VOLUME II, ISSUE SPRING 2008
Table of Contents Extra, Extra.........................1 New Staff Member ............1 Spring Tradeshow..............1 Welcoming Members ........3 What is Trade Good For.....4 Email Blast.........................5 Travel .................................6 Places to Visit....................7 Member Appreciation ........7 Tough Times.......................9 Universal Scrip ..................11 Vision & Mission ...............12
Spring 2008 Tradeshow
Read all about it! Some call us the new kids on the block, some call us a change in the barter industry, either way we are paving the way for a barter revolution. As one of the newest barter companies in Central Florida we are defying all of the limitations that our competitors have set for our success. Our goals have been to keep up to date with technology, provide great customer service, and grow at a rate of 20-30 members per month. These goals were set for accountability to our members, to show them not only that we are working hard but that we are doing business responsibly and honestly. These goals have improved our company so dramatically that our competitors are taking notice and adding them to their companyâ€™s goals as well.
New Staff Member As many of you may know Gene Rankin has joined the Barter Network force. Gene has over 26 years in the Barter Industry, both as a Member, and as a Broker / Sales Represenative.
With the success of the 2007 Trade Show, we see a clear and prosperous year in 2008. To continue that success we are bringing the great energy from 2007 to the 2008 Spring Tradeshow. This is our time to excite the members about trade and to also thank and remind our members of the great importance they bring to our organization. We believe that each member adds to the great recipe that we are (Continued on page 11
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BARTER You Should Know's By; Susan Hummell
Below are a few of the important things I have learned, please let me share them with you: Call in your transaction as soon as it happens, (not unlike accepting cash payment), this should take place as soon as the totals are made and the service is rendered or the product changes owners. This works best for all concerned in many ways, you know the client has enough trade dollars to cover the transaction, and the client hasnâ€™t spent his dollars twice. How many times have we checked our balances and found more money than we expectedâ€Ś only to purchase something else, and then the original transaction goes through to leave a negative balance? Processing the transaction can be done in a couple different ways; online, choose the Transaction icon, then New transaction, fill in the blanks and submit. If that is too scary (worried you could mess things up!) you can call the office and someone can post the transaction for you. Dial (407) 641-0221 and choose option 5, and a real person will process your transaction for you. Continued on page 11
Welcoming our newest members: Lake Mary Car Wash (407) 333-3200 3720 Lake Emma Rd Lake Mary, Fl 32746
cessing; Bar Coding and Labeling Solutions; Mailing and Shipping Supplies; Custom Software Applications.
105 Ridge Rd Lake Mary, Florida 32746
Call For A Massage, Mobile Massages by Darian
Office equipment, repair and servicing.
Car wash tickets are available through The Barter Network office and detailing in available directly through their location (oil changes are not available on trade). Orlando Business Solution Jeff Skinder (407) 862-9994 865 Sunshine Lane Altamonte Springs, Fl
Data Collection, on-site Pro-
Ruben Figueroa (407) 928-5874 4822 S. Orange Ave ste 13 Orlando, Fl 32806 www.woodsmithenterprises.com
Adirondack chairs and patio furniture hand made, with or without finish. Premium Digital Copies, LLC Lesly Charlot (407) 718-9826
Darian Darst (407) 375-7865 www.callforamassage.com
I offer Swedish relaxation, Deep Tissue, or a combo of the two (which is the standard massage I give). I can also do some Sports Therapy. If you would like to add any of the following
services to your massage experience, they are an additional $10 each: 10 minutes of Reiki, a hand or foot Parrifin treatment, or Chakra alignment. In addition to massage, I also offer Reiki only energy work sessions and a foot detox bath. French Flooring, LLC Randy French (321) 354-5583
Installation of tiles, Bathroom remodeling and Painting.
What is trade good for ? By: Susan Hummell
Someone asked me the other day, “What is trade good for?” My answer to that was “Whatever you want.” It is what you make of it. If you need a business tool, barter can increase your business by word of mouth from members to their non member (cash paying) friends and associates. If you need to be kept busy, barter can offer a flow of clients to your business and your rewards will work towards your goals. Your Trade dollars work FOR you, plan ahead of time… As soon as I have enough trade dollars I want? A vacation, advertising, massage, home remodel, family time
out to restaurants, gifts for employees? My personal trade account is used for the auto mechanic, restaurants, hair salons, TBN showroom, Comedy Clubs, etc. I use my trade account quicker than it comes in. If your account grows quickly, call me before you spend your cash to see if those products or services are available on The Barter Network… The worse time to find out we have new members is right after you spent your cash on a product or service that is available on trade. Make this opportunity work for you, just a few moments of planning can make the difference.
Barter Business Thoughts By: Gene Rankin
Barter as we all know has been happening for as long as time has been recorded. Horses, pigs, chickens, corn, wagons and even a few farmer's daughters. Times have changed but a few things remain constant. Everyone wants to make sure that they get fair market value for their product. In effect one horse does not equal one chicken. Unless, your chicken is related to the “Goose that Lays Golden Eggs”, or the other guys horse only has 3 legs. That’s why working with The Barter Network gives business owners peace of mind when doing a barter transaction. You simply sell your product or supply your service and price it as you normally would. Then whenever you need to spend those trade dollars you can check the price and quality of the item or service. If you are happy with your purchase you can move forward with the deal. YOU have a choice.
Barter purchases are no different then any cash purchase you’ve ever made. Do your research and make an educated decision. When you are selling your product the same philosophy applies. If your company overcharges or gives bad service you’re not going to build your business. Everyone likes to refer someone who does really good work. You build your business by taking care of each and every customer like your life depended on it. Because it kinda does. The other constant about bartering is most business owners enjoy the friends that they’ve made along the way. I’ve been doing barter since 1982 and many businesses have come and gone, but the relationships I’ve made over the years have remained Priceless.
Successful Tips for the Extraordinary Business Owner By: Jane Bergenske
So they say "The economy is bad" and that is why 1. Review services you use on a daily or monthly basis that are considered luxuries (meaning if you do not have it you would business is not booming. So what will you do in the survive) and replace them with barter. meantime? Being a barter member already puts you 2. If you are advertising to help bring in more business, use barter. one step ahead of the other businesses that do not Develop a website, print flyers with specials, send referral cards, barter and who are currently struggling. Although you are using your barter money how efficiently are you using it? There are many ways you can improve the success of your business by reevaluating the efficiency of your barter account. The steps below are some of the ways your business can stay successful during these hard economical times:
create and deliver thank you baskets, purchase an ad in the trade newsletter or purchase a booth for the 2008 tradeshow, etc. 3. Everyone needs a break, so take a spring or summer vacation with the family. Go somewhere fun and enjoy your stay on barter. A break always helps to relieve the stress and tension in a busy work schedule and can help improve your state of mind for the 2nd half of the business year.
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Referrals are golden. Not only does The Barter Network offer bonus trade dollars for each company you get to sign on with us, but you also have a direct hand in getting the kinds of companies you want to use your trade dollars with. While enriching the Network you can also promote your business.
Do you get our E-mail Blasts? The Barter Network sends out a weekly E-mail Blast every Tuesday afternoon. The E-mail blast lists new clients that have joined the previous week, as well as features news and special events, lists clients looking for more business, travel opportunities, and classified ads. It is our best way to keep our members up to date with what is going on at The Barter Network. If you are not receiving the e-mail blast you may have a spam blocker or we may not have your current e-mail address. Please call your broker with your current e-mail address. Please let us know if you have any items to trade for our classified section. We only mail a quarterly newsletter 4 times a year, so the 52 week e-mail blast is very important for successful trading.
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Traveling This Summer
Courtesy of Harbour Beach Resort
Harbour Beach Resort An Oceanfront Resort in Daytona Beach, Florida The Daytona Beach, Florida area has many activities to entertain your friends and family. Whether you want to relax on the pristine beaches of Daytona Beach, watch a race at the Daytona International Speedway, experience water activities, or play a game of golf, Harbour Beach Resort is an oceanfront resort convenient to all Daytona Beach attractions and only a short drive from Orlando area theme parks. Vacationers have been coming to Daytona Beach, FL for nearly a century to enjoy the beautiful year-round weather and Harbour Beach Resort is the perfect place for a Daytona Beach resort get-
away.Our oceanfront lodging and accommodation villas offer a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean,along with a variety of amenities including a fully equipped kitchen, whirlpool tubs, leather sleeper sofa, a private terrace and 27" cable TVs. Resort amenities and activities also include swimming, soaking in a hot tub and much more! There are tempting restaurants and an abundance of nighttime activities all within the area. Harbour Beach Resort at Daytona Beach, Florida is the ideal oceanfront resort setting for your vacation.
Places To Visit
Park City, Utah Mountain Resort A Scenic Wasatch Mountain View Resort & Spa With the scenic Wasatch Mountains as a backdrop, Westgate Park City Resort & Spa of Utah offers lodging and accommodations at the ideal destination for a memorable vacation for all seasons. Regardless the time of year, Park City, Utah has plenty to entertain adventurous vacationers. Known for skiing, snowboarding and winter fun, there are numerous summer activities as well, like golf, horseback riding, hiking, hot air ballooning, fishing and more! For those wanting to unwind, Park City also offers a top-notch spa, Papillon the Spa at Westgate Park City, making Park City an experience for everyone.
Westgate Historic Williamsburg - A Family Friendly Virginia Resort A Beautiful Historical Williamsburg Resort in Virginia Recognized for museums and nationally known historic sites, Williamsburg, Virginia is also home to contemporary, top-notch tourist attractions. In Colonial Williamsburg's historic area, you can take a walk back in time as you explore the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Go for a walking tour during the day, and then ride in a horse-drawn carriage in the evening, as the streets glow by candle light. Visit one of the theme parks, or shop at one of the many outlet stores or local artisans. Whatever you choose, Westgate Historic Williamsburg resort makes a great vacation getaway. Close to the Historic Area, the newly renovated Westgate Historic Williamsburg resort offers comfortable, economical lodging and accommodations located within a six-mile radius of all major attractions including Busch Gardens, and premier shopping areas. Resort features include an outdoor pool and hot tub, an exercise room and a game room. For your next trip to Williamsburg, Virginia choose Westgate Historical Williamsburg for outstanding rooms at economical prices!
Westgate Park City Resort & Spa is one of Utah's premier mountain resort properties featuring ski-in/ski-out access to 140 stimulating ski runs. Well-appointed villas, from studios to two bedrooms, feature kitchens, whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and more, depending on the villa. For the ultimate in relaxation, Papillon the Spa at Westgate Park City offers a full menu of world class spa services, including massage, manicures, facials, body treatments and more. The award-winning Westgate Grill has a delicious variety of American alpine cuisine including steaks and seafood expertly prepared and served before a majestic view of the Wasatch Mountains. You will find unwinding comes easy here after an exciting day in Park City, Utah. www.TheBarterNetwork.net
Member Appreciation By: Jane Bergenske
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The Barter Network is only as successful as the members that are part of our company, that is why we appreciate each and every member that we have. We have set our membership goals high and our member appreciation rewards even higher. We have the largest referral fee in the business ($250.00), special giveaways every month, and a $20,000 balloon drop for our members to win at our trade shows. We continue to strive for the highest rewards for our members to keep them happy and satisfied. With our members satisfaction, we are able to succeed as the best barter company in the country.
The Economy - Tough Times By Jason Bergenske
In the current “Cash Economy” things are bad and possibly going to get worse. Food, gas and many everyday needs of consumers are growing in cost far faster than the published inflation rate and affecting many of the high, middle, and lower class wage earners. As times get tougher remember to let us know what you
“No where else can you buy $ 100.00 worth of goods and services”
events,clothes, jewelry, advertising for your business to generate cash business, auto repair, bakery goods, storage, carpet cleaning, massage, facials, cosmetic surgery, dentistry, pest control, eye exams, eyeglasses, and so much more. Our list is large and growing everyday. There is not a single member that cannot use at least one of these or more. Make your own list of needs, get proactive and keep your cash strong by using trade whenever and wherever possible.
need. We cannot guess, you have to call or email us if you need help finding goods and services. If you can get it on trade you can save your cash. No where else can you buy $100.00 worth of goods and services for $5,$10, or even $20 in cash (your whole sale cost). Barter is a strong way to help get through these times. Depending on what services you have to offer remember you can conserve cash by buying on trade. For instance you can get restaurant gift certificates, oil changes, accounting services, tickets to shows, sporting
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creating, each member being an ingredient. Without each ingredient there would be no recipe. Spring 2008 Tradeshow Join us May 6, 2008 @ 6:30pm at the Bahia Shrine Center in Maitland / Orlando for our Spring trade show. The Barter Network will have $20,000.00td balloon drop at the event for members to spend.
Bahia Shrine Center 2300 Pembrook Drive Orlando, Florida 32810
Our Vision & Mission Unlocking New Business Opportunities Bar·ter [bahr-ter]
1. to trade by exchange of products and or services rather than by the use of money. The Barter Network is a company connecting businesses that are looking to trade their goods and services with one another. Through an alternative currency, we help businesses increase profits, cut cash costs, and unlock new business opportunities.
A barter company is only as good as its members and that is why our mission is to bring in the best businesses to trade for the best products and or services to help advance your business and cut cash costs whenever possible.
Our commitment is to provide, our clients, with an honest, trustworthy, and fair trading community where they can trade diversely at a cost effective price.
Our vision is to unlock business opportunities whenever possible to open the doors for new and better business.
We strive for superior customer service for our members and their family, providing a safe trading environment for both.
www.TheBarterNetwork.net The Barter Network 1210 Michigan Avenue Winter Park, Florida 32789 • Increasing profits by reducing overall expenditures. • Full time marketing department at no cost to you. • Access to thousands of products and services local and nationwide. • Monthly networking events at local members locations.
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