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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida
Issue 09
Volume 4
September 2013



the giant Microsoft swallowed Finnish national pride, Nokia with its $5 billion deal and everyone seems to be wondering if it is an end of an era in Finland? But not so fast, there is at least the rising Jolla-phone and multitude of knowledge within the industry. They future will show how the knowledge power will be capitalized. 


In Florida, business optimism is in a rise as we look into the future. Perhaps there will be even more opportunities in this ever changing business environment, between these two regions.


Please make sure you register to the FREE health care event in September, and yes there is wine tasting after the event that makes it even more worth while to register!


We would like to take a moment to welcome our new members: Miko Puro Insurance services and Fred Hirschovits at Twenty Twenty Worldwire Hospitality.


Last but not least, we are happy to provide a new TRUSTEE membership level to our members with new perks! Only limited number of Trustee membership levels available, act now to get yours with 4 free months!


At your service,


Lena Hartikainen

FACC-FL President


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News from Florida

South Florida home pricing jumps more than 13 percent in July
South Florida home prices in July increased by more than 13 percent in each of the region's three counties. Read more here. 

With more than 2,270 miles of tidal shoreline, more than 11,000 miles of waterways, and year-round weather ideal for outdoor activities, Florida is world-renowned for its recreational fishing. What is less known is the economic impact of all the differing types of fishing activity in our state. Last year, Florida led the nation in total angler expenditures, with almost $5 billion dollars spent, supporting more than 80,200 jobs. Read the article here. 


Floridians' confidence in economy stays same in August

Florida's consumer confidence level was unchanged in August, matching July's revised reading of 77, according to a University of Florida survey.  July's level was the first time confidence had declined after four months of increases. Read the article here.


Snapshot: Spaceships in Florida 

NASA retired the shuttles and with it manned space flight from Florida, but over the next year, other space milestones are on the Canaveral schedule. Read the schedule here.  


Snapshot: Ships and Ports in Florida

Despite some well-publicized cruise mishaps, the industry continues to grow in Florida -- with one exception: the casino cruise and day-cruise segment. Read more here.



News from Finland


Pasi Sahlberg Named Visiting Professor of Practice to the Harvad Graduate School of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education has named Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg, former director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO) in Finland, a visiting professor of practice beginning January 2014. Read more here.
Take it from a tycoon: The hub is here
Ambassador Bruce Oreck wanted to come to Finland because of his passion for sustainable development. He did find the innovation center for clean tech, but in the four years, he has lived in Finland, he has discovered an even bigger development. Watch his video here.  
App helps public monitor storms 
Finnish researchers are developing a smartphone application, which the public can use to monitor and report on storm activity. Read more here. 
VTT develops quick test for drinking water 
The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a test to determine - quickly and easily - whether drinking water contains harmful phenols. Read the article here. 
Kone rises up Forbes innovation ranking 
For the third year running, Finnish elevator and escalator company Kone has been ranked among the top 100 most innovative companies in the world by the US-based business magazine Forbes. Read more here.
Finnish kids TV series watched over 30 million in China and Asia 
Finnish Dibitassut, the children's TV series based on animation characters created by children, has gained over 30 million viewers in China and elsewhere in Asia. Read more here. 
Finnish consortium makes CO2 advance
A consortium led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a new technology that captures the carbon dioxide emissions of power plants more economically and ecologically. Read more here.
Microsoft in $5 Billion Deal for Nokia Devices and Services 
Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT ), on the heels of announcing the planned retirement of Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, has agreed to buy most of Nokia Corp.'s ( NOK ) devices and services business and bring aboard several executives who could be contenders for Mr. Ballmer's job. Read more here.

New Members


Twenty/Twenty Worldwide Hospitality (TTWWH LLC.) is an International Hospitality Consulting and Management organization positioned to provide a vast array of hospitality management and consulting services. The company was founded by Fred Hirschovits in January of 1996. Fred has an extensive background as a leader in hospitality and related industries. More about TTWWH LLC on their Web site here.

With 15 years of experience Miko offers customized solutions in the fields of health and life insurance, medicare supplements and long-term care. As an independent broker, he can shop the market and help in selecting the most cost-effective policy with the richest benefits all the while remaining objective. As the historic Health Care Reform Marketplace opens up October 1st  2013, there is no better time to get educated about your options for healthcare in 2014. Whether uninsured, uninsurable, insured in an individual plan or stuck in an expensive group insurance, there will be affordable plans available. Call now to schedule a no-cost consultation (561 667 8718). Proudly serving the FACC community. 

ObamaCare Seminar
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 Are you ready for the monumental changes taking place in American Healthcare in 2014?


                             September 26th                        


Total Wine & More

805 N Congress Ave., Boynton Beach 

RSVP by Monday 23th September
or 561-582-2335)


You can also register at our Facebook page here!

Event is FREE


Our informative seminar will answer the following questions among others: 


- How will Obamacare affect me and my Taxes? 
- What is the individual mandate? 
- What are Health Exchanges? 
Meeting conducted by an experienced Insurance Professional Miko Puro will end with 
a Q & A session and a complimentary wine tasting entitled "Vive la France"   


 Get educated about your choices for 2014 Health Insurance!



FACC Upcoming events



Mark your calendar :

  • October, 17th                    Networking Event, stay tuned, details to follow
  • November, 14th                 Lecture with a Business theme, Technology/Life Science                                              
  • December, 13th                 Christmas party at Restaurant Benvenuto in Boynton Beach
              • Honorable Speaker: Jarmo Viinanen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations
  • January, 16th                      Lecture about Taxation & Investments                                                                               
  • February, 8th                      Welcome to Florida / Tervetuloa Floridaan                                                              
  • March, 13th                        Lecture with a Education theme                                                                                      
  • April, 7-8th                         Palm Beach Strategic Forum
  • May                                   ABICC Inauguration of the year

Partner Trade Events


 Health Care Reform - Win, Lose or Draw? 
Understanding the Game

5 September 2013


 SACC-USA and SACC Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach are
pleased to host an informative websession on how the Health
Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act will affect
individuals and businesses of all sizes.

 Register here



2013 Export Readiness Seminar

 August 28 & September 4,11, 2013

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development in conjunction with Broward College presents the 2013 Export Readiness Seminar. This three-part seminar will educate the business community on export related topics such as exporting fundamentals, international policies, regulations and agreements, resources available to companies and more. Read more here.

 NAFTZ's 41st Annual Conference and Exposition

September 11, 2013
Miami, Florida

NAFTZ's Annual Conference and Exposition is the single largest event of the year dedicated solely to Foreign-Trade Zones. With four full days of educational sessions, exhibitions, and networking events, the Annual conference is the most important event of the year for Foreign-Trade Zone professionals.  More here.

SACC - Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach are launching into the future!!! 
 September 16, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Come join us at the Riverside Hotel for an exciting evening filled with drinks, good food, entertainment and great people from the local business community! This is the ONE event you do not want to miss! Hurry, hurry and RSVP as space is limited!!!
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 The Water Expo

September 17-18, 2013
Miami Beach, Florida

The Water Expo is the only event in the United States providing access to the ever-growing, non-stoppable water related markets for all the Americas. With its unique marketing mix (USA + Latin America & the Caribbean), the Water Expo works as the one-stop, all-inclusive, interactive conference and marketplace on this extremely important resource, combining a major trade show with front edge extensive educational and networking programs serving the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Read more here.


 International Trade Certificate Program

September 24, 2013
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

If you own a successful business and want to explore potential international markets or are an exporter looking to enhance your knowledge, then the International Trade Certificate Program is right for you! Not only will you learn and discuss advanced topics in international trade, but also this program will help prepare you for the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional Exam. More here.




  FOCUS 2014 - January 23, 30 & 31

Jan 23, 2014 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
FOCUS is a 3 day program for executives and other key individuals from the private, public and nonprofit sectors who want to deepen their knowledge of Palm Beach County and establish civic relationships.

 Program Objectives:

  • Broaden working knowledge of the community
  • Connect with people of influence in Palm Beach County
  • Explore Palm Beach County's strengths, challenges and  initiative

The FOCUS 2014 program fee is $400 and payable upon registration. 

Space is limited and applications are accepted based on the date received. More information here.



Introducing a new TRUSTEE Membership Level
 now and get 4 free months!

As a Trustee Member of FACC's your Company or Business will gain extra visibility!
  • Company logo featured on Chamber's new website, newsletter and all of the Chambers event materials on a banner 
  • Special recognition at events 
  • Opportunities to introduce keynote speakers at events
  • Preferred seating at events (when seating assignments are used)
  • Introduction on FACC's Facebook page
Price $1000 / Calendar year 2014
If you join NOW you get 4 extra months!!

Act now, we have a limited time and availability offer for our current members to be a Trustee Member.
 Get yours NOW
More information and applications mail:faccflorida@gmail.com


The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce's Newsletter is a great opportunity to get your brand noticed and build a network of contacts for your business!

Member: $250/year and $50/month

Non-member: $500/year or $75/month

Please contact the FACC (faccflorida@gmail.com) for more information about advertising opportunities.


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