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Color and Comfort: Swedish Modern Design
What an event! Several people had already seen the art exhibit but commented that the program by Stephen Harrison, Curator of Decorative Art and Design, truly enriched their experience. Of course, L'Albatros Bar never disappoints...the apps and cocktails were delectable! The Color and Comfort exhibit runs through February 2020 so there is still time to see it if you missed this fabulous event!

IBN Holiday Event
SACC-Ohio was a sponsor of the annual International Business Network Holiday Luncheon again this year. This year's event was even better than last year with a conversation style keynote about IdeaStream's future programming, lots of wonderful auction items and gift baskets, loads of networking with other international chamber members and guests, and the food was delicious as always.


December 14 - Swedish Lucia Program
The Swedish Vasa community invites you to experience a Swedish Lucia celebration on Saturday, December 14, at 4:30 PM at Peace Lutheran Church, 3740 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights. The program begins with a winter concert of the Vasa Voices, directed by Judith Higbee, singing traditional winter and folk songs in Swedish. Following the vocal concert, the Lucia procession takes place.  Lucia and her attendants processing and singing traditional songs. Come and support these young people who learn to sing in Swedish. There is no charge for the Lucia program.

December 25 - Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service
For another real Swedish tradition, you are also invited to the Christmas Day Swedish Julotta Service at 6:30 AM on December 25! The service is held at Peace Lutheran Church, 3740 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights. A light breakfast will be served afterwards.

January 23 - SAVE THE DATE for SACC-Ohio's Annual Meeting
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As a category 5 storm, hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas with unthinkable destruction. Dorian did not become the disaster Floridians feared, but the Carolina coast line, including the Outer Banks which is not much more than a strip of sand, took a beating. I was very proud to hear that one of our SACC-USA J-1 visa interns with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Fort Lauderdale asked if us if he could take part in relief efforts in the Bahamas. As much as I want to see him offer help where needed, I also felt concerned for his safety. I hope to be able to report back on his contribution to the relief effort.

In the United States, Labor Day is behind us and business is back to normal, whatever normal is. But how is the U.S. economy doing? Depending on whom you ask, the economy is either soaring or sinking. Which side is right? Well, the consumer side remains strong. The unemployment rate is at a generation low and we have witnessed three straight years of wage growth. With greater job security and more income, people are spending money. Retail sales beat expectations.

On the business side, the picture is less bright. Companies are taking stock of the uncertainty at home and abroad – most notably the escalating trade war with China - and sitting on their cash. This has resulted in the first decline in business investment in three years. The manufacturing sector has been in a downturn since December and wild swings in the stock market are amplifying concerns.  

The ongoing Brexit turmoil along with ongoing trade wars might make for a bumpy beginning of the fall. On the brighter side, the SACC-USA network of 20 Regional Chambers has a lot of stability to offer in times of uncertainty and our flagship event SACC Summit is a constant. This year, we will meet in Washington D.C. on November 7-8. I look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful capital!

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