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January 4, 2011

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 01/04/2011

Intuit 2020 Report Sees Small Business Trends For Next Decade

Small businesses will get even more specialized as customers will increasingly seek customized products and services. Startups will be lesws arduous and cheaper, as lower equipment costs and better technology will make it easier than ever to launch a business without a big investment.

And they see big and small firms joining forces as collaborative partnerships increase. Small companies will bring innovative practices, market agility and intimate customer knowledge � the big firms will contribute marketing and distribution power.

BizXchange Members Help Non-Profits

Seattle-based BizXchange (see link at top of page, Platinum Sponsor)  reports that trade dollar donations from BizXchange members to non-profit BizXchange members increased to $40,000 this year, up from $9,000 in 2009.

Large Non-Profit Opens Trade Exchange

One of the nation�s leading �green� non-profit organizations, Green America, has 160,000 members. Their goal is to build a green and just economy. And recently the organization has created The Green Business Network, a B2B trade exchange.

For more information click here

Bartering Tourism For Oil

Turkey is going to be receiving oil from two African countries through a barter type of payment. Turkey will be providing (investing in) tourism, energy, health and other needed infrastructures. The aggregate value of the barter transaction is $1 billion.

Is Now The Time To Buy?

Is buying commercial property now a smart move for the entrepreneur? The CIT Small Business Commercial Real Estate Study says this could be an excellent time for entrepreneurs to buy a piece of property. (Only 6% of small business owners have bought at least one commercial property.)

The study notes that the Small Business Administration offers real estate loans with considerably better terms than bank loans.

Two Large Media Companies Can�t Agree On A Deal

Atlanta-based Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) tried to buy Citadel Broadcasting Corp. in a $2.1 billion deal, but was rejected by Citadel�s shareholders. Cumulus is the second-largest radio broadcaster in the United States based on station count, with 343 radio stations in 68 U.S. media markets.

Las Vegas-based Citadel is the third-largest radio group in the U.S. with 166 FM stations and 59 AM stations in 50 markets.

Bank Of America To Aid Small, Community-Based Businesses

Bank of America will hire 1,000 bankers nationwide in 2011 to focus on businesses with revenue of $250,000 to $3 million a year. The bankers will be based in local branches to focus on building relationships with community businesses.

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IRTA�s Universal Currency Establishes New Trading Record

Universal Currency (UC), the modern trade and barter industry's largest industry owned currency, set a record for trading in 2010 of $5,417,621.30. This currency is used among trade exchange owners when trading with one another�s exchanges.

The increase is attributed to a greater number of exchanges participating in UC, improved brokering services, and the joint UC/Greenapple Barter Trade Show held in conjunction with IRTA�s 31st International Convention.

Scott Whitmer, UC Committee Chairman, affirmed, �2010 was a good year for UC, and we expect 2011 will be even better. Exchange owners are realizing that UC is a great way to increase their trading and provide quality offerings to members outside their regional marketplace.�


Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company�s listing on BarterNews.com isn�t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site BarterNews.com receives heavy traffic � with over 150,000 page-views every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the thousands of articles, the weekly �Tuesday Report,� and the �Contacts Section� of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

Is your barter company�s listing up-to-date?

To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A) update any changes to your company�s listing, such as new location, phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company has not been listed.

Here�s how to get on board:

To make changes to your listing click here.

For new listings click here.


Trading Up For Housing To Help Deserving Family

An advertising copywriting class at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte (NC), has opened their web site www.swaptotheroof.org with a goal of trading seven nails (donated to the group from Blackhawk Hardware in the Park Road Shopping Center) all the way up to a home for a deserving Charlotte family.

 

To check-out their very creative presentation click here.


How Do You Use Your Weird Time?

One of the world�s most influential thinkers on personal productivity, David Allen, claims that most people�s thinking just isn�t set up to take advantage of weird time (see box). There are lots of opportunities during the day that people waste.

�What�s really different is that we live and work in what I call weird time.� In weird time, no one gets two hours to do anything. Instead we get 15 minutes�and sometimes only 5 minutes�between meetings and phone calls.

�David Allen, author of Getting Things Done: Mastering the Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

What to do about it is to turn it into a game, asking: How efficient can I be? Sometimes the most appropriate thing to do with five free minutes is to water the plants, or make a quick phone call. Once you know what you�re doing, productivity becomes your one true competitive edge.

There�s an elegance to how you work and live, and it�s not just about running faster, it�s about utilizing your time efficiently. You can do anything ... but not everything. Just control your aspirations.

Learning to set boundaries is incredibly difficult for most people. Begin by determine what�s the very next thing you need to do. Until you decide on that, there�s a gap between where you are and where you need to be. It�s a big black hole that can suck you in. That big black hole is unproductive, wasted time.

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Click here www.barternewsblog.com.


How Does Your Future LOOK?

A recent poll asked people two questions.

The first was asking how optimistic they were about their own future regarding certain aspects. (Percentages reflect respondents expressing optimism.)

Family                   86%
Health                   78%
Community           74%
Finances               65%
The country          57%

The other question was aimed at how likely they think a break-through will occur in treating these diseases within the next 5 years.

Diabetes                64%
Cancer                  60%
Alzheimer�s           52%
AIDS                     47%


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Check it out... www.barternews.com/secondary_capital.htm.


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