any commercial, industrial or professional activity undertaken by an individual or a group ----- Geschäft
describing or involving arrangements or trade between different businesses, rather than between businesses and the general public ----- Geschäft unter Firmen, Abkürzung B2B
describing or involving the sale of goods or services to individual customers for their own use, rather than to businesses ----- Geschäft mit Konsumenten, Abkürzung B2C
powerful and influential businesses and financial organizations when considered as a group ----- Großunternehmen
a high travel class available on some commercial airlines and rail lines, the level of accommodation is than higher than economy class and lower than first class ----- Business-Klasse
an area that is specially designed to have business offices, small factories, etc. ----- Gewerbegebiet
a detailed plan describing the future plans of a business ----- Geschäftsplan
ny business process that relies on an automated information system ----- E-business, z.B, Geschäfte über das Internet
behaviour which is not acceptable or is dishonest ----- Unfug, krumme Tour
the entertainment industry ----- Showgeschäft, Unterhaltungsgewerbe
travelling on company business ----- dienstlich unterwegs sein
an account billed to a commercial or institutional customer ----- Geschäftskonto
a person whom you met in a business situation and now know casually ----- Geschäftsfreund
BUSINESS / Talking about Business
‘There’s no business like show business’, a commonly used term, but not very helpful when considering terminology for business matters in the industrial sense. There are lots of different terms that revolve around the word ‘business’. Here is an example of how important it is to use the correct ‘business’ terminology, put into practice.
When talking about business arrangements, it is highly likely that you are talking about a business to business situation, where goods or services are sold from one business to another, usually with the intent of resale. Or there is a business to consumer situation, where goods or services are sold directly to the consumer. This is a common retail situation. When talking about ‘big business’ it usually refers to the most powerful or influential player amongst businesses, or the striking of a very lucrative business deal with a well known, or ‘big’ partner. The winning of this deal might have been due to a very well thought out business plan. The funding or financing for the project or plan might indeed be put into a business account. Such an account might also refer to one that can be used for paying for business trips, or for the business class plane tickets bought to the next business meeting with other business acquaintances in a business park abroad. A cheaper alternative would be of course to do business over the internet, a so-called e-business, which would enable you to do business, without having to be away on business. And don’t forget that a business situation is certainly (well at least, more often than not) not the place for any monkey business, that is, if you really mean business with your respective colleagues!