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March 17, 2009

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer...03/17/2009

Fiji Real Estate Available On Barter/Cash Blend

Three lots, all 3/4 acre, are available in Fiji. The lots, priced at $50,000, $65,000 and $80,000, are available 50% ITEX & 50% cash.

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InterMedia Founder Dies

Sydney Yallen, founder and CEO of InterMedia, has passed away at 85. Yallen founded the company in 1974 after a career in advertising/media that began at the age of 13 as a part-time office boy at a Los Angeles radio station. In 1967, he worked as the West Coast regional manager for the barter company Pepper and Tanner. (Pepper and Tanner later changed their name to the William B. Tanner Company; they were a major story in Issue #3 of BarterNews magazine.)

California Community Offers Barter Services To Volunteers

A hard hit economic area, Laton (CA) is offering people in the vicinity the opportunity to trade their time on such community efforts as street cleaning, teaching literacy classes or painting selected buildings. In exchange they will receive �coupons� which can be used to acquire needed goods and services at selected locations within the locale.

What�s The Color Of Their Eyes

We all want to make a good impression. Here�s the sure way to do so �notice the color of a person�s eyes as you shake their hand! Here�s why it works. You�ll gain strong eye contact in a way that shows you�re interested in what the person has to say.

Vail Resorts Knows Barter�s Value

Vail Resorts, which owns Beaver Creek and a handful of other ski areas in Colorado and California, is cutting pay for workers in order to preserve jobs. The ski-resort operator reports that affected employees salaries will be cut on a sliding schedule from 2.5% for seasonal employees to 10% for executives. Employees also will receive a portion of their salaries in stock.

California Cities Barter Stimulus Funds

Creativity is alive and well in three cities in California as they are proposing to barter their anticipated share of federal money for highway improvements in exchange for funds that they could use as they see fit.

Officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is responsible for distributing federal highway and transit stimulus funds to agencies in Los Angeles County, said they had no objection to this kind of exchange provided the projects that are to receive stimulus funds meet the federal criteria.

But at the same time officials sent a letter to city managers saying that efforts by more municipalities to take the bartering process a step further will not be allowed.

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Todd Bol Back In Barter Industry

After about ten years in the nursing scholarship industry, Todd Bol sold the major interest of and founded Care Forth, Inc. He is focusing on a variety of new initiatives involving countertrade, barter, and a new innovative economic model.

Bol, formerly CEO of Countertrade Consultant, Inc., is working with the major government think-tank in the Philippines, the Development Academy of the Philippines. It involves a new concept called OPTIM-IZ that combines the trade exchange concept with micro-finance and traditional charity models. The intent is to help build an exchange model in a developing country.

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.

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The Value Of A Network

Deb Cartier, IMS Barter Broker From Norwood (MA), Reports ...


One of the members here was looking for ad specialties to purchase with her trade dollars. We didn�t have a local member that could get her the type and quantity she wanted, so I sent an urgent �all broker� e-mail asking for contacts from other IMS Barter markets. The response was fast and awesome � my member just bought over $13,000 of desired ad specialties (with their company logo on them) and we�re working on more.


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Best Place For Small Business To Get Loans

Most credit unions didn�t get in on the subprime-loan market, so they�re not hurting like many banks. Many also have extra cash as investors have fled the stock market and put the money into savings accounts. About 27% of the 8,147 credit unions in the U.S. offer business loans, according to the Credit Union National Association, a trade group based in Washington (DC).

The amount of business loans was up 18% last year to almost $33 billion ($28 billion in 2007) and the average loan size is approximately $215,000. A 1998 federal law caps the amount of business loans credit unions can issue�currently 12.25% of assets.

Credit unions hope to convince Congress to raise the limit to 20%, but the banking industry opposes any changes to the legislation. Keith Leggett, a senior economist at the American Bankers Association says credit unions were established to serve �people of modest means� and should focus on consumers.

Credit unions are chartered as nonprofit cooperative institutions owned by their members. Like other financial institutions they are regulated, and deposits are insured up to $250,000.

Credit union officials contend they could provide $10 billion in small business loans within the next 12 months without costing taxpayers a nickel if there was a new higher cap.

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New Financiers Bypass Corruption

By Hazel Henderson

My latest article, �The New Financiers,� discusses all the new ways of bypassing Wall Street corruption and central bankers� malfunctioning money circuits. In my search for secure electronic trading platforms exclusively for socially-responsible investors and businesses growing the green economy, I refer to Entrex (the Chicago-based entrepreneurs exchange). 

I am now in discussions with Entrex about partnering with us at Ethical Markets Media and growing local green economies using their patented new asset class: the TIGRcub� ( Check it welcomed. 

In the past weeks, we were delighted to have meetings here with Schumacher Society president Susan Witt, Prof. Jerry Brown, co-author of Freedom from Mideast Oil (2007), and our Advisory Board members Oscar Motomura, president of Amana-Key (Sao Paulo), and John Fullerton of Level 3 Capital Advisors, LLC. We are honored to be working with them all.

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