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Start Back-to-School Planning Today

The hot Georgia summer is in full bloom and the kids will back-to-school in less than a month! Now is the time to get them ready and we’ve got health providers ready to help save you cash! Be sure to call your trade coordinator for helpful tips and provider info at (770) 591-4343.

Some ideas for back-to-school prep include:

  • Dental (dental exams, cleanings, fillings, braces and more!)
  • Optical (eye exams, glasses, contacts, lasik and more!)
  • Hair cuts/salons
  • Clothing & backpacks

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Father’s Day is Coming!

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TBC has gifts that are sure to make every dad feel special! Call your broker today to order certificates and for more gift ideas! (770) 591-4343

  • massage certificates
  • golf passes/memberships
  • mens clothing
  • jewelry & watches
  • high-end sunglasses
  • event tickets (call your broker for details)
  • gift baskets
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Survey Says: Local Businesses Expecting Growth in 2017

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Every year, The Barter Company conducts a client satisfaction survey. It’s an important part of our customer service; to make sure we’re doing what we can to keep our clients happy with our services. In this year’s survey, we asked about business growth. Specifically, “do you expect your business to grow in 2017?” The result was that nearly 81% expected their business to grow “somewhat” or at a “high rate” in 2017. About 10 percent said they didn’t expect any change.

 

Such optimism is great news for business owners. And, is echoed in a recent national survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses Research Foundation. In its December 2016, Small Business Optimism Index, the NFIB reported “a stratospheric 38-point jump in the number of owners who expect better business conditions.” (Click here for the NFIB’s complete report on economic trends.)

 

“Such optimism is contagious,” said Ric Zampatti, Founder and CEO of The Barter Company. “Positive financial indicators and the promise of less government regulation has provided business owners with a sense of good financial times ahead. We work with small business owners every day and they’re excited about 2017 and what it will bring in terms of new customers and growth.”

 

However, optimism should always be tempered with good business practices. Even in a time of growth and expanded opportunities, we should remain focused on running our businesses efficiently. Here are a few reminders:

 

  • Make sure customers are happy with your product and services, look for ways to improve or expand when it makes sense and will serve your customers.

 

  • Use technology to assist your business but don’t allow it to eliminate the personal touch. Customers still want the option for human interaction when needed.

 

  • Identify and work with other aligned companies to help grow your business and theirs.

 

Finally, use every cash management tool available, including barter of course, to help your business flourish, use up excess inventory, and save your cash for other business needs.

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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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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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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

Website

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

Website

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

Website

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

Website

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

Website

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

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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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
Pepperoni's Duluth Ale House
Pepperoni’s Duluth Ale House 
 
2870 Peachtree Industrial Blvd STE C & D
Duluth, GA 30096
770.232.0224
Houck’s Grille
 
10930 Crabapple Road
Roswell, RD 30075
Alpharetta, GA 30005
770.993.8000
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
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 (3 locations)
Kennesaw
3940 Cherokee St. Ste. 104
Kennesaw, GA 30144
678.355.0825
Marietta/Dallas Hwy
3718 Dallas Hwy
Marietta, GA 30064
770.529.5300
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
Angelos New York Style Pizza
 
650 Henderson Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
770.387.1188
On a Roll Gourmet Sandwich Shop
 
2893 N. Main Street NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
770.693.2527
Pisano’s NY Style Pizza & Italian Kitchen
 
2740 Summers Street
Kennesaw, GA 30144
770.966.9600
Coachs Cut Hoagies
 
140 Mark Whitefield Street
Jasper, GA 30143
706.253.2000
Baja Fresh
 
250 Park Avenue West NW #102
Atlanta, GA 30313
404.681.2252
Pepperoni’s Tavern 
 
4190 Old Milton Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30005
770.343.8228
The Real Mandarin House 
 
9775-G Medlock Bridge Road
Duluth, GA 30155
770.476.9998
Empire State Pizza & Dogs
 
2948 Five Forks Trickum Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
770.972.8249
Cafe Intermezzo (2 locations)
 
Dunwoody
4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, Georgia 30346
770.396.1344
Midtown 
1065 Peachtree Street, Suite 2
Atlanta, GA 30309
404.355.0411
Hog and Ale Smokehouse
 
5450 Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
678.585.1514
Park Bar
 
150 Walton Street
Atlanta, GA
404.524.0444
The Rotisserie Shop 
 
2615 George Busbee Pkwy
Kennesaw, GA 30144
678.540.8244
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
Roy’s Royal Dogs 
3330 Cobb Pkwy NW
Suite 308
Acworth, GA 3011
678.383.6294
Dogfathers 
2769 Chastain Meadows Pkwy #60
Marietta, GA 30066
678.354.3223
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
Grand Slam Pizza 
300 West Village Dr.
Woodstock, GA 30188
770.592.9292
Jays’s Mexican Grill 
1545 McFarland Parkway
Alpharetta, Ga 30005
678.502.7669
Barberitos- Roswell
10779 Alpharetta Hwy
Roswell, Georgia
678.460.7373
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Employee Spotlight: Tammy Stinnett

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Tammy has been with TBC since 1997 and married 22 years to her wonderful husband, Scott. They have three awesome children and they love spending family time together and the outdoors. You can reach her at (770) 591-4343 or by emailing tammy@barterco.com. Check out a few fun facts about Tammy below! 

tammyWhat’s your favorite thing about working at TBC? My favorite thing is working with all of the staff we have a great team and we all get along very well.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? Spending time with my family and dogs. My kids & husband are the most important people in my life.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? One of our office cats, they get to sleep all day.

Do you have any hidden talents?  I am a Jazzercise instructor in the evenings.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? It would be some sort of an Italian dish, I love anything Italian!

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