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Wed March 6, 2013

Planet Money: Business Secrets Of The Amish

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:36 pm

Higher land prices have forced Amish off the farms and into business. There are thousands of Amish run firms out there making everything from plumbing supplies to furniture.

But running an Amish business poses unique challenges. Many Amish don't connect to the electrical grid. They don't drive cars. They prize modesty, meaning traditional advertising slogans like "best," "fastest," and "greatest" are out. An Amish company has to be creative about these things.

And, the Amish have tricks they can teach the rest of the business world. For one, they have perfected the art of marketing to a niche audience.

On today's show, we travel to the The Buckeye Tool Expo in Dalton, Ohio to see how the Amish balance their business interests with their personal beliefs.

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