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"After joining TradeFirst.com we quickly skyrocketed to Elite status. With more than $175,000 in sales - Business is booming."

"The trade dollars just keep pouring in, not that that's a problem. We typically spend on advertising, event catering, printing, landscaping, residential and business cleaning, uniform shirts, and yard signs."

Father and son duo David and Darian are specialty contractors and water control experts that offer a revolutionary gutter protection system known as Gutter Helmet, gutter installation, invisible gutters known as Titan Gutters, insulation, ventilation, roofing, and air sanitation for the entire household.

David Bobby has been a licensed builder since 1989, and ran his own handyman business for a number of years. His enterprising young son Darian started his own window cleaning business in his teen years, which led to customer demand for gutter cleaning. At 23, Darian became the youngest authorized Gutter Helmet dealer in the nation. Soon, business was so intense that David stepped in as business partner, and the two have been a team ever since. Today, they have a full staff and have become one of the largest gutter companies in Southeast Michigan.

Although they've only been TradeFirst members for about three years, Atlas Home Improvement has quickly skyrocketed to Elite status. They've brought in over $175,000 in trade business, and have spent just as much. Business is booming, and the trade dollars just keep pouring in, not that that's a problem for the Bobbys! They typically spend on advertising, event catering, printing, landscaping, residential and business cleaning, uniform shirts, and yard signs. They are regular exhibitors at the last few TradeFirst Barter Expos.

The Bobbys attribute their business success to their ability to overcome and adapt to change, and their talent for quick, calm, problem solving. When asked to reveal the secret to trade success, David Bobby swears by calling his broker before even thinking about purchasing something with cash. "We are learning to call TradeFirst, as the name implies. We have to trust the broker's intimate understanding of the many products and services that are available from other trade members. We are learning that there are few things that can't be accomplished or purchased through trade!"

Contact Atlas Home Improvement at 734.449.9480 or visit www.atlasgutterhelmet.com to start protecting what you love, from gutters and above, today!

Atlas Home Improvement

David and Darian Bobby

Member Since: 08/03/2005

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Joining TradeFirst.com turned out to be the best business decision we have made."

"We do a lot of service work on trade. We take those Trade dollars and use them for advertising, which generates cash flow. Tradefirst.com also comes in handy around Holidays and Birthdays for last minute gifts."

Mike Oleksiak, founder of Condor Heating & Cooling, has been providing expert heating and cooling service to residential and commercial customers for nearly 30 years. Since joining TradeFirst in 1997, Mike has reached Elite status with his superior buying and spending habits. Over the past 11 years, Condor Heating and Cooling has brought in over $400,000 in trade business, and spent nearly as much.

Mike seldom has difficulty spending his Trade dollars, and spends on dining out, vacations, vehicle maintenance, landscaping, and even advertising. In fact, he recently completed the production of a commercial to air on cable television. All of which is accomplished at 100% trade! In addition to the financial benefits of TradeFirst, Mike praises the business relationships he has forged by networking with fellow TradeFirst.com members.

When asked about the key to his success with his business, Mike said, "We have a personal commitment to your satisfaction. We service just about every piece of equipment that heats, cools, cleans, or controls the air in your home or workplace. We offer exemplary service, and proudly stand behind the products we install."

Condor Heating & Cooling Specialists Inc.

Melissa Oleksiak, President

Member Since: 09/04/1997

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"Sales have have increased tremendously with the assistance of TradeFirst.com."

"We have met so many wonderful people involved in TradeFirst.com and received many referrals. Everyday we find more and more ways to spend our trade dollars. We find ourselves wanting to do more business through the trade."

The Landscaping Authority offers all of its services on trade, including lawn maintenance, aeration, dethatching, spring and fall clean-ups, weeding programs, shrub trimming, sprinkler system maintenance and repair, complete landscape design and construction, mulching, retaining walls, brick paving, pond installation and maintenance, and waterfalls.

Owner Jason Iras is an avid fan of TradeFirst. In his first 3 years of trading, he has sold over $160,000 in landscaping services. "With most business, there is invariably a slow period of the year. Since joining TradeFirst, that slow time never happens." A perfect example of the business brought in with trade occurred when they impressed a trade customer so much that he referred them to friends and neighbors. They now maintain the homes of four of their initial client's friends every week, and have secured two additional jobs with neighbors of the client. "TradeFirst has helped our business to grow even faster than we could have hoped."

TradeFirst has been a huge boost to their cash flow, enabling them to treat clients to lunch or dinner meetings and open sub-accounts for employee bonuses. Iras quickly became a savvy trade member in his short time with TradeFirst, and his keen efforts have earned him Elite status. His strategy is spending trade on everyday items he needs on a regular basis… things he had previously spent cash on for years! Tuning in to weekly fax networks and eSpecials helps keep him in the know about crucial TradeFirst events and opportunities. Most importantly, he has developed the habit of contacting his broker before he even thinks of spending cash on anything. "More often than not, we are able to take care of what we need on trade." Said Iras.

If you are interested in quality landscaping at a reasonable price from friendly professionals in every aspect of their business, contact The Landscaping Authority today at 586.615.5428.

The Landscaping Authority

Jason Iras, Co-Owner

Member Since: 03/29/2006

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"Since 1991 my companies have traded over a million dollars."

I use TradeFirst.com for every business expense available...such as printing, remodeling, flooring, truck repair, signs, boxes, office furniture, employee bonuses and advertising. I also used trade extensively during the opening and remodeling of all of my locations."

I joined TradeFirst.com (TF) in February 1991. During that time my businesses have traded over $1 million with TF. I use TF for every business expense available on trade such as: printing, remodeling stores, flooring, some items for resale, truck repair, signs, boxes, office furniture, employee bonuses and advertising. I also used trade extensively during the opening and remodeling of all of my locations.

In addition to using TF for business needs, I use it personally to enhance my family's lifestyle for goods and services such as: vacations, patio furniture, landscaping, furniture refinishing, carpeting and a BBQ grill. Whenever I need something, I first call TF to see if it is available on trade. The staff at TF is great. They are very helpful and call me whenever something becomes available that may interest me.

I attribute my rapid growth and success in part to TF, as well as hard work, long hours, great employees, creativity and of course some luck too. What I like most about TF is that it brings in customers that probably would not otherwise come to me it I weren't a member. My volume has grown steadily over the years due to repeat business and referrals from members.

We're always looking for more TF customers!

Affordable Flowers

John Curzydylo, Owner

Member Since: 02/06/1991

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"The staff at TradeFirst are always helpful and courteous."

"You are willing and available to help whenever needed in a timely fashion. It is a pleasure to work with all of you, because you make my job easier."

I wanted to take this time to thank you and the rest of the staff at TradeFirst.com for everything you have done for us here at Allegra. We have been a member of TradeFirst since June of 2000. TradeFirst has helped us save our trade dollars for expenses such as cleaning services, restaurants, auto maintenance, building maintenance, and many other services.

The staff at TradeFirst are always helpful and courteous. You are willing and available to help whenever needed in a timely fashion. It is a pleasure to work with all of you, because you make my job easier.

Thank you for all you have done for Allegra Print and Imaging!

Allegra Print & Imaging

Mario Grech

Member Since: 06/15/2000

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"TradeFirst.com income helped build my company when I first started, and was critical to my small business survival."

"Income earned from Tradefirst.com helped me renovate and continually upgrade the properties I purchased, making them some of the most desirable vacation rentals in greater Ft. Lauderdale."

As you know, I have been a TradeFirst.com member since 2002. Beach Vacation Rentals in Pompano Beach, Florida, trades fully outfitted condos, cottages and apartments with all of the comforts of home.

TradeFirst.com barter income helped build my company when I first started, and was critical to my small business survival. Income earned from Tradefirst.com helped me renovate and continually upgrade the properties I purchased, making them some of the most desirable vacation rentals in greater Ft. Lauderdale. Though starting slowly, my trade income grew to tens of thousands of trade dollars yearly.

I took my barter income and put it right back into my business: for electricians, plumbers, handymen, carpenters, tile and pavers, signage, outdoor lighting, landscaping, furniture, advertising, logo and website design, company video, promotional items, the printing of brochures, business cards and letterhead, lawn and sprinkler service, pest control service, pool cleaning service and more.

Now my hospitality business is 7 years old and I am on solid ground, but I can always use more TradeFirst.com dollars. I tell my trade reps that as fast as I can make trade dollars, I can also spend them. I keep a running wish list and they are always helping me find the things I would normally have to pay cash for. So we accept trade anytime we believe we will not be fully booked with cash customers. That is usually from mid April to mid December, but sometimes we offer select weeks during high season. I have expanded my use of TradeFirst.com dollars by offering my cash customers vacation extras at a discount that I get on trade: like boat rentals, restaurants, day spas, golf, theater and snorkel/dive trips.

It is a win-win for my customers and a barter-to-cash conversion for me. I thank my best customers with a welcome flower arrangement or gift basket, purchased on trade, of course! And when I just have to get away by myself, I set up with a fabulous vacation to an exotic land by calling Patty in the TradeFirst.com Travel Department.

Beach Vacation Rentals

Elaine Florea, Owner

Member Since: 06/03/2002

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"We are very pleased with the partnership between Clear Channel and TradeFirst.com."

"As a member since 1994, trading commercial air time has proven successful upon many occasions. TradeFirst.com helps put a value on our excess inventory and assists with smart spending options."

I wanted to share with you how pleased Clear Channel has been with our partnership with TradeFirst.com. Being a member since 1994 has proved successful in many ways. It is often that we are looking for something either for a client or for an employee appreciation and as always great ideas and gifts are easy to find.

Nan, you have been a great asset to Clear Channel when we are looking for just the right opportunity or always ready to suggest something we may not have thought of. In addition, your efforts in spreading the word that Clear Channel has radio opportunities for your other clients has helped us to put a value to our excess inventory.

We are truly happy with the service and promptness of TradeFirst.com and look forward to a continued partnership for many years to come. TradeFirst.com will always be a company we recommend!

Clear Channel of Michigan

Jessica Pulis, Sales Manager

Member Since: 08/22/1994

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"I have been a member of TradeFirst.com for many years. Quite simply, I LOVE IT!"

"I constantly tell your staff I can't get enough and wish they could just pull up a busload of members to my dental office because I would welcome them into my practice with open arms."

I have belonged to TradeFirst.com for many years. Quite simply, I LOVE IT! I constantly tell your staff I can't get enough and wish they could just pull up a busload of members to my dental office because I would welcome them into my practice with open arms.

Over the years I have used TradeFirst.com for numerous things at my home and business, such as granite countertops, painting, flooring, window treatments and much more. I've moved my office and contents on trade as well as stored records and equipment. I've been able to advertise to increase my practice, and as much as I love my trade patients, I've been able to attract non-trade patients with; advertising as well as referrals from my trade patients.

I've been able to cash convert some of my usual cash expenses to trade expenses thus freeing up my cash for other things. I have also been able to experience and enjoy many things on trade that I would not have done had it not been available to me on trade. Travel, sporting events, concerts to mention just a few. It goes without saying that the restaurants are always a joy to visit not to mention delicious.

I haven't even mentioned my routine visits to TradeMart, which always finds me leaving with more than I planned on.

I know I've forgotten to mention many, many more benefits of being a member, but one thing I don't forget is when I need something, I call TradeFirst to see if its available and I love it when I hear "Sure, we have a member that can do that!" Your staff is nothing but helpful. If it can be done they will help you find a way to get it done on trade.

Dr. Jeffrey Bartlett, D.D.S.

Dr. Jeffrey Bartlett, D.D.S.

Member Since: 03/13/1991

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"After joining we quickly found one supplier that will save us sixty thousand dollars in a recurring expense."

"Not only did the painting jobs come in handy, especially around the holidays, but the advertising component of your service literally saved my year."

As a new member of TradeFirst.com, I wanted to thank you and your staff for all the help you gave me my first year using your barter service. Not only did the painting jobs come in handy, especially around the holidays, but the advertising component of your service literally saved my year. We were able to find advertising in magazines and newspapers that we would never have sought out had we needed to pay cash. The advertisers were happy to take the trade dollars and our exposure to the South Florida market was increased substantially.

The coming year offers many opportunities that will allow me to save money on my business expenses. We have already found one supplier that will save us sixty thousand dollars in a recurring expense. That is extremely helpful to us, especially in a down real estate market.

Again, please thank everybody else at TradeFirst.com for all their help.

The Pressure Cleaning and Painting Expert

Richard Mosely

Member Since: 10/27/2006

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"Getting business was no problem. I started getting orders immediately after joining."

"It didn't take long to realize what a good thing bartering can be. We have done more than $400,000 in trade business over the last ten years. TradeFirst.com has allowed me to free up cash for other things..."

I appreciate the benefits of being a member of Tradefirst.com. When I joined in 1998, like many people I had a certain amount of apprehension. It didn't take long to realize what a good thing bartering can be.

Getting business was no problem, as I started getting orders immediately after joining. At first, I started using it on personal spending like restaurants, golf and travel. It was great because these are things I would normally spend money on, and now could do on trade.

As I built up more and more trade dollars, I found more and more ways to spend it, particularly for business expenses. Things like paper, boxes, shop rags, advertising can now be paid for without using valuable cash. I now do more business on trade than I ever thought I would, and still look for more.

We have done more than $400,000 in trade business over the last ten years. TradeFirst.com has allowed me to free up cash for other things, and just as importantly has allowed me to do or buy things that I simply wouldn't have been able to do otherwise. I recommend it for almost anyone in business.

Triangle Printing

Jeff Lawson

Member Since: 03/18/1997

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"Tradefirst.com is a valuable part of my business. I have found the TF really helped improve our cash flow."

"Trade dollars are especially helpful offsetting the cost of advertising, vehicle maintenance, dining, and of course my annual trip to Myrtle Beach."

TradeFirst.com has been a valuable part of my business since 2003. I have found that TradeFirst has really helped improve out cash flow and has been a big benefit for us. Our trade dollars have been especially helpful in offsetting the cost of advertising, vehicle maintenance, dining, and of course my annual trip to Myrtle Beach. My company, Uncle Squeegee's Window Cleaning, has also benefited greatly from the relationships we have made with other members of TradeFirst. We have been very successful in gaining new trade customers by contacting new members and introducing ourselves and the services that we offer.

The staff at TradeFirst is extremely helpful and a key component to the success we have had with trade. They have been able to help me find ways to save Cash by assisting me in finding ways to use my Trade Dollars instead.

Barter has always been a way for us to get new customers and grow our business. We have experienced tremendous growth over the past 15 years and we are currently working on opening our 2nd location in Charleston South Carolina. I'm hoping tradefirst will consider setting up barter in South Carolina.

Uncle Squeegees Window Cleaning

Jeff Evers, President

Member Since: 12/18/2003

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"The Birmingham 8 and the Palladium 12 have been very pleased with our membership."

"TradeFirst drives new traffic into our doors while allowing us to conserve cash. The concept of turning excess seating into valuable spending resources is a win-win concept."

The Birmingham 8 and the Palladium 12 have been very pleased with our membership with TradeFirst. The concept of turning excess seating into valuable spending resources is a win-win concept.

To date, we have used our trade ticket sales to reduce our out of pocket costs that are constantly necessary to maintain our properties. The vendors we have used through TradeFirst have been very professional. The personalized service we have received from you has been refreshing in these days of automation. We will continue to find ways to help our bottom line. TradeFirst drives new traffic into our doors while allowing us to conserve cash.

We highly recommend TradeFirst as a successful business tool.

Uptown Entertainment LLC

Nancy DeVoe, Director of Operations

Member Since: 08/16/2007

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"We've become an avid supporter of this innovative and friendly organization."

"Joining TradeFirst.com was probably the best business choice we have made since launching our brick & mortar and virtual stores here in Boca Raton."

We've been member of TradeFirst.com for two and a half years and have become an avid supporter of this innovative and friendly organization. Joining TradeFirst.com was probably the best business choice we have made since launching our brick & mortar and virtual stores here in Boca Raton.

We sell luxury comfort and athletic performance footwear and thanks to TradeFirst.com we have been able to significantly reinforce, expand and diversify our product line with out spending a dime. We also use the vast plethora of trade spending opportunities here in Florida (and elsewhere) for marketing and employee benefits.

We highly recommend joining to any small businesses out there that are looking for a meaningful network and have had enough of being just another small business. Just like with a successful small business, you have to have some entrepreneurial creativity to make trade work well and of course not at all be afraid to take the initial plunge...

Please visit our website www.feetfirstfitness.com and shop the virtual store. We are happy to ship merchandise nationwide.

Feet First Fitness

Member Since: 03/03/2006

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We used our TradeFirst account to fund our entire television campaign, over 1000 spots on 10 networks!"

"Hits on our website more than quadrupled in 6 weeks. The exposure we have received has been so amazing that we are running a regular TV schedule for 2010 funded 100% with Trade. Thanks TradeFirst!"

We used our TradeFirst account to fund our entire television campaign, over 1000 spots on 10 networks! Hits on our website more than quadrupled in 6 weeks. The exposure we have received has been so amazing that we are running a regular TV schedule for 2010 funded 100% with Trade. Thanks TradeFirst!

FanClubCard.com

Rich Rucker, V.P. of Promotions

Member Since: 11/07/2008

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Better Health Stores

Tedd Handelsman

Member Since: 03/2003


Ceresnie and Offen Furriers

Glenn and Michael Ceresnie

Member Since: 04/1979


LaVida Massage

Mark Davis
Member Since: 07/2009

Schakolad of Birmingham

Doug Cale

Member Since: 04/2009


The Shelving Store/Shelving.com

Joe Schodowski

Member Since: 11/1998


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