Why They Barter

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Mike W. - Bloomfield Bicycle & Repair Shop, Bloomfield, CT

Being the owner of several retail locations, I use barter for everything from carpeting to the alarm systems in my stores. I purchased signage and even bought my desks and chairs through Barter Business Unlimited.

Jeffrey C. - ImageWorks, LLC., Vernon, CT

We're a Web and software development company with clients throughout the United States. Thanks to the many opportunities from BBU., I utilized barter for employee benefit programs like dental care, to employee and customer incentive items such as plaques and trips, barter has been there for us.

Sheila H. - The Natural Path, Manchester, CT

The NEW BBU Barter has already helped our business to attract a new market that we never reached before. We offer hypnotherapy, reflexology, Reiki & yoga services. Because BBU reaches throughout the region, we are reaching potential customers in a whole new way. It's like hiring a big sales staff for your organization.

Todd C. - NRG Networks, Cheshire, CT

As the owner of a regional web design business, barter has been quite an advantage for me. From employee benefits or regular business services such as printing, BBU has allowed us to expand our business sales and increase our annual corporate income.

Tom F. - Inn At Laurel Lake, Lee, MA

We are located in the heart of the Berkshires and offer a proud history of gracious accommodations, fine food and the beauty of the Berkshires. Barter allows us to enhance all of our guests' experiences by offering entertainment, transportation and luxury services. As a BBU customer, we can remain one of the top Berkshire destinations for relaxation, fishing or just enjoying a beautiful sunny day.

Jim P. - MBC Holding, Plantsville, CT

We have a major boat brokerage and repair business. Barter has allowed us to attract hundreds of new customers throughout the east coast. Joining BBU is one of the smartest moves that I have done for my business.

Pat D. - Deguzis Photography, Hartford, CT

We recommend BBU for any type of business. No doubt, the BBU staffers work very hard to find services and products that we need. They are personable and do a great job of finding new clients for our photography studio.

Mark B. - Dog Watch, Branford, CT

Working with BBU has been great. The way BBU markets member businesses is amazing. If you are looking for local or national business, the barter network can help you grow your business.

James Van Houten - Advanced Air Quality Inc., Springfield, MA

Barter has made purchasing and selling business support services easy. The professional staff at BBU has done an outstanding job and I would recommend barter for any smart business owner.

Robert S. - Hi Tech Mobile Services, Bristol, CT

Trading through the Barter Business Unlimited network has allowed me to substantially expand my road sweeping business. In return I use barter to gain cash customers through advertising, trade shows & referrals. Thanks to BBU, I can do things I might not otherwise afford such as vacations and provide employee benefits.

Patrick H. - Maple Meadow Green Houses, Terryville, CT

The team at BBU is truly great. We have been barter members for years and they have exceeded my expectations in every manner. We use barter for advertising and maintaining our vehicle fleet.

Brian B. - Bristol Guitar, Bristol, CT

Our store has been a proud barter member since Barter Business for a while now. We have used barter for signage for our storefront, travel, dining and everyday needs such dental and eye care. Barter helps us stretch our budget.

Cindy B. - Birth Bonding & Beyond, Southington, CT

Barter Business Unlimited has become a priceless addition to my marketing & business plans. The BBU brokers have helped me to expertly market my services to expectant couples. With the earned barter credit, I've watched my business grow to new heights.

Ed S. - Shear Success, Newington, CT

I have traded haircuts, perms and dye services given at my beauty salon for hundreds of items and services. From new flooring, electrical, painting, car repair, lawn maintenance, vacations, medical expenses, I've used barter to even go on a white water rafting trip with my grandson.

Andy M. - New Season Landscaping, Hartford, CT

I enjoy being a BBU member because it has saved me loads of cash and helps me to get a load of new landscaping jobs. I also find the BBU brokers to be very helpful in marketing my business. It's like I have an extended sales and marketing force.

Rich H. - Rich The Rehabber, Middlefield, CT

Some of the great reasons to join BBU are simple. When BBU customer calls, I already know they have been pre-sold about our services by my BBU broker. So, this makes trading and doing business allot easier. In addition, we find the BBU staff to be very friendly and resourceful in regard to our business needs

Carmine F. - Clarion Hotel

The Barter Business Unlimited team helps me fill empty hotel rooms almost every day. In turn, we use our trade dollars on items for our property, such as cleaning, maintenance and delivery services. Barter helps us to keep cash in our budget. I recommend Barter to all businesses

John B. - Alpha Imaging, Newington, CT

Trading in the barter network has helped me to significantly increase sales. We love calling the barter office to find out about new products in the barter store and learning about upcoming travel specials.

Marc S. - Goodwin College

Barter Brings new students to our educational facility. We have used barter dollars to purchase new equipment, renovations and marketing for our courses!

Jim P - J - Plow

BBU has brought me 6 new plowing contracts this winter season, this new business is allowing me to take out advertising in the local newspapers to get even more business! I recommend BBU Barter to all my friends and colleagues! I am one of their biggest advocates!

Pat S. - Building Contractor

Using the BBU Barter System, I am able to offer my new construction and commercial projects to business owners in the barter system. By using BBU as a tool I am now able to turn my under performing assets into liquid Barter money which I have been able to use to complete my other projects!

Janet R. - BBU Gift Card Recipient

My employer gave me a Barter Gift card this year, because money is tight and a salary increase was just not an option. Because of this I was able to repair a leaking roof and put braces on my child! Thank god for BBU barter its made a huge difference in my life!

Bob M - Murphy's Pizza

BBU Barter arrived just in time for me to plan my 2010 budget! My new Broker worked diligently to help me plan our future advertising & marketing campaign that we are sure will drive more business to our door! Thank you BBU!

Ted - DBK Jewelers

Ted, owner of DBK Family Jewelers, said that bartering has been a great way for him to get things for his small business that he wouldn't be able to afford if he had to shell out the cash -- like advertising. In the past he's bartered for business needs, including business cards and plumbing and heating services for his stores. ''It opens up a lot of doors for me,'' he said.

Angel Johnstone - Undercover Wear

Johnstone uses barter to network and trade for household services and to generate new customers. The shows ''give me a lot of business and a lot of referrals,'' she said. ''It certainly helps to keep cash flowing.'' People she's met through the barter network have gone on to become repeat customers on her Web site, placing orders for hundreds of dollars worth of her ''romantic accessories.'' Those are sales she says she wouldn't have made otherwise

Nick P. - Eleanors Green Mountain Cheese

Bartering has helped the business conserve cash, owner Nick Porriello said. Sales have taken a hit this year. ''My supermarkets are promoting the cheese at a lower price,'' he said. ''People are looking for bargains.'' Through barter, the one-year-old cheese distribution business was able to trade its cheese for meals, car batteries and services like oil changes.

Kris R. - Retail Store Chain

Kris, brought electronics including digital picture frames, big-screen TVs and food scales to trade. What's his most in-demand product? The GPS. Barter helps Rutkowski unload old models and display merchandise to make room for his store's new wares. In addition to trading for advertising space in the local weekly paper, he's been able to barter for orthodontics for his wife.

Bill - Beer Brewing Company

This Brewing Company's beer could be flowing from more taps soon if business relationships Bill made at the barter show pan out. Hodkin, the brewery's managing member, said attending barter events help him get his product on the radar of potential buyers and partners. ''It's a good way to get new customers,'' he said.

Mike S. - Newspaper Chain

This Newspaper chain barter advertising space in their pages for everything from computer networking services to carpet installations in their corporate headquarters. Publisher Mike S said the papers got six new advertisers at the Barter Business Unlimited barter show. For small businesses strapped for cash, bartering can help them advertise while keeping spending down, he said.

Gary M. - Furniture & Clock Distributor

Gary trades his high-end clocks for things like warehouse space for his business .

Angel Johnstone - Lingerie Parties Plus

The Barter Business Unlimited holiday show was last night and WHAT A BLAST! Thanks to all my BBU customers for blowing my mind with your great orders and stopping by my booth to say hello! Also Thanks to CNN Money for using me in their article about the show...

Dr. Kimm - Ragged Mountain Animal Hospital

I find working with BBU not only incredibly easy but extremely beneficial to my practice. I consistently enjoy new patient referrals, as well as gaining the ability to Network with other entrepreneurs such as myself. Barter Business Unlimited has truly added a value to my business.

A very happy Customer! - S & S Roofing

One of our favorite trades is a roof we had recently installed on our new facility by S & S Roofing. Steven and his team did a fantastic job. They cleaned up impeccably and were courteous and kind. I was so thrilled by the service I have recommended him to many others for cash business too!

Marlene - Cleaning Company

BBU Has made my life so much easier because I don’t have to worry about not having enough cash to spend. With Barter dollars I get to buy a lot of things I use, which covers my business or personal needs. I have done birthday parties for my children, trips to places I would never have gotten had I not used barter dollars. I do advertising for my business, buy equipments such as vacuums, fix cars and I eat in places that are just awesome.

William Brighenti - Accountants CPA Hartford

Accountants CPA Hartford, LLC is a certified public accounting firm located in Berlin, Connecticut, offering a variety of quality accounting, tax, and QuickBooks services at very affordable rates. Consider the advantages of outsourcing all of your bookkeeping needs to a certified public accountant: save money and time without the overhead expense and headaches of a bookkeeper employee!

Margaret - Blissful Travels with Margaret

I was delighted to meet so many members at the Expo. I am looking forward to hosting a relaxing and memorable vacation for you. I was impressed with the diversity of the many members I met today and can't wait to spend my barter dollars!

Stephen McKay - Euphoria Event Solutions

Euphoria Event Solutions , based in Windsor, Ct, has been a BBU Barter member for the past eight months . President Stephen McKay said he became a member solely so that he could do business with this one client , but he is already reaping the rewards of belonging . McKay said he will use his barter dollars to “ offset business expenses , ” and purchase things like printer supplies and other “ basic things that it takes to run the business . ”