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.

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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.

Spring Social Barter Mixer – May 25th, 2017

Join us for an evening of casual networking and fun at Jack’s Pub!
Meet other business owners and make new connections!
Thursday, May 25th, 2017

6:00PM – 8:00PM
Jack’s Public House
9082 152nd St., Surrey

Appetizers & 1 drink included.
Only $15 barter.

Contact FCBE to register today: 604.759.3223,

Barter Workshop & Networking – June 14th, 2017

Join us for an interactive workshop and learn how to make the most of your barter membership.
Know someone you’d like to introduce to barter?
Bring them along. Admission is free.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
5:30PM – 7:30PM
Surrey City Centre Library
Room #405 – 10350 University Drive., Surrey

Contact FCBE to register today: 604.759.3223,

20 Ways to Spend Barter Dollars

Being part of a barter exchange is an amazing way to build your business: You are able to make new connections, increase your sales, and conserve your cash.

One of the best ways to be successful with barter is to really incorporate it into your day-to-day life by spending barter dollars instead of cash whenever possible.

Here are 20 Ways to Spend Barter Dollars (and Keep Your Cash!):

  1. Repairing & Maintaining Your Vehicle
  2. Taking Clients Out for Lunch
  3. Printing Your Business Cards and Flyers
  4. Paying a Virtual Assistant
  5. Getting Your Bookkeeping or Taxes Done
  6. Rewarding Your Staff with Barter Bonuses
  7. Rewarding Loyal Customers with Gift Certificates You Bought on Barter
  8. Updating Your Website
  9. Paying for Advertising and Marketing
  10. Hiring a Blog Writer or Social Media Marketer
  11. Having Business or Family Photos Taken
  12. Making Wine to Give Out as Door Prizes
  13. Getting Your Carpets Cleaned
  14. Having Renovations Done
  15. Getting Your Hair Cut
  16. Paying for Your Kid’s Birthday Party
  17. Taking Your Pet to the Vet
  18. Going to the Gym or Yoga Studio
  19. Taking Care of Your Health (Naturopath, Acupuncture, etc.)
  20. Taking a Holiday

Want to know where YOU could use barter dollars instead of cash? “Tick the Boxes” at here to find out. Submit the form for a free review of your business’s barter potential.

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5 Ways to Know if Barter is Right for You

Have you been thinking about joining a barter exchange and wonder if it’s right for you?

There are many benefits to a barter membership. You can get new customers, improve your cash flow, make business connections, and buy things without having to spend cash. However, barter isn’t for everyone. Here are 5 ways to know if barter is right for you:

  1. Do you have room for more clients in your schedule?
    Want to fill more billable hours? If you are booked months in advance, now may not be the time for barter. However, if you have a service based business that is looking for more clients, barter is worth considering.
  2. Do you have excess capacity?
    Do you have a hotel, bed & breakfast, timeshare or other rental space that is not fully booked? Barter is an excellent way to generate income from a resource that would otherwise go to waste. The same holds true for media – if you have a newspaper or radio show that could use more advertisers, barter could be the answer.
  3. Do you have excess inventory?
    Are you a retailer, wholesaler or distributor with inventory you’d like to move? Maybe you have samples, seasonal items or slow moving stock. Barter is a great way to sell these items at regular retail prices instead of discounting.
  4. Do you have places to spend the barter dollars you earn?
    If you are interested in joining a barter exchange, have a look at the other members in the system to see where you can spend your barter dollars. The size of the network is important, but it’s not the only consideration. Spend time with a barter representative who can show you what is available and how it can relate to your business and personal needs. Check out the variety of items available on barter and consider joining the hundreds of barter members who are saving thousands of dollars in cash.

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