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  • 2 Jul 2021 11:16 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tycho Stahl, who is a partner and practice leader of the Global Commerce Practice at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP.  Mr. Stahl is also a board member of SACC-GA. Arnall Golden Gregory is a midsize law firm with offices in both Atlanta and Washington. They provide clients with a full range of services including real estate, healthcare, retail, global commerce and mobility, government investigations, and life sciences. Mr. Stahl mainly focuses on foreign companies and their interactions with the U.S.

     

    Background

    Although Mr. Stahl was born in Germany, he's lived most of his life in the United States. After studying at both Harvard University for undergrad and Georgetown University for law school, he worked in New York and Boston before coming down south to Atlanta.  Mr. Stahl has almost 30 years of experience practicing law and currently represents over 140 European (including Swedish) companies in their engagement with the U.S. Mr. Stahl has been with Arnall Golden Gregory for about 12 years. He frequently participates in panels in both Europe and the United States. When speaking of his career, it is clear that Mr. Stahl thoroughly enjoys what he does.

    “Keeping international clients from harm in the United States is kind of my bread and butter”

     

    Mr. Stahl’s unique selling points

    With his international background, Tycho is able to provide his clients with a unique perspective on their cases. Mr. Stahl has the unique ability to merge European thinking and American thinking, which enables him to better provide for his clients and his firm.

    “I feel like I have a lot of empathy and understanding for how things work in Europe… but I also have a lot of empathy for this country [the United States] as well, so I can really help European companies navigate the U.S.”

     

    Being a Member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce- Georgia

    “International means several things for us”

    Arnall Golden Gregory strives to provide services in many ways in international areas. This is seen in the company’s efforts to turn Atlanta into an international hub for arbitration, the representation of those who wish to acquire assets in the United States, immigration practices, and international commerce services. Tycho’s frequent traveling abroad has given him a great deal of experience in the international arena. His experience in the international field gives him a connection to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. As for why Mr. Stahl continues to cherish his time with SACC-GA, it’s pretty simple:

    “I really like the people in SACC GA and I really like the events”

    His frequent travels to Sweden forged a connection between himself and the Swedish people - he thoroughly enjoys getting to know his Swedish clients and learning their culture. 

     

    Atlanta is a great place for business

    Mr. Stahl describes Atlanta as being an “awesome place for business” for several reasons.

    1) There is a large infrastructure of service providers that are experts at welcoming foreign business in the United States. These service providers ease the transition into the US.

    2) There is a highly educated workforce that enjoys working for foreign companies.

    3) It’s a good location. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, widely regarded as the busiest and most convenient airport in the US, is located in Atlanta. The city is a great logistical hub, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a relatively affordable place to live.


  • 1 Jul 2021 2:57 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    Click the links below in order to read more about the latest press release concerning the SACC USA 2021 Business Survey. 

    SACC Georgia Press Release.docx

    SACC USA Business Survey RESULTS no 2 2021 FINAL.pdf


  • 28 Jun 2021 11:54 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)


    We recently had the opportunity to interview two recruiting professionals in our network and explore their tips for recent graduates who are searching for jobs. Through exclusive interviews, we are able to share Bernard van der Lande and Dan Erling’s best advice for those on the job hunt. 


    Dan Erling

    • Mr. Erling discusses how important it is to understand the culture of a company when considering what to wear to a job interview. It is important to do research on the company beforehand to ascertain the culture of the company. If you have no information about the company, it is recommended that a jacket and a button up shirt be worn and for women a business blouse. Being more formal is better than being underdressed. 

    • After an interview, Mr. Erling states that it is important to follow up with a thank you email. It makes a huge difference. 

    • Never make an interview about yourself. Strive to understand how you can bring value to the company and focus on that. Discussing how you can bring value to a company through your own experience is a great way to stand out in an interview. 


    Bernard van der Lande

    • The best way to network is to be proactive about it. You can reach out to people on social media and start conversations about their posts or achievements. LinkedIn is a great place to do that. You have to make the first move to make an impression. 

    • To stand out in an interview, you have to show that you are enthusiastic to be there. People do not want to hire someone who looks unenthusiastic. Showing you are happy to be there and enthusiastic about your work is the best way to impress your interviewer.


  • 28 Jun 2021 3:26 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Niklas Karlsson and Nicolas Correa to talk about Woodable, their sustainable wooden cutlery business. Correa, who has a background working for a well known company in Chile, now manages all marketing and sales of wooden products from the Fosforos group. Karlsson, a SACC GA Board Member, is the distributor for Woodable here in the U.S. Woodable’s utensils are produced the same way the company has been making wooden products for decades. Their cutlery is truly sustainable and, in an effort to battle deforestation, they plant 4 trees for every 3 trees harvested. Read on for more background and a glimpse into the future of this exciting company that became a bestseller on Amazon just months after launching.

    Background

    The company has Swedish origins as the factory was owned by Swedish Match up until the 1990s when it was sold to two employees who currently run it. There is still a great working relationship with Swedish Match - in fact, the machines for the manufacturing of the matches line are still in working order and are still in use today! Correa maintains that the company has “a Swedish heart”. After the sale of the company and as demand for matches declined, more products were added. Most recently, a line of eco-friendly wooden cutlery was added. They have a diversified range of products and their customers range from large retailers to small restaurants. In addition to matches and wooden cutlery, Fosfora group produces other wooden products such as coffee stirrers, popsicle sticks and paint sticks. The company recently invested in a new factory where the Woodable cutlery will be produced. The capacity will depend on the demand, but it will still be the largest wooden cutlery factory in the world. The company has more than 8,000 acres of forested land at the foot of the Andes Mountains and uses run-off water from the mountains for irrigation. Correa emphasizes that the firm’s ambition is to be sustainable and they replant more trees than they cut.

    “Our goal is to be seen as being on the forefront of being an eco-friendly business”.

    Quality Products

    Woodable engaged early with a marketing firm in the US to help visualize the brand - a superior product with a strong moral compass. Everything from the design of the website to the packaging of the product communicates to the consumer that Woodable sells an eco-friendly and high quality product. Innovative packaging allows for shipments without extra wrapping, and the cutlery can be displayed directly in the box. Inside the flap of the box is a note of gratitude to the consumer along with a short brand story. As sustainability is a key ideology of the firm, the packaging is also sustainable.

    “The Woodable fork is able to lift a full chicken or roast, and the Woodable knife is able to cut a steak.”

    Sustainability and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification

    Woodable is the only wooden cutlery manufacturer outside of China. The Chilean factory uses wood from a sustainable forest at the foot of the Andes mountains, and Karlsson emphasizes how important this is.

    “Timber is expensive to ship and it makes sense to have a factory nearby and you know where the wood comes from. Woodable has their own FCS (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests.”

    Unlike plastic, wooden cutlery is compostable and turns into soil in as little as 90 days. Plastic can be recycled, but only about 8% of plastics are properly done so.

    Connection to Sweden

    Woodable is a SACC GA sponsor and their US distribution partner, Niklas Karlsson, is a SACC GA board member. Correa says it is a perfect partnership.

    “Our partnership with Niklas makes perfect sense as our company was originally Swedish Match and the heart of our company is still Swedish.”

    Woodable sponsored our recent Sweden Day 2021 celebration and provided the cutlery used at the event. The partnership was fitting as Sweden is frequently named as one of the leading countries for sustainability. Correa hopes to join us here in Atlanta for our Swedish National Day celebration next year!


  • 17 Jun 2021 9:46 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    We are super excited to present a new addition to our series, Board Member Spotlight. This is a way for you to get to know SACC GA's board members in a video format.

    Tycho Stahl is a partner and co-chair of the global commerce practice at Arnell Golden Gregory, and has been involved as a SACC GA board member for several years. He works with foreign companies that invest in the United States.
    Enjoy!


  • 14 Jun 2021 11:31 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

     What would you consider the best learning experience at SACC-GA?

    I would say that the best learning experience was learning  the American business talk. I have worked closely with the executive director and this has taught me how an organization really works. I’ve been involved with invoicing, event planning, and graphic design. Through this experience I have learned how many parts it takes to be an organization.

    What is your favorite memory of being an intern at SACC-GA

    My favorite memories of being an intern at SACC Georgia are the events. For instance, the Celebration for International Women's Day on March 8th turned out very good. It focused on women in sustainable business. I also have good memories of the exchanges between members that I have had. 

    What are you most proud of in your internship?

    I am proud of developing the graphic material, including the newsletters and the website. I am also proud of meeting so many inspiring people. I am proud of getting the opportunity to have conversations with these people and improving my communication skills and English. 

    What are you going to miss the most about being a SCC-Ga intern?

    I am going to miss the relationships I have formed with the members of SACC-GA. I feel like I have left a mark here, everyone will remember me as the intern that they never met in person. I will also miss working with everyone at SACC-GA.

    What is your next step?

    I will start my master’s program in September, but before that I will have two weeks off where I can enjoy the Swedish summer!



  • 11 Jun 2021 8:47 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    We are super excited to present our new series, Board Member Spotlight. This is a way for you to get to know SACC GA's board members in a video format.

    First out is the entrepreneur, Niklas Karlsson who has been involved as a SACC GA board member for several years. He handles many projects at the same time such as NK Trading, the wine company Hand Selected L.L.C. and works as a Regional Sales Director for Forestry Timber 
    Enjoy!



  • 19 May 2021 2:24 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    Tell us a bit about your background

    I'm 21 years old and I'm a senior at the University of North Georgia. I'm graduating in August with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs with a concentration in Europe. I was born and raised in Gwinnett County, Georgia and for the past three years I have attended school in Dahlonega. I love living up in the mountains of North Georgia but I'm excited to start my future career wherever that may take me. 

    Why did you apply for this internship?

    I'm hoping to pursue a career in the international field, and I was thinking that SACC Georgia would give me a great opportunity to expand my experience in quality of skill in a business setting. SACC Georgia gives me great exposure to international trade in the exchange of business between two countries. This internship is also a wonderful opportunity for me to diversify my skill set by learning marketing and membership managements skills

    What are your expectations for this internship?

    I'm expecting that this internship will give me a lot of valuable life and work experience.

    What do you think SACC Georgia can offer your future career?

    I think the biggest thing that's at Georgia can offer me in my future career is the experience. I'm expecting to learn a lot that I'll be able to apply to my future career.

    What is your impression of Sweden?

    My impression of Sweden is that Sweden seems to be a country of kind and outdoorsy people. The country is beautiful and has breathtaking landscapes. The Swedes are people that would go out of their way to make you feel welcome.



  • 18 May 2021 12:35 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

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  • 3 May 2021 2:37 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

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    Learn Swedish Now, LLC provides Swedish language educational services with highly qualified instructors. Their services include small-group and private classes. Their customers are individuals, corporations, and government organizations.They also provide educational solutions that prepare our customers for upcoming relocations, new work assignments, or improved communication with family and friends. 

    • Tell us a little bit about your company, what does Learn Swedish Now, LLC do?
    "My company helps people speak Swedish with confidence! "

    I work with my customers to identify their particular needs and learning styles to provide solutions that let them learn quickly and efficiently. Learn Swedish Now offers small group classes and private lessons for all levels of proficiency in the Swedish language. Right now all our classes are virtual, and as a result, we service clients from many different geographical areas and time zones. My customers come to me for a wide variety of reasons; some are planning to relocate to Sweden for work or school. Others have a partner or close family member who speaks Swedish, and some are interested in their Scandinavian heritage. Whatever the reason, I make sure they are ready and confident with their language skills.

    • What is the history of Learn Swedish Now, LLC? And how did you come up with this business idea?

     I was working for other organizations teaching Swedish for a couple of years and realized that I wanted to improve the experience for my students. I noticed how important it is to have small groups to provide an effective learning environment, and that every student has their own unique learning style. I wanted to give my students the option of learning in groups of no more than four and provide private, customized instructions. I also wanted to make learning fun and engaging by weaving in my students' interests, current events, and Swedish culture and history. I founded Learn Swedish Now, LLC to implement my vision for a better learning method and the company quickly took off, building a large and enthusiastic customer base. Today we offer lunch classes in different time zones, conversation classes, private lessons, and more. We also have solutions for all levels of proficiency and age groups.

    •  Tell us a short summary about you. 

    My name is Jessica Tovesson and I currently live just outside of Chicago in Naperville, IL with my husband and two school-aged children. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education (B. Ed.) from Stockholm University and have worked as the Assistant Principal at the Swedish School in Washington DC before relocating to the Chicago area where I started my own company Learn Swedish Now, LLC. I have also worked as a teacher over 15 years in public schools in both Sweden and the USA. I am passionate about languages and different cultures, and I have traveled to many corners of the world over the years. In addition to English and Swedish, I also speak German and Spanish.

    • What is the biggest accomplishment Learn Swedish Now has accomplished?

    I am very proud of all my satisfied customers over the years. My students have used their new knowledge of Swedish for Embassy appointments, to work as researchers at Swedish Universities, and moved to a loved one in Sweden. 

    • What's your connection to Sweden? 

    I grew up in Kalmar, a small town in the southeast of Sweden which I still have a strong connection to. I'm always looking forward to visiting Sweden where I enjoy celebrating midsummer and vacation together with my family and friends once a year. Kalmar is a very popular vacation destination in the summer, with a beautiful medieval castle and proximity to the popular beaches on the island Öland (Öland which literally translates to "island"). I also lived in Stockholm for many years, working in the travel industry and studying. I met my future husband in 2005, a Swedish scientist that was living and working in the US at the time. We got married the following year and settled down in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2017 we moved to Washington, DC, and had a great time exploring our nation's capital. When my husband was offered a new position in Chicago in 2019 we relocated once again, which is when I founded Learn Swedish Now, LLC.  

    • Do you have any connections to Georgia?

    I visited Savannah on a vacation with my family a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful coastal landscapes, the rich history, and its impressive architecture. We are all looking forward to coming to visit again in the near future to stay longer and perhaps explore more of the region and certainly enjoy more of the Southern cuisine. 

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    Contact: jessica@learnswedishnow.com 

    Websitehttps://www.learnswedishnow.com/ 



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