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Amish Business Relations The Amish are a group of people that teach separation from the outside world A group that originated from Switzerland is centered in the United States and Canada Their rules as a society require farming and personal simplicity as their way of life the luxury of having electricity and telephones are not accepted in this odd way of life Their transportation is reduced to horse and carriages as a way for them to remain simple These old order Amish traditions are very strictly enforced Those who break from the Amish usually join the Mennonites a society with similar rules and values just less strict As a way for their society to survive as a culture they have turned to the business of selling the products that these people grow and make The Amish are fine craftsmen skilled in everything from building the barns to sewing some of the finest quilts around In recent years many Amish have opened small shops to help supplement their modest earnings from farming Skills handed down from generation to generation have resulted in the best quality products a proud Amish tradition Of course the Amish did not choose this newly found way of life they were forced in by greater urbanization and the diminished availability and affordability of farmland They would rather stay and go into small business than move to a more rural state One of the most known societies is in the town of Lancaster County Pennsylvania There is an estimated 1000 Amish businesses in the Amish community Within these 1000 businesses one third of them were newly formed within the last five years Some of these businesses have grown rapidly in sales and profit Fourteen percent of these businesses have earned annual sales in excess of 500000 Also it is not just a few businesses doing well its everyone The failure rate for these businesses is only about five percent This is very
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