The holiday shopping frenzy is almost upon us! Some experts predict families will spend more this year on toys and gifts in an effort to substitute for the lack of ability to go places and do things outside the home as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Others believe families could spend less as they pull back due to reduced work hours or job losses. Barter offers a great way to acquire gifts for family members, employees, and customers without spending cash.

With more than 600,000 businesses registered in Georgia, you have many choices of where to spend holiday money, not to mention the seemingly endless online options. The U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy estimates that there were 1.1 million small businesses in Georgia in 2019, which made up 99.6% of all businesses in the state. Clearly, small businesses are an economic powerhouse in the state, but many of them are hurting from reduced sales during this unusual pandemic-driven year.

Support small businesses as you shop this holiday season, particularly on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, deemed “Small Business Saturday” by a major U.S. credit card issuer. Of course, you don’t have to charge your holiday purchases – use barter that day and every day to save cash. Check out our holiday Virtual Trade Show and Auction. Or, come visit us at our Holiday Showroom to view members’ offerings, including gift baskets, toys, sports memorabilia, electronics, and much more! The Barter Company can also help with planning Holiday parties (socially distant of course) and providing the perfect employee gifts and end-of-the-year thank you gift cards.

The Barter Company is the leading force in the barter industry with more than 2,000 businesses in Atlanta and the Southeast. It provides these companies and nonprofits with an alternative currency network by using barter dollars instead of cash to handle transactions. Consider how barter may be useful to find what you need for your family and business – without spending cash – during the holidays. Learn what products and services The Barter Company clients offer and explore how barter works.