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  • 9 May 2024 2:40 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    SACC Georgia had the pleasure of interviewing Coryn Marsik, the Director of International Investment at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). With a robust background in international relations and over four years at the helm of international engagement for the state, Marsik leads Georgia’s initiatives to attract and support foreign direct investment. Her role encompasses managing the state’s FDI strategies, international offices, and collaborating with local chambers of commerce to strengthen Georgia’s business environment. The services offered by Marsik and her department are provided free of charge, emphasizing Georgia’s commitment to supporting business expansion and economic development.

    Georgia's business landscape is known for its dynamic growth and innovation. How do you believe this environment has contributed to the success of international companies, who choose to establish their presence here?

    Georgia’s environment offers a blend of strategic investments and business-friendly policies that make it attractive for international companies. We are intentional about our infrastructure investments, such as in our ports and airports, which facilitate easy market access. The state's dynamic growth in sectors like e-mobility and Life Sciences, coupled with a commitment to workforce development and education, creates a fertile ground for businesses to thrive. Our large-scale initiatives, like the emphasis on state’s sea and inland ports, highlight our proactive approach to fostering an environment conducive to business success.

    In what ways does GDEcD assist international businesses?

    We provide a free comprehensive range of services to international companies considering Georgia as their U.S. base. This includes site selection, market research, and workforce development. We actively engage with these companies post-establishment to ensure their continued success and integration into Georgia’s economic landscape. Our services extend to integrating them into our regional and statewide business networks, including their industry ecosystems, statewide utility partners, and our university and technical colleges. 

    How does the department collaborate with organizations to foster economic development and strengthen ties between Georgia and global markets?

    Collaboration is key to our strategy. We work with a variety of stakeholders including local chambers, trade offices, consulates, our own communities, and other partners to build a robust international business ecosystem. For example, our international offices coordinate with local teams to support both the export aspirations of Georgian companies and the investment needs of foreign enterprises. This synergistic approach helps streamline the integration of international companies into our local markets and supports their expansion and success.

    Have you worked with any Swedish companies who were interested in GA as a location for their US expansion?

    Yes, we have a long-standing relationship with Swedish companies, and Georgia has had a Swedish consular presence for over 220 years. Companies like Electrolux and Husqvarna are examples of Swedish enterprises that have established significant operations in Georgia. We continue to see interest and expansion from Swedish firms across various sectors, reflecting our strong ties with Sweden and our mutual commitment to fostering business growth.

    Could you highlight any recent success stories where GDEcD helped any Scandinavian-American businesses?

    Recent expansions by Swedish companies in Georgia exemplify our successful engagement with Scandinavian-American businesses. These companies have thrived under our economic development strategies, benefiting from our supportive business environment and tailored assistance. The ongoing expansions and investments from these companies into diverse industries such as manufacturing and healthcare are testament to the effectiveness of our collaboration and the opportunities available in Georgia’s dynamic economy.

  • 10 Apr 2024 6:05 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Georgia (SACC-Georgia) is looking for a self-driven and motivated candidate to serve as The Executive Director.

    SACC-Georgia is a non-profit organization that offers its members business services, events, and develops and cultivates business opportunities and relationships through a unique international business community. 

    The Executive Director will report to the Chairperson and Board of Directors and is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations. This includes working with the Chairperson and Board of Directors on strategic plans, and to achieve the goals set by the board with the support of staff. This position requires a dedicated, capable and energetic person who can keep the pace of current developments going forward, and who wishes to continue to bring SACC-Georgia to new heights. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

    • Recruit, retain and oversee staff to manage the day-to-day operations of SACC Georgia.

    • Working with the chamber board members and staff to organize and ensure that the chamber’s committees and task forces work in accordance with the mission statement.

    • Organize Board meetings and Annual Meetings with the help of staff.

    • Serve as the day-to-day public face of the Chamber, representing the organization at programs and in other public outreach opportunities with members and others.

    • Writing newsletters and promoting the chamber via social media


    • A degree in Business or equivalent. 

    • Fluency in written/verbal English. Fluency in Swedish is a plus but not a requirement.

    • Experience in business development and executive communication desired.

    • Experience in sales preferred. 

    • Experience in event planning is preferred. 

    • Highly organized and strong attention to detail. 

    • Leadership, communication, and board relations skills desired. 

    Job Details 

    We are looking for a candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. This is a part-time position, 20 hours/week. Start date July 2024.

    How to Apply 

    Email your resume and cover letter to

  • 4 Apr 2024 10:04 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    Marketing and Event Intern, SACC Georgia, Fall 2024

    Job Description

    We are seeking a vibrant marketing intern to join our team, where you'll thrive in a dynamic position requiring a high level of independence under supervision while engaging in diverse projects. Our emphasis on a service-oriented mindset is as significant as your professional prowess. The primary responsibilities encompass website and social media management, the creation and development of newsletters, marketing collaterals, invitations, press releases, and other communication send-outs. Moreover, your role extends to the active promotion of the Chamber, the orchestration and execution of various Chamber events, and the handling of routine administrative tasks. This position serves as a platform for fostering creativity and solution-oriented thinking, encouraging the trainee to take on challenges within the realms of marketing and event management. We are specifically seeking an individual who is not only willing but eager to spearhead and drive projects in the fields of marketing and event management. The ideal candidate would possess skills and/or a keen interest in graphic design, providing an added advantage to contribute creatively to our endeavors.


    Currently pursuing or recently graduated with a degree in Marketing, Business, Communications, or a related field.

    Swedish citizenship or strong ties to Sweden (for U.S. visa purposes).

    Excellent verbal and written skills in both Swedish and English.

    Familiarity with website management, social media platforms, and digital marketing strategies.

    A creative mindset with the ability to contribute innovative ideas to marketing and event projects.

    Interest or experience in organizing and executing events, from planning to implementation.

    While not mandatory, skills or a keen interest in graphic design would be an added advantage.


    This is a six-month internship starting in July of 2024. The internship does not provide monetary compensation as SACC-USA is a non-profit organization. As an intern abroad, you can apply for scholarships. Depending on the university program, some students may also be eligible for student aid from CSN. SACC-USA will assist with the visa application process. To be eligible for a J-1 visa, you must be a Swedish citizen. This position provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience and business-related skills, while also developing a professional international network. Working in a highly inspirational atmosphere and collaborating with industry leaders and professionals across various business sectors will allow you to acquire new experiences and enhance your skills. You will gain insight into how business is conducted in the U.S., as well as improve your English speaking and writing skills. Developing an understanding of U.S. customs and culture and becoming adept at cross-cultural communication are invaluable skills for your future career. Seize this once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain a competitive edge—both in Sweden and internationally.

    Apply Here.

  • 4 Apr 2024 9:58 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    Business Development Intern, SACC-Georgia, Fall 2024

    Job Description

    We're looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Business Development Intern at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce Georgia (SACC-Georgia). Through a diverse range of activities, including networking events, cultural programs, market research, trade initiatives, and member services, we strive to build strong connections between Sweden and Georgia.As a Business Development Intern, you will play a pivotal role in driving our mission forward. We're seeking an individual who can thrive working independently under supervision while actively engaging in various projects. Your professional skills are important to us, and we equally value a service-minded approach.

    As a Business Development Intern you will actively promote the Chamber at networking events, showcasing the benefits of collaboration and fostering meaningful connections within the business community. Meet with potential members and sponsors, understanding their needs, and highlighting the value of SACC-Georgia's offerings. Take charge of organizing various Chamber events, contributing to their success and ensuring a seamless experience for participants. Handle routine administrative tasks efficiently, ensuring the smooth functioning of day-to-day operations. Utilize your knowledge in accounting to support the monthly financial administration of SACC-Georgia.


    Currently enrolled in a university program or graduated within a relevant field of study.

    Higher education within business administration, finance, communication, project management or a relevant field.

    Swedish citizenship or strong ties to Sweden (for U.S. visa purposes).

    Excellent verbal and written skills in both Swedish and English.

    Demonstrate the ability to work independently, juggling various responsibilities simultaneously.

    Possess a strong service-oriented mindset, understanding the importance of client satisfaction and relationship-building.

    Experience or knowledge in accounting is considered an additional qualification, contributing to the meticulous administration of finances.

    Any skills in sales are advantageous, enhancing your ability to engage potential members and sponsors effectively.


    This is a six-month internship starting in July of 2024. The internship does not provide monetary compensation as SACC-USA is a non-profit organization. As an intern abroad, you can apply for scholarships. Depending on the university program, some students may also be eligible for student aid from CSN. SACC-USA will assist with the visa application process. To be eligible for a J-1 visa, you must be a Swedish citizen.

    This position provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience and business-related skills, while also developing a professional international network. Working in a highly inspirational atmosphere and collaborating with industry leaders and professionals across various business sectors will allow you to acquire new experiences and enhance your skills. You will gain insight into how business is conducted in the U.S., as well as improve your English speaking and writing skills. Developing an understanding of U.S. customs and culture and becoming adept at cross-cultural communication are invaluable skills for your future career. Seize this once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain a competitive edge—both in Sweden and internationally.

    Apply Here

  • 2 Apr 2024 6:44 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    For over 100 years, The Wesley Company has been a cornerstone in the commercial real estate sector, offering unmatched services and a commitment to community value. From helping clients find the perfect location to offering innovative solutions like third-party logistics and Foreign Trade Zones, The Wesley Company exemplifies dedication to customer service and industry excellence.

    What is the focus of your business?

    Our company works in commercial real estate as our family has for over 100 years.

    What value does this offer to a customer?

    We call it a “stake in the community”. A high standard of customer service is essential to protecting our reputation as a company and a family.

    What do your services entail?

    We primarily work with businesses to help them find the right facilities for their business real estate needs. This might be an office, a warehouse, a building, or land. We also help owners and companies dispose of or rent their properties.

    Where the majority of our activity is in Georgia, we also help our clients with other facilities needs around the US.

    Is there any specific area of Atlanta that you focus on?

    Not really. Atlanta has many areas that all differ as to their benefits. In order to serve the customer’s needs, we must take all alternative areas into account. We try to help folks define their needs, starting with where they want to live, where their clients are and what is the nature of their interaction, where their employees live, the need for future expansion of both their facilities and employee base and their needs for specific amenities and services.

    Is this only sales and leasing? What else does this include?

    There have been many changes in recent years in the real estate needs of corporations. We have had customers that ended up electing to work from their homes or from a shared facility, a mailing address, an answering service. If this is what they need, we do not benefit from trying to sell them something that they do not.

    The results are very interesting meetings with non-traditional real estate options like 3PL-FTZs that offer third party logistics or fulfillment services as well as Foreign Trade Zones through which an international business might avoid, reduce or defer tariffs on their imported goods.

    If their products warrant a foreign trade zone benefit, we can also assist them in their getting this for the facility from which they elect to operate.

    Sounds like much more than just real estate.

    Yes, a lot of the issues like facility design, building and occupancy permits, and insurance requirements differ in the US from those of other countries. Where we do not discourage hiring legal services when and where necessary, we can also answer or can offer an explanation for many of the questions that arise as a result of these differences or arrange an introduction to someone without needlessly wasting money.

    Our activities as a service provider are not driven by immediate economic gratification from the people that we meet and interact with every day.

    Business transactions from which we profit are often the culmination of many years of relationship building with a multitude of people.

  • 26 Feb 2024 3:43 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    SACC GA sits down with Alberto Ponce González, a biomedical engineer born in Texas, raised in Mexico, and project manager of the Soft Landings program at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. With eight years of experience in business development, Alberto brings a problem-solving mindset to our discussion. As the leader of the Soft Landings program, he delves into the pivotal role its services play in facilitating the smooth entry of foreign companies into the U.S. market. Our conversation explores the Soft Landings program, the challenges it addresses, and the distinctive approach that distinguishes Georgia Tech, offering valuable perspectives for companies worldwide contemplating expansion into the dynamic U.S. business arena.

    Why was the Soft Landings program created?

    The Soft Landings program was created to assist foreign companies in entering the U.S. market seamlessly. It focuses on three main components: instructional aspects covering industry-specific topics, U.S. business culture, and market research; connecting companies with business leaders and industry experts; and providing access to the essential service providers needed to establish a business.

    What are some of the prominent challenges foreign companies face trying to enter the U.S. market?

    Foreign companies often face challenges in understanding the U.S. business culture and aligning their products or services to U.S. expectations. It's crucial to conduct thorough market research, customer discovery, and address organizational readiness to make informed decisions about entering the market.

    What is the cost for these services?

    The Soft Landings program fee is $8,000 per company, which covers the entire seven-week program, including the immersion week. Travel and lodging expenses are not included. Our focus is on providing valuable skills, tools, and resources for companies exploring international expansion.

    What type of businesses do you see more frequently coming to request your services? How do they find you/you find them?

    We often work with tech, agriculture, health, and various other industries. Companies usually find us through partnerships with chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, or other organizations. They approach us with a group of companies interested in the Soft Landings program.

    What sets Georgia Tech apart from others providing similar services?

    Georgia Tech's Soft Landings program stands out due to our non-profit university status and emphasis capacity building. We assist companies at the stage where they may not have conducted formal market research, focusing on developing essential skills for international expansion. We are also part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, which is Georgia Tech’s economic development unit. Being a program of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, the largest and most comprehensive university-based, economic development organization in the U.S., gives Soft Landings clients access to complementary services that address their needs from manufacturing to startup support.

    Have you had customers from Sweden?

    As of now, I don't have specific information about companies from Sweden participating in the Soft Landings program. While there might have been companies from Northern Europe before my time, our program has engaged with companies from various regions, including Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

  • 30 Jan 2024 2:49 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    SACC GA had the pleasure of interviewing Julia Müller, an experienced professional at Aprio with an intriguing story. Originally from Germany, coming to the US as an au pair, stayed for love, and acquired her accounting degree. Julia has now been part of Aprio for eight and a half years, climbing the ranks from intern to senior manager servicing International, Manufacturing and Technology clients. Julia highlights that her commitment to Aprio is driven by the workplace that nurtures employee success. Aprio's diverse organization not only caters to their clients but also prioritizes the well-being of its core—the employees. 

    In the fast-paced world of finance, Aprio stands out by embracing growth and diversity. From a Georgia-based firm to 21 offices across the U.S. and two international offices in the Philippines and Colombia, we offer international accounting expertise in over 60 languages. Aprio thrives on adaptability to stay ahead in the industry.

    Aprio's Diverse Service Portfolio

    Aprio offers a wide range of services that cover all your financial needs, from tax and audit to retirement planning and staffing solutions. Our expertise spans various industries: Construction, Dental, Healthcare, Housing, Manufacturing & Distribution, Financial Services, Nonprofit & Education, Private Equity, Government Contracting, Professional Services, Real Estate, Restaurants, Franchise & Hospitality and Technology & Blockchain, making us a one-stop-shop for clients across the board.

    Unlocking Aprio's Global Accounting Expertise: Inbound Clients Across Continents

    Under the leadership of Yelena Epova, the Aprio international tax advisory team comprehends the implications of new laws and provisions on international tax planning and your business. The team’s expertise enables you to secure both inbound and outbound international investments, fine-tune your global tax strategy, and lower your effective global tax rate. Additionally, our global accounting advisors serve inbound clients across Asia, Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, delivering international accounting expertise in 60+ languages.

    What Sets Aprio Apart? A Culture of Inclusivity and Client-Centric Growth

    Rebranded around six years ago, Aprio's culture shift is the secret ingredient. With 31 fundamentals guiding the way we treat each other and the clients we proudly serve, we're not just a firm; we're a client-centric organization. From comprehensive services to a commitment to growth, Aprio is redefining the game in the financial world, embracing diversity as a core strength.

  • 22 Jan 2024 11:20 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    SACC GA interviewed Cecilia Kullman, Director HR Solutions at YER USA. YER USA is a recruitment agency specializing in European-based companies operating in the U.S. YER HR Solutions is a separate entity supporting start-up companies with payroll and benefits administration so they can focus on what matters most – managing and growing their business in the U.S. market. Our interview explores the essence of HR Solutions, the challenges they address, and the unique expertise that sets YER USA apart, providing valuable insights for European companies eyeing expansion into the thriving U.S. business landscape.

    Cecilia came to the U.S. thirty years ago from Bohuslän, Sweden, to study at the University of Maryland. She lives in Washington, D.C. s and previously worked at SACC-USA for many years. Her greatest legacy with SACC-USA is building the J1 visa program, providing practical work experience in the U.S. for young Swedes.

    What is HR Solutions, and what value does it have for startups aiming at the U.S. market?

    YER HR Solutions is a program of significant importance specifically for startups or smaller companies ready for the U.S. market and looking to hire U.S.-based personnel.  YER USA can assist with the recruitment search or the company may already have a pre-selected candidate. Through YER HR Solutions, we offer services that include employment contracts and the administration of salaries and benefits.YER HR Solutions becomes the employer of record, meaning we take care of everything from payroll and benefits to insurance and taxes. It also means that a European startup can make its first hires in the U.S. without being incorporated here.

    What problems do you help companies solve, and why is it most valuable for them?

    Companies looking to establish operations in the US encounter different regulations in different states, and we solve problems they may not even be aware of. It is especially valuable for those who are new and are looking to expand. With YER HR Solutions, they don't need to worry about employment contracts or different state labor laws; we handle hiring and administration so they can focus on growing their business in the U.S.

    How do you differentiate yourselves from others in the market, and what makes your experts special?

    We have experts focusing on Europe, including Sweden. Our  team members understand the knowledge gaps and can help eliminate cultural barriers. We offer knowledge of both Swedish and American work cultures, making it easier for Swedish companies to establish themselves and thrive in the USA.

    What do you want to emphasize for Swedish companies considering expanding to the USA?

    The U.S. market is strong and constantly growing, with incredible opportunities. Swedish companies should not be afraid to take the leap. We make it easy for companies to enter the market by reducing entry barriers. Just focus on your business development and we will take care of your employees. Swedish companies have a lot to offer the U.S. market, have a good reputation and are well-positioned in many sectors and technologies. Now is the time to take the step and explore opportunities in the world's largest market.

  • 17 Jan 2024 2:01 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    YER USA and Nature Planet ApS joined forces to host an exceptional Career Workshop! ✨ Stimulating discussions led by Gunilla Girardo, Principal and Executive Recruiter YER USA and a warm welcome from Jeff Moen, General Manager of Nature Planet, made each moment a meaningful contribution to our personal and professional development journey.

    A sincere thank you to our dedicated group, all driven by the shared goal of self-growth and career advancement. Together, we openly exchanged thoughts and addressed the challenges in today's dynamic career landscape. Participants had the valuable opportunity to seek advice from experts like Gunilla Girardo and her fantastic team at YER USA, gaining insights into overcoming challenges.

    Stay tuned for updates on our next exciting event, and encourage others to join us on this enriching journey! ⭐

  • 28 Dec 2023 12:05 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    Join us for an exclusive Career Workshop led by YER USA and hosted in collaboration with Nature Planet

    Attention, young professionals! Seize the opportunity to partake in a dynamic workshop and roundtable discussion led by Gunilla Girardo, Principal & Executive Recruiter at YER USA. The event, graciously hosted by Danish Company Nature Planet, will feature a welcome remark from Jeff Moen, the Managing Director of Nature Planet. This unique gathering is designed to empower your career development, equipping you with essential tools to enhance your professional trajectory. Get ready to formulate a personalized strategic plan for success.

    The YP-Network is dedicated to uniting ambitious young professionals and students. We offer a distinctive platform for expanding your network and engaging with established professionals across diverse fields, all under the SACC-GA umbrella. Don't miss this valuable opportunity to elevate your career!


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The primary objective of SACC-Georgia is to 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.


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