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How Barter Adds to Long-Term Company Success

If you’ve been in business as long as we have, you’ve seen a lot of changes. Since The Barter Company opened its doors more than 20 years ago, the internet and social media have exploded; we use mobile devices to communicate, purchase, and inform us; and the speed of doing business has accelerated. What hasn’t changed, though, is customer loyalty. This will always remain the glue that holds a business together – no matter the industry.

The Barter Company is fortunate to have quite a few clients that we’ve worked with from the beginning. Two of those, O’Brien Productions and Regency Fine Art & Frame demonstrate how barter contributes to a company’s long-term success.

O’Brien Productions provides full-service event planning and has produced over 10,000 events throughout the Southeast since 1988 and became one of the first clients of The Barter Company in 1997. Owner Janet O’Brien explained how barter helped them grow: “Using barter helped us get the word out about our company and gain new customers. Using barter has helped us grow by providing a new way to pay for operational expenses so we don’t have to outlay cash. Their team can find us what we need and constantly sends us new barter clients.”

Regency Fine Art & Frame has been a family-owned business for more than 40 years. They offer framed collectable art and custom framed and matted art, including sports, music, and celebrity memorabilia. As one of the first 75 clients of The Barter Company, Regency Art joined in 1996 and remains a huge fan of the trade exchange. “We offer a variety of art and related services,” said Owner Lester Herbertson. “By being an active client of The Barter Company’s network, we have access to many more customers. We mostly trade for advertising which allows us to save that cash for other areas of the business. This has helped us over the years build our company and be successful. We couldn’t be happier!”

We’re thankful to have been part of our clients’ company growth and work hard each day to maintain these long-term relationships and provide value to their business and to all our clients.

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The Barter Company Raises $10,000 to Benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation – GA Chapter

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Once again, more than $10,000 was raised by The Barter Company’s annual golf tournament to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation – GA Chapter. This is the fourth year the fund-raising event has exceeded the $10,000 goal. A highlight of the day for the golfers was meeting two brain tumor survivors who played along with them at St. Marlo Country Club in Duluth, GA.

“The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation provides financial, social and emotional support to hundreds of Georgia families who are facing some of the most difficult moments in their lives,” said Ric Zampatti, CEO of The Barter Company. “We are pleased to support their work.”

Tammy Bates, ManagingDirector of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation – GA Chapter, said “We are so honored to be the recipient of The Barter Company’s generous support. We have been so fortunate and I can truly say that it makes a wonderful difference for the vulnerable young children with cancer whom we serve.”

Click HERE to view a video recap from the Benefit Golf Tournament.

About PBTF

More than 28,000 children in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a brain tumor, and 13 more cases are identified every day. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) is the world’s largest nonprofit solely dedicated to the pediatric brain tumor community. We offer free educational resources about brain tumors, a toolkit for newly diagnosed families, college scholarships, and much more. Our mission is to CARE for families along their entire journey, find a CURE for the deadliest form of childhood cancer, and help survivors THRIVE.

Originally the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, today the GA Chapter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the GA chapter is the first of now three chapters in the nation fighting together. To learn more about the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for Children – GA Chapter visit curethekids.org/ga or call 404-252-4107.

About The Barter Company

The Barter Company has established itself as the leading force in the barter industry throughout the Southeast with offices in Georgia and Florida. Based in Kennesaw, GA, The Barter Company 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 TheBarter Company’s website.

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Trade Shows Require Extra Planning and Imagination

The fall usually kicks off a flurry of trade show opportunities both locally and nationally. Over the years, trade shows have evolved from just showing up with a covered table and business cards to now with full-scale productions. These days, much more is expected from trade show attendees – they want to see eye-catching exhibits, large screen TVs, games and prizes, and entertainment.

While not every company has the budget for a show-stopping exhibit, here are some tips to step up your game for your next trade show:

  • Create a fun game to giveaway prizes that will be memorable. Don’t just have a basket at your booth with free pens. The game should attract attention such as spin the wheel, counting contests, or photo back drop, that allows attendees the chance to win a great prize like an iPad or cool headphones. In order to play, make sure attendees fill out a contact form or drop in a business card. Give everyone a decent prize for participating. Do spend some money on a memorable or useful giveaway with your company logo. Water bottles, bags, and gourmet food or candy can help attract attendees.
  • Make sure your exhibit staff are trained to interact with attendees and can answer questions and generate sales leads. If you only have temporary workers or shy coworkers handing out brochures, most attendees are likely to bypass your booth or throw the brochure away without a glance.
  • Exhibit Booth. Attracting trade show attendees to your booth is one of the most important parts of a successful trade show. Depending upon your product, get creative. If your product is fun and entertaining, make sure your booth is the same – add colorful lights, have matching crazy t-shirts or hats for the staff. Music can also attract attendees if it’s not too disruptive. Think what will create interest and a line at your booth. Videos are great if you have a large screen TV and it’s professional produced. Remember, attendees are potential customers so you want to make a great impression!

Every year, The Barter Company presents its annual Holiday Barter Show – this year on Saturday, November 11. In the past, we’ve had singers, circus performers, and live auction items to create a fun and entertaining day. Barter clients create their own exhibits and the ones who plan and prepare have the best response of the day. Remember, attendees come to trade shows to find out about products but also to have fun.

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How Can Barter Add to Your Company’s Success? Two 20-Year Clients Share Their Stories

Back in the mid-1990s, the internet was just getting started and The Barter Company opened its doors to a handful of clients. More than 20 years later, there are still many of those clients actively using barter to grow and manage their businesses. Here’s how two of those clients leveraged barter as part of their company’s success.

O’Brien Productions provides full-service event planning and has produced over 10,000 events throughout the Southeast since 1988 and became one of the first clients of The Barter Company in 1997. Owner Janet O’Brien explained how barter helped them grow: “Using barter helped us get the word out about our company and gain new customers. We’ve been with The Barter Company almost since the beginning and now we feel like they’re family. Their team can find us what we need and constantly sends us new barter clients.”

Regency Fine Art & Frame has been a family-owned business for more than 40 years. They offer framed col-lectable art and custom framed and matted art, including sports, music, and celebrity memorabilia. Regency Art became a client of The Barter Company in 1996 and re-mains a huge fan of the trade exchange. “We offer a va-riety of art and related services,” said Owner Lester Her-bertson. “By being an active client of The Barter Compa-ny’s network, we have access to many more customers. We mostly trade for advertising which allows us to save that cash for other areas of the business. We couldn’t be happier!”

The Barter Company has established itself as the leading force in the barter industry throughout the Southeast. They provide businesses with an alternative currency network by using barter dollars instead of cash to handle transactions.

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

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A Cure for the Summertime Blues

Summer can be a perfect time for leaving town, relaxing, and slowing down. The kids are out of school and that makes the adults want to do less too. Sounds great until you realize that customers taking a break can negatively impact your sales.

Some businesses naturally have cyclical business periods like theme parks, beach resorts, ski stores, and ice cream shops. But other businesses can too. For example, an accounting firm may not be as busy in the summer and fall when most customers are not thinking about taxes. In this case, the firm’s owner has to get creative on how to bring in customers during the down times, as well as diversify their products and services, and carefully manage cash flow.

Almost all companies have slow times. Yours might be different from the accounting firm, bathing suit store or dentist. That’s why it’s important to analyze your sales figures on a weekly, monthly, and year-over-year basis. See any trends? Are there certain times that are slower than others? If so, you need to pay attention and address this open time by filling it with sales opportunities.

Here are some ideas to help ensure that your business doesn’t suffer during these slow times:

  • Promotions. The bathing suit store needs to offer special promotions and sales to potential customers who take winter cruises and early spring break shoppers. A great way to do this is through advertising. Or, email an alert to loyal customers and reward them for bringing in a friend to shop. Partner with another business that might be suffering from a slow down at the opposite time of year and offer cross referrals.
  • Diversify products/services. If you exclusively sell bathing suits you might want to offer related products in the winter such as exercise clothing to keep customers cool in the gym. If you’re a dentist run a special on teeth whitening when your appointments are light.
  • Manage cash flow. Resist the urge to spend the money that comes in during the busy times. Save it and budget to make sure you have enough to cover hard costs throughout the year such as labor which tends to be the largest business expense.

Many of The Barter Company’s clients use barter to help them through the slow times. If you have open appointments, fill them with barter customers. They will bring you barter cash that you can use on other expenses without using the money you’ve saved. Barter can also bring in new customers. If a barter customer sees the dentist and likes their service, they now have a loyal new customer who will spread the word and keep coming back – all year long.

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Case Study: How Barter Helped a Company Expand Their Business

There’s nothing easy about running a company. One of the greatest challenges is managing costs especially in the competitive restaurant industry. Recently, a successful restaurant owner group turned to barter to help effectively manage their cash flow during a renovation.

The owners of Copeland’s of New Orleans two Atlanta locations have been working with The Barter Company to exchange their services with other barter clients for more than 10 years. The Atlanta location owners estimate a net cash savings of 30% on every barter transaction. They barter food and beverage from the restaurants primarily for marketing, maintenance, and repair services. This includes printing, print and broadcast media, graphic design services, plumbers, restaurant cleaning services, electrical work, roof repairs, and general supplies. They also use barter to trade for entertainment and sports tickets to use as rewards and prizes for employees and loyal customers.

About a year ago, the Copeland’s owners also used barter to renovate one of their locations and saved about $200,000 cash. The renovation included new flooring, cabinetry, lighting, signage, and an awning. In fact, the Copeland’s owners have relied on barter so much to efficiently manage their restaurants’ cash flow, they are members of The Barter Company’s Million Dollar Club.

All business owners can save cash and bring in new customers by participating in a barter network. Here are three tips on how to get your company started with barter:

  1. Identify an experienced barter network with a good track record in your area. Check out those exchanges that are members of the National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE).
  1. Work with the exchange’s trade coordinator. A quality barter network should provide clients with an assigned customer service representative who helps clients become familiar with barter and how to navigate the barter process. Many barter networks provide technology such as apps, swipe machines, and online directories to help transactions run smoothly and seamlessly.
  1. Be patient. Step in slowly working with the barter customer service rep to “buy” and “sell” through the trade exchange. Effective bartering takes time up front but once mastered, most business owners will think of barter first before outlaying cash.
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Growing Your Small Business: What’s Next?

Most people don’t realize that approximately 98 percent of Georgia companies are considered small businesses according to the Georgia Department of Labor (source: Georgia.org). Even though the state is home to many world-class companies, it’s small businesses that keep thousands of Georgians employed and help the Peach State prosper.

Recently, the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced that Georgia was once again selected as the Number 1 state in the nation for the best business climate for the fourth year in a row by Site Selection magazine. Small businesses contribute to that attractiveness as Georgia continues to be a great place to start and grow a new business.

Did you launch a small business in the last few years? Wondering what’s next? There are excellent resources available to small business owners from start-ups to long-standing companies. Organizations throughout the state offer information, classes, and opportunities to help you grow your business regardless of what stage you’re in. Check out some of these local offerings:

  • Local chambers and business associations provide much more than networking opportunities (although those are important too). Look for classes that provide useful information about taxes, social media, etc. geared toward busy business owners.
  • The Small Business Development Center offers additional guidance. They have locations across Metro Atlanta and the State to provide in-depth educational opportunities for start-ups as well as small business owners looking to take their business to the next level. Continuing education classes are also offered in a variety of industries.
  • The Small Business Administration also provides classes and volunteers who work with business owners to help you navigate business decisions and learn how to run it efficiently and successfully. The SCORE program of the SBA matches business owners with experienced mentors who will provide one-on-one mentoring, online advice, and workshops.

As a business owner, it makes sense to look for new ways and opportunities to grow your business and utilize the resources available to you. Of course, The Barter Company is also here to help. We can help you analyze your cash flow and advise you about how barter can help you manage day-to-day cash expenses. Most importantly, remember that learning new skills will help you determine your company’s direction and maximize growth.

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Secrets to Success: Celebrating 20 Years

In 2016, The Barter Company reached our 20th year in business. And, we’ve spent the past year celebrating that milestone with events, an anniversary video, special promotions, and even earned an award from the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce as a “Top 25 Small Business of the Year.” It’s been a great year!

Since our official “birthday” was in March, we’re now a year older and we’ve closed out our anniversary celebration. Along with the fun of the past year, we also had a chance to review what helped us achieve success during the journey. Here are some reflections about 20 years of doing business.

  • It’s okay to start small. In our 20th anniversary video, The Barter Company Founder and CEO Ric Zampatti comments “when we first started out we didn’t have any technology, we didn’t have any employees, and we certainly didn’t have any money. We’ve come a long way since then.” For more clips, check out our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw_CR7QsH3g&t=273s
  • Client satisfaction is essential to growing a business. Providing “better than expected” customer service will keep customers coming back and help a small business grow. Then, a company can leverage those successes into other satisfied customers and continue to grow. Some of The Barter Company’s clients are still with us after 20 years.
  • Hiring and retaining the best employees. Your employees are the “face” of your company and their interaction with customers and each other will support the brand you’ve developed. Identifying people who work to support the organization and its mission should be encouraged to grow with the company and be rewarded.
  • Celebrate your milestones. We’ve had a great year looking back at our 20 years in business but it’s also helped us set goals for the next 5, 10, and 20 years. It’s fun to celebrate success and recognition builds camaraderie among the team.

We used a special 20th anniversary logo for The Barter Company during the past year, and now we’re introducing a refreshed look going forward. We’ve added our established date of 1996 into the logo to emphasize how long we’ve been bringing businesses together through barter. We’re proud to be a leader in this field and will continue to work hard each day, month, and year to serve our clients and our community. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We paid the invoice with a slice of pizza. That’s how barter works.

Imagine running your business and paying bills with trade instead of cash. Many businesses right here in Marietta are doing just that, including Johnny’s Pizza at the Marietta-Dallas Highway location.

Owner Mike Ford has been a client of The Barter Company for more than 11 years. He uses barter to maximize his cash flow and helps keep his restaurant running success-fully. “Barter helps us in sev-eral ways,” explained Ford. “It brings in new customers who wouldn’t normally come into the restaurant. We also use barter to pay for everyday operating expenses like repairs to the restaurant and advertising. That frees up our cash to pay for those other expenses. By using barter, I al-ways feel like I’m getting a discount and paying for it in a different way!”

The Barter Company has established itself as the leading force in the barter industry throughout the Southeast. They provide businesses with an alterna-tive currency network by using barter dollars instead of cash to handle transactions. The Barter Company actively manages the network to make the barter ex-perience simple and smooth.

Ford said: “Their customer service is better than the other barter exchanges I’ve tried. The staff at The Barter Company makes it easy to do business with them. They’ll search around to help you find what you’re looking for. No one else does that!”

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

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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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