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January 19, 2010

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer...01/19/2010

Looking To Learn The Barter Business?

Bruce Makinen, founder and president of Business Trade Exchange (BTE) in Saginaw (MI), is looking for self-starting individuals who want to learn the barter business. Openings as “New Member Recruiters” are available with BTE. Contact Bruce at 1-800-83TRADE.

International Sellers & Buyers Meet Here

Alibaba.com, a China-based web site, puts buyers and sellers together. In November the search for second-hand goods saw a 113% year-on-year increase. Among the most wanted items were boats, cars, golf carts, and laptops.

Wealthy Investors Leery Of Professionals

A new survey of investors, those with $5 million or more in investable assets, conducted by Spectrum Group of Chicago found that investors now are managing 47% of their assets with no professional help. The investors may consult advisors but make their own decisions on about one-third of their money. They allow advisors to fully handle only 18%.

In other words, today’s ultra-wealthy are managing the largest parts of their fortunes themselves, entrusting the investment industry (wealth-management firms) with only 18¢ of every dollar. 

Pizza Entrepreneur Doing Just Fine

Papa John’s pizza-chain founder John Schnatter, 48, has purchased three units in a new condominium-and-residence complex (St. Regis Deer Crest Resort) in Utah’s Dear Valley for $23 million.

Schnatter started his pizza business out of a former broom closet in 1983. Various Papa John units are members of trade exchanges.

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Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company’s listing on BarterNews.com isn’t up to date and current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The BarterNews.com site 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” (http://barternews.com/mappage/default.htm) of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

Is your barter company’s listing current and up-to-date?

To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to update any changes to your company’s listing, such as new location, phone number, new web site, or other information.

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.


Attention Trade Exchange Owners. . .It’s GROW OR GO!

The magic bullet for growth is sales, always has been and always will be...yet the industry’s overall growth is anemic. Why? Maybe it’s because we’re not providing on-going education about our unique way of doing business. Knowledge is always a pre-requisite to taking sustained action.

And for those newcomers, the lifeblood of an exchange, awareness of and understanding about the value of trading is even more important.

If you expect prospects to come aboard and your members to be more active traders, but you are perplexed when the results are less than you desire...there’s a good reason. You must continually educate and motivate every month--month after month after month!

Such action is necessary because, let’s face it, more cash business, not trade, is of paramount importance to your members. You must break through this “cash only” focus and redirect their thinking toward barter. Although most exchanges don’t see the importance of doing so, many industry leaders are taking action and so can you.

As the owner of your own operation, there is an easy and inexpensive solution for moving forward...look into using The Competitive Edge newsletter. It’s a camera-ready, 4-page, professionally written, informational marketing tool...available in PDF format as well as print. So regardless of how you reach your prospects and clients, you will have the necessary vehicle.

Written especially for you, the busy trade exchange owner, I am certain it will be the best investment you ever make.

For more information about The Competitive Edge, and how it can benefit you click here.


“Amoeba Management” Guru’s Compelling Story

Japan Airlines has picked one of its country’s most revered entrepreneurs as new CEO, to lead its restructuring. Kazuo Inamori, 78, is well known in Japan for a rags-to-riches story that includes the founding of two blue-chip Japanese companies: electronics component maker Kyocera Corporation, and telecommunications carrier KDDI Corporation.

Inamori broke the mold of the typical Japanese salaried-man, when upon retirement at 65 he became a Zen Buddhist monk. An author of eleven books about his life and executive experience, Inamori champions a management philosophy that blends religious teachings (Respect The Divine And Love People) with business clichés (Maximize Revenues And Minimize Expenses).

He advocates a management philosophy known as “amoeba management,” a method of dividing the company into small, self-contained units all working toward common goals. Each “amoeba” (unit) makes its own plans and must be fiscally self-sustaining with definable revenue.

What makes Inamori’s story so compelling in Japanese business circles, is that he managed to be successful without many of the connections and family ties that helped many of Japan’s postwar entrepreneurs. He was born into poverty; his family home and his father’s printing shop were destroyed in World War II air raids. In that year, at 13, he contracted tuberculosis, which was considered a death sentence at the time.

Inamori ranks 28th on Forbes’ “40 Richest Japanese” list, with an estimated net worth of $920 million.

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MIT Study Shows Barter’s Use In Monetary Crisis

Dr. David Woodruff of MIT reports that barter’s use was very important after the collapse of the Soviet Union back in the late 1990’s. In Russia the crisis lasted a decade. Inflation had destroyed the currency...there was neither a banking sector to speak of nor a functioning monetary system.

Barter was the answer. It was used by individuals, businesses, and the central government. Woodruff says that in 1998 a huge 50% to 75% of exchange in Russian industry took the form of barter. And at least one-quarter of the revenue collected in 1997 for the federal budget took a non-monetary form.

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