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February 8, 2011

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 02/08/2011

IMS Expanding In Connecticut

International Monetary Systems (OTCBB:ITNM) has opened another office in Connecticut � IMS Southern Connecticut. The new office is located at 999 Foxon Rd. #30, North Branford, CT.

For more information contact Jay Greene (203) 871-3813, Ext. 2.

Air Travel Up Globally

In 2010 worldwide air travel jumped 8.2% and air freight did even better, up 21%, according to the International Air Transport Association. After the biggest demand decline in the history of aviation in 2009, the world is flying again.

Corporate Barter Company Receives Kudos

ICON International, a corporate barter company located in Stamford (CT), was selected as one of the top 25 �Best Places To Work� in Connecticut for 2011. ICON is a subsidiary of the Omnicom Group.

Henderson�s Take On GDP Measurements

Noted futurist Hazel Henderson says a nation�s Gross Domestic Product measurement provides an incomplete and inadequate measurement of national progress. She says GDP undervalues the real wealth, for example, of Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain by ignoring their well-educated workforces, efficient infrastructures and productive ecosystems � all missing in GDP measurements.

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Mileage Rates For Tax Year

With tax season here, remember the standard mileage rate for business use of a car is 50-cents per mile. (See IRS Publication 17, chapter 26.)

Plenty Of Hungry People Out There

Here�s a rather startling number � the number of people in the U.S. relying on food stamps, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is now 43.6 million.

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�Exposure� Is Super Bowl�s Barter Payment

Performers at the Super Bowl�s 15-minute halftime show are paid via barter � you perform and we will provide unprecedented exposure � over 100 million pair of eyes! The Black Eyed Peas, this year�s halftime performers, were treated to perks plus their costs (of funding the show) including free travel with room and board for band members and their support staff.

The promotion leading up to the game and the show is a great opportunity for performers to get tremendous exposure to a new audience that are not normally fans.

Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company�s listing on isn�t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web 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� 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.

IRTA Global Board Sets Ambitious Goals For 2011

On January 21st the IRTA Global Board of Directors met, finalized, and released their goals for the coming year. �The Board carries on an excellent IRTA tradition in outlining and planning for the future direction of our industry,� offered International Reciprocal Trade Association president David Wallach. �We have already assigned 2011 goal oriented projects to Board and Committee Members for completion over this year.� 

�IRTA will continue to be a major pro-active advocate for the Modern Trade and Barter Industry around the world. (This) will be another great year for IRTA as our industry continues to grow and gain even more recognition for the bundle of benefits we bring to businesses,� said IRTA Executive Director Ron Whitney.

Goals For 2011

         Maintain and significantly enlarge the membership of IRTA and UC (Universal Currency).

         Continue to provide a high level of services that benefit the global modern trade and barter industry.

         Identify and implement additional opportunities for commerce between the corporate barter and commercial barter sectors of our industry.

         Continuation of Operation Outreach, by developing modern trade and barter lesson plans and syllabuses for presentation in economic departments of business schools and universities, in order to educate the future leaders of the business and financial community regarding the benefits offered by our industry.

         Review and update the IRTA By-Laws and Code of Ethics as necessary.

         Further develop the IRTA Euro/Asian Chapter.

         Plan for 150+ attendees at the 2011 IRTA International Convention.

         Pursue implementation of a social media program.

For more information on IRTA click here.


25 Years Of BarterNews Issues Now In Digital Format

Welcome to the largest repository of barter contacts, strategies, and barter techniques in the world. All 64 issues of BarterNews now available in digital format at

         International visitors look for BARTER CONTACTS in our Global Barter Section. If YOUR exchange isn�t listed see the forms on the lower left of the page. (Click here.)

         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 here.) 

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Bartercard Celebrates Remarkable 20th Anniversary

It was back in February 1991 that three young Gold Coast business partners launched the Bartercard trade exchange in Australia. Now, twenty years later, Bartercard operates across Australia and throughout numerous countries around the world with a total of 55 franchises.

Over the years Bartercard has invested $50 million in technological development and more than $150 million in their branding efforts. The company has reportedly concluded more than 22 million transactions worth $25 billion in barter transactions � very remarkable and impressive statistics.

For more information on Bartercard click here.

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Don�t Let Anger Take Over ...

Just as it takes time for a person to learn to become a hothead, it can take years to become skillful at dealing with anger. Although no one method works for everyone, experts offer these tips to keep frustration from turning into rage:

  • Admit you have a problem.

  • Try to witness your behavior. When you�re driving, for example, observe how closely you follow other cars. What do you do that might be angering other people? Work on modifying your behavior.

  • Learn new responses to behaviors that previously would have provoked you. Rather than yelling or making obscene gestures at a driver who has cut you off try singing. Or make a joke about it � �must have been that burned toast he had for breakfast!�

    This alters your breathing pattern and slows the rush of adrenaline coursing through your body. Then start talking to yourself, saying, �This is so obviously not worth getting worked up over.�

  • Examine your relationship with the offending party, and question the amount of power you want the person to have over your emotions.

  • Distract yourself from the frustration. By changing your mental focus, you can temporarily reduce your anger level and hopefully keep from doing or saying things you�ll regret.

  • Count to ten. Take deep breaths to block your usual flash of anger.

  • Watch caffeine and alcohol intake. Caffeine promotes anxiety and irritability. Alcohol and drugs can spur acting out.

  • Take extra time for traveling and other activities so you don�t get upset by things slowing you down.

  • Remind yourself of the impact anger has on health. Tirades increase the chances that someone will attack you, they can boost blood pressure, trigger premature heart attacks plus lead to ulcers, strokes, and digestive problems.

  • Loosen up! Don�t be so easily offended by another�s actions. You can�t control others, but you can control yourself.

  • Lastly, seek help if the above suggestions don�t work.


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