Companies and organizations like Bosch, Hitachi, Boeing, SKF and Port Authorities are using various languages to communicate and conduct business. Foreign language classes in Charleston are quickly becoming the best way to get ahead and grow your small or large business. Whether on a large or small-scale, business is not English specific. Although Business English classes are extremely valuable for non-English business professionals, there is value in offering foreign language classes to English speakers. Many employees, clients, investors, management and their associates all speak a different language and grew up in a different culture. Without a rich mixture of diversity within a company – international business would fail. Many companies self-promote their diverse staff and explain the benefits of working with them because of their understanding of the clients’ needs. Strangely enough, knowing the language and culture of clients is sometimes seen as a secondary. I’m here to tell you that knowing what your client needs and wants is the same as knowing their language and culture. Knowing what your employees need and want to succeed is no different. For any CEOs, CFOs and decision makers wondering if your employees should get the benefit of taking language classes and cross-culture training – the answer is yes they should – if you want to increase your bottom line. Everyone knows the saying – you can’t make money without spending it. Investing in professional development for your employees is vital for increasing productivity and creating a healthy working environment for your employees to grow in. With work force development comes the opportunity for your employees to see their value to the company and they can contribute with their knowledge of relevant expertise and their language skills. German companies in South Carolina are leaders in providing language training to their inbound and outbound employees. English classes are common for the European associates moving to the States. They also make language and culture training available to workers going to abroad. Chinese language and Chinese culture classes are beneficial, and in fact necessary, for Westerners who are not familiar with the Eastern way of life. Spanish classes are also beneficial and necessary for businesses today. Students and business professionals are seeing the benefits of learning Spanish because of the sheer number of Spanish speakers and the influence of the Hispanic population on America’s economy and culture. Everyone has seen the posts – looking for bilingual representatives – and everyone has called a hotline and heard “Oprima 1 para Español.” The languages of business are many and the more you know the better off you will be finding a job and getting that promotion that will take you around the world and increase your bottom line.