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March 27, 2007

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer...03/27/07

Housing Woes Worries Cruise Lines

Carnival, the world’s largest cruise line, is concerned that the softening housing market, along with high energy prices and interest rates, will hurt sales to low-income consumers and crimp sales of its shorter, cheaper trips to the Caribbean. This would also mean more inventory availabilities for trading purposes.

Success  = Knowledge + Action

Molly Purcell of The Barter Business Exchange in North Carolina, sent an e-mail recently:

“Thank you for all of your information. I have signed on two restaurants since I have started reading over the restaurant section on your site.”

2007 CEO Survey Reports #1 Business Challenge

According to the 2007 Management Action Programs Quarterly CEO Survey, conducted by Vantage Research, today’s top CEOs say finding talented, quality hires is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Twenty percent of the executives report that “hiring talented employees” is their biggest business-development roadblock.

Definition Of “Rich” Has Changed

The Securities and Exchange Commission has redefined what it means to be rich. According to the SEC a “rich” investor needs to have investable assets of at least $2.5 million, excluding equity in any homes or businesses. (This enables one to be eligible to sign on a hedge fund’s dotted line.)

That’s a huge jump from the current requirement, which says individuals must have a net worth of at least $1 million, including the value of primary residences, or an annual income for individuals of $200,000 for the previous two years or $300,000 for couples.

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Billion Dollar Stock-in-Service Barter Deal By India’s TCS Software Giant

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has fashioned a 3 to 5 year agreement with German telecommunication company T-System, which is a unit of Deutsche Telekon.

(T-System employees 55,000 and recorded $16.61 billion in revenue last year. TCS has a presence in 34 countries and generated revenues of $2.97 billion in fiscal year ending March 2006.)

TCS will take an ownership stake of 10% in exchange for providing $1 billion in services (the value of the contract).

The stock-in-service barter transaction will provide predictability in the long term for TCS and gives T-Systems the comfort of getting adequate attention in terms of manpower for the job.


Next Generation Envisions Different Bed & Breakfast Inn

Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott created a buzz when the couple announced they would like to reinvent the B&B for their generation. (The couple have opened Chateau La Rue, a B&B in Fallbrook, California, www.chateaularuebandb.com)

Around the nation, younger owners are trying to change the mindset of a B&B being old lacy doilies and Grandma’s bed. The following are some of the amenities the younger generation offers when they take over a B&B:

·         Highly trained chefs to offer a fine dining experience accented with fresh local ingredients.

·         Made-to-order breakfast with flexible hours and fresh pressed organic coffee.

·         Brightly colored walls, modern design details, 24-hour refreshment station and other innovations.

·         Upscale comforts such as jetted tubs, spa showers and secluded private cottages.

·         Professional event planning services and onsite catering.

Additionally, concern for the environment will see more support for inns that are green and eco-friendly. Ones which embrace renewable technology and adopt sustainable practices.

Borderless Society - Long Way Off

Pankaj Ghemawat, a professor at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, says national borders still exert a strong-enough force to prevent the world from becoming fully globalized.

He estimates only 10% of any given activity in the world that could occur across borders actually does so. And less than 10% of the world’s capital formation was generated by foreign direct-investment between 2002 and 2005.

Trade might have grown between countries, but preferences for trading with fellow countrymen stubbornly persist. For example, despite the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, trade between Canadian provinces is five times larger than their trade with similarly sized and similarly distant U.S. states.

Even in the apparently borderless realm of cyberspace, internet traffic within countries is rising at a faster rate than traffic across borders.

Universal Law-Of-Reciprocity Key To Trade Exchange Success

Every trade exchange owner in the world should not only be aware of the law-of-reciprocity, but using it, in the operation of their business. 

Trade exchange owners are invited to e-mail bmeyer@barternews.com for more information on how you can become "the exchange of choice" in your area. When e-mailing Bob Meyer, put "Law of Reciprocity" in the subject line.


Hotel General Managers

Here’s The Easiest $100,000 You’ll Ever
Bring To The Bottomline!

Collect cash, as usual, from the guest accounts staying at your facility that require the use of professional AV services. And rather than shouldering your ongoing employee costs, or your current vendor’s cash agreement for AV services, here’s a much better alternative:

Work with a proven national vendor (a sterling 25-year track record) who will provide all of the AV services for your hotel on a 100% TRADE BASIS! (Payment to be in the form of hotel rooms and/or trade dollars.)

Your hotel’s annual AV billings must be a minimum of $200,000, and this offer is available only in the continental United States.

For a confidential introduction contact Bob Meyer via e-mail: bmeyer@barternews.com. (Please type in AV Services On Trade in the subject line of your e-mail.)

Attention Trade Exchange Owners:

If your member hotel(s) have a minimum of 10,000 sq. feet of meeting space and annual billings of at least $200,000 for AV services this is a great opportunity to earn substantial cash service fees on the hundreds of thousands of trade dollars your hotel member will be paying the vendor. Contact Bob Meyer at the above e-mail.

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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.

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