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The Business Etiquette

In the Dominican Republic, it's not what you know, it's who you know! This is why networking, name-dropping, and doing and collecting favors are important aspects of doing business in the Dominican Republic. It is important that you put a lot of work into building trusted relationships. In this endeavor, show your business partners respect and pay close attention to hierarchies.

Whether you're traveling to the Dominican Republic for a few days or a week, understanding the local business culture can help you build a trusting relationship with local professionals. For the most part, the business culture is fairly relaxed. However, the way locals conduct business might be slightly different from your home country. Therefore, it's important that you master the business etiquette before arriving.

Although the first meeting is usually quite formal, small talk is common, as is the fact that you will often be interrupted and that several people might all speak at once. Try to be patient and be very careful with facial expressions and gestures. After all, you don’t want to start off your business life in the Dominican Republic by offending anybody, do you? Either way, it will take at least a few meetings to convince them of your brilliance. The Dominicans are known to be very direct and skilled in terms of negotiating; they drive hard bargains. Be patient, don’t try to rush the process along, and keep your eyes on the prize.

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