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 are moving forward with new and exciting ideas designed to improve the Scandinavian Trade Association. Just to give you a few:
Dates for our annual Leif Ericksson Celebration and Scandinavian Christmas/Julbord heritage and culture celebrations have been decided for October and December! Please review our events calendar for further information as details are developed for each event.
As part of our ongoing business focus, we are pleased to present the Swedish Club of Sarasota (will add their link) as a new partner! Since the late 1980’s the Swedish Club of Sarasota has been a thriving place for Swedish culture. The club’s mission is to preserve Swedish heritage, and to promote the Swedish culture in the U.S. The club is hosting a traditional Swedish event with their upcoming Scandinavian Crayfish Party in October, check it out!
We continue to facilitate connections with other trade and business organizations intent on furthering Scandinavian heritage, culture and networking opportunities.
We are lining up a series of monthly “meetups” focused on heritage, culture and networking. Stay tuned for more details on local brewery and meade maker tours, as well as a Viking style “show of arms” combat and fitness instructional session. We are targeting August, September and November for these meetups. These will low cost, or free for members.
Please visit our Facebook page to find additional updates and links for more opportunities. We are also now on Twitter #ScanTradeAssoc! and Instagram @ScanTradeAssoc! If you have any suggestions or questions, please contact me.
Tom Mortenson, President
Learn about a Viking staple, MEAD! Join the STA at Cigar City Cider for a social and heritage event. Learn about mead & cider making, while enjoying these delicious beverages. There is no cost to participate; beverages may be purchased. Visit our calendar page for more information!
The STA Board will be hosting a Leif Ericksson Discover America event. Details are being worked out but we have a date for October! Stay tuned here and on Facebook for more details.
Following our annual tradition, we are planning a Scandinavian Christmas/Julbord celebration. Location and details are under review, but this promises to be a family event focusing on fun, fellowship and more on our history and culture.
Viking Festival - 2017:
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 determine 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 premier Scandinavian event in our state.
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!