Finally Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Upcoming events  

Pay it Forward,  September 16

QS World MBA Tour, Young Professionals, September 28

Culture Collide Festival, October 10 – 12 

Making it in America, October TBD

Eliason Merit Award, November 22


Gold members 

A Word from the Presidents

Hej Alla,

I hope all of you had a relaxing Labor Day weekend.
This week has been very exciting because of President Obama’s historic visit to Sweden as his trip marks the first-ever bilateral visit by a U.S. President to Sweden.  You can read more about his trip further down in this newsletter.
We are looking forward for another “Pay It Forward” networking event at the Satellite space in Santa Monica.  The previous ones have been very popular and the Incubate and Accelerate edition is supposed to be the biggest one so far.  Hurry up and register for the FREE tickets, they are going fast.
Marie Wennergren is the last piece in the puzzle of Marketing Managers this fall.  In this newsletter you can read about her exchange studies in Seoul, work experience within Trading, M.Sc. studies and her expectations for the 6 months at SACC-LA.  Welcome Marie !!
We also want to take the opportunity to say Happy Birthday Los Angeles, celebrating its 232nd Birthday this week. 
 And with the current heat wave here in LA, I wish you a “cool” weekend !! 


Gudrun Giddings
President of SACC-LA

Kim H. Swartz

President of SACC-LA Foundation

Incubate, Accelerate and Pay it Forward for Businesses 

Monday, September 16th


We are proud to co-promote another great Pay it Forward event together with Your Office AgentSatellite and Lounge 3110.  This Pay if Forward for Business event is supposed to be the biggest so far and the free tickets are going fast so hurry up to register!  The event is all about bringing the biggest businesses, mentors and angel investors in Santa Monica together to give free advice and help for your business to keep growing.  It is an outstanding event for you who wish to keep expanding your business and personal network.  There will be lots of give aways, raffles and free drinks.  Any drinks you may want on top of the free ones are to happy hour prices.  

When: Monday, September 16th at 6pm – 9pm.
Where: The Annex, Satellite, 3110 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. See map here
Price: Free of charge.  
Tickets: Please register here and do it fast since the event is about to get sold out. 


Win 2 Tickets to the Abba Fest
Facebook Question of the Week 

Which is your favorite Abba song?

Leave your answer>>


Leave your answer on our Facebook page before noon on Saturday September 7th.  We will randomly choose a winner among all the ones who have participated. 

The winner will receive 2 tickets to the Abba Fest at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, September 8th.  

All SACC-LA members receives a 20% discount on the ticketsRead more about the Abba Fest and the offer in this newsletter. 


Abba Fest at the Hollywood Bowl

September 8th

Dance and sing under the stars with the best ABBA tribute band in the world: Waterloo, direct from Sweden!  Become a “Dancing Queen” for the night and sing along to all the hits, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All” and more.

When: Sunday, September 8th at 7pm.
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave.  See map here
Price: $24 – $86. All members of SACC-LA receives a 20% discount on the tickets.  Click here and use the code “ABBA” to receive the discount.

Presented by LA Phil. For tickets and information visit


Our Marketing Manager
Marie Wennergren


Marie Wennergren discovered her interest in international business and cross-cultural meetings after her exchange studies in Seoul, Republic of Korea. At SACC-LA she therefore hopes to gain more insight in international business and trade from a U.S. perspective.  Marie is about to finish her M.Sc. in Business and Economics at Stockholm University, specializing in finance.  Next to her studies she has been working at the division Active Trading at the Swedish bank SEB.  Also, at the student association of Stockholm University School of Business Marie has been working as a project leader as well as serving on the board of directors. 
Marie is convinced that SACC-LA will provide her a valuable life experience, both in terms of her career and personal development.  During the next six months she is dedicated to support and secure the future growth of SACC-LA.  When Marie is not working she enjoys doing all kinds of different sports and spending time with friends and family. 
At SACC-LA Marie will be responsible for finance and membership management. You can contact her at:, 424-270-3024.

Maximize Your SACC-LA Membership!

A membership at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles gives you lots of fantastic advantages.  Become aware and maximize your membership!

Examples of what we offer:

–       Host a customized business mixer (organized by SACC-LA).

–       Attend SACC-LA’s business and social events and gain access to our extensive network.

–       Exclusive invitations to member’s only events.

–       Ads for your business in Finally Friday, SACC-LA’s weekly newsletter, distributed to thousands worldwide.

–       Posts on SACC-LA’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account.
–       Showcase your business by becoming a speaker/panel member, sponsor, exhibitor at SACC-LA’s events, for example: Making it in America, The Swedish Affär or Eliason Merit Award.

–       Access to a nationwide network of 18 regional Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce.
–       Consult Services based on your company’s needs, we can assist with market research, administrative start-up duties etc.

–       J1 Trainee Program.  We can provide you with the matchmaking between U.S. companies and trainee candidates at an affordable price. 
Not a member yet?  You can read more about the different membership opportunities and become a member here.

Please contact us if you have questions:, 310-322-3616


Membership Spotlight

Gravlax Wine & Coffee Bar


Gravlax Wine & Coffee Bar is coming soon!  Please support Gravlax’s Fundraiser on Kickstarter and join them on Facebook

And here’s a little about the founder, Magnus:

“Growing up in northern Sweden meant that game, mostly moose meat, Arctic char, wild mushrooms and reindeer were staples on our table.  The curiosity for food from different cultures started when traveling to Greece, Germany and Spain.  After moving to Stockholm I was exposed to a great creative restaurant scene.  I have worked in pretty much every position imaginable in restaurants, in NYC and Los Angeles.  From 2007 through 2009 I owned my own company running two ski resort establishments In Åre, Sweden.

I’m sometimes considered to opinionated over food served.  I don’t think that is true!  I trust my palate and think I have just the right standards that should be required to serve food in a restaurant.  To venture into this project has come together in a really great way, the right space, the right partners and a great response from people already.  I know it takes effort to make this happen but I’m confident that this is the right time.”

Visit Gravlax website and back them up on Kickstarter and check out the flyer and inspiring video.



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President Obama Visits Sweden 
After an official arrival ceremony at the airport, President Obama and Prime Minister Reinfeldt held a bilateral meeting and a joint press conference.
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Not a member yet?
SACC-LA offers:

– Visibility through different marketing efforts
– Networking events customized to fit your needs
– Matchmaking opportunities
– Discounted deals for members
– Consulting service(s) and market research at an affordable price-point

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Royal baby on the way for Swedish princess
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