December 15, 2009
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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From the desk of Bob Meyer...12/15/2009
Financial-Services Industry A Major Employer
In the USA there is a total employment in the securities,
commodities and investment industries of 779,700 people,
according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
TBC Network Interviewed Scott Drudy Of
The TBC Global News Network (www.tbctoday.com)
featured Scott Drudy of the Pittsburgh Trade Alliance on its
hour-long TV show Sunday, December 13.
Online Food Channel Predicts More Barter
Online food magazine, The Food Channel (www.foodchannel.com),
has released its �Top-Ten Food Trends for 2010.� One of
those predictions was that restaurants will increasingly
utilize trade exchanges, because the exposure and
connections through barter networks are a valuable conduit
Big Dollar-Grossing Restaurant In Beverly
A new Beverly Hills restaurant grossed more than $13 million
in its first year (its construction cost topped $12
million). Only 50 restaurants in the country grossed more
last year, according to data from trade publication
Restaurants & Institutions.
A widow who sued the IRS for $1 million, for allegedly
driving her husband to suicide, dropped her claim in
exchange for the agency forgiving her tax debt.
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following article was provided to BarterNews by IRTA President David
IRTA Has Banner Year
Exceeding Goals In All Categories
According to IRTA executive director Ron Whitney, 2009 has proved to
be a banner year for The International Reciprocal Trade Association.
�We have surpassed all of the goals that were set in the categories
of new IRTA members, Universal Currency membership, and transaction
During 2009 IRTA welcomed 27 new members from all over the world,
representing every sector of the Modern Trade and Barter Industry
including start-ups, mature commercial barter exchanges, corporate
barter companies, and community based systems.
in its 31st year, the International Reciprocal Trade Association
provides global self regulation and the highest standards of
operations for the 75 companies that are members of the
organization. Those members provide over $8 billion in annual
revenue and capitalization to their more then 200,000 worldwide
business clients. During 2009 the IRTA Universal Currency platform
cleared more that $5 million in trade transactions and increased
membership by 25%.
Universal Currency (UC) committee chairman Scott Whitmer, noted, �UC
is entering a new and exciting phase in its history. It is in its
twelfth year as a trade exchange currency clearinghouse, and has
established itself as the clear leader of industry clearinghouse
platforms. UC is positioned perfectly to reach new heights and truly
bring the world�s traders together. We are looking forward to
another excellent year in 2010.�
�This remarkable influx of new members into IRTA and the Universal
Currency systems over the past two years has enhanced the
organization�s ability to accomplish our mission and provide
additional benefits to all industry members,� offered IRTA president
David Wallach. �The IRTA Global Board of Directors looks forward to
2010 and presenting creative and exciting new approaches in serving
the Modern Trade and Barter Industry, and will continue to offer the
aggressive leadership role in the industry that our members expect
mission of IRTA is to provide all industry members with an ethically
based global organization dedicated to the advancement of modern
trade and barter and other alternative capital systems, through the
use of education, self regulation, high standards and government
more information go to
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Ron Whitney at (757) 393-2292.
Attention Trade Exchange Owners. . .It�s GROW OR GO!
The magic bullet for growth is sales, always has been and always
will be...yet the industry�s overall growth is anemic. Why? Maybe
it�s because we�re not providing on-going education about our unique
way of doing business. Knowledge is always a pre-requisite to taking
And for those newcomers, the lifeblood of an exchange, awareness of
and understanding about the value of trading is even more important.
If you expect prospects to come aboard and your members to be more
active traders, but you are perplexed when the results are less than
you desire...there�s a good reason. You must continually educate
and motivate every month--month after month after month!
Such action is necessary because, let�s face it, more cash business,
not trade, is of paramount importance to your members. You must
break through this �cash only� focus and redirect their thinking
toward barter. Although most exchanges don�t see the importance of
doing so, many industry leaders are taking action and so can you.
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Linda Zibell Says Good-Bye After 30 Years Of Dedicated Service
The unsung heroes of the trade exchange industry are the
hard-working barter brokers that keep business moving among the
members of a trade exchange. One of the best was Linda Zibell. Not
only did she perform for New England Trade for three decades, but
she mentored scores of new brokers who came into the
industry...always glad to assist and share her knowledge and
and others like her are responsible for the maturation of the
commercial barter industry. Below are her thoughts as she exits the
industry. Best wishes Linda, for success in all of your endeavors in
the days ahead.
30 years of watching the barter industry grow,
my time has
come to go to �The Old Brokers Home.� If you are receiving this and
are an owner it is because I hold you in the highest regard. If you
are a broker and are receiving this it is because I think of you as
a friend, colleague and co-conspirator. You hold a very special
place in my heart.
special �10� (fellow brokers from the industry) that travel together
once a year, you have given me so many memories to cherish. From the
very first NATE (National Association of Trade Exchanges) convention
I attended over 20 years ago, it has been my honor to know each and
everyone of you. The friendships forged and the memories we made are
something I will treasure.
30 years effective December 31, 2009 I will be leaving New England
Trade. My last day is December 24, and I wish each and every one of
you a Healthy & Prosperous 2010.
It has been
my pleasure to know you.
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