Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Other Dream…

January 19th, 2015

MLK's Other DreamThe Huffington Post displayed an excellent piece about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and an aspect of his dream that is less-celebrated. Well known for his role in the American civil rights movement for seeking equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and victims of injustice, Dr. King also believed in the importance of unions, labor rights, and the ability for workers to have a voice.

It was Dr. King’s philosophy that all men and women of all races deserve the dignity to work, as well as to earn a wage higher than the poverty level. What would soon become his last campaign in the spring of 1968, Dr. King’s traveled to Memphis to aid in the city’s sanitation workers’ labor struggle. Treated unfairly and being payable an unlivable wage, the sanitation workers began to strike. Mayor Henry Loeb was uncooperative in trying to negotiate terms, sparking mayhem amongst the city. It was Dr. King that urged a work stoppage for all workers in the city, not just the sanitation department. Nonviolent and peaceful protests are what Dr. King was known for.  Eerie enough, his final speech foreshadowed his demise when he stated, “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land“. Within that 24-hour time span, he was assassinated on the balcony of his hotel room. Two weeks later, the strike ended and the city recognized the sanitation worker’s union as well as gave everyone a well-deserved raise.

Dr. King’s life ended supporting the labor rights movement in Memphis, an aspect that is not well-recognized. Today, workers still struggle for fair pay, decent benefits, and one of the most pressing challenges of the time – economic security. Not only today, but every day, should individuals look to Dr. King for inspiration. While he was highly decorated for his pursuit of civil rights, his belief in service and doing well for others, in addition to his labor rights activism, truly escalates how remarkable and inspiration of a man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was.

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

New England Trade, Inc. to Host 18th Annual Barter Expo

November 18th, 2014

Don’t Miss Out On This Year’s Barter Expo!

18th Annual Barter Expo

New England Trade, Inc. recently announced their 18th Annual Barter Expo will be held Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Danversport Yacht Club located at 161 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA.

The Barter Expo will feature a collection of current members who will display their products which are available through the barter network. This is an excellent opportunity for members to engage with one and other, while learning more about what is offered through New England Trade, Inc. Last year’s Barter Expo generated more than $250,000 in trade transactions of goods and services that were available at the event.

Admission is $10 Trade for current New England Trade, Inc. members. To purchase tickets, contact your broker Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM at (781) 388-9200, or purchase your tickets online on the Marketplace! Interested in having a booth space at the event? Contact your broker as space is limited!

Businesses interested in attending the Barter Expo to learn more about the benefits of barter can contact Kraig Bloom at New England Trade, Inc. at (781) 388-9200. This event is a great way to experience the power of barter at work, as business owners from around the area will come together to purchase goods and services on Trade – not cash! We hope to see you there!

RECALL ON SCRIP: Engine House Restaurant – New England Trade

September 9th, 2014

New England Trade Member has sold his business; you may be eligible to return scrip for credit

Engine House RestaurantEngine House Restaurant in Salem, MA has sold and changed ownership as of tomorrow, September 10th, 2014.

In accordance to the New England Trade Scrip & Gift Certificate Policy*, any Engine House Restaurant scrip purchased June 10th, 2014 and later may be returned for credit.  To redeem for credit, certificates must be returned to New England Trade no later than October 31st, 2014.

We apologize for any inconvenience. If any questions, please contact your broker at 781-388-9200 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

For up-to-date information, be sure to check back often for important notices, barter information, member and company updates, and so much more! Also, be sure to connect with us on social media.

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*New England Trade Scrip & Gift Certificate Policy: Refunds or Exchanges of scrip or gift certificate will only be made within 60 days of sale. We will not exchange or refund expired scrip. We will not be liable for any scrip not honored after sixty (60) days of purchase. Ski passes & Entertainment tickets are NON-Refundable. We reserve the right to limit all accounts to a maximum of $100 per restaurant in any 30 day period.

RECALL ON SCRIP: Cancun Mexican Grill

August 5th, 2014

Restaurant has closed its business; you may be eligible to return scrip for credit

CancunMexicanGrillCancun Mexican Grill in Cambridge, MA has closed its business as of August 5th, 2014.

In accordance to the  New England Trade Scrip & Gift Certificate Policy*, any Cancun Mexican Grill scrip purchased June 5th, 2014 and later may be returned for credit.  To redeem for credit, certificates must be returned to New England Trade no later than September 5th, 2014.

We apologize for any inconvenience. If any questions, please contact your broker at 781-388-9200 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

For up-to-date information, be sure to check back often for important notices, barter information, member and company updates, and so much more! Also, be sure to connect with us on  social media.

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*New England Trade Scrip & Gift Certificate Policy: Refunds or Exchanges of scrip or gift certificate will only be made within 60 days of sale. We will not exchange or refund expired scrip. We will not be liable for any scrip not honored after sixty (60) days of purchase. Ski passes & Entertainment tickets are NON-Refundable. We reserve the right to limit all accounts to a maximum of $100 per restaurant in any 30 day period.

Independent Retailer Month

July 9th, 2014

Trade with Your Neighbor & Community during Independent Retailer Month

Independent Retailer MonthNot only is July dubbed Ice Cream Month by President Reagan, but July is also known as Independent Retailer Month. Designed to celebrate independent retailers across the globe, consumers are encouraged to shop at independent retailers instead of corporate and franchised businesses. Why? To highlight the positive social and economic impact these businesses have in our economy.

‘Big Box’ stores, such as Target and Macy’s, are usually stores that come to mind when consumers need a good or service. However, it is time to shift focus from big box stores and focus more on ‘mom and pop’ businesses. Independent retailers deserve some publicity, as according to the American Express Open Independent Retail Index, nearly half of the total retail sales in the U.S. come from independent businesses. From this fact, it validates the value that independent businesses have in the American economy. They are the ‘backbone’ of communities, so by purchasing from independent retailers you are supporting local traders, their suppliers, as well as the people who they depend on to run their businesses.

This is holds true in our barter community, as well. With your New England Trade membership, you are supporting local businesses prosper by trading what you have for what you need. Community trading is a focal point for barter exchanges. A member of a barter exchange is more likely to visit a local business that belongs to the trade network than visit a big box store. Because of this, New England Trade creates the ultimate business network. When a member uses his or her trade dollars at another member’s business, such as  a dentist, that business then reuses those trade dollars earned with another member of the barter network, such as a restaurant. Barter can be seen as the ‘Circle of Life’ where funds are continuously being used within the exchange to help businesses offset cash expenses, move excess inventory, and grow their customer based with fellow business owners from the barter exchange.

Independent Retailer Month’s goal is to:

  • Boost your local economy
  • Rebuild confidence in the community
  • Enable local businesses to prosper and grow.

The same goes for New England Trade! Let’s boost our economy, rebuild entrepreneurs’ confidence in their businesses, and help grow our local businesses through barter. Gain your competitive edge against big box stores with barter as your alternative currency!

Lets Chat!

June 9th, 2014

The Trade Brokers are Here to Help You- Chat with Them!

It has come to our attention that there is a pretty cool feature that can be found on our Marketplace website that many of you are not aware of! So, we figured we should probably correct this problem. What’s the point of having this awesome feature if no one knows about it or is using it, right?!

From 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, New England Trade’s Brokers are available to Chat with you via the Marketplace! Simply click on the Chat Icon at the top of the page, located next to the shopping cart icon and the search bar. You will be prompted to type in your Name, Business Name and your Question. After that information is gathered, one of the Brokers will be able to respond to you instantaneously!

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Have a question about your account? No problem! Have a question about a listing in the Marketplace that you are looking at? Ask away! Are you one of the numerous people who is curious to what does the fox actually say? Well, we may not be able to answer that kind of question, but we could give you our most educated guess!

We are here to help make your trading experience run as smoothly as possible.  With Chat we can be available to you during your Marketplace shopping adventures (at least during New England Trade office hours!).

So test it out! Head to the Marketplace, peruse the different Barter Categories ranging from Advertising to Travel. If you have any questions, Chat with us!

Also, many of you are aware of that new feature on your membership card that allows you to just swipe your card at specific locations to pay. If not, well, that’s another cool feature to be aware of! Anyhow, we have added more terminals to members locations! Since more and more terminals are in the works of being added, check out the Barter Category ‘Swipe Enabled Cards’ in the marketplace for an always up-to-date listing of where you can use your membership card at! Fun fact: we have about 10 more terminals that should be up and operational at various locations within the next couple weeks!

New England Trade’s Journey to the 30th NATE Convention

May 27th, 2014

Expanding the World of Trade

On May 15th, New England Trade, Inc. President Gary Oshry, Trade Director Kraig Bloom and Marketing and Social Media Coordinator Kristine Nicholson attended the 30th Annual National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) in Orlando, Florida. The convention took place at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Downtown Orlando, where exchanges from across the nation attended.

Proud Member of the National Association of Trade ExchangesThis year’s theme was ‘Expanding the World of Trade’ consisted of seminars proctored by various individuals in the Barter Industry. In addition to the seminars, various networking and social activities were planned, ranging from a Welcome Reception to an awards banquet at Walt Disney’s Epcot Center.

Thanks to the generous contributions made by sponsors, the NATE Convention Committee was able to execute the entertaining networking and social events. For 2014, the Platinum Sponsors were TradeFirst, located in Michigan, and Trade Studio, located in Washington. Additional Convention supporters included Alamo Barter Corporation, Barter Business Exchange, Inc., New England Trade, Inc., and The Barter Company.

At the convention, NATE offered free Certified Trade Broker (CTB) and Register Trade Broker (RTB) training for those who wanted to increase their knowledge in the Barter Industry, as well as advance their brokering skills. An individual who has been in the Barter Industry under two years is eligible to become a RTB. After two years, RTBs are eligible to develop into a CTB. This year, NATE is pleased to announce the addition of four new CTBs and three RTBs in the Barter Industry.

In recognition for his dedication to NATE, Fred Detwiler, owner of TradeFirst, received the NATE Member of the Year award. New England Trade Inc.’s very own Gary Oshry received the NATE Board Member of the Year award for his hard work and commitment to NATE.

The 2014 NATE Officers are:

  • Maurya Lane, Barter Business Exchange, Inc.,  newly elected NATE President
  • Paul Richardson, Arizona Trade Exchange, newly elected NATE Vice President
  • Gary Oshry, New England Trade, Inc., NATE Treasurer
  • Kim Ames, TradeAmericanCard, NATE Secretary

For more information about on the 30th Annual NATE Convention, contact us at 781.388.9200 or at barter@newenglandtrade.com.

Barter & Beer: What a Trade!

April 7th, 2014

Warning: This will make your Monday even better.

National Beer Day, trade

Believe it or not, today is National Beer Day. No, I swear I am not making this up- I read it on the Internet!  This unofficial holiday was created in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who on April 7th, 1933 signed the Cullen-Harrison Act into law. So what is the big deal about this law, you ask? It ended the 13 year long prohibition of alcohol in the United States. Basically, today is the day so many years ago that beer became legal to buy and sell. Beer enthusiasts around the United States rejoiced, as you can imagine.

In honor of today’s ‘holiday’ why not celebrate by visiting a restaurant available on trade?

Here are some ideas:

You can use your new and improved New England Trade membership card at Sports Grille Boston, Sports, Spirits & Steaks, and Fat Cactus! Otherwise, call the office at 781-388-9200 or visit the Marketplace to order some scrip. Have it mailed, or come say hi at the office and pick up some scrip. Then go out tonight, all on trade and enjoy this one of a kind holiday! And do not forget to raise a glass to President Roosevelt for his act of duty.

Cheers!

New England Trade Membership Cards

March 25th, 2014

Attention New England Trade Members:

Have You Seen Me?

New England Trade Membership Card

Last Seen: With Your Company’s 1099

It has come to our attention that some members do not know about their NEW membership cards. The new membership cards went out at the end of January with the 1099s. If your business did not receive a 1099 from New England Trade, the membership cards still went out at the same time.

The newly designed membership card features a sleek look, with swipe technology and scanning capabilities. In conjunction with our app, members can scan the back of fellow members’ card when making an authorization. The buyer’s account number will be inputted into the corresponding field upon scanning. Haven’t downloaded the app yet? What are you waiting for?! It is available on iTunes and Google Play. After downloading the app, sign in using your Marketplace username and password.

Use your membership card, equipped with swipe technology, at various member locations. Within the next few weeks, ten more swipe terminals will be added – so keep checking the Marketplace for an updated list of members accepting your membership card instead of scrip!

Until next time!

Happy Pi Day Barterers!

March 14th, 2014

And no, I do not mean pie as in the delicious baked dessert or as in a big pizza pie, which actually sounds pretty good for lunch right now…

I am talking about the Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, 3.14159 …and that is all I can name off the top of my head.

Why celebrate you ask? Well it is a national holiday that is why! Perplexed? No need. On March 9, 2009, Congress may March 14th a national holiday in order to show support for the National Science Foundation and to encourage the study of mathematics.

Pi DaySo what should you do in order to celebrate this one-of-a-kind holiday? Well you can crack some jokes and puns such as ‘Did you know that 3.14% of Sailors are Pi Rates’. Get it? If that just  made you roar with laughter, there are a 101 more jokes where that came from.

How does a Friday night, movie night sound? You could watch the ‘Life of Pi’, ‘American Pie’, or if you are looking for a psychological thriller, there is the movie ‘Pi‘.

Feeling poetic? Create a Pi-ku! No, not a haiku with the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic pattern, this type has a 3-1-4 syllabic pattern, of course!

Take advantage of the deals this holiday has to offer! Starbucks is offering a free Grande brewed coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich. It may not be a pie, but who could pass up a free cup of coffee? Pizza Hut, between 1 and 4 PM (get it, 3 hours, between 1 and 4 PM is 3.14!), will be giving away 140 $10 gift cards when you tweet using the hashtag #PizzaHutPiDay.

Lastly, if all else fails bake a pie! For some  inspiration, check out these recipes for some great ideas. To rationalize baking the scrumptious dessert even more so – it is Albert Einstein’s birthday! Whether it be apple, blueberry, banana cream or whatever your heart desires, grab yourself a slice and sing happy birthday to the Father of Modern Physics. And remember, if you need any taste testers, you know where New England Trade’s office is located.

Have a great weekend everyone!