TAG International Business – Annual Signature Conference on Nov. 4th

Global Business Collaboration: The intersection of Mobility, Culture and Innovation

Leading edge companies have learned how to embrace all aspects of this changing environment and continually seek out not just new technology but the skill set to drive growth. Make sure to join this exciting event to hear from company leaders and industry experts regarding best practices to optimize collaboration within your dispersed organization.

Event takes place on November 4th, 1-6 pm at Busbee Center at Gwinnett Technical College.

Read more about the event and register here 

Pictures from SACC Summit 2014 – October 2nd & 3rd

SACC Summit 2014

SACC-USA held its annual SACC Summit 2014 on October 2nd-3rd. Participants had the opportunity to meet other Regional Chambers to discuss and outline the future of the SACC-network.
With a program including speakers such as the Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Björn Lyrvall, Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, and Keynote speaker Peter Carlsson, VP of Supply Chain at Tesla Motors, the event was a given success.

At the end of Day 1 of the Summit, the participants was invited to the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence for a dinner reception.
Day 2 consisted of a couple of more speakers, round table discussions and board meeting. (See the entire outline for the summit here).

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The Swedish Excellence Award

The Swedish Excellence Award

SACC-GA is calling for nominations for its first annual Swedish Excellence Award!  This award will be given to a person or company with Swedish connections that has bettered our community.  Do you know someone that has done something outstanding in Atlanta or Georgia?  They could be making our planet greener, our children healthier or our economy stronger!  The award will be presented at our 29th Annual Lucia Gala on Friday, December 5 at the Greystone in Piedmont Park. 
Please email us at info@sacc-georgia.org with who you are nominating and why!

TTIP Conference & Member Exclusive Lunch Seminar

On Wednesday September 10th, SACC-Georgia co organized a conference on the topic TTIP together with Metro Atlanta Chamber, the German American Chamber of Commerce, the Transatlantic Business Council and Emory University School of Law. The breakfast conference was held in Emory University’s facilities in Atlanta with around 170 guests registered to the event. Speakers and panelists gave the audience more information about TTIP with an overview of what it is, why it is important, what the potential gains of TTIP would be etc.

Swedish Andreas von Uexkull, Minister Counselor of Trade and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. was a part of the first panel, discussing perspectives on the EU-U.S. trade relationship.
SACC-Georgia’s board member, and President of PartnerTech Inc. in Atlanta, Gary Bruce, was a part of the second panel, telling the story of how Swedish PartnerTech AB managed to establish its subsidiary PartnerTech Inc. on the American market. Under Gary’s leadership, manufacturing jobs at the Atlanta location have grown by 670% over the years. See pictures from conference HERE. 

After the conference SACC-Georgia held an intimate, member exclusive lunch seminar together with Andreas von Uexkull, where the direct impacts of TTIP for Sweden – U.S. was discussed, among other things related to TTIP. SACC-Georgia members got to firsthand learn more about TTIP and what the benefits would be if the agreement goes through. The Luncheon was held at beautiful City Club of Buckhead, with an amazing view over Atlanta. (Pictures from the Luncheon below.)

Jobs and Economic Growth for Atlanta, September 10th

Jobs and Economic Growth for Atlanta: How the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will help.

Increase your knowledge and understanding of the importance of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and how it can enhance economic growth in Atlanta. The conference will begin with a networking breakfast and keynote address, followed by two active panel discussions. The first panel discussion will focus on the regional impact of TTIP, including an examination of the state and local role in international trade and investment. The second panel discussion will highlight the export and foreign direct investment success stories of local company executives. REGISTER here!

  • TTIP Overview
  • Keynote Address: Why is TTIP Important?
  • Regional Impact: International Trade, Europe & TTIP
  • Panel of Local Company Executives: Export & FDI Success Stories
  • Open Discussion
  • Kurt P. Kuehn – Keynote Speaker
    Chief Financial Officer, United Parcel Service, Inc.
  • Tim Bennett, Director-General/CEO, Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC)
  • Andreas von Uexküll, Chargé d’Affaires & Head of Trade and Economic Affairs Section, Embassy of Sweden to the U.S.
  • Gary Bruce, President and Managing Director of PartnerTech Inc.
  • Sebastian Oertel, COO, TUV Rheinland Mobility, Inc.
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 7:30am – 8:00am (Registration & Networking Breakfast)
8:00am – 10:30am (Program)
Event Fee: The event is free of charge- registration is required!
Registration: Click here to Register onlineFor additional information contact:
Hilary Sama


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Member Exclusive Lunch Seminar, September 10th

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SACC-Georgia invites its members to a post TTIP-conference Lunch Seminar at City Club of Buckhead.

Meet Andreas von UexkullMinister Counselor of Trade and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Take this unique opportunity to firsthand learn more about the direct impacts of TTIP for Sweden – US. The event is free of charge, includes catered lunch, and is exclusively for SACC-Georgia members.

Dress code: Business/InformalRSVP by September 3rd to ulrika.bjorck@sacc-georgia.org or call 770.670.2480

Registration is required since seating is limited.
There is a limit to 1 guest per corporate membership.

 For driving and parking directions, click here

What is TTIP?

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

“The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement that is presently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.It aims at removing trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors to make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the EU and the US.On top of cutting tariffs across all sectors, the EU and the US want to tackle barriers behind the customs border – such as differences in technical regulations, standards and approval procedures. These often cost unnecessary time and money for companies who want to sell their products on both markets. For example, when a car is approved as safe in the EU, it has to undergo a new approval procedure in the US even though the safety standards are similar.The TTIP negotiations will also look at opening both markets for services, investment, and public procurement.”Source & more info on TTIP: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/

SACC-Georgia seeks new Business Development Trainee

Business Development Trainee to SACC-Georgia


Are you interested in International Business and Trade?  What about Business Administration in an international environment?  If so, apply for an Internship at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia!

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Georgia offers a position as a Business Development Trainee. This is a position filled with opportunities to develop both professionally and personally.

About SACC-Georgia

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Georgia, SACC-Georgia, is a non-profit organization promoting the exchange of business, trade, investment, technology, education and culture between Sweden and the state of Georgia, U.S.A. This is achieved through a combination of networking events, cultural events, market research, trade programs, and various member services.

About the position

As a Business Development Coordinator at SACC-Georgia you need to be able to work independently under supervision and simultaneously be involved in various projects. Being service minded is as important to us as your professional skills. Training tasks include promoting the Chamber at networking events, meeting with potential members and sponsors, organizing various Chamber events and routine administrative tasks. Other tasks involve administer the life cycle of a member, coordinate and drive committee work and continuously working towards the goals of the chamber. Knowledge in accounting is considered an additional qualification since this position is responsible for the monthly administration of the finances of SACC-Georgia. Skills in sales are an advantage.

Where: The SACC-Georgia office is located in Atlanta.

Requirements: To participate in the SACC-USA Trainee Program you must be a current or recent student at a Swedish institution of higher learning (category intern) or have a degree from such an institution along with one year experience in the field (category trainee). The intern/trainee should have the intention to return to Sweden at the end of the training period. You have to be fluent in English both in writing and orally.

Duration of training period:  SACC Georgia is looking for one trainee for a period of 12 months.

Start date: October 10th, 2014

Benefits: Accommodation and car shared with other intern. The position is unpaid.

Interested candidates may apply by sending your resume to info@sacc-georgia.org

The SACC-USA Trainee Program enables Swedish students and professionals to come to the U.S. on a J-1 visa for a period up to 12 months (category Intern) or 18 months (category Trainee). You participate in a structured and guided work-based training program in an American business setting in order to gain firsthand experience of life and business in the United States.

Riksdagsvalet 2014 – General election to the Swedish Parliament 2014

A little less than a month from now, on September 14th, it’s time for the next general election to the Parliament in Sweden.
Everyone, 18 and older, has the right to vote, and are encouraged to do so.
Swedes living abroad can vote too!
Some places in the US have a given location where you can vote, click this link to search for a location near you. If there’s no given location close to you, the best way is to vote by post. If you are registered in the Swedish national registration with your current address, a voting card will be sent to you with the right material for voting by post.
If you are not registered, please click the same link above to learn more about how you can order ballots and a postal voting package to your home address.
For more information about your voting rights as a Swede living abroad, click here.