ABOUT US

The Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Inc. (NACCMA) is the premier forum for Norwegian and U.S. member companies engaged in international trade and market expansion in the Mid Atlantic area and in particular the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The Chamber creates competitive advantages through strategic networking opportunities and value-added business programs that facilitate access to business, government, and policy-level decision-makers. Located in Washington, D.C., the Chamber provides access to vital business and professional resources from the public and private sector and a doorway to significant commercial opportunities in the U.S. and Norway. With a diverse membership portfolio of over 150 corporate and individual members, NACCMA offers an exceptional membership opportunity in a globally connected business network.

 

PURPOSE
As a business-oriented networking organization, NACCMA connects business, government, and industry representatives in the U.S. and Norway, helping them to identify strategic partners and resources, reach potential customers, and develop business opportunities. Through value-added membership programs, including high-profile networking events and active business-sector committees, the Chamber creates a dynamic forum for productive networking and focused collaboration. In addition to creating a collaborative business environment, NACCMA programs link members to an extended network of regional, national, and international organizations. This extended network includes leading multinational corporations, global financial institutions, foreign embassies, trade associations, economic development agencies, academic/research centers, and public policy and non-profit organization.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce in the Mid Atlantic region is the premier forum for Norwegian and U.S. member companies engaged in international trade and market expansion. The Chamber’s mission is to create competitive advantages through strategic networking opportunities and value-added business programs that facilitate access to business, government, and policy-level decision-makers.

HISTORY

Founded in March of 2002 to serve and represent the Norwegian-American business community in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region, NACCMA has enjoyed rapid development and become a significant business organization. The Chamber has grown to become one of the most active of the nine affiliated chapters of the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce. NACCMA’s member-driven business committees have succeeded in creating dialogue and connection among members sharing common business interests and shared challenges.

NACCMA programs have created many opportunities for peer introductions, professional exchange, and business development. NACCMA social and holiday events, including an Annual “Welcome to Washington” Dinner Cruise, Annual Embassy Roundtable and Christmas at Union Station, have created fellowship and community, and become an enjoyable part of NACC MA membership.

Since its inception, NACCMA has benefited from a close working relationship with the Royal Norwegian Embassy. This important relationship has offered NACCMA members access to visiting high-level Norwegian politicians, embassy-sponsored business and industry programs, and important cultural events. The Chamber has a close working relationship with Innovation Norway, the Norwegian trade promotion organization, Friends of Norway Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, Nordic chambers of commerce, and other influential organizations in the U.S. and Norway. Today, these important relationships serve as the foundation for NACCMA’s continued success in serving its members, who are part of a growing international business network.

 

STRUCTURE

NACCMA has adopted by-laws and is governed by an elected Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The Chamber is fortunate to have H.E. Kåre R. Aas, the Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S., as Honorary Chairman. As a membership-focused organization, the Chamber has diverse business-sector committees that embrace the key commercial, political, and cultural relationships that exist between the U.S. and Norway. Ongoing committee activities emphasize common interests, shared challenges, and opportunities for collaboration. NACCMA focuses on certain US-Norwegian business areas,

  • Defense Technologies

  • Environment and Sustainability

  • Seafood and Agriculture

  • IT and Communications

  • Shipping and Marine Technologies

  • Social, Culture, and Tourism