February 23, 2010
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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Lack Of Sales Biggest Problem For Small Business Owners
survey by the trade group National Federation of Independent
Business (NFIB), found that 51% of small-business owners reported a
lack of sales as their greatest challenge. Only 8% cited a lack of
In addition, the NFIB found that the drop in home prices has made it
harder for many small-business owners to qualify for loans because
they can no longer pledge their homes as collateral.
The fundamental nature of the problems — lack of sales, lack of
assets — underscores the difficulty in jump-starting small-business
growth while the broader economy continues to struggle.
William J. Dennis Jr., the NFIB senior research fellow who headed
the survey, said recent administration proposals, including $30
billion in new federal aid for community banks, were not likely to
help. But he also said the NFIB was at a rare loss for ideas on what
the government should do instead.
“We're really in a quandary right now,” Dennis said.
It’s time for entrepreneurs to take immediate action locally to gain
more customers. Advisedly they should be contacting a local trade
exchange to learn how they can quickly generate additional business
and greater sales.
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Online Barter Exchange Included In Nationwide LGBT Cancer Outreach
series of “Reach for the Stars” events drawing celebrities, local
business leaders and residents will mark the launch of a nationwide
cancer outreach to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT)
community, while also celebrating the Grand Re-Opening of the
landmark Sunset Vine Tower in Hollywood. It will begin with two full
days of OSCARS Week Celebrity Gifting Suites on March 5 and 6,
followed by the evening fund-raiser on Wednesday, March 10, 2010.
“Reach for the Stars” will be the launch of a nationwide outreach
program supporting LIVESTRONG™, the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF),
by Metropolitan Community Charities and the NYC-based National LGBT
Cancer Network, which will also be establishing their Southern
With the goal of uniting an inclusive group of civic and business
leaders in support of LGBT people affected by cancer and to raise
awareness about LGBT cancer issues, the three new get-a-vision
programs to be launched will provide direct financial assistance to
LGBT cancer patients, facilitate local volunteer support for those
affected by cancer, and provide work opportunities for those in
recovery who’re attempting to re-enter the workforce.
Coupled with the National LGBT Cancer Network training and
consultation to providers, the get-a-vision programs will provide
three critical components to LGBT cancer patient survival and a
Finances: Direct financial assistance through microfunding and debit
Community: Volunteer networking and coordination to support LGBT
cancer patients through a Time Banking system; and
Recovery: Practical steps to re-enter the working world through an
online barter exchange. (VirtualBarter.com is providing the platform
For more information
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“Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin, it should make you
jump up and do something.”
Wilson, developer of Holiday Inns
Kemmons Wilson has always had a sense of urgency — wanting to jump
up and do something. To save time he’d often eat dessert first,
while waiting for his entree!
In developing the Holiday Inns, the first chain of affordable,
family-oriented motels and hotels he used barter — every step of the
First, he contacted builders and bartered with them, offering 50%
ownership in any hotel they’d build. Next, he contacted owners of
land that were located within one day’s drive of his hotel sites. He
would again use his barter bargaining chip — a stake in the hotel in
exchange for the land.
When Wilson retired in 1979, over 1,800 Holiday Inns had been built
in 50 countries around the world. In addition to his sense of
urgency, and frequent use of barter, he attributed his success to
attitude — emphasizing that it’s important to smile and be happy.
“And always remember,” Wilson exclaimed in his autobiography Half
Luck and Half Brains, “no job is too hard as long as you are
smart enough to find someone else to do it for you.”
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Vacations — A Vital Key To Your Business Success!
Want to succeed in business? Then call your trade exchange right now
to line-up a few relaxing, restful nights at a hotel, resort or bed
& breakfast! That’s the suggestion and conclusion of a Roper Starch
survey after interviewing 622 executives.
Nearly 70% of them said vacations were essential to optimum states
in their personal lives. And 63% felt time off kept their job
performance up and mental attitude positive at work.
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The Competitive Edge
Newsletter Begins 29th Year Of Publication
This month begins the 29th consecutive year that the 4-page monthly
CE newsletter has been published and provided for trade
exchanges across the United States. Some exchanges have been
subscribers for the entire 29 years, and others for a decade or so.
Beginning March 1, the cost of The Competitive Edge service
will be $200 a month. Any exchange that arranges to subscribe prior
to March will subscribe at the current lower price of $100 for this
specialized service — where they’ll receive a printed copy (for
their printer) as well as a PDF file for e-mailing to their client
base and prospects.
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pay the same $100 per month as they’ve always paid.)
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