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July 20, 2010

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 07/20/2010

NuBarter & Barter Brokers International Plan To Merge

Savannah (GA)-based NuBarter and Charleston (SC)-based Barter Brokers International have announced their tentative plans to merge by mid-August. NuBarter was founded in 2002 and Barter Brokers International started in 1994.

For more information on these two Southeastern barter companies, their area coverage and plans for the future go to and

The Barter Company Makes Extensive Upgrades To Web Site

One of the largest independent trade exchanges in the country is Atlanta-based The Barter Company. With 2,000 clients in the Southeast, founder and president Ric Zampatti has recently made an extensive upgrade to his company�s web site.

Prominent on the home page is a scrolling billboard with the latest news. Additionally there are six videos, showcasing specific examples of clients utilizing the services of the trade exchange to build their businesses.

To see it all click here.

They�re At It Again � Are You Surprised?

Wow. The financial institutions are wooing borrowers again who might not be able to pay. Yes, credit-card issuers mailed 84.8 million offers of plastic to U.S. subprime borrowers in the first six months of this year. That�s almost double the 43.2 million sent a year earlier, estimates research firm Synovate.

Venture Capital Money Drying Up

Many trade exchange owners remember the year 2000 during the boom, and the venture capital money that was being thrown at owners during those heady days. For example, in just the second quarter of 2000 an astounding $33 billion was raised by the venture capital firms. In the recent 2010 second-quarter, U.S. venture capital funds raised just $1.9 billion, according to research firm Preqin.

New U.S. Listing Information ...

Local Trade Partners
217 N. East Ave, #100
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Ph: (479) 443-1977


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IRTA�s Opinion Letter To EU To Protect Barter Industry In Europe

On July 14, the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA) together with IRTA-Europe submitted a two-page opinion letter to the European Union Commissioner for Market and Services to effectively protect the status of barter exchanges located within the European Union. The EU is presently considering regulations in a Financial Directive that if adopted could adversely affect barter exchanges there.

Therefore, IRTA�s letter has requested that the European Union:

         Exempt trade clearinghouses from any proposed regulations that may regulate financial clearinghouses.

         Modify the proposed language to assure that it is not so broad as to include trade clearinghouses under any regulatory plan that is intended for financial clearinghouses.

As part of this message included below is the full text of the IRTA letter.

IRTA founder Paul Suplizio chaired the committee that created the letter; it was then approved unanimously by the IRTA Global Board of Directors and the members of IRTA-Europe. IRTA President David Wallach and IRTA-Europe Chairperson Dorottya Szabo signed the letter on behalf of the Modern Trade and Barter Industry.

For more information e-mail Ron Whitney at or call (757) 393-2292.

2010 Letter from IRTA - Click here (PDF)

Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company�s listing on isn�t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site 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.

Bea Lund, Former Corporate Trade Council�s PR Pro, Dies Unexpectedly

Beatrice (Bea) Lund, President/CEO of The Lund Group in New Canaan (CT), died at age 64 from unexpected complications after an injury, suddenly and thoroughly unforeseen on July 13. Her long-time partner Mike Bruneau informed BarterNews of her passing.

She was the person who implemented the successful public relations campaign specific to the corporate barter industry. It was done at the behest of the Corporate Barter Council, a not-for-profit corporation registered in the state of New York, back in 1997 by a group of corporate barter companies.

Lund worked for many New York PR companies before starting her own firm in 1989. Areas she covered were extensive and included business-to-business, consumer products, environmental issues, gardening, professional service firms, publications and books.


25 Years Of BarterNews Issues Now In Digital Format

Welcome to the largest repository of barter contacts, strategies, and barter techniques in the world. All 64 issues of BarterNews now available in digital format at

         International visitors look for BARTER CONTACTS in our Global Barter Section. If YOUR exchange isn�t listed see the forms on the lower left of the page. (Click here.)

         Attention trade exchange owners...thousands of visitors every month visit our BARTER CONTACTS section on our web site where we have names & addresses of barter companies in the USA. If YOUR exchange isn�t listed, or the information is incorrect, you can correct the situation by using the forms to the lower left of the USA map. (Click here.) 

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$30,000 Tree Services For Truck, Exemplifies Barter�s Value & Versatility

The Connecticut Highway Department in Thomaston entered into a barter deal with a tree service company this month which we found interesting. It occurred as a result of budget cuts that grounded two highway department vehicles. And since the town was also facing a �tree service� problem, the highway department�s leaders decided to trade one of their trucks valued at $8,000 (by a local motor company) to Higgins Tree Service company.

Higgins received the truck in exchange for providing 30 hours of work � using a 75-foot bucket lift, chipper and two men, all for $200 an hour � a $6,000 value. The trade will enable the town to take down 30 trees, which would normally be done at a cost of $1,000 a tree. So, as they say in barter parlance, �this was a win-win trade.�

(Thanks to Terry Brandfass for bringing the article to our attention.)

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The Hunt For Capital Is Easier Through Your Trade Exchange

Depending upon your company�s ability to earn trade dollars, when it comes time to search out additional capital for financing your company�s growth, the fastest and easiest way to proceed is a visit to your member trade exchange.

That�s because the entrepreneurial owner of the exchange knows how easy (or difficult) it will be for your business to earn back trade dollars � to pay back the loan from the exchange.

It�s a given that every situation is different, and your desire for capital may be even greater than what the exchange can provide you. But, remember this, contacting them first is always a smart move. And the time and effort saved will impress you!


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