Jack’s Public House – 9082 152 St, Surrey
Thursday, September 20th
6:00PM – 8:00PM

Join us for a fun evening at Jack’s! Meet other barter members and members of the business community at large. Enjoy a drink and appetizers while networking in a relaxed environment.

Stay for a rousing game of “Family Feud” starting between 7:30PM and 8:00PM.

Only $15 barter! Bring a potential member with you and your admission is FREE!

5. Blog Pages… When you click through to a Blog post, there’s a button on the bottom left and bottom right… these should allow you to scroll through all the blog posts, but they only link to a few of them.

6. Budget Planner changes:

Remove these items:
Trademark Registration (under business products & services)

Appliance Repair (personal products)
Dentists (under health & wellness)
Stop Smoking (health & wellness)
Power washing (home & business)
countertop restoration (home & business)


Painting Parties was listed under Home & Business, should be under Recreation


Cranial Sacral Therapy (under health & wellness)
Chiropractic Services (Health & Wellness)

Cleaning Products (Personal Products & Services)

Copywriting (Business Products & Services)

5 Ways to Generate More Referral Business

Everyone loves getting referrals. I know I do! When a prospect comes to you by referral, there is a pre-established sense of trust which makes for an easier sale and a great start to your business relationship.

So why do so many business owners invest large amounts of time and money trying to attract “cold” prospects while ignoring the vast amount of referral business they could be tapping into?

While I don’t have the answer to that question, I do have 5 Ways to Generate More Referral Business:

  1. Be Referral Worthy. If you want referrals to be a major source of new business, you need to make sure your business is referral worthy. What can you do to create a memorable experience for your customers? What do your customers value, and how can you provide this in a way that your competitors don’t? Going that extra mile will turn happy customers into raving fans who will want to tell their friends about you.
  1. Choose Your Referral Partners.There are many potential referral sources: current customers, people in complementary industries or even people in the same industry whose client base is slightly different from yours. Who are your best customers? Who can put you in touch with the types of people/companies you want to attract?
  1. Make It Easy.You are busy, so are your referral sources. Make it easy for them to refer you. Consider writing an email that they can forward to their contacts talking about your company. It should be written from your customer’s perspective and give a few reasons why they like dealing with you and how it could benefit their contacts. In most cases, the purpose of the email isn’t to complete a sale; it’s to open the door to a conversation between you and the prospect, so keep this in mind when writing the copy. Ask to be cc’d on the email, and for them to mention that you are being cc’d in their message. This gives you the recipient’s email address and permission to follow up with an email of your own.
  1. Host Events.Invite your customers and referral partners and encourage them to bring potential clients along. People love events that include food & drinks. You may want to have an open house or networking mixer, or perhaps something more intimate such as a small lunch or dinner for select referral partners and their guests.
  1. Offer Incentives.  While receiving a referral commission may not necessarily be what motivates people to send referrals, it is good to offer something to show your appreciation.Depending on the amount of your referral fee, a gift certificate for something they can experience may be more impactful than a commission cheque.

PS: It is only a referral when the prospect is expecting your call. Otherwise it is still a cold call. Talk to your referral sources and ask them to introduce you by phone or email so their referral is expecting to hear from you.

Do you have any referral tips? Send them along. We’d love to hear what’s working for you.

Food for Our Urban Future – January 2018

Barter First, along with The Art Party, BizFirst Social Meetup and Dudoc, presented Food for Our Urban Future on January 25th, 2018. Barter members, as well as members of the business community at large, enjoyed a wonderful evening of networking.

Dudoc is a centre for European innovation and provided the space for the evening, while Sensational Sound provided DJ services and Roger Killen acted as MC.

Inspired cuisine consisted of chocolate power balls, raspberry and chocolate mousse, and oat squares supplied by Eternal Abundance, organic bananas from Spud Organic Grocery and appetizers from Friendship Catering. The beverage provider was Sea Cider, an organic orchard and ciderhouse on Vancouver Island.

Here are a few photographs of the evening, courtesy of Alan Katowitz Photography.


Holiday Celebration & Tradeshow – November 30th, 2017

We would like to thank all the members and volunteers who helped to make the Barter First Trade Show on November 30th a great success. Members had a great time making new connections and shopping using barter dollars.

Vendors sold clothing, jewellery, food, gift baskets, artwork, pottery, glassware, skincare, soap, candles, sports merchandise, gadgets, printers, electronics, toys, plants, health & spa services, supplements, cleaning products, gift certificates and even pets and pet products.

There was a photographer taking professional headshots, and a massage practitioner giving relaxing massages. We received many compliments on the delicious dinner provided by Khanna Banquet Hall. The evening concluded with members mingling by the bar and enjoying music provided by Sensational Sound DJ Services.

Photos by Alan Katowitz Photography


7 Reasons to Hire a Business Coach

Have you ever considered hiring a business coach? Are you using one right now? If not, I encourage you to have a look at these 7 Reasons to Hire a Business Coach and see if a coach could make a difference in your business.

1. You need help building your team.
Did you know that a business coach can help you to define not only your ideal client but also your ideal employee? Not only that, a coach can help you to improve your leadership and communication skills and create a stronger team.

2. You need to increase profits.
If your business is facing a downturn, or you’re looking for ways to increase profits, consider hiring a business coach. Sometimes we are too close to our businesses to see things objectively and a third party can help us to see more clearly what needs to be done. A coach can draw upon their experience and training to suggest options you may not have thought of.

3. You have hit a plateau.
Do you remember when you were excited about going to work each day? A business coach can help you to re-ignite your passion for your business by helping you to connect with what is important in your business and your life. By working together and setting exciting yet realistic goals, you will be able to gain momentum and get your spark back.

4. You want to be held accountable.
A business coach will not only help you to define your goals, they will hold you accountable. This is especially helpful for solopreneurs who don’t have a team to check in with.

5. You’re looking for fresh ideas.
A business coach is a great person to brainstorm with about your business. They can also suggest books on relevant topics, and recommend exercises that will get your creative juices flowing.

6. You have LOTS of ideas and don’t know where to start.
A coach can help you bring your creativity to order and help you put together an action plan with specific targets and objectives. Now you’ll have a framework to make sure your ideas come to fruition.

7. You need help prioritizing.
It’s important to spend time on marketing and sales activities, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed with day to day tasks and put these things on the back burner. A coach will help you carve out time to focus on the important aspects of your business that often get pushed to the sidelines.

Can you relate to any of these situations? Most coaches provide a free initial consultation so you can learn about one another and see if you’d like to proceed with working together.

BTW: If you are a barter member, there are a number of coaches that I can recommend who accept barter dollars and are happy to offer a free consultation.

Do you have a comment or want to contribute to our Blog?
Email Us:

Annual Dinner Cruise – August 10th 2017

We want to invite you to our most popular event of the year.
Our Annual Dinner Cruise on the M.V. Burrard Queen is taking place on Thursday, August 10th, 2017. This 3-hour cruise will feature a buffet dinner, a live DJ, and dancing!

Boarding at 6:30pm, departing at 7pm and returning at 10pm.
Have fun on the water and cruise into the night with a great group of people.
We ALWAYS sell out so please book early!

NEW LOCATION: Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
Family, friends and non-members are welcome!
Tickets: $40 barter +$40 cash (per person).

Contact us today to reserve your tickets, call 604.759.3223.

Dinner Cruise 2017

Thank you to all our members, families and friends who joined us to celebrate FCBE’s 20th anniversary. We had another sold out event! The dinner cruise is always a favourite with our members – it’s a great place to socialize and do some informal networking.

DJ Genuine Groove’s electric dance mix got everyone on their feet and dancing the night away. Guests also enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner provided by Accent Cruises and entertainment provided by Suzanne Fetting.

Also thank you to Bob Garlick for taking photos of the event. Have a look at the photos below: