The event is organized by Finnish American Chambers of Commerce in Southeast Region, Washington DC, and Greater Houston Area and the Finland Chamber of Commerce, the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Europe Network.
Opening of the event
Ms. Anne Hatanpää and Mr. Ville Vuorensola, Finland Chamber of Commerce
Introduction of Southeast Region
Mr. Jarno Kamarainen, Atlanta, Georgia
Introduction of U.S. Capitol Region
Mr. Tom A. Lippo, Washington, DC
Introduction of Greater Houston Area
Mr. Vesa Koivumaa, Texas, Greater Houston area
Introduction of North Texas
Mr. Vesa Jäämuru, North Texas
Q & A
in English and Finnish
End of the event
The companies have a possibility to book an appointment (one-to-one meeting) with the FinnCham representatives based in the USA through the registration link, and they will be contacted with a proposed date and time afterwards.
The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast, Inc. (FACCSE) was organized in 1981. Our mission is to promote and foster trade, professional interests, and commercial relations between Finland and the Southeastern United States. Our headquarters is in Atlanta, GA.
Our current membership includes companies in the industrial sector (e.g., pulp & paper, chemical, manufacturing) and in software and wireless services, to mention a few. We also have a strong educational and legal footprint on our current board. The Southeastern US is a great place to do business due to relatively low taxes, lack of bureaucracy, and affordable cost of living. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is the world’s busiest airport, with multiple flights a day to and from all over Europe. Major interstate highways go through the city, providing convenient road access to all over the East Coast.
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC
The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC is a unique mix of members who are active in business and related organizations (the World Bank and similar institutions) combined with service professionals (lawyers, lobbyists, accountants, and consultants) who have extensive experience in Finland-USA transactions, both public and private.
The Washington Chamber’s focus is primarily on commerce, to avoid overlap with groups who otherwise serve the local Finnish-American community’s social and cultural needs (the Embassy of Finland, the Finlandia Foundation, and others). Chamber events are often coordinated with the Embassy, such as luncheon programs about trade-related topics timed with industry and government delegation visits from Finland.
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Great Houston
Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Greater Houston, The FACC Greater Houston is an organization dedicated to promoting commercial relations between Houston and Finland. The Chamber’s main role is to provide a forum for members to network and exchange business ideas and experiences through social, cultural, and educational activities. The FACC Greater Houston also aspires to reach out to other European Chambers of Commerce within Houston and across the US.
The City of Houston, the fourth most populous U.S. city after NY, LA and Chicago. 1.7 M Houstonians or roughly 1 in 4 were born outside the U.S. Metro Houston has the 3rd largest number of Fortune 500 companies in nation. If Houston were a country, it would rank as 25th largest economy in the world, exceeding Thailand, and Ireland. Houston is home to more than 9,100 tech-related firms including more than 1,000 venture backed startups. The largest industries in Houston, TX are Health Care, Construction and Retail Trade and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining , and Management of Companies & Enterprises.
Finnish American Business Guild (FABG), North Texas was founded in 2002 by companies part of Nokia’s cell phone ecosystem. FABG has been part of FINNCHAM network since 2018. Our mission is to leverage our local contact network with market knowledge to support companies from Finland looking to expand their businesses to North Texas while establishing an active support network of Finnish businesses already operating in the region.
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (DFW metroplex aka North Texas) with population of 7.7 million is the fourth largest metropolitan area in US and the fastest growing region in US with 8% job growth rate. If North Texas were a country, it would be the 23rd largest economy in the world (larger than Poland, smaller than Sweden). North Texas, 6th largest economy in US, is known as most diverse economy in Texas with all major industries present. The largest industries are manufacturing (aerospace, semiconductors, communications equipment, motor vehicle), logistics, high tech, financial and real estate services. DFW airport is the fourth (third) busiest airport in the world for passenger (operations) traffic. From DFW airport you get max 4-hour flight access to either US coast. DFW also operates a gateway to Mexican and Latin American markets with multiple Free Trade Zones.
The event is part of the Internationalisation Week of the Chambers of Commerce in Finland. Read more.