January 4, 2011
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
Intuit 2020 Report Sees Small Business Trends
For Next Decade
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.
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
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.
Bartering Tourism For Oil
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?
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.)
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
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
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
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
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
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Trading Up For Housing
To Help Deserving Family
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.
check-out their very creative presentation
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
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
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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Attention trade exchange owners...thousands of visitors every month
visit our BARTER CONTACTS section on our web site where we have
names & addresses of barter companies in the USA. If YOUR exchange
isn�t listed, or the information is incorrect, you can correct the
situation by using the forms to the lower left of the USA map. (Click
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.)
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.
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