January 2011Vol 2, Issue 1
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FACC-FL Newsletter


we are excited about the New Year 2011, and all the opportunities it will bring. Even that the economic indicators are still not very uplifting we believe there are many business opportunities in the region.
According to 2010 Census Data, Florida's population increased by +17.6% putting Florida on the 10th place on population density by state with its 18,801,310 people. This tells that Florida keeps attracting more and  more people. At least the Canadians are finding us, as Air Canada launched a non stop service from Montreal to the Palm Beach International airport.
Our goal is be your number one recourse when it comes to finding business partner, recruiting, looking for internship opportunities, establishing business in S.Florida or other business related needs.
If you have ideas on how we can better serve you, please do not hesitate to give us a call 561 460 2735 or send an e-mail info@facc-fl.com
The best of 2011!
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Investors Event at the Phillips Point Club by the Breakers, February 10, 2011
Attracting investors to Palm Beach, February 20, 2011

Phillips Point

If you are considering starting your own business in Florida, FACC-FL can connect you to the right people who can help you with accounting, law, patents, visas, permits, certificates and so forth.

At the seminar you will learn about the EB-5 investors visa and other work visas, driving industries, business and investment opportunities. If you are interested in moving your operations to Florida or perhaps looking for partners in the respective fields, this is for you.

Keynote speakers:

Al Zucaro, Immigration Attorney, WTC Chairman

Harry Polatsek, Immigration Attorney

Gary Hines, Senior Vice President, Administration, Palm Beach Business Development Board

Ritva Jolkkonen, Consulate General of Finland, Ambassador in New York

The event will be held at the private Phillips Point Club by the Breakers, with spectacular views over downtown West Palm Beach and Palm Beach.

The event starts at 8:30am (coffee is served) and ends with lunch around noon.

Registration fees:

$55/members and $65/non-members include coffee with pastries and buffet style lunch.


Registration by calling 561 460 2735 or email to info@facc-fl.com


RSVP by February 3, 2011

More information about the event at www.facc-fl.com


Special Rates at West Palm Beach Hyatt Place

Hotel Hyatt Place, downtown West Palm Beach is offering special ratesfor our seminar attendees. The hotel is located two blocks from Phillips Point Club and is within walking distance to all downtown activities.


Rate Plan: Philips Pointe Business Rate

Rate:      $145.00 per night for a    deluxe king or queen room

Includes:  Wi-Fi, Breakfast, Valet Parking    and Local Shuttle Service


Hyatt Place

Reservations can be booked by referencing Phillips Pointe or CR44979.  Reservations can be made via phone at 1-888-HYATT HP or local at 561-655-1454 option '3' or online here.

Volunteer of the Year 2010

Volunteer of the Year 2010FACC board chose anonymously Timo Vainionpaa with USAsuomeksi.com to be the volunteer of the Year 2010.

The Award was presented to Timo at the Omphoy Resort during our December Networking evening.

No non-profit organization survives without volunteers and Timo has been a real rolemodel with his humble service attitude, always being willing to help and giving ideas and suggestion on how we can improve our services.
FACC taking care of our neighbors 
Donation to Judith Johnson Family Medical Fund from FACC-FL

Playhouse donationFACC arranged Tenorissimo concert during the sister city visit from Lappeenranta Finland on November 12th, 2010 at Lake Worth(LW) Playhouse. Prior the event, the ticket office manager from LW Playhouse was involved in a serious car accident and needed medical treatment and her insurance did not cover all the expenses. Many people and businesses decided to donate to her medical fund. FACC board was touched by this tragic incident and the board decided to donate a portion of each ticket sold including complimentary tickets to Judith Johnson Family Medical fund. FACC President Lena Hartikainen and Treasurer Peter Makila delivered the check to LW Playhouse General Manager Stephanie Smith. Our donation was received with appreciation. We like to be part of the community and participate in the needs of good causes like this one.

Welcome to Florida, "Tervetuloa Floridaan"
brochure published

FACC-FL has published a Welcome to Florida, "Tervetuloa Floridaan" brochure in Finnish. The brochure offers practical advice for new comers in many areas, such as how to start credit history, open a bank account, get drivers license, about traffic, schools, health care and much more.

The brochure cost is $5.00/members and $6.00/future members.
Inquire by sending an email to info@facc-fl.com

Renew your Finnish Passport in Lake Worth

This is made possible with the Mobile Passport Unit provided by the Finnish Embassy and it is ONLY available during these dates. If you are not able to renew your passport during these dates, you can find instruction how to renew it at Finnish Embassy website.

To all of our members and future members, very happy and successful year 2011!


Lena Hartikainen
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce

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