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



 One of our main goals has been to create strong network and powerful connections to our members. Now we are offering, for those of you who are local in Palm Beach county, an added membership benefit. With only additional $50.00 to your regular membership due, you will get a membership with Lantana Chamber (read more below). This allows added visibility for local small businesses without breaking the bank.


We have grown stronger over the years.  Just this year, we have been happy to welcome at least four new business to our regions: Foreship, HappyOrNot, Metal Sports and Wyncode. We've also been joined by GMMI, Sedamic and Cancer Insurance, who have been serving the region for longer.


Did you know, that our newsletter also read by the FinnCham and ABiCC members? So, if you or your company have any news, are hiring or have an announcement, we would love to spread the word for you. 


We wish you all a very happy Holiday Season and prosperous New Year!


At your service,


Lena Hartikainen

FACC-FL President


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Welcome New Members

Ano Turtiainen, the owner and founder of Metal Sports Inc. Ano represented the Finnish national team in international powerlifting competitions for the first time in 1992. Ano has competed in international IPF and WPC/WPO powerlifting alliances. In addition to Finnish championships he also has five European championships and six world championships in IPF/WPC/WPO alliances. Ano has achieved several world and European records in powerlifting, of which one is still in effect, the WPO world record in deadlift, 405.5 kg in under 125kg class. He also won the highly regarded WPO money league first Heavy Weight class finals in 2002, which were organized at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic event in Ohio.

Ano owns the METAL trademark. He operates as an entrepreneur with the METAL SPORT group both in Finland and in the United States. The company designs, produces, markets and sells METAL SPORT leisure garments, powerlifting gear, powerlifting racks, fitness accessories and equipment. The METAL Gym chain of fitness centers and organizing international sports events is also part of the METAL SPORT group.

Ano and his wife Minna recently organized a very successful Powerlifting World Championship competitions in West Palm Beach, FL. 



Foreship logo Foreship, LLC is the U.S. subsidiary of Foreship Ltd., a naval architect and marine engineering company based in Finland. Foreship specializes in ship design and engineering, the group employing more than 60 professionals like naval architects, marine and structural engineers, interior and HVAC designers, and electrical engineers.

Our customers include the world's largest cruise lines, as well as passenger and cargo ship owners, offshore operators, leading shipyards and maritime suppliers. We are the leading cruise ship new building consultant and conversion specialist, and have participated in most of the recent large new buildings and challenging conversion projects.

Foreship, LLC is located in the Brickell Avenue Miami, Florida, and currently employs three people.


Members are hiring!

Wyncode is an accelerated learning program based at the LAB Miami in Wynwood. We teach Ruby on Rails and JavaScript in a condensed 9 week bootcamp format. Their first two cohorts have been very successful, with over 90% of our graduates placed in local tech start ups. They're growing their full and part-time teaching team and are looking for experts in Ruby on Rails (particularly someone who is bilingual). If you are you interested in joining their team check out more on their website 


You've got mail! 
Your Membership Renewal will arrive soon 


You should soon receive a reminder to renew your membership, with some new optional features for 2015. 


Joint Membership

One is a joint membership with Lantana Chamber . With only additional $50.00/year you can now have a dual membership for FACC and Lantana Chamber for 2015. Cant beat that!


Trustee Member

An other opportunity is to upgrade your Corporate or Business membership to a Trustee Level. 

Trustees members assume the role of a top tier participant and contributor to the Chamber's operation. They also receive the highest visibility on every chamber event.


There are only limited Trustee Membership available for each calendar year so act now and send your check for $1,000 to make your statement!


Looking forward of working for your benefit another year! 


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News from Florida


Florida's unemployment rate falls to 6 percent

Florida's unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in October, a new six-year-low, as the stated added a healthy 34,400 jobs over the month. Over the past year, the state has added 206,800 jobs, a 2.7 percent increase. The bulk of new jobs, as always, came in the private sector but government also was up by 2,400 jobs from September. Full story here. 


Club seats, suites and special events keeping the SunLife stadium going

Despite the Miami Dolphins' half-decade playoff drought, Sun Life Stadium's three biggest revenue streams - premium seating, non-NFL events and sponsorships - all grew in the last fiscal year.

That's according to Fitch Ratings, which on Thursday made public financial information that pro sports franchises usually keep private. Full story here. 


Florida reacts to President Obama's immigration action

The president's move to protect the parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents struck deeply in South Florida, where more illegal immigrants have moved to in the past five years than nearly any other region of the country. Read more here. 


Miami is the marketing headquarters for Latin America 

In the rapidly changing world of social media marketing, simply collecting "likes" on a company Facebook page is so yesterday. Today social marketing is about combining social science, technology and media in creative ways to create messaging on multiple platforms that resonates with consumers so deeply they are moved to share. Now it is more H2H marketing, from Human to Human (should we say back to basics) . Read more here what this innovative firm in Miami is doing to reach its clientele here. 


U.S. economy grew at 3.9 percent in third quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, even faster than first reported, giving the country its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade. Full story here.

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News from Finland


Nokia is back!

Finland's Nokia has announced a return to consumer electronics with the launch of an Android-powered tablet. The N1 runs on Google's Android Lollipop operating software but features Nokia's Z Launcher intelligent home screen interface.The launcher lets users write on the screen to find apps faster. The user interface also changes the apps shown on the front page depending on usage. Full story here.


Put your data on Up Cloud storage  

Finnish cloud hosting company Up Cloud says it has launched the world's fastest cloud hosting storage backend at just 20 cents a gigabyte per month. High performance MaxIOPS storage backend was launched this week at the Slush tech conference in Helsinki, and UpCloud also announced the opening of its Chicago data centre.

- With MaxIOPS technology we're able to deliver up to 400,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second)to a single virtual machine. That's comparable to the performance of eight enterprise-grade SSDs (solid state drives), Up Cloud founder and CTO Joel Pihlajamaa said in a statement. Full story here.


Extreme travel: view the Northern Lights from an Igloo

A new collection of glass-roofed igloos allows travellers to Finnish Lapland to see the Northern Lights in warmth and comfort. The 15 igloos, which open next month, are located next to the Arctic Snow Hotel, about 25 kilometers from Rovaniemi. Each one measures 20 square meter and features thermal glass roofs, heated floors, adjustable twin beds, a bathroom with shower and an optional aurora alarm. You can even have your breakfast served in the igloo. More here.

Measuring well-being
Measuring personal well-being is a global phenomenon and the Finnish well-being companies appearing at Slush have decided to inspire a change in the habits of their users. Cuckoo Workout, which, according to its founders, is like Zumba meets Candy Crush Saga at the office,and Nordic Diet Apps, which instructs users on how to eat according to the Nordic Plate Diet, are bringing Finnish well-being thinking to the world. Full story here.

Time to bring the Moomins to the U.S. audience?

The animated film Moomins on the Riviera, created in honor of Tove Jansson's centennial celebrations, has already attracted 157,376 viewers in Finland. The film has been sold to nearly 40 countries.

Moomins on the Riviera will premiere in Australia and New Zealand in September 2015. Victory will distribute the film in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. In addition, Vertigo reported this month that it would be distributing the movie to cinemas in the UK and Ireland. Full story here. 



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. 


World LEADERS Conference


March 4-5, 2015

West Palm Beach , Florida


Designed to provide participants with a uniquely personal experience in an intimate setting, the World LEADERS Conference brings together top executives in business and ministry with prominent leadership experts from around the world. The two-day conference provides opportunities for interacting and networking with other business and church leaders, and focuses on the critical issues and trends that are shaping business and the church today.


 The Conference will feature noted speakers Ben Carson, Drew Brees, Ken Blanchard, Bill Hybels, Suzy Welch, Henry Cloud, Erwin McManus, Nido Qubein, Jon Gordon, Bonnie St. John, James Blanchard, H. Wayne Huizenga Jr., Matthew Kelly, Mark A. Floyd, Jim Loehr, Mark Sanborn, Claire Shipman, and Paul Leone. More 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