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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

  July 2011
Issue 7 Volume 2 

Greetings!


hot and humid summer greetings to all of our readers from always beautiful Florida!

FACC was happy to host 15 students and future business leaders from the new Aalto University, Finland. The

university has combined faculties of Economics, Art and Design, Engineering, Technology and Science. Read more about their visit in an article below.

 

Make sure you mark your calenders for the FinnFest 2011 Business Forum held in San Diego, CA in August.

 

 

 

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News from Palm Beach, FL 

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Students from the Aalto University visited   

FACC Florida

Stratos/Aalto Visit
Students from the Aalto University

FACC in Florida received fifteen student visitors from Aalto University, a Finnish University formed by combining various faculties into single organization 2010.

 

The visit on May 31st at Lake Worth May was hosted by the Honorary Consul Peter J. Makila and the President of the FACC-FL, Lena Hartikainen. The students received an information package regarding the  history of Finns in Lake Worth and South Florida area as well as important tips and information regarding working and studying in USA.  

 

Many also expressed interest towards the student exchange program operated by CIMO and promoted by FACC. 

 

Economic news from Florida


IN A NUTSHELL  

- Gas prices: down from the average price of $3.86 to $3.64

- Home Values: prices lowest since fall 2002(Standard &Poor's Index) 

- Economic Attitude: FL Consumer index fell from 68 in May to 66 in June. National index went from 61.7 in May to 58.5 in June  

- Tourism: Palm Beach County taxable sales up 6.2 percent from April 2010 to April 2011.

 

BUSINESS LEADERS IN PALM BEACH BRAINSTORMING A BETTER COUNTY 

More than 100 business, civic and government leaders discussed a plan to improve life in Palm Beach County and make the county more attractive to businesses and new residents. The results will be presented by the Economic Council at the Future of Florida Forum in Orlando later this year. Read more here. 

 

THE ROADMAP FOR FLORIDA's FUTURE 2010-2015

The Roadmap to Florida's Future is the official statewide strategic plan for economic development.

Developed through broad stakeholder outreach and partnership among the state's business and economic development leaders, the Roadmap provides a long-term vision for Florida's economy and is supported by six strategic priorities and 24 sets of policy and business development recommendations.

Learn more about the The 2010-2015 Roadmap to Florida's Future and Progress Report here. 

 

THE LARGEST SINGLE TYCO INTERNATIONAL FACILITY IN THE WORLD TO BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

The electronic security and fire protection company dedicated its new 171,500 square-foot facility in the city Monday morning.The company plans to create 100+ new jobs over the next few years.
700 current employees will move from its previous office building near the Boca Raton Town Center mall, to the new building at the corner of Yamato Road and Military Trail. Read more here. 

 

TWO CANADIAN COMPANIES MOVING TO FLORIDA

Toronto Sky Aviation Inc. (TSA), operating as Aircraft Armature Inc., and UCC Steelwork Connections Inc. Together, the two companies will add approximately 110 jobs to the Aerospace and Manufacturing industries in Florida. Read more here. 

   

 

CNNMoney HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATIVE FLORIDA PRODUCT FireIce

CNNMoney highlights FireIce, a breakthrough product made by Jupiter-based GelTech Solutions, in Small Business: Innovation Nation. Read more here. 

 

 

 

News From Finland

 

LAS VEGAS WATCH OUT FINLAND IS FLYING ANGRY!

Maybe its not casinos, but the Finnish game industry is flying strong with Angry Birds leading the way. In 2010 the industry's turnover topped the 100 million euro figure, according to the Finnish Games Industry 2010-2011 study. The study predicts that the games industry's aggregate turnover will grow to 165 million euros during 2011.  Neogames expects Finland's games industry to become in turnover terms the largest games industry in the Nordic area during 2011. More here. 

 

NEED A MOBILE EXPERT - CALL "800-FINLAND"

There is demand for Finnish expertise in the mobile industry in the US. Finnish companies operating in the games industry have already gained a strong foothold, although other companies in the sector also have lots to offer. The Finnish Mobile Association manages everything that the sector can offer. More here. 

 

FINNISH WIRELESS COMPANY OPENS US HEADQUARTERS IN AKRON, OHIO 

A Finnish start-up company which specialties in wireless technology for the healthcare industry is opening its US headquarters in Akron, Ohio.
The company expects to create about 30 jobs in Akron over the next two years. More here. 


VISIT BUSINESS FORUM at FINNFEST 2011 in SAN DIEGO

If you don't have an opportunity to visit Finland this summer, Finland is coming to San Diego in August! FinnFest 2011 presents the first-ever Business Forums aimed at providing a platform for engaging discussions and facilitating partnerships between Finnish and U.S. companies, researchers and industry experts. More here.

  

Academy of International Business-Southeast USA Conference



  October 26-28, 2011

Orlando, Florida

 

The conference offers participants the opportunity to present and develop work, publish research in an academic journal and/or conference proceedings, interact with and learn from leading scholars in the field, and listen to world-class keynoters. This year's keynoters include two renowned international business scholars: Dr. Mary Ann Van Glinow, who currently serves as the President of the Academy of International Business World and Dr. Summit Kundu, an expert in the field of Emerging Markets.

For further information, please contact:

Ilan Alon

Conference Chair and AIB-SE Vice Chair

Ialon@rollins.edu 

 


 

 

FACC-FL fall 2011 and spring 2012

preliminary program  

Mark your calendars for the following events. Members can reserve sponsorship opportunities during these events.

 

2011

NOVEMBER 10th 

"Welcome to Florida" seminar on the 10th.

Focusing on giving general advice to the new arrivals.

Sponsorship opportunities available for members

 

 

DECEMBER, 2nd 

Gala dinner where the focus is on Finland and the business opportunities Finland offers.

Volunteer of the year will be announced.

ABiCC members will be joining us.

2012

JANUARY, 19th 

Finnish Presidential Elections

Real Estate/ Insurance seminar

 

 

FEBRUARY, 16th 

Investors Seminar: focus on investment opportunities in FL, Employment visas, and international tax issues

 

 

MARCH, 11th 

Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska concert at Kravis

http://www.kravis.org/

 

 

APRIL, 16-17th 

FACC will participate at Palm Beach Strategic Forum. Currently working on securing high end keynote speakser(s) from Finland.

http://pbstrategicforum.com/ 

 

As a FACC member you have the opportunity to be part of organizing and sponsoring some of these events and get exposure to your business.

Email us at info@facc-fl.com for more information.

 

3rd ANNUAL ENERGY OPTIONS CONFERENCE

SW FL

 

October 5, 2011

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Charlotte Harbor Event Center

75 taylor Street

Punta Gorda, FL 33950

 

For more information or sponsorship opportunities,

please email FloridaEDO@charlottefl.com

or call 941-627-3023

 

"Tervetuloa Floridaan"- Welcome to Florida

Stop by and get your Welcome to Florida, "Tervetuloa Floridaan" brochure while it last.

Welcome to Florida


The brochure offers practical advice for new comers in many areas, such as how to start credit history, open a bank account, ge

t drivers license, about traffic, schools, health c

 are 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 info@facc-fl.com or visit us at 523 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL

 

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.

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and join the discussion.

 

Sincerely,

 


Lena Hartikainen
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce

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