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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

  September 2011
Issue 9 Volume 2 


as people are slowly coming back from their summer advetures we'd like to remind that FACC-FL has planned exciting events for our members and friends for the new season. Take a look at all the programs that are coming up and get involved, that is the best way to get exposure to your business by being involved! Also many sponsorship opportunities available.


If you are a news freak, follow us at Twitter or "Like" us on our Facebook page, that's where news happen! 



At your service,



FACC-FL board


South Florida fuel average details: 

Miami: Regular unleaded remained at $3.70 a gallon, up from $2.70 a year ago.
Fort Lauderdale: A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline remained $3.68, up from $2.68 a year ago.
West Palm Beach/Boca Raton: Regular unleaded averaged $3.70 a gallon, unchanged from the previous week, but up from $2.73 a year ago.
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Florida remained at $3.57 on Monday, while the national average rose 4 cents to $3.61.


Membership info 


Become a member  


Current members 


Quick Links


Embassy of Finland 

News from Finland 

State of Florida 

News from Palm Beach News from Miami  

Enterprise Florida  



Economic news from Florida


I think it would be safe to say that Palm Beach is the official Golf Capital after Tiger Woods moves his ETW Corp. operations to Jupiter. The office that is located on at 501 N. A1A., just north of Indiantown Road was previously occupied by Greg Norman's business, and Nicklaus' and Player's offices are also just around the corner. Read more here.


Despite the recession, Florida still maintains it's AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's. According to S&P, the outlook of Florida improved because the new state budget pays attention to what the state spends and what it collects. Florida is one of the 13 states to maintain AAA rating. More here. 



The new Walmart store at Boyton Beach is hiring supervisors, managers, cashiers, floor associates and others. The store has opened a temporary hiring center with a plan to hire about 200 new employees to the Boyton Beach store. More here.  



Total compensation costs for private industry workers increased 1.4 percent in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla. metropolitan area for the year ended June 2011. One year ago, Miami experienced an annual gain of 0.7 percent in compensation costs. Locally, wages and salaries, the largest component of compensation costs, increased at a 1.2-percent pace for the 12-month period ended June 2011. Nationwide, total compensation costs rose 2.3 percent and wages and salaries, 1.7 percent over the same period. Read more here. 

Mia stats 



News from Finland


Finland's cash collateral deal with Greece is off and euro-zone talks are focused on finding alternative collateral that would be suitable to all euro-zone countries, the Finnish finance minister's special advisor, Matti Hirvola, said Friday.  

"There seems to be a lot of resistance against the Finnish-Greek cash collateral deal, so now we have to try and find a collateral solution suitable for all euro countries," Hirvola told Dow Jones Newswires. "Collateral is of course a precondition for Finland in order to be involved in the Greece bailout."   Read more here. 



Marko Kumala, professor at the Academy of Finland, made a statement on Wednesday according to which equipment designed by Finnish researchers has for the first time made it possible to measure the smallest atmospheric particles immediately after they have formed.

According to Kulmala, this is a major step forwards for atmospheric research.

The new equipment has been tested at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for the Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets (CLOUD) project. (Source STT) 



If you are tired of Angry Bird, no worries, there will be more games coming from Finland to your iOS gadgets. A new gaming start-up has recently appeared on the Finnish start-up scene. Tuokio is based in Tampere and their core business are mobile games for everyday gatherings.  Founded in spring 2010, they released three games so far and are developing another game at the moment. Their games so far include King of Opera, Raiding Company and Blond vs Brunette Racing.




Take a look at FACC-FL revitalized image   

The FACC-FL recently launched an upgraded website.  Take a moment to familiarize yourself with this new site. The address remains the same www.facc-fl.com. 


We've included a couple of new features to serve our members better.

Some of the new features include;

  • Existing members can renew their membership online using PayPal
  • New members can pay the membership fee online. 
  • Online event registration and payment 
  • Newsletter, newsletter archive and links to social media all on one website

FACC-FL fall 2011 and spring 2012


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




"Welcome to Florida" seminar at Suomi-Talo for a all new commerce. Learn how to sign your kids to school, how to buy a car, how to open a bank account and so much more!!  

Sponsorship opportunities available for members!!!!!




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.


JANUARY, 19th 

Finnish Presidential Elections

Real Estate/ Insurance seminar




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



MARCH, 11th 

Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska concert at Kravis




APRIL, 16-17th 

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



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.

If you are not a member yet, check out our new website for benefits and join our growing group!! 


Florida 2011 TechXpo 

The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast along with the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida and the Florida Institute of Technology cordially invites you to attend Florida 2011 TechXpo, October 10th. This event will provide an opportunity for technology companies to showcase cutting edge innovations, build and strengthen brand awareness, and connect with decision makers. If you are a second-stage, mid-sized and established technology company interested in establishing vendor or partner relationships or interested in information regarding state/federal agency programs or financing and intellectual property rights, this is the expo for you!



Click here for complete details 


For further information, please contact:


Cassie Hansen


Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, Inc.








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






"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, 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 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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Lena Hartikainen
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce

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