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Stay updated on what's going on in The Swedish-American
Chamber of Commerce of Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach
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SACC Summit Atlanta 2015

The most important collaborative SACC event of 2015!

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Broward Multination

Who was there? Check out the pictures from the launch of Broward Multination!

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New member – Axis Space Coworking

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14 South Florida POIs you have to see!

We drove from Miami to Key West in a 40-year old Volvo…

About Us

We are All Inclusive not Exclusive!

The Swedish- American Chamber of Commerce of Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach was formed in 2013. We are a registered “not-for-profit” organization with our operating office based in Fort Lauderdale. Our focus is in Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beach area.

We are a member of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce USA, umbrella organization, based in Washington D.C. SACC-USA was founded in 1988 and today consists of 19 regional chambers. Together we serve 2,300 members in Sweden and the U.S.A., which makes us the second largest European Chamber of Commerce organization in the United States.

As a regional chamber of commerce, we realize that it is because of our members that we can exist and it is thanks to our members that it is possible for us to build and uphold a strong organization. In order to maintain a solid foundation, we, the Board of Directors, all have agreed to follow a set of values/qualities to which we expect all our Members to adhere to as well:

Trust (honesty and integrity)
Ownership (members act as owners; ease of access and use)
Diversity (range and variety of members / services e.g. events as well as change / innovation)
Camaraderie (sociability / social inclusiveness and common purpose / interest)
Fun (convenience / ease of use and social comparability)

Our chamber offers programs and services, frequently in collaboration with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce USA, to promote bi-national commerce, trade, and cultural activities between Sweden and the Swedish-American Community in South Florida, particularly Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach.

We look forward to grow and develop our chamber together with you – Our Members!

Board of Directors

Peter

PETER HULT, CHAIRMAN

Peter Hult joined MHG Insurance Brokers in 2002 and is the co-founder and President of MHG Medical Consulting Services. Originally from Sweden, Peter moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2000, and helped to launch The World of residenSea, a residential condo ship concept. Prior to moving to the U.S., Peter spent five years in various Human Resources capabilities for Silversea Cruise Line.

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Len

LEN QUIST, PRESIDENT

Len Quist has, during the last 20 years, worked in various marketing roles for multiple corporations including Colgate Palmolive, Sara Lee and Jarden Consumer Products. Len is originally from Kungsbacka, Sweden. Prior to moving to Florida in 1997 he lived in New York City, Sydney, Australia and North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Washington in Seattle, WA and his MBA from Columbia University, New York, NY.

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Feliz

FELIZIA MULCHAN, EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT

Originally from Sweden, Felizia grew up in Jämtland and Linköping, and moved to the US in 1997. She is a tax accountant with Ernst & Young, holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University and is a licensed CPA. Felizia enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and is engaged in the Swedish community as an active member of the Swedish Church in Florida and SWEA.

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Kerstin

KERSTIN HOLM, SECRETARY OF THE BOARD

Kerstin Holm, a native Swede, has lived in the US for over thirty years. She was a co-founder of Summus, a high-tech company. As the CEO, Kerstin grew the company by establishing long-term business partnerships with Fortune 500 companies across the United States. At the end of her tenure, Summus was a publicly traded company.Today Kerstin consults as a business advisor. She is a member of SWEA, and is a founding member of the Swedish Church in Florida.

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Johanna

JOHANNA KARLSSON, DIRECTOR

Johanna Karlsson was born in Motala, Sweden. She came over to the U.S. twelve years ago to attend college and university and holds a B.A. in International Communications from Florida Atlantic University. Johanna joined MHG Insurance Brokers in 2007 and today holds the position of Account Executive of the MHG yacht division.

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HItch

HICHAM HITCH LARHNIMI, GENERAL MANAGER & VICE-PRESIDENT

Hicham Hitch Larhnimi was born in Vallentuna, Sweden. He moved to San Francisco in 2009 to pursue his college degree, he later transferred to Miami where he received both tennis and academic Scholarships. Hitch holds a double bachelor in Marketing & Communications. He has served as a student-ambassador for colleges in California as well as a manager of the dormitories in Florida. He is the co-founder and Business Development of OnDecker. He joined Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in 2014 as an intern in Marketing & Operations.

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TATIANA MALININE, DESIGN AND MARKETING

Tatiana is the founder of MOLT, a boutique branding agency. MOLT works with clients in a broad range of industries, including corporate aviation, cruise lines, insurance companies, private chefs, restaurants, and nonprofit organizations. This diverse client base has given the agency an impeccable eye for detail, experience and passion, allowing MOLT to specialize in boutique branding services, including a fresh, modern approach to web design.

Tatiana is from Geneva, Switzerland.  She is an avid traveler, but spends most of her time in South Florida.  Tatiana (and MOLT) have been working with SACCSFL to help reinforce their web presence and outreach efforts, while also adding value to the member experience by providing a user friendly website with expanded functionality.

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Gustaf

GUSTAF SJÖHOLM, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Gustaf worked as a reporter and online editor for the magazines Auto motor & sport and King Magazine in Sweden prior to his current internship at medical management provider VIKAND in Fort Lauderdale. He is from Stockholm and received a bachelor's degree in Political Science at Uppsala University in 2010.

In the fall of 2012 he volunteered as a photojournalist for a major newspaper in West-African Benin. In 2013 he left Sweden to get his MBA specialized in marketing at Hult International Business School in Boston. He is still an active automotive journalist who loves story telling, photography and to convey people's passions.

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JOANNA STEWART, DESIGN AND MARKETING

Joanna is originally from Akersberga, Sweden. She moved to Florida in the summer of 2008 after receiving a scholarship to play soccer at Barry University. Joanna earned her bachelor in Fine Arts with specialization in Graphic Design from Barry University in May of 2012. She has been working as a Graphic Designer for MOLT Branding since Fall of 2012. In addition she works as a Crossfit coach at The Training Pit Crossfit.

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benefits

Our Vision

To be the essential resource for pursuing business opportunities with the Swedish- American community in South Florida, particularly in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach.

Our Mission

The Chamber connects and brings together people, businesses, capital, knowledge and business development organizations in the U.S., foremost South Florida, and Sweden to build business relationships to maximize the benefit for our Members.

Our Motto

To be “all-inclusive, not exclusive”, the Chamber exists because, and for the benefit, of its Members.”

Trust Membership (Annual Fee: $1,500)

As a Trust Member of the Chamber, you and your company’s have the opportunity to partner strategically with the Chamber and participate in its leadership. You and your company will have the opportunity to connect with the Chamber’s entire resource network as well as participate in the Chamber’s various areas of operation and events. The Chamber will offer you and your company maximum exposure to the Chamber and its constituencies through the Chamber’s publications and activities.

  • Welcome announcement in chamber’s news letter and social media
  • Opportunity to introduce your company on our monthly newsletter
  • Your company logo featured on our collateral material
  • Recognition and speech at our events
  • Keynote speaker opportunities at major relevant events
  • Access to SACC-USA J-1 Trainee Program
  • Advertise your company logo, news and job openings on our website
  • Host events

Join now! Renew your membership!

Corporate Membership (Annual Fee: $300)

As a Corporate member of the Chamber, you and your company will become a part of a dynamic, social and stimulating business organization that is an integral part of the larger Swedish community in South Florida. You and your company will have the opportunity to connect with the Chamber’s entire resource network as well as participate in the Chamber’s various areas of operation and events. The Chamber will offer you and your company exposure to the Chamber and its constituencies through the Chamber’s publications and activities.

  • Opportunity to introduce your company on our monthly newsletter
  • Access to SACC-USA J-1 Trainee Program
  • Welcome announcement in chamber’s news letter and social media
  • Advertise your company logo, news and job openings on our website

Join now! Renew your membership!

Small Business Membership (Annual Fee: $150)

The Chamber offers a special membership level for businesses with up to three employees. As a Small Business member of the Chamber, you and your company will become a part of a dynamic, social and stimulating business organization that is an integral part of the larger Swedish community in South Florida. You and your company will have the opportunity to connect with the Chamber’s entire resource network as well as participate in the Chamber’s various areas of operation and events. The Chamber will offer you and your company exposure to the Chamber and its constituencies through the Chamber’s publications and activities.

  • Opportunity to introduce your company on our monthly newsletter
  • Welcome announcement in chamber’s news letter and social media

Join now! Renew your membership!

Individual Membership (Annual Fee: $75)

As an individual member of the Chamber, you become a part of a dynamic, social and stimulating business organization that is an integral part of the larger Swedish community in South Florida. As an individual Chamber member, you will have the opportunity to connect with the Chamber’s entire resource network as well as participate the Chamber’s various areas of operation and events.

Join now! Renew your membership!

Individual Membership for Retirees (Annual Fee: $45)

As an individual member of the Chamber, you become a part of a dynamic, social and stimulating business organization that is an integral part of the larger Swedish community in South Florida. As an individual Chamber member, you will have the opportunity to connect with the Chamber’s entire resource network as well as participate the Chamber’s various areas of operation and events.

Join now! Renew your membership!

Individual Membership for Young Professionals (PULS) (Annual Fee: $20)

As a member of PULS, you become a part of the young and educational section of SACCSFL. PULS stands for Professional Urban Leadership and helps its members establish contacts and extend their professional network. As a member of PULS you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, receive mentoring and simply increase your chances to find your ultimate internship/job. PULS targets students and young professionals between 18-26 years.

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Join now! Renew your membership!

Events

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Swedish-American Chamber of commerce Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach hosts various events throughout the year at different exclusive venues. Purpose of our events are to engage the Swedish and American communities into business opportunities and strengthening the relations between Europe and the United States. Our events give an exclusive chance of business networking to increase the visibility of your company. We host informational seminars with keynote speakers to discuss latest business opportunities or trade missions.

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News

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Keep your fellow chamber members in the loop. As a part of your membership benefits you can send us your news. Just fill out the application form and we will review the submission.

Resources

We are All Inclusive not Exclusive!

As a regional Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce chamber, we are able to offer our members programs facilitated by SACC-USA.

Some of the most popular programs are SACC-USA’s Trade Mission/Visitations Programs and the Trainee Program/J-1 Visa Service. Both which aim to facilitate and connect knowledge and information between the U.S. and Sweden.

The Trade Mission program was established to help Swedish companies and business regions to explore the U.S. market and gather information about certain fields of interest.

The Trainee program was developed to assist Swedish students and U.S. businesses to tap into each other’s knowledge and expertise and to promote diversity by introducing U.S. companies to the Swedish business culture and vice versa.

Trade Mission

SACC-USA Trade Mission/Visitation Programs are designed for Swedish companies and business regions that want to explore the U.S. market and gather information about certain field of interest. The trade mission/visitation program should be considered as a first step for companies to evaluate their potential to establish or expand in the U.S. and for business regions to form strategic alliances that are mutually beneficial for their region and their potential U.S. partner and attracting companies to their region.

The program is executed in close cooperation with SACC-USA’s Regional Chamber network. Regional Chambers have a unique understanding of the various market conditions in different states and an invaluable network of local contacts. Regional Chambers can assist with everything from partner searches, business matchmaking and market research to practical matters of establishing and/or expanding a business.

For more information, please visit SACC-USA’s website: http://sacc-usa.org/services-and-programs/trade-missions/

SACC- USA J-1 Trainee Program

The SACC-USA Trainee Program provides U.S. companies with highly qualified trainees from Sweden. Consider this a cost-efficient way of accessing Swedish talent and technology while adding some cultural diversity to your office. For the trainees, a training program in the U.S. is the opportunity of a life time. Talk about win-win!

SACC-USA is a J-1 visa sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State. This means that SACC-USA is authorized to issue the document DS-2019 which a Swedish trainee needs to take to the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm to receive a J-1 trainee visa.

The SACC-USA Trainee Program and J-1 visa service can be used for everything from summer internship for a student from Sweden to a longer training program for someone who has just graduated to an 18-month visa for a Swedish employee in a rotation program. Use of the Exchange Visitor Program for regular employment or other work purposes is strictly prohibited.

There are five broad types of trainees in our program:

  • Trainees who have found a host organization with SACC-USA’s help
  • Trainees at SACC Regional Chambers
  • Trainees who have found a host organization on their own
  • Swedish students writing their Bachelor or Master´s theses for a U.S. company
  • Employees of Swedish companies who need to go to the U.S. for training with a mother company, subsidiary or business/joint venture partner

For more information, please visit SACC-USA’s website: http://sacc-usa.org/trainee/

Usefull Links

Information about Sweden
Invest Sweden http://www.investsweden.se
Sweden.se http://www.sweden.se/
Sweden.gov.se http://www.sweden.gov.se/
Swedish Minitstry of Foreign Affairs http://www.swedenabroad.com/
Visit Sweden http://www.visitsweden.com/sweden/
Swedish Council of America http://www.swedishcouncil.org/
Swedish Trade Council http://www.swedishtrade.se/om-exportradet/in-english/
Migrationsverket http://www.migrationsverket.se/info/start_en.html
Swedish News
Dagens Nyheter http://www.dn.se/
Svenska Dagbladet http://www.svd.se/
Göteborgsposten http://www.gp.se/
Dagens Industri http://di.se/
Veckans Affärer http://www.va.se/
NASDAQ OMX Nordic http://www.nasdaqomxnordic.com
Jobs, Business, and Education
Swedish Trade and Invest Council http://www.business-sweden.se/en/Invest/
Swedish Public Employment (Arbetsförmedlingen) http://www.arbetsformedlingen.se/Globalmeny/Other-languages/Languages/English-engelska.html
National Board of Trade (Kommerskollegium) http://www.kommers.se/In-English/
Swedish Business Link to Government https://www.verksamt.se/portal/en_GB/web/international/home
Study in Sweden http://www.studyinsweden.se/
Sweden in Touch: Online Community for International Students http://www.studying-in-sweden.com/
Other
Swedish Institute http://eng.si.se/
Svenskar I Världen http://www.sviv.se/
CBI – Center for Business Innovation http://cbi.chalmers.se/
Nordstjernan http://Nordstjernan.com

Contact Us

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For more information about our chamber, our programs, upcoming events, or if you want to see how you can get involved, please feel free to contact us either by email info@sacc-sfl.org or by phone 754-444-2523. Thank you for your interest!

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