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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!

Website

 

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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

9/23-10/16

(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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Beating Out the Big Box

Beating Out the Big Box

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Your business is going along well – you have satisfied customers, sales are coming in, and you’re managing overhead. Then suddenly, a sign goes up across the street from your company that says something like “coming soon – big box store.” Immediately, you break out into a cold sweat thinking about how you will compete with one of the large national chains. Will your customers leave and shop there instead?

 

Before the big box store becomes a reality, take some time to examine your business operations. Here are a few key questions to help you prepare for this new competition:

 

  • What can your company offer customers that the big box can’t? Maybe you have the ability to locate one-of-a-kind items or produce custom-made products. The big box store will struggle to offer anything unique or hand-crafted.

 

  • Are you recognized for having great customer service? If not, now is the time to focus your efforts on making sure each and every customer is happy with your company. And, help them tell others about their positive experiences through online review services and social media. Most big box stores are notorious for having poor customer service.

 

  • What’s your USP (unique selling proposition)? This is what differentiates you from the competition – both large and small. What’s your secret weapon? It doesn’t have to be about product or price. Maybe your organization is passionate about a particular charity or you have a really cool story to tell about how your business was founded.

 

Don’t think you can match a big box store just on price. However, effectively managing costs and cash flow is now more important than ever. Make sure you keep an eye on administrative costs and look for ways to save money. Don’t forget how barter can help you pay for business expenses without outlaying cash. It might just help you knock that big box down a few notches!

 

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Troo Sale

Troo Sale 

You do not want to miss our huge inventory of amazing scarves, ponchos, tees and yoga wear!

Our collection is fun, hip, trendy and takes you from work to the gym to date night to Saturday funday and everything in between. Kids sizing also available. From our Americasmart showroom we also have house wear, knick knacks, leather goods and great giftables for Holiday shopping!! All at the wholesale pricing. Bring your kids and be prepared to shop till you drop!

 

Saturday, September 10 at 10am-3pm
10010 Campestral Ct. Duluth, Georgia 30097

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Going for the Gold – As an Athlete and in Business

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The Summer Games are here once again as all eyes turn toward Brazil to watch world-class athletes seemingly do the impossible. Some will fail but many will achieve glory – all of their stories will capture the attention of the World and inspire us.

 

Going for a top medal means not only being your best but challenging yourself and others on your team. Many athletes and their coaches will attest that achieving greatness in sports also transfers to greatness in the business world. There are many of the same key ingredients to success, including: focus, dedication, and teamwork.

 

According to a Wall Street Journal article, rowers are the athletes most likely to succeed in business after leaving the sport. The article says that the sport “requires intense teamwork which often means sacrificing personal glory and adapting to the style of others in order to achieve a final goal.” (Source: WSJ August 12, 2012)

 

As a leader within your company, here are a few tips on how to help bring “Athletic Glory” into your organization:

  • Identify your business goals and communicate them to everyone on the team. Make sure all team members know what the goals are and how they impact their day-to-day work.
  • Is your team dedicated to the company’s goals? If not, find ways to build loyalty. Celebrate successes and milestones. The more the team feels like they’re contributing the more they will be invested in the overall success of the organization.
  • Emphasize the importance of being part of the team – from the mailroom to the boardroom. Even with a star player, members of a team have to work together, pass the ball, and help each other to achieve success.

 

Here at The Barter Company, we’re celebrating our own “Glory” in 2016 as we mark our 20th Anniversary. Another milestone we achieved this year was our selection as one of the Top 25 Small Businesses in Cobb County by the Chamber of Commerce. We strive every day to focus on our clients, dedicate ourselves to providing great service, and work together to be the best we can be. It’s our way of bringing home the “Gold” to our clients. So enjoy watching the Summer Games and Go Team USA!

 

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Finding Innovative Ways to Manage Company Cash Flow

Finding Innovative Ways to Manage Company Cash Flow picOne of the most difficult parts of running a business is managing money. Every organization experiences the pain of being cash strapped at some point in its history. Whether it’s during the start-up phase, slow seasonal months, or increased competition, all businesses must continually keep a close eye on cash flow. Some business owners are quick to borrow when needing an infusion of cash. However, this isn’t always the best answer and with lending still tight, there are fewer options available.

 

If you’re concerned about your business experiencing constant financial ups-and-downs, you should examine your organization’s cash flow. Start by setting up a budget – daily, weekly or monthly – to track company expenses and revenue. Taking the time to focus on budgeting and cash flow is time well spent. A smart business owner is constantly monitoring cash flow and looking for ways to save cash and increase revenue.

 

Here are some ideas to think about when managing your company’s cash flow.

  • Accounts receivable. Are your customers paying on time? Make sure you don’t allow customer payments to “float” too long. In fact, it might benefit your cash flow to offer a discount of 2 or 3% for customers who pay early.
  • New business. It’s usually more cost effective to increase existing customer business than to attract new customers. However, many industries experience turnover in their customer base which requires them to always be looking for new business. In that case, maximize referrals, marketing, and promotion to help new customers find you.
  • Reduce expenses. Administrative costs should be the first place to look for cutting expenses. Is there a more cost-effective alternative to providing the basic operations of your company? Find new vendors or share expenses with another business.

Another way, often overlooked by financial experts, to conserve cash is to add barter to your payment system. By using a reputable business-to-business (B2B) trade exchange, you can pay for company expenses in barter dollars instead of cash. For example, a restaurant needs a new sign but the sign company needs a legal contract. By using a digital barter network of round robin trading, each business gets what they need and doesn’t have any outlay of cash. The Barter Company can answer any questions you have about adding barter to your payment system.

 

For more information about managing cash flow, check out this blog post from the Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/blogs/managing-small-business-cash-flow-answers-10-commonly-asked-questions

 

 

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Tickets Available on Barter!

Lakewood  Amphitheater 

Hillsong United
Tuesday, July 19th
(up to 4) Section 1 Row P
$79.00 each 
Call Bob at 404-405-9228
Georgia Dome 

Guns and Roses 
Wednesday, July 27th
(2) Club level Section 246 Row 5
 
$300.00 each
 
Call Jay at 702-997-6565
Ext 101
or
702-525-9257
Verizon Wirless Amphitheater 

Gwen Stafani 
 
Friday, July 29th
(up to 4) Orchestra Section 2 Row N with parking
$150.00 each
(up to 4) Pit wih parking
$150.00 each
Call Bob at 404-405-9228
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