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August 31, 2010

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 08/31/2010

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 Story

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. Click here.

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 click here.

Greco�s Thoughts On Independent Restaurants Closings

Last week in our �From The Desk Of...� column we reported on the closures of many independent restaurants across the nation.

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 Bust

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.)

All back issues of "From the Desk...� can be accessed by clicking here.

(Please feel free to forward our newsletter to your friends and colleagues. We have a �box� at the end of the newsletter for your convenience. See you next week. . .)

IRTA Convention Discounts Ending
August 31

As 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.

The convention begins the following morning (October 28) and runs through October 30. The entire program schedule for the convention has been announced.

For registration discount go to; for details contact Executive Director Ron Whitney at

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.

Future Trends Of The 21st Century

         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.

         New 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.


25 Years Of BarterNews Issues Now In Digital Format

Welcome to the largest repository of barter contacts, strategies, and barter techniques in the world. All 64 issues of BarterNews now available in digital format at

         International visitors look for BARTER CONTACTS in our Global Barter Section. If YOUR exchange isn�t listed see the forms on the lower left of the page. (Click here.)

         Attention trade exchange owners...thousands of visitors every month 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 here.) 

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The Difference Between Managing & Leading

Managers cuss. Leaders discuss.

Managers stew. Leaders do.

Managers resolve. Leaders involve.

Managers spare. Leaders share.

Managers pare. Leaders dare.

Managers require. Leaders inspire.

Managers preach. Leaders teach.

Managers depress. Leaders impress.

Managers detect. Leaders respect.

Managers haze. Leaders praise.

Managers control. Leaders extol.

Managers remand. Leaders expand.

Managers react. Leaders enact.

Managers yank. Leaders thank.

Managers bray. Leaders pay.

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 them.�)

Money-Making Reports Available From BarterNews

All-Time Best Sales & Marketing Principles

1)    Responsive sales people find a way to return their phone calls in minutes, not hours.

2)    They will leave a sales meeting in a nanosecond to take a phone call from a customer. And they should.

3)    Great salespeople have the knowledge to educate and persuade both their customers, and their coworkers to high standards.

4)    Blazing professionals have a system for remembering the birthdays, anniversaries, and kids� names of both their customers and co-workers.

5)    They can say �Thank You!� a thousand ways.


How To Get More Sales In Hyper-Competitive
Restaurant Industry

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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...

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