Glögg mingle at Arnall Golden Gregory

Thank you to all who took the time to join SACC-GA and Arnall Golden Gregory last night for a Swedish inspired holiday mingle.

Delicious saffron buns (lussebullar), gingerbread cookies and wonderful christmas candy was catered by Anna Bringle at Swedish Dreamish. We hope you all enjoyed the evening, made some new connections and/or got time to chat with friends and colleagues in the Swedish-American community.

Happy Holidays,

the SACC-GA team

 

 

 

SACC-GA Wine-Working

SACC-GA’s wine-working 2017 took place on November 16th at the SACC-GA office space at SPACES Midtown.

Wine-guru Brandon Tai, with over 10 years experience in the industry, presented a wide variety of wines and we all tried to “taste the price”. We learned about how a fine wine tastes like it was painted with a fine brush with intricate layers of flavors, while a more inexpensive one might taste more blunt and as if the painter used wider brush strokes. It was a great evening and we wish to thank all of you who attended and participated in the tasting. We hope you enjoyed it and learned as much as we did!

 

Smart Business – Public & Private Sweden

Hartsfield-Jackson Director of International Business, SACC-GA Board Member and nominee Alrene Barr got the opportunity to join the SI visitor program ”Smart Business – Public & Private Sweden” in October where the importance of CSR, politicians connection to the private sector and universities, and children’s rights were central topics.

The program gave insight into how business can be done in a smart way by involving the triple helix – government, universities and private sector – when creating new policies. The Swedish Model, Children’s Rights and corporate social responsibility requirements in Sweden were some of the topics covered during the four day program in Stockholm. Six international delegates were selected for the program and in addition to the US, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Qatar and Turkey were represented.

The open and transparent culture of Sweden showed clearly on the day where a tour took the group walking straight through Parliament building with no metal detectors in sight. To mix in a bit of private sector one day was spent at the technology park where the Research Institutes of Sweden, RISE, and companies such as Ericsson and over 100 testbeds and demonstration facilities reside.

That the Swedish government has a Minister of the Future, wants to be a driving force on UN goals, has strong CSR policies in place and sees the future as a business opportunity to forecast and invest in were some key take aways from the program. Alrene hopes to be able to visit Sweden again, in July, when the Swedish politicians and parties meet in Almedalen on the island Gotland to promote themselves, meet the voters and hear what they have to say.

The journey’s goal was to strengthen the already existing relationship between the American Southeast and the Swedish community and to expand opportunities for trade and development between the two. Perhaps now a new direct flight is up for debate?

 

 

WTCA Monthly Spotlight: Sweden

World Trade Center Atlanta held it’s Monthly Spotlight themed “Sweden and the U.S. – Blending the best of both cultures” on October 19th.

Honorary Consul of Sweden, SACC-GA Board Member and Chairman Emeritus Tom Rosseland gave a great speech about Swedish-ness, Swedish business and export.
We also got to hear a great panel discussion on differences and similarities between Swedish and American business culture. Thank you to Ivan Turk, representing SACC-GA corporate member Nefab, for giving us your perspective on the pro’s and con’s of working in a Swedish company in the US.

Global mindset, collaboration and moose carpaccio

Through the Swedish Insitute Visitors Program, and thanks to a nomination by the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Georgia, Immanuel Otterski, and corporate member gatc L.P., got the opportunity to spend 8 September days in Sweden. Fascinated by the international mindset amongst entrepreneurs,the traditional food and the humble but opinionated Swedes Immanuel and gatc L.P. are now more excited than ever to reach Scandinavian companies looking west.

As a german-founded company helping businesses to a physical presence in the United States naturally gatc’s first clients were from Germany. The company has grown over the years and now has clients from many European countries and they keep expanding. A couple of years ago they started looking towards Scandinavia and joined the SACC-GA network.

— We depend on our network. We don’t just pick up the phone, call a company in Europe and ask if they want to expand to the US, Immanuel Otterski, gatc L.P.

 

A Scandinavian prescence

With SACC-GA as their only Scandinavian contact Immanuel saw an opportunity when Executive Director Sara Persson asked to nominate him for the Swedish Institute’s Visitors Program. An opportunity to start building a network in Scandinavia and reach new companies who want to enter the US market.

— If you want to reach a new market you need to build and increase your network, and then maintain it, he states.

With a smile Immanuel says that it was sure not going to happen but then the accept came, the dates aligned perfectly with a work trip to Germany and since he had personally never been to Sweden it seemed an exciting opportunity.

The 8 days in Stockholm, themed ”Tech and Digitalisation”, contained visits to start-up incubators, e.g. SUB 46, Stockholm Tech Fest and knowledgeable guest speakers. The program also promoted Swedish culture and food. Meatballs and lingonberries, kroppkakor, toast skagen and even moose carpaccio was on the menu.

The delegation consisted of 25 people from all over the world, who didn’t know each other, and Immanuel expresses how fascinating it was to see how this diverse group could engage in interesting conversation without arguments on politics or religion.

— It’s wonderful to see that there is still room for open and healthy discussion without stereotyping.

 

Sweden and the Swedes

When it comes to Swedish culture and the swedes themselves it seems that the cashless coffee shops, the functional ”ecosystem” between university, state and entrepreneurs and the food has inspired Immanuel. He mentions how everyone was fluent in english, something that removes many hurdles in communicating with other countries, and that even the smallest start-up looks to the world beyond the borders of Sweden.

— I could tell that whatever they do, they do it because they want to branch out and go international at some point.

 

Author: Sara von Sydow

Open House at Spaces Midtown

SACC-GA and Spaces Midtown would like to thank everyone who visited our offices on Friday for a cup of coffee, a cinnamon bun and a chat. We had a great time and hope you did too!

If you by any chance could not make it on Friday, or you just can’t get enough of SACC-GA, you are welcome to stop by anytime.