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The Scandinavian Trade Association is a non-profit organization established in 1992 to foster the growth of Scandinavian business and cultural exchange in the Tampa Bay Area.

Fellow Scandinavian Trade Association Members and Friends:

Our Board of Directors continue to move forward with new and exciting ideas that are designed to improve the Scandinavian Trade Association.  Just to give you a few:

As part of our business focus, we are beginning a program to network with other trade and business organizations.  This will facilitate a number of opportunities including reaching out to new members and contacts, as well as letting others know of us.

We are linking our website to key business organizations and have just added the first to what we hope will be important links to future networking events including monthly coffees. 

The Tampa Innovation Alliance is a multi-jurisdictional district anchored by globally-recognized institutions that drive economic activity in the Tampa area, engaging tens of thousands of students and educators, healthcare workers and patients, and four million tourists annually.  Some of their anchor institutions include: University of South Florida, Busch Gardens, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital, RD Management (University Square Mall).

The Board has also begun to plan a series of monthly networking events starting in January.  These will be low cost, or free.

Under our new leadership team and with your support, STA will be poised to engage business and the community with the revitalization and renaissance of our organization – building an engaged Scandinavian community recognized as a premier trade association that also promotes our heritage.

Please to our website and Facebook page to find additional updates and links for more opportunities.  If you have any suggestions or questions, please contact me.

Tom Mortenson, President


Leif Ericksson Celebration:

The STA Board is looking into holding a Leif Ericksson Discover America event.  Details are being worked out but we are aiming for October.  Stay tuned here and on Facebook for more details.


Scandinavian Christmas Celebration/Julbord:

Following our annual tradition we are planning a Scandinavian Christmas Celebration/Julbord for December.  Location and details are under review, but this promises to be family event that will focus on fun, fellowship and more on our history and culture.


Viking Festival:

We continue to have positive news about the unexpected reception and growth of the Viking Fest, however to accommodate the anticipated expansion a new location is being determined and it is necessitating taking the event to fall 2017.  This will bring Viking Fest to a more permanent status, with even more activities to make this the premiere Scandinavian event in our state.

Viking Festival


Scandinavian Trade Association networking will present members with a unique business activity by which business people and entrepreneurs meet to form business relationships and to recognize, create, or act upon business opportunities, share information and seek potential partners for ventures in a relaxed, Scandinavian way.

Come network with us! Did you know that Florida is a designated "hot spot" for entrepreneurs? An article by Nancy Dahlberg from the Miami Herald says Florida is "about 30% more entrepreneurial than the nation" and also more globally focused. Expand your horizons and join our group now! By joining the Scandinavian Trade Association, you will also be linked to many of Tampa Bay's networking partners. Read the full article here!


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