As we head into summer, it’s a good time to take stock of what we’ve accomplished and what lies ahead as we redouble our efforts to become a more robust, member-centric hub and resource for Swedish-American business.
Since the autumn, we have launched a new website, restructured our membership levels to clarify the value proposition and bring us into alignment with the Nordic AmChams and AmChams throughout the EU, begun drafting guidelines for Chamber operations and committees, and streamlined our administrative processes and technologies. In doing so, we have eliminated redundancies and reduced expenses, all of which will assist us in providing improved levels of service.
In addition, we have had more than 100 meetings with member companies – if we haven’t met yet, we hope to meet with you soon. What is more, we have bolstered alliances with key stakeholders, including the U.S. Embassy, AmChams in the Nordics and across the EU, the U.S. Chamber or Commerce (which we visited earlier this month), academic institutions, and industry associations such as Svenskt Näringsliv.
We have crafted a 3-year business plan, amended the bylaws and launched a series of programs to engage members at every level. These include the New North Forum, a platform for CEOs with Nordic-wide responsibilities; the Business Rocks Breakfast Sessions, a monthly program to share knowledge about AmCham’s key topics and policy priorities; and the Executive Forum for CEOs.
As the voice of American business in Sweden, we have hosted a U.S. Congressional Delegation, spoken at trade and policy events, and participated in roundtables, including discussions with EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, and a number of U.S. officials. And in Almedalen next week, we are cohosting the Tillsammans Mot Korruption event as well as a seminar and mingle on preclearance at Arlanda – you can see all the Almedalen events we are working on here.
Significantly, the Government Relations Working Committee has been re-established and has already begun to leverage their experience and network working with Government officials and members of Parliament. They are drafting a white paper and they arranged a compelling and timely breakfast briefing on the Spring Budget Bill just after its introduction.
The momentum we have generated during the first half of 2015 will help carry us towards our goals of expanding the AmCham network, sharing the thought leadership contained within our network, and advocating for issues that impact the Swedish-American business community. However, much work remains, and we need your help us further focus our efforts and deliver value that helps you reach your business objectives.
To that end, we have created a short survey, which is included in this newsletter, to identify the issues and programs you deem most critical, and to help us improve member services.
Above all else, I would like to thank you for all the encouragement and support you have given as we develop as a member-centric hub for Swedish-American business entirely focused on delivering value to you, our members.