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February 23, 2010

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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Lack Of Sales Biggest Problem For Small Business Owners

A 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 loans.

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.

Editor�s note: 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.

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:

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For new listings click here.

Online Barter Exchange Included In Nationwide LGBT Cancer Outreach

A 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 California HUB.

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 thriving recovery:

1)    Finances: Direct financial assistance through microfunding and debit card distribution;

2)    Community: Volunteer networking and coordination to support LGBT cancer patients through a Time Banking system; and

3)    Recovery: Practical steps to re-enter the working world through an online barter exchange. ( is providing the platform services.)

For more information 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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�Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin, it should make you jump up and do something.�

�Kemmons 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 way.

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.

(All current subscribers are �grandfathered in� and will continue to pay the same $100 per month as they�ve always paid.)

Interested exchanges should e-mail Bob Meyer ASAP if they are interested in this newsletter service at

To view a sample newsletter click here.

The Growth and Use of Secondary Capital (New Money) Creates Unprecedented Wealth In Today�s New Age Of Possibility

There are many forms of secondary capital�which can be defined as any financial instrument that measures and communicates value in a common language. Would you like to see and learn more about the many forms of secondary capital?

 We have 70 free, informative and inspiring, articles for you in our �Secondary Capital Section.�

Check it out...

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