On Wednesday November 9, 2016, SACC-Georgia held a Wine-Working Event at Brookhaven Wines.
The evening consisted of a wine tasting during social and business networking among members and friends of the Swedish-American community in Atlanta.
Host Brandon Tai guided us through a selection of wines from both the “old and new world”, while we had the opportunity to mingle and to learn more about various wines, in a relaxed and enjoyable environment, in an intimate fall social where several new members where introduced to SACC-Georgia’s network.
On Thursday October 20, 2016, The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Georgia organized a company tour our corporate member, Swedish company Elanders, in Acworth. Stefan Danielsson, Director of Finance, Quality & Administration at Elanders USA, showed us through two of their impressive printing plants and warehouse facilities. The morning ended with a breakfast during which we enjoyed a presentation of their worldwide operations – the Group operates in more than 18 countries on four continents – ending with an interesting Q&A focused on the future of their man industries including the possible challenges and solutions which they may face or undergo. Elanders expanded into the USA in 2008 and has since then experienced tremendous growth, both nationally and internationally.
Elanders is a global supplier of integrated solutions in the areas supply chain management, print & packaging and e-commerce. Their most important markets are China, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and the USA. Their major customers are primarily companies within the Automotive, Consumer Electronics or Industrial Manufacturing Industry.
Thank you to all of who attended this event! We look forward to seeing you again at our next company tour which will be held in Kennesaw on Thursday November 17th at Swedish company Regal Lager, a distributor of high quality baby and children’s products! The theme will be regulations for international imports and how they might be affected after the election. Stay tuned for more detailed information!
Board Member Martin Koepenick, founder of Innova International, who also is Chairman of SACC-Georgia’s Marketing Committee, visited our Stockholm-based corporate member Kilpatrick Townsend, and was welcomed by associate Glenn Nyström and trainee Emilia Strömberg. Emilia just returned to Stockholm after spending 1 year in Atlanta, during which she completed a Masters of Laws degree from Emory University School of Law, while also being part of SACC-Georgia’s team. The international law firm’s Swedish office, with 30 lawyers, officially joined the Chamber last year, as they have a great interest in expanding their network in the U.S., where Kilpatrick Townsend has no less than 15 offices – one of them being located in Atlanta; the heart and business center of the Southeast.
They discussed Kilpatrick Townsend’s U.S. Desk in Stockholm, among other topics, and we were very pleased to finally meet them in person and learn more about their operations. It is always interesting to engage with members who are based in both of our active regions – the State of Georgia and Sweden. That is also the case with our Swedish corporate members Thomas Concrete and Qmatic, with their Swedish offices being located on the west coast, in Gothenburg and Mölndal. As a Chamber of Commerce, we are always looking for ways to facilitate meetings, introductions and business opportunities across the borders.
Learn more about Kilpatrick Townsend’s Stockholm office here.
We hope to continue fostering good relationships across the Atlantic ocean with our members, partners and other collaborators in Sweden through company visits, networking events/forums/seminars (which you can see more of below) and delegation trips whenever our Board of Directors and other members have the opportunity to go there. We are hoping to be able to meet many more at Amerikadagen (America Day) in Gothenburg (March 22, 2017), an excellent 1-day conference dedicated to connecting Swedish and American businesses with each other, while exploring themes, trends and topics relevant to both countries. For those interested in networking with the Swedish-American business community in the U.S. – SACC Summit in Washington D.C. (November 2-3, 2016) provides an excellent opportunity to do so.
13th Sweden-U.S. Entrepreneurial Forum
Stockholm, October 5, 2016
A mix of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, university and government leaders came together to accelerate successful ventures to the U.S. On behalf of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Georgia, Innova’s Martin Koepenick attended the event, who is pictured above with Per Ericson, entrepreneur founder of Graytec AB, and Anne Lidgard, Director of Vinnova’s Silicon Valley office.
Says Martin, “A lot of energy was in the air, as Swedish entrepreneurs talked about their latest inventions and desire to market in the U.S. Venture capitalists from the U.S. and Sweden were upbeat about more Swedish breakthroughs to come. Software, Apps, and industrial offerings to lower water and energy consumption were key topics. California’s Silicon Valley is their principal focus, but Atlanta could be emerging. And don’t forget Minnesota, especially for health care. Stay tuned for some possible developments in the works for Atlanta.”
The forum was organized by ESRI in concert with the American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden.
Or why not donate an item, gift or experience to our Silent Auction? It would be great exposure for your business including wide-ranging marketing and promotion of your services through our international network and communication channels.
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The position is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is home to more than 440,000 people and at the center of the 9th largest U.S. metro region with over 5.5 million citizens. Atlanta hosts the U.S. headquarters to world-renowned companies such as Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, SunTrust Bank and CNN. Atlanta is the business hub of the Southeastern U.S., offering southern charm and world-class sophistication.
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The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Georgia, SACC-Georgia, is a non-profit organization which offers its members business services, events, develops and cultivates business opportunities and relationships through a unique international business community. The primary objective of SACC-Georgia is to encourage and promote an exchange of business, trade, investment, technology and culture between Sweden and the state of Georgia. SACC-Georgia is one of 19 regional chambers across the United States, cooperating under the umbrella of SACC-USA based in Washington, D.C.
On Thursday September 8, 2016, The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Georgia organized a guided tour and lunch at fully sustainable, nature-based community development Serenbe, just outside of Atlanta, in Chattahoochee Hill Country. The founder, Steve Nygren, is of Swedish descent and was inspired by Scandinavian architecture and lifestyle when creating this unique eco-society. SWEA Atlanta were co-hosts. Read more about Serenbe here.
SACC-Georgia, The Consulate of Sweden in Atlanta and SWEA Atlanta would like to Thank You for your attendance at Sweden Day 2016!
With roughly 160 attendees in the beautiful and historical Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park, it turned out to be a sensational Swedish summer celebration in style, gathering a diverse group including members and friends of the Swedish-American community in Atlanta, as well as international guests, local dignitaries, state officials, business partners and media representatives.
Honorary guest, His Excellency Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States and Mikael Norin, Honorary Consul of Sweden in Atlanta, delivered some interesting, inspiring and insightful speeches on Sweden, Georgia and the U.S. Petite Auberge had prepared a delicious Swedish Smorgasbord and Ulrika and her team provided excellent entertainment, in tune with our National Day festivities, showcasing Swedish musical culture. Stay tuned for more clips from the evening!
For more in-depth information about the Ambassador’s visit, please read Global Atlanta’s article, which outlines the highlights of his first ever, exclusive 1-day visit to Atlanta on June 6, 2016 – a historical day.
The evening would not have been possible without our fantastic sponsors:
Company Tour & Exclusive Luncheon with members of SACC-Georgia at Swedish company Thomas Concrete with Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, on June 6, prior to the National Day Celebrations in the evening.