Country Customary Information: A common greeting for their culture is a handshake with constant eye contact followed by a warm smile. If invited to a dinner, don’t sit until you are invited to sit. It is important not to start until the hostess starts. It is also considered polite to finish all of your food on your plate. It is wasteful if you do not.
Communication Etiquette: Humor is a large part of their communication style. They are a very direct culture but they have also been known to manipulate their words to sound friendlier. The Bahamians are known for being friendly, very outgoing and informal they are also very polite. Sharing a meal is considered to be one of the most common ways to build a relationship.
Business Etiquette: Business people are known to be very respectful, and do expect you to always be on time, even if they tend to be late from time to time. The business culture here is strongly influenced by the USA and the UK. Meeting agendas will just act as guidelines for the overall meeting. Since in the Bahamian culture relationships are highly valued, expect to spend some time during the meeting to talk about non-business related topics.
Business Cards are traded without any formal ritual, just upon introduction. The manner in which you treat their business cards reflects how you will treat the business relationship. Be sure to put it in a business card case as a sign of respect.