THE INFLUENCERS

ENTREPRENEUR
Feb 21, 2008

What forces will affect your business in the coming year? Here are the 25 people, trends and events you can't afford to ignore.
 
In our first-annual look at the nation’s top 25 influencers, we name the individuals, groups and trends we believe will have a substantial impact on business owners in the coming year. In our view, no entries here are merely interesting for you to know about. They are essential--the forces you must take into account now so your business can reach full strength.
 
China

Expect to see more Chinese investment in the U.S. in the coming year, says DAVID PARSLEY, professor at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.
Parsley, an international finance expert, says that since the Chinese currency has appreciated against the dollar, the Chinese have increased buying power. Chinese investors are buying U.S. companies, manufacturing facilities and service institutions. He also sees opportunities in tourism, as the U.S. is becoming a cheaper place to visit.