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Vietnamese business meeting, everyone wearing formal attire

What is "face?"   Imagine that you’re having a business dinner with two clients. The first client tells a story that embarrasses you, but compliments the second client. In this scenario, you end up losing face while the second client builds face.   Face is an individual’s social standing, and is a key part of Vietnamese business culture. You should avoid causing someone to lose face at all costs,...

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Phillippine meeting

The Philippines is home to the world’s third largest English speaking population. Filipino and English are the country’s two official languages, and both are written in Latin script to appeal better to English speakers. For many US small businesses, this makes the Philippines a prime export destination.   Though the spoken language barrier is small, the Philippines is still particular in its customs. Nonverbal communication deepens the...

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Pilippines flag in the sky

To expand into international markets can be challenging, especially when trading overseas. Unknown tariffs, regulations, and financial hiccups are the risks small businesses take when looking to find suppliers abroad.   But it doesn’t have to be so scary. The Philippines is known to be a favored destination for US small businesses because of the favorable exchange rate and vast resources.   Though still widely considered a developing...

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italy map

At first glance, Italy may seem like two separate countries. Some say that comparing northern and southern Italy is like comparing "New York and backwoods Mississippi."   It's important to do research on a country before you land for business negotiations. But what if that one country, Italy for example, has two very exclusive cultures?   Italian History in Under 50 Words Italy has been occupied by many countries in...

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vietnam manufacturing plant

You heard that right. Vietnam, not China, is the world's best manufacturer.   A survey by Deloitte predicted Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia will be the top manufacturing countries in 15 years.   Here's how Vietnam reigns supreme in supply, and why your business needs to get on board.     Lower Costs Low labor costs have helped Vietnam become a supply-chain giant.   China used to be the king of manufacturing, with much of their...

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Image of corrupt politician Rousseff of brazil

For the past three years, Brazil's corruption scandals have gained international notoriety, especially among those doing business with Brazil.     Brazil’s Corrupt Past   Operation Car Wash began as an investigation into doleiros, black-market dealers who used businesses to shelter crime money. This initial investigation discovered that these doleiros were working for Paulo Roberto Costa, an executive at Brazilian national oil business Petrobras, creating what the press describes as...

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Coffee and biscotti's

Italy takes its cuisine seriously. Pizza, spaghetti, minestrone — the list goes on. In fact, Italy was voted as 2017's "country with the best food" by CNN.   If you're trying to fit in with Italian business clients, learning how to eat will be important.   Italy's regions are very different from one another. It's important that you do some extra research on the specific city you're visiting,...

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Vietnamese People conversing with each other

How Does This Affect My Business?   Vietnam's fight for sovereignty has given its people a deep sense of pride for their nation. This Vietnamese patriotism can affect your business negotiations, especially if you're criticizing Vietnam.   Giving important events the respect they deserve is essential in Vietnamese culture. It shows that you value Vietnam both as a tourist, and as a potential business client.   A great way to show...

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Here we go again w outline

According to a recent ABC News story, a New York seamstress fell victim to a banking error that almost cost her $39,000 and her business. The reason: using bank wire transfers to send money to suppliers abroad.   Janet Bloor makes costumes for large-scale Broadway shows, ballets, and other smaller projects. She depends on supplies from Mexico, and sends payments from her bank to her partners there.   The...

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Made in Italy tag inside a knit sweater

Italy is famous for its tourism, its cuisine and most importantly, its exports.   Prada, Ferrari and Gucci are a few examples, but there are many others.   Italy is the world's eighth largest export economy. This includes $41 billion USD in exports to the US, Italy's third-largest export partner.   Here is why your US business should buy Italian.   "Made in Italy"   Italian goods, especially cars and clothing, have worldwide recognition for...

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