Israel Chamber of Commerce
of Minnesota and the Dakotas
An Update and an Historical Note:
The American Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Minnesota Inc was established in 1982 by several prominent leaders of Minnesota Jewry and others in the broader community to promote greater levels of commercial and scientific collaborations between companies and institutions in Minnesota and their counterparts in Israel at a time when boycotts of Israel were in force in the Middle East and U.S. companies often felt obliged to conform to them.
The shorter version of our name was the American Israel Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota - known as AICCMN. We have now changed the name and will shortly re-incorporate as the American Israel Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota and the Dakotas Inc. to reflect our broader scope of activity in the Upper Midwest where for example there is much potential for collaboration in the fields of cyber security, UAVs/UAS (airborne drones), and in the realm of Med Tech. Our new acronym is AICCMNDAK. And the new website is www.AICCMNDAK.org .
Also we may in the future establish a trade style as the Israeli American
Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota to conform to the general practice of many of
the other bi-national chambers here in Minnesota that list the name of the
foreign country first followed by the word ‘American’. That parallel phrasing
convention may help to raise the visibility of the AICCMNDAK as
there are five other bi-national chambers based here in Minnesota. While
searching on the internet a person might expect to find an Israeli focused
chamber here in the same styling framework as the person would have found for
example the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota or the Finnish
American Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota and the others.
Over the last thirty years since the Oslo Accords in 1993 and now the recent
successes for normalization of trade relations resulting from the Abraham
Accords in 2021 there are many examples of direct collaboration between Israel
and the Far East, Europe, the U.S., and even the GCC nations of the Middle
East. Major Minnesota companies such as 3M and Medtronic to name just two have
active business and research programs in Israel.
The AICCMNDAK (or the Chamber) helps to promote collaboration for the
$1 million BIRD Foundation grants for both business and academe. Please refer
to the information found at www.BIRDF.com for an in depth understanding of the scope and
process involved in making a grant application. The AICCMNDAK helps its members
to find collaboration partners in Israel as well as helping Israeli companies
and academic institutions to find collaboration partners in the Upper Midwest.
Please let us
know if you’d like to learn more. We are a group of dedicated volunteers
including several past presidents. Please feel free to contact us
at www.AICCMNDAK.org or send an email message to Harlan@AICCMNDAK.org or call at 612 701 8153 or send an e-fax to 612 455
Our new website will include many of the testimonials and logos from our
sponsors and those with whom we have achieved mutual goals and objectives. We
also have a newsletter to bring interesting and informative developments to the
attention of our members and community leaders. Please sign up by email.
Harlan T. Jacobs
Acting Executive Director
Past President 1992-1994
14 January 2022