Swedish American Chambers of Commerce gathered to discuss transatlantic trade, chamber management, and strategy for future.
SACC Summit was the first gathering of all the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce (SACC) in the United States since the network’s founding in 1988. The program included a conference during that day addressing everything from SACC’s role in Swedish-American trade promotion, to methods of serving and empowering members, to daily chamber operational efficiency.
Along with presentations from a variety of distinguished speakers, attendees participated in small break out groups focused on issues impacting chambers across the country.
Therese Linde, President of SACC-USA, presented on “SACC 2.0,” the next step in the SACC network’s evolution. In the presentation she reaffirmed SACC’s mission of promoting and accelerating trade, commerce and investments between Sweden and the United States and put forth the goal of becoming the #1 bilateral business network in the U.S. in terms of size, quality of services and benefits for its members. Main strategies President Linde mentioned included: increased communication and cooperation between regional chambers, developing current programs to be “double direction” i.e., from and to Sweden/ the U.S. and developing a self-sustaining financial platform for SACC-USA to enable a physical presence in more locations.
In the evening, H.E. Ambassador of Sweden Jonas Hafström invited SACC and the Swedish consuls for a barbeque. Day two consisted of a luncheon on Capitol Hill hosted by SACC-USA in partnership with the Swedish Congressional Caucus. SACC Summit provided unparalleled opportunities for the SACC regional chambers to learn from and network with each other. Over 108 board members from all the regional chambers attended. SACC Summit was sponsored by Volvo group, Skanska, SAAB group, the Swedish Institute, SEB, Företagarna, Scandia Germania, Lindahls and the Swedish Embassy in the U.S.
By Addison Larrow
Reaffirming SACC’s mission of promoting and accelerating trade, commerce and investments between Sweden and the U.S. SACC-USA President Therese Linde presenting “SACC 2.0”