With a strong Swedish presence in the south Florida area, SACC Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach serve as a center for the Swedish community with a total of 200 members. This makes them one of the biggest Swedish American Chambers of Commerce. Florida attracts many Swedish start-ups because of the great climate, low taxes and the growing start-up scene in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. All this makes the area a perfect spot for Swedish businesses. Other than start-ups SACC-SFL is focusing on the maritime industry, which has a strong foothold in Florida.
“You should never enter a conversation with a question about what they can do for you. It’s all about helping others and you will build stronger connections”. Hicham says.
Another focus right now for SACC-SFL is their trainee program. Just as SACC San Diego, they offer an opportunity for members to get a full time trainee from the best universities in Sweden. Hicham is personally very focused on working together with SACC USA to make a complete trainee program and to produce information material about this to make it more visible for companies and members.
After two years at SACC-SFL Hicham is going to resign as Vice President later this spring. However he will continue being involved in the Chamber. Asked why he resigning, he answers;
"I have managed to build this Chamber together with the board and the team, and now is the time to focus on my own things, and let someone else who can be 110% dedicated carry the torch.”
To sum up our meeting with Hicham Larhnimi, I asked him for his best tips for non-profit organizations like the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce. His answer was simply;
"Nike said it a long time ago – Just do it!”