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July 2, 2013

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 07/02/2013

The #1 Question In A Job Interview

Dick Bolles is the author of the 1970 best-seller, What Color Is Your Parachute. (With 42 annual editions, it has sold 10 million copies in 20 different languages, and was named one of the top 25 books that “have shaped readers lives” by the Library of Congress.)

In a recent interview he listed two important actions (for an interviewee) that will set them apart from others in an interview:

1) It’s important to keep a weekly diary of accomplishments at your current job. This will make it easier to discuss your role in detail, when hunting for a new job opportunity.

2) As a finishing move Bolles advocates being bold, by ending the interview with this statement, “With all we’ve discussed, can you offer me this job?”

World’s Top Tourist Destination

The most visited city in the world, by international tourists, is Bangkok (Thailand) where some 16 million tourists will visit in 2013. That’s according to the third annual Global Destination Cities Index released by MasterCard.

Bangkok beat London, last years #1 tourist destination, by less than 1%. And Paris is rated #3. Part of the reason for Bangkok’s increase in visitors is that tourism in Southeast Asia has surged among the region’s upper-middle class.

Foreign visitors to New York City, despite expecting 4.46 million fewer tourists, will spend a whopping $18.6 billion. Topping any of the other 132 cities surveyed. However, Tokyo remains the most expensive city.

Here and There …

Restaurant Industry: Almost $2 billion a day is spent at restaurants in the USA. (Spending is expected to top $650 billion in 2013.) Interestingly, 50% of U.S. adults have worked in the restaurant industry.

Travel Industry: Some 21 million people will go on a cruise this year. Carnival, after a year of mishaps, is offering 4-night cruises to the Caribbean for $38 a day.

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Global Links Acquires BXI For Projected October Launch

(The following press-release was provided by Frank Dobrucki.)

Global Links (OTCPink:GLCO) announced that it has acquired 100% of BXI Trade Exchange, a Nevada corporation, along with the federal trademark for BXI Trade Exchange.

BXI, formerly the world’s largest barter trade exchange, will soon be fully operational with plans to once again become the premier marketplace for the barter industry. BXI will be headquartered in the Global Links Corporate offices in Las Vegas near McCarran airport, in 9,500 square feet of beautifully appointed offices.

Saul Yarmak, the former chairman and principal owner of BXI before taking a break from the industry, is committed to once again be a driving force in the day-to-day operations of the exchange.

The company’s stated intention is to quickly make BXI the recognized “gold-standard” of the barter industry, while maintaining the highest level of ethics and reputation for which it was previously known.

At its peak, prior to the widespread use of the Internet for online business communications and transactions, BXI had more than 22,000 business members. That number is expected to be significantly greater based on using the Internet to provide a seamless and instantaneous online platform for marketing and transaction fulfillment.

The launch of the new BXI Trade Exchange barter platform is planned for October 2013. Considerable groundwork is already being done to reunite prior trade associates and develop new and exciting opportunities for the barter industry. “The combination of BXI together with Global Links Corp is truly exciting,” stated Frank Dobrucki, CEO of Global Links.

“We have the ability to couple our digital barter currency to the real estate development industry,” he continued. “Which, in turn, can act as a stabilizing financial element and allow us to structure transactions that are otherwise too difficult to complete in a weak economic climate. We are looking forward to tremendous growth and market expansion.”

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IRTA Assists Non-Profit Kenyan Complementary-Currency Group

Six members of the non-profit community based organization known as Koru-Kenya, were recently arrested and are facing seven years in jail on forgery charges resulting from the creation of a complementary currency called Bangla-Pesa.

The Bangla-Pesa program was developed to fight poverty in slum areas in an effort to allow impoverished Kenyans to play a role in managing their own development and recovery. The Bangla-Pesa helps Kenyans who are living on less than $1 a day by allowing micro-businesses to form a network that can trade even when they have no money.

Annette Riggs, President of the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA), wrote a letter to the Kenyan authorities on June 4th, 2013, asserting the validity of the Bangla-Pesa program by saying, “It is our opinion that the Bangla-Pesa vouchers operate in the same way as hundreds of other systems all over the world. Its purpose is to help facilitate more exchange within the Bangladesh community and help the local economy.”

To read her entire letter, click here

Both Annette Riggs and IRTA’s Executive Director Ron Whitney attended the 2nd Conference on Community and Complementary Currencies (CCSConf) in The Hague last month. The Conference organized a petition to the Kenyan authorities requesting the charges be dropped against the team from Bangla-Pesa, on the grounds that complementary currencies are “recognized cooperative instruments used globally by local groups, municipalities and NGO's for social, solidarity, economic and environmental goals.”  

To sign the CCSConf petition, click here

To make a donation to the Bangla-Pesa program click here.  

(IRTA thanks you for your time and attention regarding this most important matter.)


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Reliance On False Assumptions Can Hurt Your Business

We all have some false assumptions about business. Even if we don’t realize it, they exist. For instance consider these typical assumptions:

  • Advertising doesn’t work, it’s a waste of money.

  • If our sales staff would each make just one more call a day, everything would be great.

  • Everybody knows us.

  • Nobody asks for the order anymore, that’s the problem.

  • The current downturn in our business is only temporary. We’ll come out just fine.

  • All our customers care about is a low price. Nothing else matters.

  • We’re the best.

  • We’re the oldest.

With little consideration, businesses base their plans and programs on assumptions such as these — all of which are untrue.

It is these ideas that keep companies from expanding their vision, attracting creative employees, and succeeding in their quest to gain new customers. Rather than test an accepted premise or adopt a new strategy, management will often ignore the all-too-obvious fact that the course is heading straight for trouble.

Only by challenging all assumptions can a company literally breathe new life into its operations. The issue is not just staying in business. What’s really at stake is developing the ability to increase market share, finding ways to open new sales conduits, and becoming the business of choice in your field.

The job isn’t an easy one because it often demands dramatic changes in the way management perceives operations. In the final analysis, the determining issue for a business is not the state of the economy. What’s important is a state of mind that freely welcomes new possibilities.


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