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The Barter Company Announces Newest Million Dollar Club Member

The Barter Company, a recognized leader in the barter industry, announced today that one of its clients, The Mad Hatter, has reached the company’s million dollar club level.

To reach the million dollar club level, a barter client must exchange goods and/or services worth at least $1 million within the 2,500-client network. The Mad Hatter has grown in to one of the largest family owned air duct and chimney service companies in the United States. The company services all of Metro Atlanta and also has a retail division that carries a full line of top quality fireplacesgrills, and gas logs.

About The Barter Company

The Barter Company (TBC) has established itself as the leading force in the barter industry throughout the Southeast with offices in Georgia and Florida. TBC provides businesses with an alternative currency network by using barter dollars instead of cash to handle transactions. The company acts as a third-party records keeper, providing clients with monthly statements that reflect all barter purchases, sales, and current barter dollar balance. For more information, visit The Barter Company’s website.

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Keeping Employees Healthy Helps Keep Businesses Healthy

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The New Year is almost upon us with new resolutions for a better 2017. For many, that means a resolution to be healthier and business owners are smart to help their employees with this goal. Studies have shown that healthy employees are, in general, happier and more productive at work (Source: Business News Daily 2013).

 

In the past, providing such benefits has become nearly impossible for small to mid-sized business owners. Now, there is a solution. The Barter Company is offering a new product to its clients called BarterCo Health. The BarterCo Health card is purchased by business owners using barter dollars instead of cash. The card can then be offered to the company’s employees as a health benefit.

 

From allergy testing to yoga, The Barter Company’s BarterCo Health program offers a wide variety of health care options for business owners to offer their employees. Healthier employees mean a healthier business with fewer sick days and increased productivity as well as increased retention among employees. For more information on how this program can benefit you or your business, click here.

 

Here are some other tips for a healthier company in 2017:

 

  • Stock the breakroom with health snack alternatives and water. Healthy snacks not only help with weight control but they can increase an employees’ intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

 

  • Encourage your sedentary employees to take stretch and walk breaks. A good stretch, breath of fresh air, and a walk around the block can do wonders for energy and productivity.

 

  • Offer incentives to those employees who want to lose weight, including health club memberships or a financial reward to those who meet their weight-loss goals.

 

Most of all, be supportive of employees who want to get or stay healthy. In the long run, it benefits your business as well as the individual.

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Ways to Give Thanks for a Good Year

Ways to Give Thanks for a Good Year

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As we start wrapping up the year, November is a good time to take stock and give thanks. At The Barter Company, we have a lot to be thankful for in 2016. We marked our 20th year in business which we couldn’t have accomplished without the wonderful clients we have. We also received recognition from the Cobb Chamber of Commerce as one of their Top 25 Small Businesses of the Year. An award for which we are very grateful.

 

Especially this year, The Barter Company is also thankful for our staff, vendors, family and friends. Having a strong network of people helps every business succeed. We count on our staff to work hard each day assisting our barter clients. They always take on new challenges and help clients find what they need on barter – no matter how tall the order!

 

Take the time this holiday season to thank your network for their support this year. No business can do it alone without lots of commitment from others. Most importantly, make sure your clients feel appreciated. Studies show that a thoughtful gift along with a hand-written note is one of the best ways to show a client you care. If you have too many customers to do this, make sure you at least send a thank you message either in an email, newsletter or card.

 

Here are a few other ways for business owners to show some “love” to their customers:

  • Feature a customer of the day on your social media. You’re thanking them and they will likely share the experience with their friends and family. This will also help you get the word out about your business.
  • Start a loyalty program for your extra special customers. Make it easy for them to earn offers and free products from your company.
  • Donate to a charity on behalf of your customers. Tie it to what they buy and donate a portion of the proceeds. This can help your business with sales as well as benefitting the charity.

 

If you’re looking to send a special gift this holiday season, The Barter Company has all kinds of gifts available for your clients and staff – even your family and friends. Our Holiday Showroom opens 10 am and will stay open until 3 pm on December 3,10, and 17. For business owners, you can even give a barter gift card to your employees to shop for themselves and families at the Holiday Showroom. It’s a great way to say thank you.

 

The Barter Company is extremely grateful to everyone who helped us have an outstanding 2016. We can’t wait to see what the New Year holds for our company, our clients, staff, family, and friends.

 

Thank you!

 

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2016 Holiday Barter Show Recap

TBC’s 2016 Holiday Barter Show was held on Saturday, November 5th at The Metropolitan Club.
It was our first time holding the event at The Metropolitan Club, but the venue proved to be a huge success!
Thank you to all our vendors and clients and those who attended!

Our Showroom will be open Saturday December 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 10am – 2pm for your shopping pleasure.

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  See you in 2017!

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We Paid The Invoice With Our Specialty Burger. That’s How Barter Works.

Barter is Smarter than you think…

Imagine running your business and paying bills with trade in-stead of cash. Many businesses right here in North Fulton are doing just that, including Houck’s Grille in Roswell.

I’ve been in the restaurant business for many years and during much of that time, I’ve used barter,” said Bill Houck, owner of Houck’s Grille. “Most recently, The Barter Company helped us with the opening of our newest restaurant. They provided a sprinkler system, window tinting, fire extinguishers, janitorial cleaning, exterminating service, and hood cleaning to make sure we hit our opening date looking great. The customer service at The Barter Company is fantastic! They’re aware of our needs and have great follow up. We couldn’t be happier!

Houcks-Mockup-10-29-15The Barter Company has established itself as the leading force in the barter industry throughout the Southeast. They pro-vide businesses with an alternative currency network by using barter dollars instead of cash to handle transactions. The Barter Company actively manages the network to make the barter experience simple and smooth.

Houck said: “Barter not only helps us save cash, it’s also a great way to connect with other business people. We’ve formed some great relationships through The Barter Company that have become long-lasting customers.”

Are you ready to see how barter can work for your company? Contact The Barter Company today. Visit their website at thebartercompany.com or call (770) 591-4343. 

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The Barter Company’s 2016 Holiday Barter Show

Businesses Use Barter Trade Show to Complete Holiday Shopping and Reward Employees

It’s that time of year again when companies are deciding what to do for the Holidays. Like many other business owners, you probably have a long list of gifts to buy for clients, friends, employees, and vendors. Employees might also be expecting a year-end or holiday bonus. The Barter Company’s annual trade show is the solution for all your Holiday gift and bonus needs.

 

Each year, The Barter Company hosts a Holiday Trade Show for its entire network of clients. In 2016, the show moves to a new location at the Metropolitan Club at 5895 Windward Parkway in Alpharetta on Saturday, November 5 from 10 to 3. This year’s show will feature a select group of barter clients that will help you complete your “to do” list for the Holidays. Find the gifts you need at the show and provide your employees with a barter gift card to shop the show themselves as a great bonus idea.

 

The show is open to barter clients only. For more information, please contact The Barter Company’s office at 770-591-4343. Plan to come to the Holiday Trade Show and enjoy shopping, food, fun, and entertainment and you won’t spend any cash … it’s all on barter!

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November 5th, 2016

5895 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005

The 2016 Holiday Barter Show is quickly approaching! Join TBC at the beautiful Metropolitan Club.

This year will feature a live/silent auction, booths, delicious food samples, and a visit from Santa Claus.

If you have a unique item you want to sell at the Barter Show or put on the auction, contact your broker ASAP.
Ask for a booth form to secure your spot!

*Come to the Barter Show to try and win these great items at our Silent/Live Auction*

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Becoming the “Best” Through Excellent Customer Service

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Every few months, a new survey is released revealing which companies are rated the best. These surveys use different methods of measuring which company is number one, including growth, trust, and employee satisfaction. However, all the “top” companies seem to have one factor in common — excellent customer service.

 

What these companies have learned is that customer service doesn’t belong in just one department. It’s a company-wide effort. Every employee should be trained on how to handle customers so the experience is seamless regardless of who the customer comes in contact with. Exceeding customer expectations then becomes a part of the company brand and identity.

 

Here are a few other ways to make customer service a “top” priority in your organization:

 

  • Listen to your customers – use surveys, focus groups, and product reviews to provide customers the opportunity to give feedback. Really listen to what your customers need. Seeing the experience through the customers’ perspective is important. This allows you to identify any frustrating parts of your organization’s buying and support process and gives you the chance to improve. These customer “listening” opportunities also reveal the temperature of your customers. Are they hot, lukewarm, or cold about your company?

 

  • Use technology – social media, apps, live chats, and automation can be effective in providing customers new ways to communicate with a company. However, make sure to offer other ways to contact you. Keep open the phone lines and email for those who want to take that option. Always make sure you have a way for customers to receive a quick response and allow them to feel like they’re talking to a real person.

 

  • Be creative — At The Barter Company, we have anonymous individuals who act as secret shoppers that “police” our system and notify us when clients are charging cash, inflating their barter pricing and/or any other activity that goes against our ethics. Many businesses can do the same by monitoring the sales and service process through the eyes of the customer.

 

Go above and beyond. Exceed customer expectations. A major hotel chain once went through great lengths to return a beloved stuffed animal to a customer’s child. Not only did that customer become a strong advocate of the hotel, it also set an example to all staff of just how much they need to do to support customers with an outstanding level of service.

 

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Interview on Business RadioX

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Our own Billy Gazdik was featured on North Fulton Business Radio this Tuesday!

He spoke of the benefits of barter and how it exists to help our clients prosper and have the best, most beneficial experience in the barter industry.

Listen to the interview here: Link to the Interview

Billy Gazdik with The Barter Company, Diane Lasorda with Preferred Administrative Solutions, and David Bacigalupi with Welcomemat Services of North Atlanta

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Thank you for having us!

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Restaurants That Want Your Business!

Here are just a few of our great restaurants that want your business! Be sure to download our free mobile app “Trade Studio for TBC” so you can use the “What’s Nearby” feature when you are out and about to find great food near you.
Available for iPhone and Droid.
Please remember:
 When dining out on barter, we require all clients leave at least an
18% cash tip. We want to be sure our restaurants are well taken care of so that we can continue to offer delicious food on trade!

All of these restaurants accept the Barter Card! 

Senor Patrons (2 locations)
Johns Creek 
3005 Old Alabama Road Ste. 200
Johns Creek, GA 30302
770.343.9021
Midtown
860 Peachtree St. Ste. H
Atlanta, GA 30308
404.645.7987
Saba (2 locations)
Emory Village
1451 Oxford Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
404.377.7786
Oakhurst Village
250 Mead Road
Decatur, GA 30030
404.377.9266
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Titos Taqueria
730 Indian Trail Lilburn road
Lilburn, GA 30047
678.654.3564
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Bhojanic
3400 Around Lenox Road Ste 201
Atlanta, GA 30326
404.841.8472
Uncle Maddios Pizza (2 locations)
Atlanta/Akers Mill
2955 Cobb Pkwy Ste.290
Atlanta 30339
770.955.5223
Kennesaw
745 Chastain Road NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
770.955.5223
Johnnys NY Style Pizza 
Hickory Flat
6124 Hickory Flat Hwy Ste. G
Canton, GA 30115
Sushi Avenue  (2 Locations)
308 W Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404.378.8448
131 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030
404.378.0228
Coach’s Cut Hoagies
 
140 Mark Whitefield Street
Jasper, GA 30143
706.253.2000
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Baja Fresh
 
250 Park Avenue West NW #102
Atlanta, GA 30313
404.681.2252
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The Real Mandarin House 
 
9775-G Medlock Bridge Road
Duluth, GA 30155
770.476.9998
Hog and Ale Smokehouse
 
5450 Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
678.585.1514
Cheeseburger Bobby’s (2 locations) 
 
Canton
2060 Cumming Highway 100
Canton, Ga 30114
770-479-0411
Suwanee
3630 Peachtree Parkway #500
Suwanee, Ga 30024
678.381.2022
Wild Ginger Thai 
2201 Savoy Dr.
Chamblee, GA 30341
770.451.3880
 
The Original Pancake House  
5530 Windward Parkway Suite 120A
Alpharetta, GA 30004
678.393.1355
Twisted Kitchen  
125 East Barrett Pkwy # 111
Barrett Creek Shopping Center
Marietta, GA 30066
770.675.3721
Roy’s Royal Dogs 
3330 Cobb Pkwy NW
Suite 308
Acworth, GA 3011
678.383.6294

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Divan Restaurant & Hookah Lounge
3125 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
404.467.4297

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Hooligan’s Tavern Roswell
8440 Holcomb Bridge Road
Suite 500
Roswell, GA 30022
678.367.2841

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Altobeli’s Italian Restaurant & Piano Bar
3000 Old Alabama Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022
770.664.8055

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Nemoe’s Tavern & Grill 
6025 Peachtree Pkwy
Peachtree Corners, Georgia
770.263.7101

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For a complete list of restaurants, call (770) 591-4343.
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Fall Fun – Exciting Family Weekend Activities!

Fall Fun 

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Jump into fall with some fun events and activities. Contact your trade coordinator at (770) 591-4343 to purchase any of these. Perfect for adults and kids!

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Atlanta Wing Fest 

Join us for a throw down with some of the best chefs in the Southeast including Atlanta, Nashville, Charleston, Charlotte and Savannah at the inaugural Springer Mountain Farms’ Atlanta Wing Fest at The Foundry at Puritan Mill on Sunday, September 25, 2016. For one day only, this festive “Party With A Purpose” event will provide wings, beer, Southern spirits and local music to benefit Atlanta-based charities Angel Flight Soars and Second Helpings Atlanta.

General admission tickets include entry to the event, wing tastes from 25 great local and Southeastern restaurants, eat and greet with the chefs, live entertainment and cash bar. You’ll also be able to dip into some tasty southern sides and grab a complimentary bottle of water (or two) to cool down your taste buds.

The Foundry at Puritan Mill
916 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Sunday, September 25, 2016.
150 General Admission tickets for $30 each

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Tennessee tri Passes

Includes Ruby Falls, Incline Railway , and Rock City!

$55.00 each

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High museum of Art

$20 each

 

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Emory Micheal C. Carlos Museum  

$10.00 each

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Adventures Unlimited White Water Rafting

Go white water rafting on the Ocoee River!

½ day rafting for $60.00 per person self-booking certificates available.

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ATL Cruzers

Segway Tours of Atlanta!
Enjoy the heart of Atlanta’a Midtown neighborhood on this 2.5 hour tour. As we pass the soaring skyscrapers of the Midtown Business District, we quickly transition to the lovely homes of Ansley Park (Est. 1904), the Midtown restaurant district and historic Piedmont Park.
$59.00 per person

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ziplineNorth Georgia Canopy Tours

Experience a heightened perspective on life at North Georgia Canopy Tours! Both Eco-Tours begin “low and slow,” but you’ll soon find yourself zipping at greater heights and speeds through the lush canopy. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the North Oconee River, ravines, ponds, pastures, and wildlife. Soar through the air attached to a steel cable-which will soon disappear from your consciousness. Two certified eco-trained guides lead up to eight participants on each Tour, which include ziplines, sky bridges, moderate hikes through a natural beautiful area, and a dual zip over the Hilltop Pond in front of our Tour Observation Deck.

Great for team building or just for fun!
2 hour tours $69.00 each
3 hour tours $89.00 each

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Movie tours

Gift shop & affiliated tour company focusing on films made in Atlanta, including zombie flicks.

$65

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Talk of the table
*21 or older*

Twice a week, visitors can belly up to tastings inside the tasting room, savoring Sauvignon Blancs from around the world, Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa Valley, and dry Rieslings from the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. The boutique pairs these wines with samples of 25 artisan cheeses including aged goat cheese and aged Parmesan.
Enjoy a new theme each tasting, 6 wines and 3 cheeses provided.
On Thursday there is one session that starts at 7pm.
On Saturday starting at 2pm, wine tasting every hour on the hour until 8 pm.

 

Very casual and very educational tastings.
410 Peachtree Parkway #218
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 965-4003

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Pottery painting, Canvas painting, Art Studio. Splatters offers Art classes, birthday parties, Camps, Ladies night out and more. Bring the family for an afternoon of fun, schedule a ladies night out or your corporate team building event. They will bring the art to you or you can come pick it out and take it with you, its your own “party in a box” great for sleepovers, corporate events & schools

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north-georgia-state-fairNorth Georgia State Fair

Thursday September 22,2016- Sunday October 2, 2016

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Dual passes

Two guests at the Atlanta History Museum, Historic Houses and Gardens.

And two guests at the Margaret Mitchell House.

$33 for two people 

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Six Flags 

Purchase your Six Flags tickets at the TCB office!

$64.99

 

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Jump TNT
Jump TNT is proud to offer the exciting sport of Trampoline & Tumbling. We are located north of Atlanta in the Johns Creek/ Suwanee area of Georgia. Jim Dowling is credited with making history as the first USTA (United States Trampoline & Tumbling Association) organized team in Georgia, formed in January 2010. This is an awesome new avenue to take your skills to a whole new level. The sport of trampoline & tumbling will teach you skills you never dreamed you could do! It is available to boys and girls ages 4 and up.

770-559-5430
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grand-slam-sports-centerGrand Slam Sports Center: Baseball Training and Batting Cages!

As a development group, we strive to build a program that produces knowledgeable baseball players.

Batting cage rentals available! Includes baseballs, bats, helmets and L-Screen The batting cages are rented out in 1/2 hour, or 1-hour increments. Call ahead and tell them you are with The Barter Company to ensure we have availability and reserve your time at regular pricing.

Private baseball instruction also available!

 

Call today at (770) 664-8211
Located at 10985 Jones Bridge Road
Alpharetta, GA 30022

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  jump-start-gymnasiumJump Start                      

 

Come join us for the best birthday party in town. Our well trained staff will provide age appropriate games and instruction to ensure your child has a great time. Your child and guests will talk about their party at Jump Start Gym for years to come!

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Aquatots

Private Swim Lessons, Birthday Parties, Group Swim Lessons. Aqua-Tots offers swim lessons for children 4 months up! Start your child in swimming lessons today so they’ll be safe and confident in the water! Investing in kid swim lessons is investing in life!

(678) 331-8687 

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Play Tickets Stage Door Players

(8) Barefoot in the Park

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(4) Let Nothing You Dismay 

12/2-12/18

 

Reservation are required, based on availability.

All tickets are $30 each

(678) 901-5844

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Expires 11/11/16

$20.00 each

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Capitol Tour Guest Pass

Swan House at Atlanta History Center was one of many Georgia set locations used during the filming of the movies

The Hunger Games.The Capitol Tour experience includes a guided tour through Swan House showcasing the rooms that were used during filming.

$26.50

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