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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida Newsletter
Issue 6 Volume 3
June 2012 



the month of May has been very exciting for business in Florida. 


CEO magazine voted us the second-best state for business and secondly, Palm Beach strengthened its relationship with Finland by forming a collaborative agreement with HYRIA college.

We will continue working on increasing the collaboration between these two regions.


Over the summer the board will be planning events for the next season. We welcome all members to join us for this planning event on June 7th at 5pm, 523 Lake Ave. We'd love to hear from you what type of services you are would want us to provide.


Have a great summer!



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News from Florida

CEOs voted Florida to be second-best state for business 
CEOs nationwide have voted Florida the second-best state for business, according to an annual survey bChief Executive magazine.  Florida received five stars, the greatest amount, for living environment and four stars for workforce quality, taxation and regulations. Read more here. 


Florida's business-friendly climate attracted 69 foreign direct investment projects in 2011-the 5th highest in North America!
The fDI Report contains high value data, analysis and strategic insight for individuals involved in crossborder investment. The report can be downloaded here. 

Palm Beach strengthening its ties to Finland
Hyria &PBSC
Officials from Palm Beach State College and Hyria Education, located in Hyvinkaa, Finland, signed a memorandum of
understanding April 24, pledging continued cooperation in working toward a multifaceted educational partnership.  Last year, FACC had the pleasure to introduce these two colleges to each other and now the two institutions are exploring specific programs to benefit students and faculty from both institutions, including transfer options, study abroad components, internships, respective business community partnerships and a faculty exchange program.In the picture after signing the memorandum are Dr. Ari Orelma, vice president of Hyria Education, left, and Dr. Dennis Gallon, Palm Beach State president, center.  

Miami Beach condo sets record sale amount
The sale of a three-story penthouse has set a new Miami-Dade County condo sale record. The penthouse condo at the Continuum at 100 S. Pointe Drive in Miami Beach fetched $25 million for its ocean and city views, five bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms. Read more here. 


Has free-falling Palm Beach County real estate finally hit bottom?
Palm Beach County's tax base fell by less than a half a percent in 2011, a sign that the free-falling real estate market may have finally hit rock bottom. "I think we have turned the corner," Property Appraiser Gary Nikolits said. "After going down for so long, there is nowhere to go but up." Read more here.

News from Finland


Lumene first to introduce stem cell technology to skin care  

Lumene has, together with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, developed stem cell technology based on the Finnish cloudberry. The cloudberry stem cell extract is used in Lumene's skincare products to be launched in May. Read more here.


If you want the American Dream, go to Finland
America may once have been the Land of Opportunity, but Finland is now the place to be, becaue of the equality. According to British politician Ed Miliband: "If you are born poor in a more equal society like Finland, Norway or Denmark, then you have a better chance of moving into a good job than if you are born poor in the United States". Read the article on the Independent and find out what makes Finland so great. 


Wallpaper blocks Wi-Fi

An affordable wallpaper which blocks Wi-Fi signals could be brought to market next year by Finnish materials company Ahlstrom. In an office building, for example, it could help keep other businesses from hopping on to your network. Read more here. 


Finnish golf technology qualifies for European Tour

The European Tour has begun co-operation with golf technology specialists Viherio Technologies, based in Oulu, Finland. Viherio's products were first utilized during the tour at the BMW Championship tournament on May. Read more here.


Aalto University is throwing a week full of startup festivities in early June in Finland

Aalto University's Entrepreneurship Society is throwing a Founders' Week: workshops and encounters with the aim to bolster the entrepreneurial spirit and startup culture in Finland's growing ecosystem. The events run from June 4th to June 8th. Four high profile guests make it all the more interesting. Read more here. 

Membership news



Renewing members


Fletcher Accounting and Tax Services

The team of professionals at Fletcher Accounting offers a full

range of tax planning and preparation, accounting, and consulting services, designed to serve both small businesses as well as individuals, in the Palm Beach County area. Their philosophy is to assist all of their clients with taxes and accounting needs in a timely and efficient manner, and at a reasonable cost.





Polatsek, Counsellors at Law

Polatsek, Cousellors at Law firm has specialized in immigration and nationality matters since its founding in 1984. The firm currently represents a broad range of clients with interests in all facets of immigration and naturalization law. The firm's 9 attorneys have many years of experience in their fields of expertise and engage exclusively in immigration and nationality law practices.




Floorball exhibition games


 Two FREE floorball events coming to Palm Beach on June. 

Palm Beach Skate Zone, Lake Worth
June 16th, 6pm

City Place, West Palm Beach 

June 19th-21st, 7pm


Everyone is welcome to try the game after the exhibition!

Learn more about the game here.

For sponsorship opportunities contact: 

Harri Kivilaakso


Finland:+ 358 50 078 7030

Florida: 561-212-6845 

Expatriate Finns as a resource for Finland


In connection with the Finnish Expatriate Parliament Session 2012, Suomi-Seura is organizing a seminar

Networks Abroad
Expatriate Finns as a Resource for Finland
h Oct 2012, 2 - 4 p.m.
WTC Helsinki, Marski hall, Aleksanterinkatu 17

As part of the seminar Finland Society is conducting a survey on whether expatriate Finns are able in their own community to aid Finnish companies in their work in foreign markets. They are very gratefully accepting all thoughts on this topic, also from those who are not able to participate in the actual meeting. All information and experiences are very helpful in this important work. Your answers will naturally be treated confidentially. The questions are in Finnish but you are more than welcome to answer in English! 


Event website: 

Please email info@usp.fi for questions and feedback. 


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