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Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, Florida
Issue 9
Volume 7
September 2015
  

Greetings!


 

 it has been an exciting six years founding and developing the FACC, Florida chapter from an idea to what it is today. It has brought me great joy to see the chamber develop, serving not only the local businesses but also acting as a bridge between business opportunities in Florida and Finland. 

As a new chapter in my life is starting I am stepping down from my role as the president. However, I will stay in an advisory role as the immediate past president to support the board in this transition. I see this as a positive change. New and fresh ideas are always welcome and time to develop the chamber to its next level. The board has started the recruitment process and will announce soon their decision. Meanwhile FACC Vice President and the Honorary Consul, Peter Makila will act as the President.

 I would like to say a big thank you for everyone who has served in the board capacity over these years! Without you we couldn't do it. Your commitment and expertise is what keeps this chamber going. I would also like to thank all the 10 interns that we have had over the years. They have provided superior service for us by executing the plans and sharing their expertise.  At the same time I would like say a special thank you to my right hand and our VP Peter Makila, for being there from the beginning and offering your valuable time for FACC mission.


 

 As for me, I have moved to Finland after 17 years in America. As my day job, I will be coaching current and future leaders at DeepLead . I will also stay closely connected with the larger FACC community and support its mission from where I am. 

 While in Finland I participated in the recent TeamFinland discussion arrange by FinnCham. About 20 representatives from different interest groups were there discussing how the FinnCham network could develop common activities and also how the network can support TeamFinland's activities. I was also happy to hear that CIMO has made a commitment to support our intern program and expand it to other FACC who are interested. In conclusion of the meeting,  I think each participant wanted to see more collaboration between the parties in TeamFinland and/or its `outside` network. 


 

There certainly is work to do and Im confident that by working together we can active greater things than alone.

 

At your service,

 

Lena Hartikainen

Immediate Past President

President, 2009-2015

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Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County and all of South Florida will welcome international cities to recognize this region as one of the top business opportunity destinations in the world. The goal of FITCE is to expand Broward County as the premier importing and exporting trading capital, while helping to establish new businesses and nurture existing ones to continue growing. Meet one-on-one with international delegates, former presidents, government leaders, entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce leaders, business alliances and councils, seasoned importers/exporters, and representatives from Broward Country's three leading public economic engines: Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as Broward County's Cultural Division, Enterprise Florida, and The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. The event is followed by a Bi-National Chambers' Cocktail Reception. More info here.

 
October 15: Networking Event at Callaro's Steakhouse, Lake Worth
Business card exchange event. 

 
October 29th: Year End Tax Planning Seminar. 
Organized together with the Lantana Chamber of Commerce.
Place: TBA

Follow updates on these events at FACC website.

 

News from Florida

GDP numbers reveal economic strength of U.S. economy
This week, the U.S. economy revealed its underlying strength in the midst of wild swings in global stock prices and anxiety over a slowdown in China. The Commerce Department said Thursday the nation's gross domestic product -- the government's broadest measure of economic output -- expanded at 3.7% in the spring, much faster than the initial estimate of a 2.3% growth rate. More at Wall Street Journal

Report predicts upcoming surge in highway construction jobs
A joint transportation jobs report released by the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Labor and Education estimates 388,904 highway construction and maintenance job openings will be created between 2012 and 2022, with the majority being for semi-skilled and highly skilled workers. More at 
Equipment World.

By the end of 2013, Florida had passed New York as the third most populous state. And the Sunshine State's population will top 20 million this year. Full story here.

University of Miami expanding its biotech park
The University of Miami wants to expand its Life Science & Technology Park- and it wants county taxpayers to help pay for it. The university, through its partner developer, Wexford Miami LLC, is asking the county for $10 million in economic development grants. More at the Miami Herald.

Palm Beach County wants to expand life science industry
Palm Beach County's life science industry - controversial for the amount of tax dollars sunk into it more than a decade ago - will get a face-lift. Business Development Board president Kelly Smallridge on Tuesday unveiled an effort aimed at expanding the county's life science businesses. More here. 

Small-business owners' confidence in economy wanes
Small-business owners' confidence in the overall economy is fading despite strength in their own operations, a sign the recovery's gains may be slowing. For August, the portion of small businesses reporting that the U.S. economy was improving fell to its lowest level since the government shutdown of 2013. Source: Wall Street Journal

Emirates starting a new non stop service between Orlando and Dubai
Beginning this Tuesday, Emirates, one of the world's premier airlines, inaugurates its Dubai-Orlando nonstop service. With this connection, Orlando becomes more accessible to international travelers and the world's fastest-growing and most dynamic economies. Full story here. 
   

 
News from Finland
 
Four Finnish health tech startups to keep an eye on
Finland's startup reputation may have been built on mobile games, but that is only one side of the story. Here is our pick of four innovative wellness startups with potential to become the next big Finnish success story - and be good for us. Full story here.

New stress relief method developed in Finland
A new method has been developed in Finland for relieving physical and mental stress. The Neurosonic method is based on a technology using vibrations to help the body recover faster.
The method developed by Neurosonic is suited for overcoming stress and various sleeping disorders, such as travel fatigue. According to the company, vibrations through the body reduce stress faster than the psychological treatment of stress. More here.

Finnish `baby boxes` setting trends now in Mexico
City officials in Mexico City have started distributing maternity packages, inspired by Finland, to low-income families. In Mexico City, a project has been launched with the aims of offering better prenatal care for low-income women, lowering infant mortality and improving health care for low-income families with small children. More here. 

No more excuses to do your Yoga workout!
Despite good intentions, plenty of excuses can come between you and attending of a yoga or fitness class. Yoogaia makes sure not having time to go the gym is no longer one of them.
Sit-ups in the living room or stretching in front of the TV is nothing new, but what if you could turn the same space into a yoga class with a live instructor? Finnish online yoga studio Yoogaia makes this possible. The startup offers interactive fitness classes ranging from yoga and pilates to kettlebells and deep stretching, all streamed live to your web browser. No gym trip necessary. Full story here.

Helsinki real estate popular target for investment
According to Newsec, the largest specialized commercial property firm in Northern Europe, Helsinki's real estate is becoming increasingly interesting for investment from both Finland and abroad. More here.

Locus Foundation and Unesco awards Finnish architect Marco Casagrande with the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture.
Casagrande is an internationally acclaimed Finnish architect, environmental artist and architectural theorist. He is the principal of the Casagrande Laboratory based in Finland and a partner of Weak based in Taiwan. More here.


Upcoming partner events 


Nordic Road Show by SelectUSA

September 14-21, 2015 

The five-country SelectUSA Nordic Road Show to Oslo, Copenhagen/Malmo, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, and Tallinn will offer U.S. state, local, regional, and tribal economic development organizations (EDOs) the opportunity to market their locations directly to potential investors in the Nordics. As one of the world's most innovative regions, the Nordic Road Show will take you to the birthplace of leading high-tech companies from the information technology (ICT), energy/clean tech, and design and construction sectors. Find out more here.


 

International Trade Master Series

September 16 - October 14, 2015

Tampa, Florida 

Take an in-depth look at the principal areas of international trade with Tampa Bay's leading global experts. Information covered will help you strengthen your international business and become more competitive abroad. The master series will focus on the following components of international trade:
 
International Marketing - Wednesday, September 16
Supply Chain Management - Wednesday, September 23
Global Business Management - Wednesday, September 30
Tax, Legal and Regulatory Compliance - Wednesday, October 7Export Finance, Partners & Free-Trade Zones - Wednesday, October 14
Find out more here.

Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE): Doing Business with the World
October 13, 2015
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County and all of South Florida will welcome international cities to recognize this region as one of the top business opportunity destinations in the world. The goal of FITCE is to expand Broward County as the premier importing and exporting trading capital, while helping to establish new businesses and nurture existing ones to continue growing. Meet one-on-one with international delegates, former presidents, government leaders, entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce leaders, business alliances and councils, seasoned importers/exporters, and representatives from Broward Country's three leading public economic engines: Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as Broward County's Cultural Division, Enterprise Florida, and The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. The event is followed by a Bi-National Chambers' Cocktail Reception. Find out 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.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lena Hartikainen
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce