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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida
Issue 11
Volume 6
November 2014



 the winter is officially here, even that for us in South Florida it might only mean a slight change in wind and humidity. In October we had a wonderful breakfast meeting, where some of our members shared their thoughts on why be part of a FACC. We learned about how extensive our network is, both locally and internationally and what is new in our region. A big thank you for all the speakers and participants.


We are also currently seeking candidates to serve for 2015-2016 term at our board. Volunteering your time at the board gives you a real inside view to the opportunities and possibilities that the chamber offers for you and your company. As a board member you have more power to influence in which direction you want to steer our chamber.

You may reach us at or by calling 561 582 2335.

I would be happy to discuss the roles with you in more detail.  Hope to hear from you!


Also keep on eye on your mail, as the year is coming to and end and your membership is due for 2015. We hope you will continue being part of this exciting group of entrepreneurially minded people!



At your service,


Lena Hartikainen

FACC-FL President


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Serving the Pulp and Paper Industry 
Sedamic provides management and technical consulting for pulp and paper industry worldwide. Technical consulting includes troubleshooting, product & quality improvements, process surveys, control tunings and measurement calibrations mostly for pulp and paper industry. 
Sedamic is a private corporation which was established 1992 in Finland. In January 2014, Sedamic was re-established in Florida and it continues performing in the same business areas as during it's first 22 years. 

Members making headlines

As part of Vice President Biden's "Ready to Work Initiative," the White House invited the founders of coding boot camps, innovative lending platforms and employers to a brainstorming session focused on increasing access for all Americans to accelerated IT learning programs like our member company, Wyncode, and identifying pathways for graduates of these programs to tech jobs.
Most states require code schools be licensed and operating for a period of multiple years before student financial aid and/or grant money applies. Wyncode Academy became the first coding bootcamp licensed by the Florida Department of Education's Commission for Independent Education. It is an important step toward increasing access to this type of education for all students who have the grit to become tomorrow's leading developers. 
Read more what Johanna Mikkola, Co-Founder of Wyncode writes about her experience  at the White House here.


is organizing a Powerlifting World Championship games in West Palm beach November 10-16, 2014! Contact Ano Turtiainen, 5 time world record holder or his wife Minna for more information OR +1 (561) 404-3738 or find our more about the event here.

Do you have interesting news to share? Let us know and we will spread the word! or call us at 561-582-2335

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Join the board!
An opportunity to make a difference 

FACC is currently accepting applications for board member positions for 2015. 

If you have leadership skills and want to have an  influence not only on your business, but to the local business community. Preferably candidates have experience in conducting meetings. 
We are looking for "go getters" who not only have ideas but are also willing to make things happen.

We have a fun, supportive and professional board and would love to have you join us!

Please email your motivation letter to

Also, please consider joining one of the following committees:
- membership recruitment
- finance
- marketing/PR
- event (chair needed!)

We need leaders like you!!


News from Florida


Florida scientists may have found Alzheimer's breakthrough

A discovery by a group of Florida researchers is giving Alzheimer's patients hope after a common blood pressure medication shows the possibility of targeting a new drug treatment for the disease. Full story here.


SeaLand to open headquarters in Miramar, FL

SeaLand will locate its corporate headquarters in Miramar. The shipping company will create 65 jobs and a capital investment of $350,000 in the South Florida community. Maersk Line, the world's leading ocean transportation company and a unit of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, announced the formation of a regional, containerized shipping company - SeaLand - dedicated to the intra-Americas market. Read more here.

Boating is back. High expectation for the Forth Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, set for Oct.30 to Nov.3, is poised for its best year since the recession. The show will have pleasure vessels ranging from paddle boats to 250-foot motor yachts. More than 1,000 boats will be on display in the water at various locations and hundreds more on land.

Read more here.


Miami is betting big that expansion of Panama Canal will bring in megaships

Some 1,160 miles from Panama City by air, a parallel construction project is underway at PortMiami, which is betting big that it will be a first port of call for post-Panamax ships once the expansion is complete. Port Everglades and Jacksonville also want deep water to handle big ships. Read more here.


Florida consumer confidence dips for first time since May

Consumer confidence among Floridians fell slightly this month, the first drop since May, according to a poll released Tuesday by University of Florida researchers. The one-point drop brought the index to 82, a measure reflecting a restrained level of optimism. More here.


Florida taxes fifth best in nation, Tax Foundation study finds

Florida's tax climate is the fifth best in the county, according to a report from the Tax Foundation. The foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index analyzes each state's code in five categories. See full report at Tax Foundation.


Growing opportunities in medical tourism 

Already a capital of global tourism, Florida has an opportunity to bring even more tourists and more revenue to the state by investing in medical tourism, according to an independent analysis by Florida TaxWatch. Read more here.


Women in Film & Television expanding with 4 new branches

Women in Film & Television-Florida is launching four new branches in Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Miami/Fort Lauderdale and Tampa/St. Petersburg by the end of this year/beginning of 2015.

The new branches will work under the guidance of the Orlando-based organization, which is part of the 10,000-member Women in Film & Television International. For more information on the organization, go to

With 8,000 baby boomers expected to retire daily for the next several years in the U.S., Southwest Florida stands to benefit from a massive influx of home buyers, the chief economist of the National Association of Realtors believes.With 8,000 baby boomers expected to retire daily for the next several years in the U.S., Southwest Florida stands to benefit from a massive influx of home buyers, the chief economist of the National Association of Realtors believes.Read more here:

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News from Finland


Finnish Ismo Leikola is the funniest person in the world

Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola has been awarded as the winner of the Funniest Person in the World competition, tells the Associated Press. The final was held last Friday in Las Vegas.

The competition was streamed over the Internet and people could vote their favourite candidate. When the votes were counted on Monday, Leikola had altogether 158,945 votes. In second place was Saad Haroon of Pakistan with 59,213 votes. Full story here.

Finnish startup wants to get into your bed

Finnish sleep monitor maker Beddit is on a mission: to put a Beddit monitor to every bed. With $8 million of funding raised to date and a major distribution deal in the US, it is off to a strong start. 

Beddit first rose to the headlines when its 2013 Indiegogo campaign became one the most successful Finnish crowdfunding stories ever. The company hit its $80,000 target in just six days, eventually reaching $500,000 and received pre-orders from 106 countries. In January 2014, the first Beddit sleep monitors arrived to the market. Full story here.


Biochemical industry growing strong in Finland, creating industrial enzymes 

Finland offers a stable political and economic environment to make long-term investments. For this kind of industry we have the major advantages of a well-developed infrastructure, such as with electric supply, harbors and the road network. Finland is also well-connected to the world economy.

Finland offers a good talent pool of people. The education system for the biochemical industry and Finland's long history with biochemistry has helped us develop networks that can be easily utilised. Also, cooperation with authorities in Finland is very pragmatic, says Pekka Kekki, CEO Roal. Full article here.


Finnish smart Meta Watch praised around the world

Meta Watch's new smart watch, the Meta M1, developed in Finland especially for the US markets, has arrived in Europe. The Meta M1's traditional wristwatch look has gained an enthusiastic response in the international media from, for example, Forbes, The Next Web and The Verge. Read more here.

Service industry turnover grows by 2.8%

Turnover in service industries grew by 2.8 per cent in the second quarter from the corresponding time period of the year before, according to Statistics Finland. One year previously, turnover grew by 0.8 per cent in the same period.  During the review period, turnover in service industries grew fastest in the main industry of information and communication, where growth compared to the previous year amounted to 8.4 per cent. Full article

FACC Upcoming events


  • February                                 VIP Polo Event
            • Come and enjoy a nice day with Polo and networking!
            • Location: International Polo Club Palm Beach 
  • March                                      Open doors event
            • Come and get to know one of the FACC members even better! 
            • A great speaker and a great location (This could be your company!)
            • More information soon, stay tuned
  • April 13-14                             World Strategic Forum
  • The World Strategic Forum is presented by the International
    Economic Forum of the Americas to address the major governance challenges of the new world economic order, focusing on the central role of the Americas in the global economy.
  • Phenomenal world class speakers and global leaders gather at these events to discuss the future. 
  • Location Biltmore Hotel, Miami
  • Curious? Read more on the event website or on the FACC blog about the previous event from April 2014.

Do you want your business to receive more awareness?
Do you want to invite FACC members and others to get to know your business and organize or co-host an event? 
Do not hesitate to contact through email or call +1 561-582-2335

Other  events 

Buyers & Sellers Global Convention


December 9-10, 2014

Miramar, Florida


Whether you are an experienced exporter/importer, a business owner, manufacturer, or franchisor who's new to foreign markets, you're likely to benefit from participating in the Buyers and Sellers Convention. Participants have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with country representatives, business leaders, potential customers, chambers of commerce, acquire sales leads, gain an understanding on there marketplace and make industry contacts from several countries. This event is presented by the Global Trade Chamber.


2014 Florida Automated Vehicle Summit


December 15-16, 2014

Orlando, Florida


This is the 2nd Annual Florida Automated Vehicles Summit that the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) has organized to help advance the framework for implementation of automated vehicles on Florida's roads. Learn about efforts led by Florida DOT, other state agencies, Florida universities, and the private sector regarding plans to take advantage of automated vehicle technologies to save lives and enhance mobility on our roadways. Experience autonomous and connected vehicle technologies for yourself to get a better understanding of these emerging technologies and weigh-in on the challenges and opportunities these technologies pose for Florida's economy, transportation infrastructure, and citizens. Presented by Florida Automated Vehicles.


MiaGreen Expo & Conference


February 11-12, 2015

Miami, Florida


MiaGreen Expo & Conference (7th edition) is the only trade show and conference in the USA with a focus on sustainability, that targets domestic and international major markets at the same time, like East USA, Florida, PLUS Latin America & the Caribbean (40 countries under one roof!). The event showcases cutting-edge technologies, services, know-how & education serving the green building, solar, cleantech & energy saving industries. Contact Jose A. Garcia at or 305-412-0000 for more information. 



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