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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida
Issue 11
Volume 4
November 2013


We are excited to have our NEW website up and running and serving our members in so many ways. You can now register to events, pay online, read about the events afterward (if you missed it), and and much more. Please visit and see yourself!


As you may have noticed we have created a new Trustee membership level. With that we are offering a unique opportunity for selective companies to take a stronger role in our chamber,  as an advisor or an `idea bank`to the board. In return the Trustee members will receive higher visibility at our events, special invitations and recognition. The Trustee membership level application is open only till the end of this year, so please hurry up and fill in the application here if you are interested.


At your service,


Lena Hartikainen

FACC-FL President


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News from Florida

Florida's focus is on economic development
According to Florida's Secretary of Commerce and President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, the state has been taking more active role in pursuing economic development in latest years. Focus on seeking business growth has escalated especially after Mr. Swoope taking over the state organization at 2011. Mr. Swoope names the common ingredient to successful cities being partnership between business leaders and elected officials. In last two years Enterprise Florida's strategy has focused on marketing opportunity, facilitating their growth, and working on competitive projects. He states that Florida has much momentum and that from a stock market point of view, Florida is a strong buy. To read the whole article, click here.
Port Miami Invests $2 billion to attract new super ships
The Panama Canal is getting a $5 billion expansion in order to get big super ships through its locks. There is plenty of ports in the U.S. east cost running after the business, with the Port Miami investing $2 billion on aiming to attract the new super ships. See a video on four giant ships arriving from Sanghai here.
Florida is a housing market to watch in forthcoming year 2014
Home prices have risen in west this year, but Florida's housing market will get back into the national eye next year, states the Home Buying Institute. Housing inventory is dropping in some of the biggest cities in Florida, such as Naples, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Daytona Beach, while housing demand is rising across the state. Read more about the topic here.


Global trade lead Florida out of recession

According to the study conducted by the Florida Chamber Foundation in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation, global trade had a key role in getting the state's economy out of the recession. Within two years from 2010, Flordia created almost 23,000 new jobs in trade and logistics, while the value of exported goods increased with nearly $11 billion. In case Florida succeeds at accelerating the global trade opportunities, it could create 150,000 new jobs in the branch during following five years. To read more about the new, please click here.


The attendance at Universal Orlando is lifted by New Transformers

The Universal Orlando succeeded in lifting attendance and guest spending with a new Transformers-theme thrill ride. This lead NBCUniversal's overall theme-park business to the strongest quarterly performance in its existence, lifting operating cash flow with 8.6% during the third quarter when compared with a year ago. The parent company of the NBCUniversal, cable giant Comcast Corp., stated that it has been the biggest quarterly operating cash flow in all times produced by the parks division, that also includes Universal Studios Hollywood in California and overseas resorts in Singapore and Japan. To read the full article, click here.


Boeing finalizes agreement for Kennedy Space Center Facility

Boeing has finalized an agreement with Space Florida to use a processing facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to build the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft, an important step toward restoring the United States' ability to launch humans into space. Frank Dibello, president and CEO at Space Florida states that the resources and expertise on the Space Coast are vital to their plans and this agreement makes their partnership with the state of Florida solid. To read more about the topic, click here.


News from Finland


Finland's winter wonders gets attention from the Washington Times
The Washington times article describes Finland as a county, that best crystalizes winter season, explaining Finland's most popular winter sports and activities, as well as Finns passion and habits related to magnificent winter time. The article explains Finland's most loved and exotic winter activities, such as cross-country-, telemark-, downhill-, and reindeer skiing, snow golf, ice fishing, ice-breaker cruising, and ice water swimming. To read more about Nordic lights and other winter wonders in Finland, please read the article here.
Supercell gets sold with $1,53 billion, the new company stays in Finland
The new company that shall be founded to Finland, is going to buy the majority share of Supercell. The new owners are the World's third-largest teleoperator, Japanese Softbank and Japanese gaming company Gungho that is also owned by Softbank. The CEO of Supercell, Ilkka Paananen, states that important reasons for the sale were the similarity in company philosophies and the help received by the buyers to develop the business further. To read more about topic, click here.
Finland is the key player in health and wellness innovations in Europe
Finland has world-class organizations in the health and wellness industry, internationally high standards in medical research, and high level of investment in research and development, which has led to many achievements, such as extensive exports in health technology. Despite the recession, Finland's health technology manufacturing and exports have grown on average over 8% annual rate. In year 2012 the health technology exports stormed up with 23%. Finland has succeeded well in international assessments of the quality of life and happiness, because of such factors as well running society and a high level of education. In addition, the impressive quantity, quality, and timeliness of health data entered and collected via routine healthcare in Finland has provided the country with unique information resources and the best biobanks in Europe. To read more about the topic, click here
The basic skills of Finns are among the World's best
A survey conducted by the OECD shows that Finns have excellent literacy and numeracy skills. The average literature score of Finns showed to be 288, being considerably higher than the average of OECD countries in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2012 survey. Finland scored in both literacy and numeracy skills second, right after Japan. Two thirds of adult population of Finns are excellent or good readers. Finland was also among the top countries of problem solving in technology-rich environments. To read more about the topic, please click here.
Finnish Energy Ambassador Petri Ikonen states that energy efficiency is what Finland is best at
The Energy Ambassador Petri Ikonen is employed by the Vaasa Region Development and Energy Vaasa, having the job to recount the people all over the World the Finnish energy expertise and exports. According to Ikonen, energy efficiency is the core of Finnish energy expertise, which is often considered as a matter of course by Finns since long winters and cold-climate has made residents of Finland used to efficiently working heating. Since natural resources become all the time more depleted, this type of expertise becomes highly important. To read the full article, click here.
Prospects for vaccine against diabetes boosted by Finnish breakthrough
A Finnish research team has identified a virus believed to cause type 1 diabetes. The researches have already tested a prototype vaccine successfully in mice. The researchers at Tampere University would be ready to test prototype of vaccine with humans but the clinical trial would cost around 700 million euros. The matter is of international interest, and professor Heikki Hy÷ty is optimistic of getting the funding needed. To read more about the topic, click here
Millenium Distinction Awards to stem cell researchers and Jolla
Technology Academy Finland (TAF) the Millenium Distinction Awards have been given to a Finnish stem cell researcher Riikka Lundand and the Helsinki based biotechnology company Glykos for their research work in the field. In addition, the award has been given to the mobile phone company Jolla and Matti Rossi, a professor from Aalto University for the work they have done in open source field. The purpose of the Millennium Distinction Awards is to give recognition to outstanding Finnish achievements in the same field as the most recent Millennium Technology Grand Prize winners. To read more about the topic, click here.

Annual Christmas Banquet
with Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen

We are happy to offer you the amazing opportunity to come to listen to our recognized key note speaker and to enjoy the world class opera by our performers. Register now, the seats are very limited.

The keynote speaker is the recognized Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations. Ambassador Viinanen is going to give us an insight on Finland in the changing World. 
The musical performance in the event is provided by the World class opera singers Raimo Sirkiń and Cynthia Makris.
Date: 13th December
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Place: Restaurant Benvenuto,
 1730 N Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Tickets: $50 Members $60 Future Members
Speaker: Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen
Performers: World class opera singers Raimo Sirkiń and Cynthia Makris
Ticket Price also includes: 
  • 3 course menu
  • Welcoming drink
  • Door prices
To buy tickets and read more about the event, 
click here.


Please welcome our New Intern

Our New intern, Mari Manelius, comes originally from Simo, a small town in Northern Finland. At the moment Mari is conducting a Master's Degree in international business at Oulu University, with minors in marketing and business laws. Earlier Mari has finalized a BBA-degree in English in international business and marketing. She is currently living in Edsev÷ in Finland, which is a small Swedish-speaking town close by Kokkola.
Mari is going to update the FACC blog in our new website, you can follow it up in our web site or by clicking here.


SFBJ Business Growth Expo


Why Does My Business Need Social Media

Social media is a powerful marketing communication tool for your small businesses. But without a clear direction, distinctive tone and engaging personality, it is easy to get lost in all the noise.
Brand design agency, Sixty░North, wants to share their insight about defining your brand essence to help you use social media for what it was meant for - being social. They will be talking about developing a solid brand strategy, supported by an intriguing visual identity, and then taking your brand message to your choice of social media. They have a philosophy - don't market or advertise until you can answer clearly who you are, what you do, and why you matter.

Date: 14th November
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Place: Lake Worth Golf Course,
1 7th Ave N, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Tickets: FREE of charge
Speakers: Terhi and Steven Ignatius from Sixty░North

To register in the event and to read more about it, click here.

Introducing a new TRUSTEE Membership Level
 Apply now and get 2 free months!



As a Trustee member, you contribute more time, money and other resources in support of the Chamber's activities. Trustees members understand more than ever that the presence of their organization makes it appropriate for them to assume the role of a top tier participant and contributor to the Chamber's operation.

The Trustee members are deeply invested in supporting the economic development between Finland and Florida. When you join the Trustee Level of membership, you are telling the world that you are a part of the solution to cultivating the business climate between these two regions.



- Recognition as a Trustee on the website, in the Membership Directory, in our marketing material and during the Chamber's events

- opportunity to introduce key note speakers and present your company

- company introduction on Chamber's Facebook page

-  Unique, Trustee-only special events invitation

- additional copies of Welcome to Florida (Tervetuloa Floridaan) brochures

- all other benefits of active chamber


ONLY $1,000 / Calendar year 2014
If you join NOW you get 2 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 or visit our new website

FACC Upcoming events

  • January, 16th                      Lecture about Taxation & Investments                                          
  • February, TBA                     Nordic Summit with SACC and NACC. Stay tuned, more to follow.                                        
  • March, 13th                        Lecture with an Education theme                                                                               
  • April, 7-8th                         Palm Beach Strategic Forum 
            • More information about the event, registration  and the keynote speakers here.
  • May                                   ABICC Inauguration of the year  
            • Fantastic opportunity to our members to present your goods or services to an international audience in Miami.

Partner Trade Events  



 Democracy in the Americas Symposium


November 14-15, 2013

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Come and learn the skills necessary to build sustaining democracies in the Americas. Live the experience from internationally recognized experts at the second annual Inter-American Symposium for business, community and educational leaders. See solutions to civic responsibility, social innovation, capitalism & entrepreneurship, impact on technology, security and education. Register here.



MiaGreen Expo & Conference


February 27-28, 2014

Miami Beach, Florida


The MiaGreen Expo & Conference is the only event in the United States providing access to the ever-growing, non-stoppable green, renewable and sustainable markets for all the Americas. MiaGreen 2014 combines a major trade show with front edge extensive educational and networking programs serving the Green Building, Solar, Clean Tech and Energy Saving industries. It is geared to providing a strong connection with East USA, Florida, Latin America and Caribbean markets. Register 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.




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