event
            • Come join us and members of Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce as well as the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce in a relaxed but professional networking event in Lake Worth at Bradley�s Beach Club. 
            • We wish to connect people from all three Nordic chambers and to create more fruitful business connections while enjoying a Midsummer themed evening. 
            • Bradley�s Beach Club (L.W. golf course), 1 7th Avenue North, 33460 Lake Worth
            • Price: $15 FACC, SACC or NACC members / $ 20 non-members including a drink and appetizers
            • Cash bar also available
            • Buy your ticket here!
  •  July                                    Bowling with a World Champion
            • Come for a fun night of bowling and meet  Kimmo Lehtonen, one of the best and most skilled bowlers from Finland.
            • Meet new people, network, bowl and learn the tricks of trade from a Champion!
            • Location TBA
  • September                           Business development event
            • A great event to learn about a topic that supports the growth of your business.
            • Together with a member or a partner (This could be your company!)
            • Theme and location TBA
  • October                                Valuable FACC event
            • Come and learn what FACC can do for you and your business. 
            • Learn what you can do in FACC and how you can participate and receive more out of your membership
            • A great possibility to meet old and new members and to network
            • Location TBA
  • November                            Business workshop
            • A co-hosted event by FACC and a member (This could be your company!)
            • Theme and location TBA
  • November                            The economy in Finland and EU
            • Speaker: Mr Eero Lehti, Member of the Finnish Parliament and Honorary Doctor of Economics
            • Location: M-Trading (FACC Trustee member), Lantana, FL  
  • December                             Winter gala
            • Come and celebrate the end of the year with the chamber, its members and others!
            • Location TBA 
  • January & February             Welcome to Designland

            • Designland is an exciting showcase of new and innovative Finnish design from a generation of young entrepreneurs.
            • Designland tours the US for a year and will be in downtown West Palm Beach for January and February. FACC will organize this  together with the Made in Designland team. 
            • FACC will organize multiple events in connection to Designland, e.g. a launch party and a wine / dine networking event. Stay tuned for more information.
  • February                                 VIP Polo Event
            • Come and enjoy a nice day with Polo and networking!
            • Location: International Polo Club Palm Beach 
  • March                                      Nordic Summit
            • A great networking opportunity together with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce.
            • More information to be released soon, stay tuned.
  • March                                      Open doors event
            • Come and get to know one of the FACC members even better! 
            • A great speaker and a great location
            • More information soon, stay tuned
  • April 13-14                             World Strategic Forum
  • The World Strategic Forum is presented by the International
  •  Economic Forum of the Americas to address the major governance challenges of the new world economic order, focusing on the central role of the Americas in the global economy.
  • Phenomenal world class speakers and global leaders gather at these events to discuss the future. 
  • A perfect possibility to learn & participate and to network!
  • Location Biltmore Hotel, Miami
  • Curious? Read more on the event website or on the FACC blog about the previous event from April 2014.

Do you want your business to receive more awareness?
Do you want to invite FACC members and others to get to know your business and organize or co-host an event? 
Do not hesitate to contact through email or call +1 561-582-2335

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News from Florida

Florida private sector job creation picks up in April 
Florida added 22,250 private sector jobs in April, a 33 percent jump from a month earlier, according to a report released Wednesday by national payroll processing company ADP. Read more here.

European companies find a home in Florida
While many European-based companies have come before them, this recent activity highlights South Florida as an ideal location from which to launch into new markets due to the networks of air and sea ports, proximity to Latin America, access to education and a ready workforce, and quality of life. Read more here.

West Palm Beach Area and South Florida ranks in top 10 for Small Business
The West Palm Beach area and all of South Florida in general has been ranked as one of the Top 10 small business locations in the nation according to a new survey by the credit company Read more here.

The rise of commuter rails in Florida
Florida's population is growing much faster than that of the nation, largely due to the migration of residents from other states, and is expected to continue growing steadily for the next 25 years. Read more here.

Has Florida found the secret to saving the economy?
Florida built up its theme parks in the recession, showing that investment is key. Read more here.

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News from Finland
Finnish companies look to the US markets for a boost
Fifteen Finnish SMEs have been selected to participate in the Global Access Program (GAP) of the University of California (UCLA), aimed at determining the market potential of companies in the United States. Read more here. 

Finnish researchers found a new anticancer compound
A team of Finnish research scientists has discovered a previously unknown Cent-1 molecule that kills cancer cells. Read more here.

Finns ready for more sustainable lifestyle changes
Awareness has increased rapidly compared to earlier surveys. The positive attitude of Finns towards solar energy, electric and biogas cars and energy savings bears testimony to their responsibility, sensibility and care for the environment - and, of course, to their sense of economics. Read more here.

Finland's education system still the best in Europe
Pearson's case study The cream of the crop examines how Finland trains its teachers. Read more here.

Swimwear designed for women post mastectomy
Finnish fashion designers have created a new range of swimwear for women who have had a mastectomy and chosen to have just one breast rather than opt for reconstructive surgery. Read more here or check the webpage of Monokini 2.0.


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