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June 22, 2010

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 06/22/2010

UCLA Study Concludes Slower Economic Growth Ahead

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management foresees that growth for the U.S. economy will be slower than previous postwar recessions, due to fewer new-home purchases and lower spending by cash-strapped local and state governments.

Annual growth for 2010 through 2012 will be around 2.9%, compared to the average 5% rate during the recovery periods after the past eleven recessions since WWII. The report also noted that unemployment will fall only by 1% over the next two years to around 9%.

Sharon Connelly Named To NATE Board

Sharon Connelly, Vice President of Exchange Enterprises in Stratford (CT), will be on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE). Ms Connelly, a 13-year veteran in the barter industry, stated she is honored to be selected to the board and looks forward to contributing and serving her industry peers through NATE.

For more information on NATE click here.

For more information on Exchange Enterprises click here.

Barter Network Announces Major Move

The Barter Network (TBN) has moved their Winter Park corporate office to a new standalone office building. Founded in 2004, Florida-based TBN serves 700 clients.

For more information on TBN click here.

Stunning Growth Of U.S. Federal Debt

The U.S. federal debt has increased dramatically in the past 18 months — from 38% ($5.5 trillion) of the nation’s gross domestic product in September 2008 to 59% ($8.6 trillion) in June 2010.

Alan Greenspan, former Fed Chairman, says the U.S. and most of the rest of the developed world is in need of a tectonic shift in fiscal policy. Greenspan believes it’s mandatory to see spending cuts, but no large tax increase, if the country is to turn itself around.

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Attendees Agree NATE’s  26th Convention A Big Success

The 26th National Association Of Trade Exchanges Convention, held in New Orleans June 2 to 5, was rated outstanding by the attendees. NATE members enjoyed a great night at Michaul’s Live Cajun Music Restaurant where many were recognized for their work with the association. Leadership awards were given to all who did presentations at the seminars. The Ethics Committee, BANC Board of Governors, and NATE Board of Directors were acknowledged as well for their dedicated assistance to NATE.

Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award for their outstanding support to NATE were:

Sharon Connelly, Exchange Enterprises
Maurya Lane, Barter Business Exchange
Rachel Taylor Hooper, Alamo Barter
Gary Oshry, New England Trade

NATE Board of Directors:

President — Gary Oshry, New England Trade
Vice President — Ric Zampatti, The Barter Company
Treasurer — Rachel Taylor Hooper, Alamo Barter
Secretary — Karen Welch, We Trade Network
Director — Maurya Lane, Barter Business Exchange
Director — Kim Ames, TradeAmericanCard
Director — Sharon Connelly, Exchange Enterprises 

BANC Board of Governors:

Fred Detwiler, TradeFirst
Gary Oshry, New England Trade
Rachel Taylor Hooper, Alamo Barter
Mary Ellen Rosinski, Tradesource
Kenn Flemmons, Southern Barter

Ethics Committee:

Joe Prince, Barter Depot
Kenn Flemmons, Southern Barter
Paul Richardson, Arizona Trade Exchange
Kim Ames, TradeAmericanCard

NATE is presently interested in finding volunteers for the following committees:  Education & Certified Trade Broker, Finance, Membership, Newsletter & Communications, Programs & Conventions, and Technology. If you are interested in helping on any of the above committees, please contact Lauren at (678)302-6772 or info@barterbanc.ws.


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.

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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:

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For new listings click here.


Jerry Howell, founder and president of the Midwest Business Exchange in Kalamazoo ( MI), has just completed another non-profit project which illustrates how an exchange (and barter) can positively assist people and a community.

 Bartering With Non-Profit Agencies Provides Benefits To Many

By Jerry Howell

A deserving eighteen year-old homeless male, named Brandon, was attempting to find a way to go to the local community college. Our exchange (MBE) found 12 members that each pledged one month of rent in trade dollars to a member local relief agency. On behalf of Brandon, the agency paid the trade-dollar rent to an apartment complex, which was another MBE member.

Here’s what was accomplished through barter:

The donors enjoyed being good Samaritans as well as the resulting tax deductions, while the relief agency furthered its mission. The apartment complex rented a unit that otherwise would have been empty; it may now use those trade dollars for anything from snow plowing to printing. Moreover MBE did over $15,000.00 of barter business, and enjoyed favorable coverage in the local newspaper.

There is nothing magical about trading with non-profits ... it’s just a matter of putting ideas and people together.

For more information on MBE click here.

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Kudos To Wal-Mart — World’s Largest Environmentalist!

Good things are happening all around the world, we just don’t always notice them. In 2005 Wal-Mart made the decision to go green, and today the world’s $400 billion-a-year gorilla has made a huge difference to the environment.

Within a year of its 2005 announcement, the company’s 2 million associates at 8,400 stores used nearly 5 billion fewer plastic bags, and delivered 77 million more cases while driving 100 million fewer miles. Additionally, they’re now the largest buyer of organic cotton and milk in the world. (Economists estimate that $1 of every $3 worldwide is associated with a company that does business with Wal-Mart.)

It all started by working on a sustainability index, which involved sending a 15-part questionnaire to all vendors asking how they planned to help Wal-Mart meet its environmental goals. Now farmers and manufacturers, plus everyone in between, are rushing to change the way they do business. Harvard Business Review calls sustainability the next mega-trend ... a sweeping and permanent change in the way we all do business.


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The Growth and Use of Secondary Capital (New Money) Creates Unprecedented Wealth In Today’s New Age Of Possibility

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