March 2011Vol 2, Issue 3
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FACC-FL Newsletter


we are happy to welcome our newest members to FACC

1. Corporate Member - Security First Financial Inc. 
    Esa Jokela
2. Business Member - Fletcher Accounting
    Cynthia Fletcher

and three (3) Individual members.
Read more about these corporations on this Newsletter.

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Economic News from Florida  

Enterprise Florida has a new leader

Gov. RIck Scott named a Mississippi economic development executive Gray Swoop to lead the public-private partnership, Enterprise Florida. Swoop is hoped to bring new energy and expertise to Florida's economic development activities and leading the job creating and economic development mission in Florida. Not a small task for one man.
We wish him plenty of success.

Palm Beach County wins three corporate relocation's and two expansions

The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Inc. (BDB) announced today that five companies have decided to relocate or expand their operations adding 127 new high paying jobs for local residents.
The new relocation and expansion projects are as follows:
Blue Bell Creameries
Native Outfitters
RSB/Mass Mutual
3Cinteractie, Inc.
Clarity Diagnostics Inc.

Read more about these companies here.

The International Economic Forum of the Americas in Palm Beach

The 1st annual Palm Beach Strategic Forum will be held April 4th, 2011 at the Palm Beach Convention Center. The Forum aims at promoting an exchange of views and perspectives on pressing economic issues of our times among world leaders, renowned experts and business executives.
The International Economic Forum of the Americas works in close collaboration with international organizations such as OECD, IMF, World Bank, UNESCO, development banks as well as leading companies, universities, and national/local authorities.

Learn more about the program and how to register here.
Monthly Networking/Bowling Event - March 3rd

Don't forget our monthly bowling/networking event on every first Thursday of a month.bowling

Place: Palm Beach Strike Zone
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Price: 2 hours bowling, shoes, pizza and soda

You don't need to be a pro to join us, just bring a good attitude and you are guaranteed to have fun!
"Tervetuloa Floridaan"- Welcome to Florida  
Welcome to Florida
Stop by and get your Welcome to Florida, "Tervetuloa Floridaan" brochure while it last.

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.

It also makes a great welcome gift to your client and by adding your own logo to the back you can personalize this gift and make your clients feel welcome!

The brochure cost is $5.00/members and $6.00/future members.
Bulk pricing starting from $3.00 available for orders more than 10 pieces.

Inquire by sending an email to or visit us at 523 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL
9th Annual Bi-National Chamers´ Tennis Championship


and its 43 bi-national chambers of commerce invite you to participate in the  

9th Annual Bi-National Chambers' Tennis Championship



Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Registration 8:30am. Tournament starts at 9:00am



CATEGORIES: Advanced & Intermediate


Matches will be played in a round-robin format

Ladies and Men can play in the same team


at the

The Crandon Tennis Center

(where the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open takes place)

At 7300 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne FL 33149



Cost: $30 per player  

(min. 2 player per Chamber in order to participate) 


The event is followed by a cocktail and awards ceremony at 5:30PM


Payable by check to:


260 Crandon Blvd,

Suite 32 PMB 136,

Key Biscayne, FL 33149



IMPORTANT: Deadline for registration and payment: March 31st, 2011

To register: send us your name, chamber or country that you would like to play for, email, telephone number, and payment by check.


 FACC-FL is a member of ABiCC and all its events are available for our members 

For further information, please contact ABiCC at or call 305-365-7247



Introducing New Members

Corporate Member
Security First Financial - Esa Jokela

Esa is the founder and president of Security First Financial, Inc., located in Palm Beach
Gardens, Florida. Security First Financial is a full service Financial Planning firm whose
mission is to find and implement responsible money solutions for our client's current and
future financial needs and goals.

Guided by formal training in Financial Planning and years of experience, Esa's main
objective is helping his clients grow and protect their retirement assets. Esa assists
individuals, families and businesses in designing financial planning solutions with the
goal of protecting present assets from the unforeseen and building wealth for the future.

With more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, Esa is a
Certified Financial Planner™ Practitioner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant
(ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®). Esa is a Registered Representative and
an Investment Advisor Representative with Madison Avenue Securities, where he also
serves as an active advisory board member.

Aside from his business, Esa is an avid sportsman and has played soccer competitively
since early childhood. Esa has played on five Florida State Cup Championship winning
teams and two US National Championship conquering teams. He has also contributed to
the sport by coaching recreational and travel youth soccer teams. He is pleased and proud
that several of those youth players have reached Division 1 college level competition and
one player has been selected to a national team.

Esa has 2 children. His son Alex graduated from Duke University with a degree in
engineering and daughter Hanna is attending Florida State University majoring in
Political Science and Finance.

Esa can be reached at (561) 630-7473, or by email at

Business Member  

Fletcher Accounting - Cynthia Fletcher 


What is Fletcher Accounting?
Fletcher Accounting is  a small company based in Lake Worth that offers a full range of services, including accounting and tax preparation services.   We serve both small businesses and individuals. Our offices were originally in Palm Beach when we opened in 1992.  We moved to downtown Lake Worth in 2002, where we enjoy being close to a number of our clients and friends.
Please visit our website at to see more of what we do.
Tell about yourself?
You can't be in this business and not like people.  The best part of my job is the friends I come to know in being in this profession.   This organization represents an important part of local business, and I look forward to being a part of it.
What do you hope to get from your membership?
We are proud to be apart of the Finnish Chamber of commerce and hopes to be a big help in providing our services.  We hope to meet other business and people who need our services through the chamber.
What's best about Florida?
This area is populated with people from all over this great nation, as well as almost every country in the world.
This, I think, is what I like best about Florida. Just walking downtown we see shops and restaurants and theaters that reflect this cultural diversity.  Who would not want to live in this paradise?



Angry Birds continue to hit new markets  

Ravio Mobile's  invention The "Angry Birds" video game has become a huge hit. They have had over 12 million downloads since December 2009. Now toymakers are hitting into this success and you can get stuffed, softball, medicine ball and you name it with the Angry Bird's face on it.
But no success is a pure luck but a carefully engineered gameplay. Rovio currently employs 40 people but expects to expand to 100 by the end of this year.



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Let us know how we can make your business more successful!


Lena Hartikainen
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce