August 31, 2010
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
United Nations’ Huge Multi-Billion Dollar Barter Program
The United Nations’ “Oil for Food Program” occurred between
1995 and 2003. It enabled Iraq to barter $46 billion in oil
for needed staples like wheat, rice and other necessities.
Bill Gates Has A New Hero … It’s A Remarkable
Bill Gates was blown away by this guy and what he is
accomplishing in the world. It’s quite astounding, and is
one reason why the world continues to make progress despite
the blunders of our politicians.
BizXchange Makes Inc. 5000 List Again
For the fourth consecutive year, Seattle-based BizXchange
has been named as an “Inc. 5000” company by Inc.
magazine, which annually lists the fastest growing
private companies in the United States. This year BizXchange
was listed #1093, a jump of over 2,000 spots from the
company’s listing position in 2009.
For more information on BizXchange
Greco’s Thoughts On Independent Restaurants
Last week in our “From The Desk Of...” column we reported on
the closures of many independent restaurants across the
Thomas Greco Jr. provided us with his insights: “Regarding
restaurant closings, I think there’s been a trend in recent
years for restaurateurs to go for the upscale market —
fancy, sometimes weird, dishes at inflated prices, and
little or nothing on the menu for the less well endowed. The
ones that will survive are the ones that provide lots of
good, wholesome food at low prices that the
unemployed, retirees, and families can afford. The ‘good,
wholesome’ part leaves out most fast food places, but their
low prices will continue to draw the crowds.”
Small Businesses Held Back By Real Estate
The collapse of the residential real estate market has
greatly affected the small business community. Not only are
about 20% of small business owners using (or have used)
their homes as collateral to obtain financing for their
companies, but 99% of the companies in construction and the
real estate business are defined as “small businesses.”
(Small businesses are defined by their gross income or
number of employees.)
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reported earlier, the 31st International Reciprocal Trade
Association’s annual International Congress will be held in
Pittsburgh this year. It is preceded with a huge annual trade show
at the Pittsburgh Convention Center on Wednesday, October 27 from
5PM to 9PM. Attendees from around the world will be able to make
barter purchases with IRTA’s “Universal Currency” from the hundreds
of vendors onsite.
convention begins the following morning (October 28) and runs
through October 30. The entire program schedule for the convention
has been announced.
registration discount go to
for details contact Executive Director Ron Whitney at
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Future Trends Of The
Collapsing birth rates.
Aging populations in the developing world in most countries, for at
least the first 20 years, will have profound consequences for
business and politics.
Change in education.
Long-distance learning may well make obsolete or diminish the
free-standing undergraduate college.
Redefined health care.
Rather than fighting disease, health care will be redefined as the
maintenance of physical and mental functioning.
development in business and history.
Individuals will have to manage themselves in the new century and
new economy. Each person will have to determine how he or she can
best contribute to the task at hand, within the organization to
which one belongs.
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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
The Difference Between
Managing & Leading
Managers follow rules.
Leaders make them.
Managers dread failure.
Leaders learn from it.
Managers are afraid to make mistakes.
Leaders turn mistakes into new businesses.
Managers do things right.
Leaders do the right things.
Managers do things that translate into action.
Leaders do things that translate into vision.
Managers do things that demand results.
Leaders do things that expand opportunities.
Managers do things that protect the status quo.
Leaders do things to make their companies grow.
Managers think and work inside the box.
Leaders are happier working and thinking outside the box.
Managers ask, “What’s wrong with the company?”
Leaders ask, “What’s right for the company?”
(Lao-tzu once wrote: “When the best leader’s work is done the people
say, ‘We did it ourselves!’” He believed that leadership should
benefit the followers, and recommended, “To lead people, walk behind
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The Growth and Use of Secondary
Capital (New Money) Creates Unprecedented Wealth In Today’s New Age
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