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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
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
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 (www.FloridaBarter.com)
reportedly did some $18 million in 2011 transactions.
Case You Didn’t Know . . .
are now 2,160 billionaires in the world.
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
www.Cruise.com. Its CruiseFinder is a good source,
and runs on Android, iPad, iPhone and Kindle Fire.
Additional sources for finding the perfect cruise would
Do You Have A Phobia Of Being Without
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.
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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.
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.”
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
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keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A)
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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
to enjoy this article.
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.
following examples may be a springboard to further ideas …
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
Give flowers or a
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
There are many forms of secondary
capital—which can be defined as any financial instrument that
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