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September 25, 2012

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 09/25/2012

Quick Way To Keep �Em Happy

When business slows, hiring a part-time worker will save a few needed dollars. But you don�t want to lessen productivity, so make the part-timer feel valued. What�s required to do so? Spending a focused five minutes with them every time they come to work, to bring them up to speed on anything that�s taken place over the past day.

Florida-Located Holiday Inn Adjusting With Barter

The director of sales at the Holiday Inn near St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport says bartering has �come to the forefront because of the economy.� The Inn recently accepted carpet cleaning in exchange for 6 nights � normally a $750 cash fee.

Meanwhile, Florida Barter ( reportedly did some $18 million in 2011 transactions.

In Case You Didn�t Know . . .

                     There are now 2,160 billionaires in the world.

                     The organic food purchases are experiencing three-to-four times the growth rate of the overall food market.

                     Farmland prices nationwide are topping $10,000 an acre. As an asset class, interest in owning and diversifying in farmland has been on the rise � especially since a 10-year Treasury Bond won�t even get you a measly 2% return. Because global demand for food and grains will only keep rising, farmland appears to be a sound long-term investment.

Finding The Perfect Cruise

For browsing (and booking, if desired) more than 20 cruise lines and 200 ships, go to Its CruiseFinder is a good source, and runs on Android, iPad, iPhone and Kindle Fire.

Additional sources for finding the perfect cruise would include and

Do You Have A Phobia Of Being Without Technology?

Nomophobia, or the fear of being without mobile technology, is growing. Some two-thirds of the population is fearful of losing or being without their mobile phone, according to a Newport Beach (CA) Morningside Recovery Center.

For further information click here.   

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IRTA Elects New Board President At Jamaican Convention

Barter industry veteran and alternative-currency expert Annette Riggs was elected as the Board of Director�s new president at IRTA�s 33rd International Convention in Ocho Rios, Jamaica earlier this month.

She has over 30 years experience in the barter industry and a variety of non-cash execution business models, including small business trade exchanges, large corporate barter transactions, and complementary currency applications. Annette was the co-founder and president of, which was the first application of barter services for the online marketplace. Prior to that endeavor, she created Denver-based Anso Marketing Group with the aim of developing in-house barter divisions for mid- and large-size companies and barter finance operations.

Annette also successfully operated retail trade exchanges as well as serving as a niche-market barter media consultant. She has a passion for supporting new innovation and cooperation across these disciplines and is currently the founder and managing director of Community Connect Trade Association (CCTA) in Denver. Its purpose is to combine commercial business-to-business trade with a consumer trade based loyalty system.

�The trade and barter industry currently faces great challenges and great opportunities,� declared IRTA president Annette Riggs. �I am inspired by the foundation that has been built over many years by committed members of the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA). I am confident that with the collaboration of our global board of directors and our membership, we can meet these challenges and help shape the future in a positive way that benefits trade and complementary currency system constituents worldwide.�

IRTA�s Executive Director Ron Whitney, added, �Annette is one of the brightest lights in the barter industry, she will lead IRTA and our industry to heretofore unimaginable heights.�

For more information on the International Reciprocal Trade Association click here.

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.

Looking Back � An Interesting Story From Our Archives

This week we take a look at an article from James Stout, a former writer for BarterNews, who shares an interesting and expanded perspective in the article titled, �How To Barter For Transportation.� The re-reading of such articles is worthwhile, because the experiences gained since the earlier reading means you are a different person today. Thus, your different viewpoint will allow you to perceive the information more fully.

Click here to enjoy this article.


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Using Barter To Inexpensively Boost Employee Attitudes

Employee attitudes (not cash flow or technology) most affect a company�s competitiveness, reports the Stanford Business School Magazine. It is not always possible to give top performers a monetary raise. But you can show each one you value their contribution by creating a variety of low-cost, high impact rewards.

The following examples may be a springboard to further ideas �

  • Take your employee to lunch at one of the restaurants in your trade exchange. Or obtain scrip, to give them a dinner for two.

  • Award a one-month, half-year or yearly health-club membership through your exchange.

  • Give flowers or a balloon bouquet.

  • Name a space after the employee. (The Susan Smith corridor, for example.)

  • Provide a monthly premium parking space.

  • Volunteer to do the employee�s least desirable work task for a day.

  • Give a gift certificate (scrip) from a jewelry or other fine retailer from your trade exchange.

  • Send a thank-you letter or e-mail card to the deserving employee.

  • Give a gift certificate for a massage, or day at a local spa through your exchange.

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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.�

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