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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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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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Happy National Cat Day Roscoe & Bobo!

roscoeboboToday is National Cat Day and we’d like to give a shout out to our lovable office cats, Roscoe & Bobo! If you’ve ever been to our office, then chances are you’ve been greeted by one of our friendly office cats. Since joining our team in 2008 after being rescued from the Cherokee County Animal Shelter, they’ve helped to make our office a fun place to work. Not only do they greet everyone who comes through the front door, they help boost the moral and create a happy environment to work in. Throughout the day, they make their rounds to visit each employee. They enjoy sun bathing in the conference room and chasing each other down the halls. They are so loved that staff members come check on them over the weekend to say a quick hello and make sure they have enough to eat! So in honor of National Cat Day, we want to celebrate our wonderful office cats and invite you to come meet them if you haven’t already! Here are some photos of a day in the life of Roscoe & Bobo:

 

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9/11 Anniversary 2015 : Quotes From the 2001 Attacks & After

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Today, the United States marks the 14th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people with memorial events reflecting grief, loss and anger. On Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger planes, crashing them into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Virginia and a field in Pennsylvania.

Sept. 11, 2001, brought Americans closer, however briefly, as many looked to one another for strength, courage and comfort. Below are some of the most memorable quotes that capture the array of emotions that day and in its aftermath.  

“Hi, this is the captain. I would like you all to remain seated. There is a bomb on board and we are going back to the airport … Please remain quiet.” — Hijacker aboard United Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

“We may have a hijack. We have some problems over here right now.” — Air traffic controller on the ground on Long Island shortly after the first plane struck the north tower.

“Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.’ ” — President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001.

“This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today. It is perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life, and we, the democracies of this world, are going to have to come together and fight it together.” — British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Commending the victims to almighty God’s mercy, I implore his strength upon all involved in rescue efforts and in caring for the survivors.” — Pope John Paul II on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge — huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.”  —President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001.

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” — Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in 2002.

“Remember the hours after Sept. 11 when we came together as one … It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” — Then-U.S. Sen. John Kerry in 2004.

“My older brother John lived [his life] in Technicolor. … When he walked in the door, the whole house lit up. And I’m sure heaven lit up when he got there too.” — Anthoula Katsimatides at the World Trade Center site in 2005.

“One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.” — President George W. Bush at the Pentagon in 2008.

“Sept. 11, 2001, seems destined to be the watershed event of our lives and the greatest test for our democracy in our lifetimes.” — Lt. Col. Shelton F. Leskford, U.S. Marine Corps, in 2008.

Today may we reflect on the precious lives lost on this day 14 years ago. Thank you to those who continue to serve our nation. We will never forget.

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TBC Volunteers at Atlanta Pet Rescue During “Take Your Pet to Work Week”

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In conjunction with “Take Your Pet to Work Week”, we’ve been hanging out with our friends over at Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption this week and have had a blast! They have a wonderful group of staff members and volunteers who do a great job taking care of the animals who are waiting to be adopted. Located in Smyrna, APRA is a non-profit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and cats so they can be adopted into safe and loving forever homes. They retrieve adoptable pets from other shelters or animal control facilities so they can have a second chance. They are open for adoption M-F from 11:00-5:00, Saturday 12:00-5:00 and Sunday 1:00-5:00. With your help, we can find loving, forever homes for these wonderful animals! Click here to view photos from our volunteer days at APRA. For more information, visit www.atlantapetrescue.org or visit their Facebook page.   Blog-Signature-cropped

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Come See us This Week at Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption!

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In celebration of “Take Your Pet to Work Week”, TBC is partnering up with Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption to help spread awareness. We will be at their Smyrna shelter Wednesday & Thursday this week from 9-12 hanging out with their awesome animals and we’d love to see you! Be sure to mention TBC if you call or visit and receive $50 off the adoption fee. Click here for more information.

Help us find forever homes for these lovable animals!

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“Take Your Dog to Work” Week is June 22-26

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Pet Sitters International’s 17th annual “Take Your Dog To Work Week” begins Monday, June 22. Businesses around the globe will open their doors to employees’ canine co-workers to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to promote pet adoption. And be sure to invite all of your feline friends to partake in the event this week, too!

Is your business participating? If so, we’d love to hear about it! Be sure to post photos of your lovable animals hard at work on our Facebook page. Be sure to check out our  7 great tips on how to ensure a successful office visit.

TBC is also partnering up with Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption in an effort to raise awareness for the numerous animals in our area who need loving homes. This week, our staff will be volunteering at their Smyrna shelter and we’d love to see you! Come on out and meet the amazing dogs & cats that are looking for their forever homes.

For more information about Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption, click here. Be sure to mention TBC is you call or visit and receive $50 off the adoption fee.

Help us support this wonderful cause!

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“Take Your Dog to Work Week” – 7 Helpful Tips to Ensure a Successful Office Visit

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These 7 helpful tips are brought to you by Pet Sitters International.

1. Do an office check. No one will mind your dog being in the office, right? Well, maybe. Check with management and co-workers to see if anyone is allergic, afraid of or opposed to you bringing your dog to work on this special day. Be respectful of those you work with and plan an alternate celebration, if necessary.

2. Puppy-proof your work space. If you plan on working with your dog, make sure your office environment is safe. Remove poisonous plants and pesticides, hide electrical cords and wires and secure toxic items such as permanent markers. Any office items in question should be placed out of paw’s reach.

3. Make sure Fido is fit for work. Even dogs don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Be sure your dog’s shots are current. Make plans to have your dog bathed and groomed before accompanying you to work. Be mindful of your dog’s “work readiness.” You know your dog’s demeanor, so if he is aggressive or overly shy, it’s best to leave him at home. Consider how your dog has behaved in the past around strangers before making the decision to bring him. If your dog has shown fear, irritability or aggression, or if your dog has never met strangers, the workplace is not the best place for him.

4. Prepare a doggie bag. Include food, treats, bowls, toys, leash, paper towels, clean-up bags and pet-safe disinfectant. If you are routinely in and out of your work space, consider bringing a baby gate for your doorway or a portable kennel for your dog’s comfort and your peace of mind.

5. Plan your pet’s feeding times carefully. During an important sales call is probably not the best time for a puppy potty break. Plan your dog’s feeding time around your work schedule and be sure to choose an appropriate area for your dog to relieve himself afterward.

6. Avoid forcing co-workers to interact with your dog. Dog lovers will make themselves known. Sally from accounting and Joe in human resources may not want to play fetch or offer belly rubs, so be mindful of fellow employees’ time and space. To avoid pet accidents, monitor the amount of treats your pet is being given from your co-workers. Remember that chocolate, candy and other people food should not be shared with dogs and that not all non-dog owners will be aware that these items can be very toxic to your pooch.

7. Have an exit strategy. Although most dogs enjoy TYDTWDay, your pet may not. Should your dog become overly boisterous, agitated or withdrawn, consider taking him home or plan in advance for your professional pet sitter to offer a midday check-in visit. Never, under any circumstance, leave your pet alone in a vehicle while you work.

Be sure to share with us your adventures during “Take Your Dog to Work Week”. Share with us on our Facebook page & Twitter!

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