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August 20, 2013

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 08/20/2013

Las Vegas Becomes Epic Center For Barter Industry In September

Two major events will be held in Las Vegas next month, occurring within a week of one another. On September 10 thru 12, the Las Vegas National Zanderboard forum will be held at the Alexis Park All-Suite Resort.

Attendees from across the nation will congregate for the three-day event, meeting with top traders to barter their personal property and real estate.

For more information on the Zanderboard event call Raye Turner at (404) 680-9790.

One week later, September 19 thru 21, the 34th worldwide International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA) convention will be holding court at the beautiful Las Vegas Venetian Resort Hotel.

For in-depth information on the IRTA convention, click here.  

BizX On The Move After Series A Financing

BizXchange has closed a $700,000 Series A financing round from prominent Seattle angel investors. The money will be used to accelerate development of scalable technology, including mobile apps and the BizX consumer product, and to facilitate rapid growth and expansion of its 2,000-member trade exchange.

A Record 21.6 Million Millennials Live At Home

Some 36% (21.6 million) of millennials, defined as 18- to 31-year-olds, are living at home with mom and dad. This is the highest percentage in four decades. The driving factor is declining employment with just 63% of that age group having a job — down from 70% in 2007.

Men are more likely to stay on with their parents than women: 40% versus 32%. And college graduates are less likely than less-educated counterparts to live at home, especially after they turn 25. Unexpected expenses to care for live-at-home adult children is a burden that can force parents to make severe cuts in their own spending, delay retirement, and/or force them to dip into savings.

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Is Your Company Filled With The Right People?

It’s easy to like running a company when it’s profitable and growing. But it’s not a lot of fun when operating at a loss, or with insufficient profit. When you separate all the various pressures of being the owner of a larger company, you will find there are very few problems that can’t be solved through greater cash-flow.

And greater cash-flow comes from taking action on the following three key factors:

1.          Can the customer base be widened for additional sales?

2.          Can prices be increased?

3.          Can purchases or operating costs be cut?

One place to look is your trade exchange, where points one and three are both addressed: By working with your local exchange you will immediately increase your customer base, bringing in additional sales. And, when spending trade dollars for needed purchases, you’re acquiring them at your barter cost — which directly cuts your purchases to the bone!

Additional sales can be illustrated by looking back to the earliest days of civilization. Our ancestors learned it was easier to survive when they joined together in groups. In their camps there were two types of people … the hunters, who brought in the animals for food and clothing, and the campers, who made use of what the hunters brought.

We know that this societal structure worked, and groups flourished. However, we also know that there was a tendency for the number of campers to grow out of proportion to the number of hunters. When this occurred it frequently became impossible for the hunters to bring in sufficient animals to feed the expanding number of campers — no matter how aggressively they pursued their prey.

Now the hunters were not fools. They had survived enormous dangers in the wild. They didn’t need consultants to tell them they either had to train more hunters, or force the least productive campers to leave the community. Which brings us to the point of the illustration — does your organization have the proper ratio of campers to hunters? Are there too many campers (salaries) for your existing hunters (sales people) to support?

Hunters looking for new business don’t jeopardize their lives these days. But they do get dumped on, ignored, and rejected — often forcing them to leave for greener pastures. To avoid that happenstance and widen your customer base, you should consider the following questions.

1)    What would happen if you eliminated two campers and replaced them with fierce hunters?

2)    How would your bottomline be affected?

3)    here can you find more hunters?

Editor’s note: Be aware that no matter how small your business is, you must keep close track of direct and indirect labor costs, fixed and variable overhead, as well as general and administrative costs.


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.


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The Key To Future Prosperity Is Local Community Interaction

Thomas H. Greco Jr., author of Money & Debt, A Solution To The Global Crisis, stresses that the world has changed and local community interaction is the key to future prosperity in today’s unraveling economy.

He says we’re now in the early stages of “the great unraveling.” And the means to restoring resilience to our communities is taking action.

There’s a need to share, cooperate, and organize as never before — spend locally, save locally, and invest locally.

Greco, who has been a keynote speaker at an IRTA annual convention, proposes we need to apply our dollar resources to projects that:

§  Make the local community more self-reliant.

§  Provide greater local security in food, energy, housing, water and   other necessities of life.

§  Improve the overall quality of life.

§  Protect our savings against inflation of the dollar.

He also articulated that we must reduce our dependence upon banks and conventional money, by organizing private exchange systems. Systems that can be networked together to provide an interest-free and inflation-free means of payment, while also making credit reliably available to local productive enterprises.

(In his book, Money & Debt, Greco pointed out that the compound growth of debt would eventually exceed the capacity of the real economy to bear that debt.)

For more info click thru to Greco’s blog http://beyondmoney.net and his web site www.reinventingmoney.com.


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

There are many forms of secondary capital—which can be defined as any financial instrument that measures and communicates value in a common language. Would you like to see and learn more about the many forms of secondary capital?

 We have 70 free, informative and inspiring, articles for you in our “Secondary Capital Section.”

Check it out... www.barternews.com/secondary_capital.htm.


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