Month: August 2009

Indiana Amish business blooms?

“Amish see the recession as a challenge and a blessing” by Allison Linn at msnbc.com is a well-done article about the northern Indiana Amish economic situation which shows anecdotal evidence of elevated entrepreneurial activity in the community. This includes the increased presence of Amish vendors at an annual woodworking exhibition as well as established entrepreneurs reporting greater interest from would-be businesspeople.  Interest in business loans…

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Lancaster visit; Ohio Nebraska Amish

Just checking in having returned from Poland–feet planted firmly in the good old USA and enjoying the wonders of nacho cheese and air conditioning once again.  Other than that, am finishing up the final draft of the Amish business book among other things, which I’m afraid has made for slim pickings on the blog lately.  After that is squared away am looking forward to some…

The Amish and Japan revisited

Back in June I posted on Japanese interest in the Amish and included some comments and photos from Donald Kraybill, fresh from a lecture tour of the island nation.  Since that time, Stephen Scott, also of the Young Center, has visited Japan to share knowledge on America’s best-known Plain People. In this article from today’s Lancaster Sunday News (no longer online) Kraybill and Scott share…