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April 26, 2011

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 04/26/2011

Biz-To-Biz Expo

BarterFirst International is staging its “Second Annual Spring Business Expo” for the Central Florida business community on June 9.

For information call Cynthia at 407-478-3156.

ITEX’s Art Kaliel To Tie-In With The Beatles

Super salesman Art Kaliel of the San Diego ITEX brokerage, has arranged a piggyback agreement with the San Diego Beatles Fan Club. The day-long event is scheduled for May 21 and Kaliel envisions a huge turnout. His goal is to introduce barter to thousands of first-timers. Booth space on trade is available.

For more information call Art Kaliel at 760-613-6412.

U.S. Hotel Occupancy Rates Creeping Up

Occupancy increased by 6.1 percent to 61.4 percent in March (year over year), according to hospitality research firm STR. Leading the way were luxury hotels with the highest rate of growth.

50 Year Low For New Home Purchases

The painful turn-around process for the U.S. housing market isn’t getting much better. Annualized new home sales in February was 250,000, the lowest monthly figure on record dating back to January 1963. They were down a stunning 82% from the July 2005 peak.

Loyalty Points (Frequent Flyer Miles & Rewards Points) A Multi-Billion Dollar Enterprise

Customer loyalty specialists Colloquy and Swift Exchange report that Americans rack up at least $48 billion (yes, billion) of reward points and frequent flyer miles every year. And, they contend, at least a third of them go unredeemed.

Noteworthy Quotes

“The unfed mind devours itself.”

—Gore Vidal, American writer.

“The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.”

—Shane Alexander, American journalist.

“On Spaceship Earth there are no passengers; everybody is a member of the crew. We have moved into an age in which everybody’s activities affect everybody else.”

—Marshall McLuhan, Canadian educator, philosopher & scholar quoted for Earth Day 2011.

“Research your idea. See if there’s a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don’t know if there is a need for it. You also have to research your competition.”

—Magic Johnson, NBA Hall-of-Fame and entrepreneur.

New U.S. Listing Information

AllCity Barter
4660 S. Eastern Ave., #206
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Ph: (702) 259-0955
Fax: (702) 258-6544
E-mail: info@allcitybarter.com
www.allcitybarter.com

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Tribute To ITEX Area Director Martin Nobler

Martin Nobler, ITEX Area Director for the San Fernando Valley (CA), died of a heart attack on April 25. He was 69 years old.

The following is an open letter from Cristina Molina, a Certified Trade Broker as well as the Reciprocal Broker during the time when ITEX was known as BXI.

I think most people in the Barter industry knew or have heard of Martin Nobler. I just found out that he passed away this morning and I am very saddened.

Martin was rough around the edges. He was often blunt, saying things that many people would consider extremely offensive — but that was who he was. Now in retrospect, you have to appreciate someone who didn’t hold back, someone who always let you know where you stood. That was who he was.

I worked with him in some capacity for almost 10 years. He gave me a break when he hired me as a trade broker. When I was pregnant and had my daughter, he was incredibly (and unbelievably) supportive. I had no child care at the time, so he would let me bring her into the office every day. I set up a play-pen next to my desk, and he would often walk by and play and interact with her. I couldn’t believe that this tough-talking guy was so taken by my little baby. For a guy who always said he didn’t like kids, he really loved my daughter. And for that I will always be grateful.

He also supported my career advancement by facilitating my trip to a national barter industry convention, where I obtained my designation as a CTB (certified trade broker). When the time came for me to move on to a higher position at the corporate office, once again he was greatly supportive.

All along the way he taught me many things — things that I still carry with me today. When Martin was on his “A” game, NO ONE could stop him. He was brilliant and I am privileged to have had him as a mentor. From Martin I learned the art of schmoozing, and positively developed my customer service skills. I am now a manager at a retirement plan administration company and I use my customer service skills on a daily basis.

I don’t want people to remember Martin for being a rough-around-the-edges guy, a rude guy, an obnoxious guy. I want people to remember Martin for being a tough business man with a gentle heart. But unfortunately not many people got to see that gentle heart, I am glad that I did.

Thanks boss, for everything you taught me. Wherever you are, and some may ponder that in great detail, know that you will never be forgotten.

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Americans Rejecting Credit Cards, Going All Cash

More Americans are saying “no” to using credit cards, as a way to get control of their financial lives. In essence, they’re going cold turkey on plastic and paying for everything with cash. According to a recent TransUnion study, 8 million Americans gave up using general purpose credit cards in the past year.

The reason they’re doing so is to get out of debt. People who pay all cash, studies show, will save approximately 20% over those who pay with credit. It’s the way to live within your means.

Going “cash only” is an adjustment. You’ll need to know how much cash to carry to get through the day, and you’ll probably be making more visits to the bank. The pre-planning aspect becomes less weird over time, as you get accustomed to it.

The downside? Credit cards can be used to track how much and where you spend. And you’re not building any credit history, which can be a hindrance when purchasing a car or house. Plus employers often rely in part on credit reports, when making hiring decisions.

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.


Harvey Mackay’s Spring-Cleaning Suggestions For Your Business

·         Sweep up the dust.

Organize your thoughts and reassess your priorities. Solicit opinions from trusted advisors and co-workers.

·         Wash the windows.

What’s clouding your perspective? If you’re holding a jaded attitude, look for redeeming factors and see if your outlook doesn’t get brighter.

·         Clear out the cobwebs.

Don’t let distractions like junk e-mails or unnecessary meetings overwhelm your schedule.

·         Scrub till it sparkles.

New is not necessary. But clean and tidy leave the impression that you pay attention to details.

·         Pull the weeds.

Cut the clutter and free up space for current projects. Dedicate an hour daily to cull through the piles of paper — and keep at it until you’re caught up.

·         Put things away.

Keeping stuff for the sake of storing it gets out of control. Practice this mantra:  a place for everything and everything in its place.

·         Touch up the paint.

Is your branding up-to-date? Your web site current? Your image should keep up with your newest products and developments.

·         Plant some seeds.

Have some ideas for new projects, new customers or new procedures? “Spring ahead” and introduce them now.

·         Change the batteries.

If your personal battery needs to be recharged, take a break and enjoy a change of scenery.


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