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April 7,  2009

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer...04/07/2009

Emotional Stimulus Plan To Manage Your Fear

In today�s economic environment many Americans are feeling anxious, edgy and vulnerable. While our government and others are instituting a variety of measures to stimulate economic growth, there are things that we as individuals can do to control anxiety and stimulate our emotional growth.

         Talk with your family and loved ones more frequently. Emotional and physical intimacy offers comfort when one is feeling vulnerable.

         Accept that when you feel victimized, anger is an appropriate response...diffuse it in a constructive way.

         Practice good relaxation techniques. Deep breathing, soft music, a hot bath, and turning off the phone, pager and PDA can offer some relief.

         Focus on things you can control. Learn a new skill or sport, or spend time on a favorite hobby.

         Attend religious or spiritual services. Let go of problems and open your heart to feelings of peace and love.

         Exercise. It sweeps the cobwebs out and encourages more restful sleep.

         Do things that give you pleasure. Go for a hike, read an escapist book or watch a funny movie.

         Make allowances. Be aware that you�re not functioning at 100%...allow yourself and others more time to complete personal and professional chores.

         Take it one day at a time. The onset of stress may be rapid, but getting rid of it can take a while. Try to resume the comfort and predictability of everyday routines.

         Manage your fear, getting professional help if you need it. Counselors and therapists have lots of tools that can help you get through the troubled times.

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TTi/eValues Unveil First Quarter Volume

Gary Lasater, CEO of TeleTrade int�l, has announced that the first quarter total volume for all worldwide platforms using its proprietary systems for the commercial barter industry showed figures of $17.7 million. The total volume on www.evalues.net came in a little over $10 million. Total transactional volume for all platforms since TTi took its systems online in 1999 is $673.9 million.

The eValues system is an exclusive system designed for independent trade exchanges to run their day-to-day operations, yet maintain an ability to trade in the global marketplace. The total transactional volume for eValues now stands at $377.7 million.

EValues has some of the fastest growing and larger exchanges in the industry. Growth figures have been varied this quarter ranging from a modest increase of nearly 25% of an exchange of near 500 members, a 63% grow in activity for an exchange near 300 members, and nearly 172% in another 300 member exchange.

Gary Lasater as an industry veteran has over 38 years in barter and trade exchange experience, with 28 years dedicated to designing sophisticated systems for the organized trade and barter industry.

For more information, contact Gary Lasater, CEO TeleTrade int�l/eValues, at 303.840.7172 ext. 1, or e-mail gary@teletrade.net.


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.

For more information about The Competitive Edge, and how it can benefit you click here.


Digital Billboards Growing In Popularity

Fully digital billboards have been in use for less than a decade, according to the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. Although only 1400 of 450,000 billboards nationwide have the technology.

Outdoor advertising companies must make a substantial investment to go digital � at a cost of $175,000 to $500,000 per billboard. However, costs can be recouped by having multiple advertisers rotating on a single sign.

The future looks bright as the billboards give advertisers unprecedented ease for updating their messages. That�s because the signs can be reprogrammed immediately.


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One Person Businesses To Swell In United States

One-person businesses with no employees have become an important part of the U.S. economy, and will increase in number over the next decade. The growth will be driven by shifts in larger company employee practices and changes in technology, according to the Intuit Corporation (maker of TurboTax and QuickBooks) and the Institute For The Future.

The report foresees a new breed of entrepreneur emerging. Entrepreneurs will no longer come predominantly from the middle of the age spectrum, but instead from the edges. People nearing retirement and their children just entering the job market will become the most entrepreneurial ever.


2009 Milken Institute Global Conference

On April 27-29 the Milken Global Conference will be held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Hosting 120 discussions on business, finance, policy and philanthropy. The full three-day program is available online, along with a growing list of about 400 panelists. Registration is $3,995.00.

For more information go to www.milkeninstitute.org.

Editor�s note:

I�ve attended past conferences and found them to be very educational and informative. Plus, informal discussions with business leaders at breaks is possible. (Bob Meyer)


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Searching For A Financial Advisor?

Many of us are clueless when it comes to choosing a financial expert. Victoria Collins teaches a course about it at the UC Irvine business school. She suggests you always remember to ask the right questions and consider all of the options.

When you�re getting started, never interview fewer than three, and use a standardized form of questions. Then rate their answers on a scale of 1 to 5. And stick to your agenda, not theirs. If they all rate high, ask the adviser for two or three referrals. Also look for mutual clients who have done business with this adviser.

Questions Collins recommends for your list would include:

How long have you been in business? What type of services do you offer? How do you differ from your competitors? How does your firm add value over your competitors? How many clients do you have? How much money do you manage? What�s your investment philosophy? How do you review and evaluate performance? How will you communicate with me, and how often? What was the worst investment mistake your firm has ever made, and what did you learn from it?

Be careful of big box firms, she advises, because they usually have their own agenda. You need personal attention that a boutique firm can offer you. One last caveat: always choose a financial adviser who uses an outside custodian to control the funds. That way, the adviser does not have access to your money.


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