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Local Businesses Use Barter and Barter Lines of Credit to Help Keep Doors Open and Save Cash

Many companies across a wide variety of industries are using their barter accounts and barter lines of credit to promote their businesses, secure equipment to make important operational changes, get repair work done at their facilities, and more. In fact, more than 2,000 businesses in the Southeast trade with The Barter Company to help them save cash. Learn how a car wash, a painting company, and a restaurant chain in Metro Atlanta have used barter recently to improve their operations and promote their businesses.

Jimmy Tester owns Mammoth Hand Car Wash and Detail Salon in Alpharetta, Georgia, and has used barter for the last several years to benefit his two locations. He has worked with both personal and professional service companies to repair and purchase HVAC systems, remodel his car washes, host an employee party, get electrical and plumbing work done, and service his garage doors.

During this challenging business time, Tester has used barter to continue to make key repairs and improvements to his locations. He recently used a barter line of credit to obtain an air conditioning unit that one of his detailing salons needed.

“With barter, I have been able to provide services to entice new customers who may not typically purchase a hand car wash or detailing services,” Tester said. “It also allows me to acquire items and services without spending cash.”

Tester has also previously used barter to have his house painted.

Speaking of painting houses, The Painting Company in Roswell offers residential and commercial painting services, including gutters and deck staining. The company recently used barter to purchase both radio ads and billboards to market its services and offerings.

Copeland’s New Orleans, a restaurant chain with locations in Kennesaw and Cumberland, recently used barter to get pop-up tents they needed to safely offer curbside delivery to customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ways these businesses have used barter are just a few examples of how trading via barter can help a company reach new customers, increase profits, and save cash. No matter what your business needs, consider how barter can help your company achieve its goals. Barter is Smarter!

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Invest in Yourself: Volunteer in Your Industry Association to Build Skills and Meet People

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a deep observer of life and people, wrote those words more than 225 years ago. Like much of his wise counsel, those words hold as true now as they did then. In today’s incredibly fast-paced business environment, investing in knowledge for yourself is important to help you and your company remain competitive and current. A proven way to invest in knowledge is to volunteer your ideas and leadership talents in your specific industry association and learn from the people you meet along the way.

Getting involved in a professional association will help you learn more about your industry and its trends, tactics, technologies, and best practices. You can volunteer to serve on or lead a project or committee to learn new skills or offer to speak at a meeting to share your knowledge with others. Through these types of opportunities – and others offered by your particular association – you will develop helpful professional and leadership skills and build your personal brand. You’ll also expand your network which will let you explore new business opportunities. You’ll also have fun as you get to know more people and they get to know you and your company!

The Barter Company is a proud member of the National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE). Owner Ric Zampatti is a four-time past president of the organization and a past board member on the NATE Board of Directors. He enjoys learning from others, sharing his knowledge, and influencing the direction and standards of the industry. The Barter Company has sponsored numerous national conventions and reciprocates with more than 50 exchanges nationwide. By reciprocating with these exchanges, the company gives clients access to thousands of barter options across the U.S.

Put Benjamin Franklin’s advice to work for you. Check out your professional association today to see how you can invest in some knowledge for yourself and your company. There is always room for leaders in a professional association to expand their network, develop professional and leadership skills, explore new technologies, and develop their personal brand. Get involved today!

 

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The Barter Company Featured in Cobb Chamber Ink

Click here to view the complete story via Cobb Chamber’s website.

Thank you to our friends at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce for the write up on our recent exciting news! This month, we have inducted the newest member of our Million Dollar Club, Dave’s Front Row, owned by David and Susan Leach. Their business provides tickets to all kinds of events, including college football games, professional sporting events, concerts, and special events.

“Dave’s Front Row was quick to reach the million-dollar level status,” explained Ric Zampatti, TheBarter Company Founder and CEO. “While many companies can take 15-20 years to achieve this milestone, Dave’s Front Row reached it in less than 10. Tickets to sought-after events are always popular items in our barter network and it makes sense for business owners to trade for them rather than pay cash.”

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How to Offer Health Benefits to Employees Without Spending Cash

Many business owners are finding themselves unable to continue to offer health benefits to employees. Some may even be looking to stipend employees versus offer a company-wide plan. Well, here at TBC we have the perfect answer for business owners who want to offer these benefits to their valued employees, but want to save cash in the meantime – BARTER! Through their barter accounts, our clients offer “subaccounts” to employees so they have access to neccessary health services while still being provided the privacy of their own account. We have many clients  in the healthcare industry that barter their services so that everyone wins. And we are growing everyday!

Here are some of the types of medical we offer:

– Dental/orthodontics

– Oral Surgery

– Optical

– General medicine

– Women’s health

– Holistic practice

– Chiropractic

– Mental health

– Fitness and nutritional programs

– Internal medicine

– Allergy testing

– Hypnotherapy, Reike, Massage therapy

For more information on how you and your employees can get access to wonderful healthcare providers, click here. You will be so glad you did!

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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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