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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011

TRADING NEWS IN THIS ISSUE:

Growing a business

with barter

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PICTURED: Cuisine from this issue’s featured member, Manhattan’s Restaurant

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L E TTE R F R O M Y O U R B R O K E R S Dear Member, TROY OFFICE 555 Oliver Troy, MI 48084

Phone: 248.244.0000 Fax: 248.244.0012 OHIO OFFICE Phone: 419.842.0000 1-888-LETS-TRADE www.metrotrading.com

MEMBERS OF

International Reciprocal Trade Association

National Association of Trade Exchanges

President/CEO Michael L. Mercier

Chief Operating Officer Lois Best

Trade Brokers Mark Gojcaj Tarin Wilczynski

We’d like to begin by thanking you for making our job such an enjoyable experience. The wonderful thing about trade is that it is much like the cash world in many ways, but less expensive for us simply because we are able to make purchases at our cost rather than at retail price. In both the cash world and the trade world, incidents do occur—and from time to time, a bad deal surfaces. In the cash world, however, we typically do not go to the bank or credit card company and have them fix the unfortunate incident, as their primary function is that of a third party record keeper. Trade is different because we are now given a third party to blame, although we truly know that MTA simply introduced two parties for the purpose of making a trade transaction. We also know that MTA sales representatives have worked hard to bring new members on board to accommodate our needs as best possible. An unfortunate attribute of such business is that we are more likely to remember the one unsuccessful deal, and forget the innumerable wonderful deals and relationships that have helped us save money and, ultimately, be more successful. As a business owner yourself, you know this to be true for all of our businesses. People always seem to talk about the bad things, but never seem to boast about the good. Your concerns never go unheard. That is the upside of trade versus cash. We have revoked memberships from many dishonest or unreliable members in the past, and continue to do so today. But we all must keep in mind that there are always two sides to every story—and our job is to hear both sides with an un-biased ear, and make decisions accordingly. Our ultimate goal is to have an association with members who understand that fair trading is what makes barter successful, and who treat each member with whom they do business, with the same level of integrity they expect when doing business with others. Trade is a wonderful asset to any business. We would like to remind each of you to work closely with your brokers on spending, advertising, and any questions you may have in regards to utilizing your trade dollars in the most beneficial way for your business and personal needs. We each love our job because we are given the opportunity to help passionate and dedicated business owners—like yourself—achieve even more success in your business. Allow us to help you in any way possible so that you, too, can reap the vast benefits of what trade has to offer. We look forward to hearing from you – Happy Trading! Your Brokers, Tarin Wilczynski Mark Gojcaj

Field Service Representatives Mike Millenbach Al Wilson

Operations Kim Vick

Marketing Natasha McKay

Editing & Design Natasha McKay

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R E V OKE D M E M B E R S Metro Trading Association’s membership committee reviewed and revoked these listed members. These businesses are no longer with the association because of their failure to follow the Rules & Procedures of Metro Trading Association by either not trading fairly, having poor service complaints, or for failure to pay for purchases with new sales.

Closettec

Catering by Diane

Justin Michaels Concepts

International Landscaping, Inc.

Foot EFX

Royal Prestige of Michigan

FairCareMD.com

Great Lakes Wireless, Inc.

Manhattan Office Assoc.

Professional Flooring

Bak & Associates

Seal Tech Insulating

Delivery Express, Inc.

Classy Coatings

3 Day Kitchens of Michigan

Aztec’s Cleaning Solutions

Lavish Decor

TMT - Roofing & Painting

Cannella Patisserie

Thompson’s Printing & Graphics

METRO TRADING ASSOCIATION’S T R A D I N G N E W S


Green. Barter. Smarter. We here at MTA think it is not only important, but our responsibility to contribute to the worldwide effort to preserve our resources for future generations to come. Part of this effort includes changing the way we do a few things within the association. We have begun in-office recycling of paper and plastic products, and have implemented a monthly “Low Energy Consumption” day the first Friday of every month, during which we only use energy for necessary operations such as computer and telephone use. In addition, our office is equipped with motion detector lights to reduce energy consumption, and live plants to absorb air pollution.

How can you go green? • Recycle, recycle, recycle! Set up in-office recycling bins for paper and plastic that allows employees a fast and easy way to get involved • Use digital storage solutions to cut paper and reduce clutter • Use compact fluorescent bulbs • Use email in place of faxing when possible • Use daylight rather than office lighting whenever feasible

Why should businesses go green? • It saves money – that’s motivation enough! • It attracts customers and clients • It improves employee morale • Companies can receive deductions on their business taxes and green operations • Sustained growth requires sustainable operations • It’s environmentally responsible and the right thing to do!

• Encourage employees to car pool • Request to be removed from mailing lists whenever you receive unwanted catalogs, newsletters, magazines, or junk mail • Make it policy to post employee manuals and similar materials online, rather than distribute print copies.They’re easier to update that way too!

Did you know? • Each of us uses approximately one 100-foot Douglas Fir tree in paper and wood products every year.

• Letting your faucet run for 5 minutes uses as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.

• Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, two barrels of water, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

• If only 100,000 people stopped their junk mail, we could save up to 150,000 trees annually. If one million people did this, we could save up to a million and a half trees.

• The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50 MILLION homes for 20 years.


TRADE SHOW WITH THE FALL SEASON UPON US, PREPARATION FOR our 34th Annual Holiday Trade Show is well under way and is causing a rush of excitement throughout the association.

NOVEMBER 3 AT THE ROOSTERTAIL

This year’s event will take place on Thursday, November 3rd from 3:00 until 9:00 pm at the Roostertail, located along the sweeping banks of the Detroit River. Plan on joining us for an extravagant evening of shopping, fine dining, and networking! And of course, food and drink are on us! Among the vast amount of buying opportunities in this year’s show are products such as chocolates and candy, cellular devices and accessories, furniture, apparel, jewelry, purses, sports memorabilia, and much, much more! Just bring your MTA trade card or prepaid barter card and get your holiday shopping done early this year – on trade! If you would like to reserve a booth space for this year’s show, contact your broker today at (248) 244-0000. We will send you the necessary information to get you involved in this tremendous sales opportunity!


M E M B E R S POTLI GHT

Growing a A business with barter

START-UP BUSINESS IN 2003, Manhattan’s Restaurant now boasts itself as the best brunch in the Toledo area—all while offering a combination of the distinctive, rich flavors of New York City with the unique ambiance of Toledo’s Adams Street. Marty Lahey, owner of the downtown Toledo-based restaurant, is proud of the growth that has transpired throughout his eight years in business – six of which as a member of Metro Trading Association.

MEMBER PROFILE MEMBER Manhattan’s Restaurant SERVICES Restaurant, Banquet Room, Catering LOCATION 1516 Adams St., Toledo, OH PHONE (419) 243-6675 WEBSITE www.manhattanstoledo.com SOCIAL www.facebook.com/manhattanstoledo

“[We joined] to get more business,” Lahey said of his initial interest in Metro Trading Association. “We look at it as one of our marketing programs. When we first opened, we desperately needed new business—and it’s clearly been a source of new customers. I’ve found that the primary benefit of barter is how it brings in new people through the door.” He quickly found himself looking to spend those incoming trade credits as a utility to further the growth of his business. “About three or four years after we started, we expanded and put in our private dining facilities. It’s been great for parties, rehearsal dinners, showers, business meetings—it’s actually fully equipped for business meetings with audio visual resources. We have

also been able to expand into catering of all kinds—weddings, receptions, outdoor events, and even a school lunch program. We do quite a bit of catering off-site,” he continued. “We really rely on keeping things such as our catering van running, and that’s where Metro Trade comes in with automotive repairs and services.” “I’ve had plumbing, electrical, window cleaning, carpet cleaning—all kinds of things that I’ve found because I was looking to spend my trade credits. Any time you can spend your credits on something you would normally be putting your cash into, it’s a very good thing,” Lahey enthused of the association. “There were times where I had no cash to do maintenance and expansion work in the restaurant. If it weren’t for trade, I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” he recalled. Aside from the growth of his own business, Marty Lahey has also taken notice of the more recent surge of activity in Metro Trading Association’s Toledo market. “There has been a lot more energy put into Toledo recently,” he noted. “I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t join. If you’re working the local market, this is the program for being successful with that.”

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NEW ME MBE R S BIRMINGHAM

GRAND BLANC

ROCHESTER (CONT.)

TROY

President Tuxedo

Lebanese Bakery & Grill

Rochester Rental LLC

Anderson Fianancial Group

Tuxedo Rental;Tuxedo Sales

Restaurant

Tool & Equipment Rental;Tent & Party Rental

BURTON

KEEGO HARBOR

Bowman’s Lawn Care

Father & Son

534 N. Old Woodward Birmingham, MI Barbara Sbrocca (248) 594-0800 www.presidenttuxedo.com

6186 Eastmoreland Lane Burton, MI 48509 Andy Bowman (810) 624-2009 www.bowmanslawncare.com

Lawn Maintenance

CHESTERFIELD TWP. Floorscapes

25430 Terra Industrial Chesterfield Twp, MI 48051 Rich Michaels (586) 453-9810

11515 S Saginaw St Grand Blanc, MI 48439 Malik Haddad (810) 606-0097 www.lebanesebakeryandgrill.com

3369 Orchard Lake Rd Keego Harbor, MI 48320 John Dushane (248) 469-5328

Pup Culture

Dog Grooming

2835 Orchard Lake Rd. Keego Harbor, MI 48320 Sue Carpenter (248) 706-3301 www.pupcultureinc.com

Dog Training; Dog Grooming

CLAWSON

Gentle Laser Body Care Medical Spa 44125 Twelve Mile Novi, MI 48377 Rita Filippini (734) 945-7715 www.gentlelaserbodycare.com

Restaurant

Cosmetic Surgery; Hair Removal; Laser Treatment

Designer Cookies By the Crate

ORTONVILLE

809 W 14 Mile Rd Clawson, MI 48017 Stacey Gibbard (248) 435-0422 www.cookiesbythecrate.com

Cookies

Heatwave Heating and Cooling 20916 Van Born Dearborn Hts, MI 48125 Kevin Wagner (313) 359-4328 www.heatwavedearborn.com

Heating & Cooling Service; Refrigeration Contractors

Coffee Zone

830 S Ortonville Rd Ortonville, MI 48462 Dennis Hamlin (248) 793-3301

OTTAWA LAKE Whiteford Valley Golf Club 7980 Beck Rd. Ottawa Lake, MI 49267 Monty Elam (734) 856-4545 www.whitefordgolf.com

Golf Club

ROCHESTER Advanced Detailing 122 Albertson Rochester, MI 48307 Matt Gillikin (248) 212-3891 www.adsdetailing.com

Auto Detailing

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www.thepamperedpoochinroyaloak.com

SHELBY TWP. KRP Handyworks Shelby Twp, MI 48317 Kenneth Porter (586) 719-1932

Handyman Coffee News of North Macomb Shelby Twp, MI Edward Colbath (586) 731-4166

Advertising

SOUTHFIELD Com Soft Business Solutions

Restaurant

DEARBORN HTS.

Pampered Pooch

Dry Cleaning

NOVI

27 E 14 Mile Clawson, MI 48017 Shay Sims (248) 588-2300

ROYAL OAK 4302 Rochester Royal Oak, MI 48073 Susie Whitehouse (248) 660-3231

Carpet, Rug, and Tile Installation

Royal Kubo

159 E Tienken Rochester, MI 48386 Steve Swann (248) 651-0424 www.rochesterrental.com

METRO TRADING ASSOCIATION’S T R A D I N G N E W S

Southfield, MI 48034 Carl Walters (248) 827-3207 www.comsft.com

Computer Software; Advertising (Internet) Lucky Monkee Computer Repair LLC 21650 W 11 Mile Rd Southfield, MI 48076 Michael Montelibano (586) 707-1715 www.luckymonkee.com

Computer Repair; Data Retrieval

ST. CLAIR SHORES Affordable Tax Service Inc St Clair Shores, MI 48081 Sam Gizzi (586) 879-5122 www.affordablefasttax.com

Accounting Services

3800 Livernois, Bld. E, Ste. 165 Troy, MI 48083 Eric Peplowski (248) 763-0311

Mortgages (Residential) Sandler Sales Training 100 W. Big Beaver Troy, MI 48084 Erik Meier (248) 680-6709 www.meier.sandler.com

Sales Education

WARREN Macomb Auto Salvage

26600 Bunert Rd Warren, MI 48089 Doug David (800) 837-7735 www.macombautosalvage.com

Auto Parts (Used) S&G Custom Collision 31373 Van Dyke Warren, MI 48093 Alfred Raudabaugh (586) 264-5545

Auto Body Repairing; Auto Painting Bostaan Restaurant 32401 Van Dyke Warren, MI 48093 Malik Haddad (586) 977-0000 www.bostaan.com

Restaurant

WATERFORD Salon Suzette

27 S Cass Lake Rd Waterford, MI 48328 Suzette Simon (248) 681-7904

Hair Salon

WATERFORD (CONT.) Aaron’s Auto Service

4337 Highland Waterford, MI 48328 Todd Sherrick (248) 681-8855 www.aaronsautoservice.com

Auto Repair & Service The Pizza Guy

Waterford, MI 48328 Jacqueline Rowden (248) 977-3651

Pizza; Catering


Please welcome our new members to the wonderful world of bartering!

WHITE LAKE

TOLEDO AREA (CONT.)

TOLEDO AREA (CONT.)

TOLEDO AREA (CONT.)

Contender’s Tree & Lawn Specialist

Artforms - A Perrysburg Gallery

Professional Tax & Bookkeeping Service

Birsco Networks

9532 Shelby Dr. White Lake, MI 48386 Steve Martinko (248) 698-4470 www.contenders-mi.com

Tree/Lawn Fertilization & Spray Service

TOLEDO AREA The Mirror Newspaper

Maumee, OH 43537 Michael McCarthy (419) 893-8135 www.themirrornewspaper.com

Advertising (Newspaper)

102 Louisiana Ave Perrysberg, OH 43551 Kristin Kaminsky (419) 874-0090 www.artformsperrysburg.com

Art Dealer/Gallery; Stained Glass; Jewelry (Handmade)

Accounting Services

Custom Floors with Amy

Toledo, OH 43606 Carrie Franzen (517) 403-7327 www.remedgroup.com

11953 Shaffer Swanton, OH 43558 Amy Cameron (419) 944-9696 www.customfloorswithamy.com

Floor Coverings New Leaf Data

Diabetes Youth Services 5871 Monclova Rd Maumee, OH 43537 Mary Harrell (419) 887-8739 www.dys4kids.org

6751 Roosevelt Dr Sylvania, OH 43560 Daniel Shanahan (419) 367-5236 www.newleafdata.com

Business Consultants; Database Consultants

Charitable Organization Sit Means Sit Dog Training Northwood, OH 43619 Orlando Cuevas Sr. (419) 666-3647 www.Toledo.SitMeansSit.com

Dog Training

Anytime Fitness

7602 W Sylvania Ave Sylvania, OH 43560 Mike Gaither (419) 724-5575 www.anytimefitness.com

Health Club

Mary Kay by Jennifer Wenzke

Just Got Paid

Holland, OH 43528 Jennifer Wenzke (419) 290-0309 www.marykay.com/jwenzke

Makeup Consultation; Beauty Supplies

1320 Madison Ave, Ste 200 Toledo, OH 43604 Denise Blissard (419) 720-7243 www.justgotpaid.com

Toledo, OH 43614 Tom Scott (419) 407-6905 www.birsconetworks.com

1320 Madison Ave, Ste 200 Toledo, OH 43604 Denise Blissard (419) 720-7243 www.taxtoledo.com

Computer Repair; Data Retrieval Revolver Electronic Cigarettes

RMG Media Solutions

Toledo, OH 43615 Matt Smith (419) 531-9100 www.revolvercig.com

Smoking Treatment

Advertising (Promotional) LifeTime Hearing Centers Toledo, OH 43606 Rodney Keck (419) 720-4445 www.lifetimehearingcenters.com

Hearing Aids

Talk About It, It Works Toledo, OH 43615 Sarah Savidge (567) 277-1051 www.talkaboutit.itworks.net

Weight Loss Products

El Tipico Restaurant

Waterless Car Care Products

Restaurant

Auto Washing & Polishing

1444 South Ave Toledo, OH 43609 Dina Villa (419) 382-0661 www.letseat.at/eltipico

Luxury Mechanical 3929 Seekinger Dr. Toledo, OH 43613 Stephen Labash (419) 705-9004

Refrigeration Contractors

4861 Imperial Dr Toledo, OH 43623 Richard Horvath (419) 270-0929 www.waterlesscleanoftoledo.net

Subway

5903 Weckerly Whitehouse, OH 43571 Josh Torres (419) 877-9473 www.subwaywhitehouse.com

Restaurant

Payroll

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