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March 3, 2015

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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ITEX Wins Lawsuit Against Global Links Corp & BXI Trade Exchange

On February 11, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada granted ITEX summary judgment on its false and misleading advertising claims against Global Links Corp and BXI Trade Exchange Inc., for violation of the federal Lanham Act. 
 
The Lanham Act states that any person who uses in commerce any false or misleading description or representation of fact, which is likely to cause confusion or mistake as to the affiliation, connection, origin, or association by such entity with another entity shall be liable in a civil action. 
 
The federal court issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendants from disseminating any additional false or misleading statements that BXI Trade Exchange is in any way affiliated with, related to, or the successor-in-interest of the original BXI exchange business (founded in 1960) and acquired by ITEX in 2005.  
 
Finding the defendants' conduct to be "exceptional," the Court held as a matter of law that no reasonable juror could find that the competitors' false and misleading acts "were anything other than deliberate and willful," and ordered the defendants to pay ITEX's attorneys’ fees for having to bring the false and misleading advertising claims.  
 
The Court further concluded that the defendants' adoption and use of the "BXI Trade Exchange, Inc." corporate name and the "BXI" trademark indicated a deliberate intent to promote confusion in the marketplace about the affiliation between defendants and the business ITEX acquired. 

To review the complete court order, click this link.


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Regard New Vendors
Pro-actively — Thru Your Barter Glasses

When companies come calling on you, get in the habit of responding in a different manner to their solicitations —by asking for reciprocity. If you desire their products or services, here's the approach to use. Explain that your company would like to do business with them, if they in turn will consider working with you on a barter arrangement.
 
(Depending on the size of the vendor you may want to be introduced to the sales manager, as the salesperson might not have the authority to make such a decision.)
 
If this is an entrepreneurial company, the sales-rep may be the owner. At the point when they show an interest in your suggestion, you'll want to arrange a meeting where the two of you discuss the merits of barter with your trade exchange representative.
 
Bottom-line: In essence, by asking a simple question you’ve changed the dynamics of the relationship between a new vendor and your company. At the same time, you've expanded your reciprocal purchasing efforts.


Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company's listing on BarterNews.com isn't current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site BarterNews.com 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.



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Seven Facts To Breathe Life Into Your Business

Just as there are facts of life that affect us personally, there are facts of business life that affect us as entrepreneurs. Bill McBean, author of the book The Facts of Business Life: What Every Successful Business Owner Knows That You Don’t, shares what he has learned over the course of a successful career to help you avoid common mistakes.
 
The following is an overview of McBean's seven facts of business life, which he suggests will help you to build a strong, lasting foundation for your business:
 
Fact 1: If you don't lead, no one will follow. Good business leadership begins with defining the destination and direction of your company and deciding how the business should look and operate when it arrives. It also involves developing and continuously improving on a set of skills in order to move your business from where it is today to where you want it to be tomorrow.
 
Fact 2: If you don't control it, you don't own it. Control is the owner's management reality. If you don't control your company by defining key tasks and dictating how they must be handled, then you don't truly own the business.
 
Fact 3: Protecting your company’s assets should be your first priority. Basically, assets — which include both tangible and intangible assets — are what power sales, profits, and growth. Not the other way around.
 
Fact 4: Planning is about preparing for the future, not predicting it. Nobody knows what tomorrow, or next year, will bring for your business. But you can make educated guesses based on the most current, accurate information available, as well as your own past experiences … and this should be an ongoing process.
 
Fact 5: If you don't market your business, you won't have one. Maybe working to market and advertise your product isn't your cup of tea. Or maybe you believe your product is so great that it should speak for itself. If so, too bad — you're going to have to do it anyway. The bottom line is, if people don't know about your product, you won't be successful.
 
Fact 6: The marketplace is a war zone. Every company has competitors, and if it doesn't and it's successful, it soon will. Successful owners know they have to fight not only to win market share, but to retain it as well. That's why you must develop a warrior mentality and maintain it for as long as you're at the head of your business.
 
Fact 7: You don't just have to know the business you’re in; you have to know business. In addition to knowing the inner workings and nuances of your particular industry, you also need to understand the various aspects of business as it is more broadly defined. That includes subjects such as accounting, finance, business law, personnel issues and more, plus how all of these impact each other and the decisions you make.

Canadian and author Bill McBean is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, and Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta, he began his career with General Motors of Canada in 1976.
 
He is currently general partner of McBean Partners, a family-owned investment company, partner and chair of Our-Mentors, a company that works with owners to improve their businesses for long-term success, and Net Claims Now, which provides companies in the restoration industry with invoicing, accounts receivable collections, cash flow services, business coaching, and business lead generation services.


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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."

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 02/24/2015

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Trade Exchange Members Voicing Valid Concerns Are Asset

When a member of a trade exchange is disappointed with the exchange's services or lack of offerings, they will typically respond in one of two ways. They will "vote" with their feet by exiting the exchange or they will stay put and voice their concerns to management. Far too often within the barter industry it's feet over voice, according to industry statistics.
 
Culturally this is understandable, as Americans prefer avoiding confrontation by moving on, instead of voicing displeasures or concerns. But there are problems with a cult of members just exiting. First, a lot of time and effort is expended in finding and educating these entrepreneurs. Moreover, when the problems aren't addressed, it entrenches the status quo. And it doesn't enrich the exchange in any way, long-term.
 
Yes, owners will have an easier life if their members concerns are avoided. However exiting members create mediocrity, and that reinforces the cycle of decline within the individual barter network.
 
When a member with high trading activity voices a valid concern, they will in fact be helping the exchange's ultimate objective — to be a better and expansive business conduit. Preferably, management should embrace their members' concerns; in a unique way these concerns may be a positive energizer for the trade exchange, as well as the commercial barter industry.
 
The barter industry is offering the marketplace an alternative currency of immense value, but until it's understood and used in a much greater degree the continued building of a better infrastructure is a must.


BarterNews.com — World's Largest Depository Of Barter Information

Hundreds of valuable articles, techniques, and strategies are found in the following various barter categories:


(The Barter Categories are found on the horizontal bar at the top - 3rd button from right.)

Money-Making Reports Available From BarterNews


Reconnecting With Lost Accounts Can Pay Dividends

It takes a considerable amount of time, effort, and money to get new accounts. So when we lose them, it's time to consider employing a means to get them back.
 
Go over your records and analyze the good accounts you worked so hard to obtain in the past. You succeeded in getting their business, and then, for whatever reason, these accounts just couldn't afford to work with you on a cash basis.
 
Understandably, times change. So look for a way to rejuvenate these valuable old accounts. After all you know each other, which will make it easier to renew the relationship. Move forward by making a new offer … introduce them to the trade exchange concept, where they can pay you in trade dollars.
 
When you add value to a business relationship by introducing barter, you become an asset to the other party. You're no longer just another vendor. It's the first step to normalizing the relationship. Getting back those good former accounts can pay you big dividends.


Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company's listing on BarterNews.com isn't current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site BarterNews.com 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.



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The Power of Writing Down What You Want

What do you really want? With our busy lives and the stress of working, making a living, caring for others, and getting older, things can get out of control and really take a toll. If you feel like you are on cruise control to nowhere is there any way for you to stop?
 
Two unlikely partners, Gene Moynihan, a retired NYPD officer with a psychotherapy practice helping first responders deal with the dark side of their profession (suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, PTSD, depression, marital discord), and Dick Quis, a retired CPA who has endured 16 surgeries including three tangles with cancer and a major heart attack, have published a timely book that captures the most powerful and simple technique there is to change your life. 
 
You start each day by getting out a piece of paper, and writing down what you want to happen.
 
Their new book, Thinking Anew, explains how writing goals down can be the simplest and most powerful thing you can do to get yourself moving towards your goals, regain your direction and your confidence, and place you in control over what happens to you. 
 
"It may sound like a simple thing to do," says Quis, "but when you try it and experience the rewards, you will really see the profound changes that you can bring about for yourself."
 
"Far too many people have forgotten the incredible coping skills and power they were born with, especially their ability to create," says Moynihan. "Just watch a child learn new skills and you will quickly realize that you have lost touch with those remarkable talents. Children decide what they want and they just do it. They don't feel fear and they don't hesitate. They are spontaneous and just dive into what they are doing."
 
Writing down what your intentions are each day focuses your mind on what you want. The act of writing helps you achieve clarity and frees your mind to use your imagination. You decide what is important and you put away what is not. Your subconscious mind then goes to work and helps you achieve what you want for the entire rest of the day.
 
Your actions are triggered and guided by your decision to write down what is important.  You get the maximum power by being specific and even by setting a deadline. Here are some examples about how to phrase what you write down.
 
If you want to lose weight, write down:

  • I will identify the people and events that sabotage my food strategy and I will record what they are and when they happen.
  • Writing down what I eat helps me consume fewer calories and salt. I will keep an accurate record of everything I ate today.
  • Instead of soda, I will take two cans of tomato juice with me to drink: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
  • I will set my watch alarm to go off every two hours, and I will get out of my chair and walk for fifteen minutes each time it goes off. I will walk up and down the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
  • I will walk to work and home every day this week. I will walk two miles each day.

If you want to change how you behave around people, write down:

  • I will not get angry. I will forgive everyone for everything.
  • The perfect outcome for today is for me to go home happy.
  • I will not jump to conclusions. I will listen and think before I talk. I will work through possibilities.
  • I will notice what people do to help me. I will recognize it and say thank you every time I see it.

If you want to make more money, write down:

  • I will call ten people today. I will call five people in the morning and five people in the afternoon.
  • I will follow up every call with an email. I will offer ideas that keep the conversations going every time.
  • No matter what happens, I have the courage and the ability to try again tomorrow.

If you want to make up with your spouse, write down:

  • I will apologize to my wife. By noon I will send my wife an email and say, "I'm sorry. You were right. I was wrong".
  • I will get a card and write down "I love you. Please forgive me. I want another chance." I will pick up flowers on the way home and give them to her with the note.

If you are facing a big challenge today, write this down:

  • Yes, I can do it! Yes, I can do it! Yes, I can do it! Yes, I can do it! Yes, I can do it!
  • Write: "Yes, I can do it" five times, each morning, every day for a week, and watch what happens. 

Writing down what you want specifically helps you make miracles happen. Miracles can and do happen and they often happen when you simply decide to write down what it is you really want to make happen.
 
So get out a piece of paper or a notepad; then, each morning as you start your day, write down what you want. The rest comes easily. 


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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... www.barternews.com/secondary_capital.htm.


Get New Money-Making Ideas And Valuable Contacts!

You can obtain useful, informative ideas and contacts in every available back-issue of BarterNews.


Every barter company in the world is listed on our web site, click through to our Global List of Barter Companies.



We welcome your comments, questions, and observations.

Copyright BarterNews 2015. Redistribution of BarterNews content expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of BarterNews.
 

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