The barter business

In a tough economy, more small business owners are conserving cash by bartering. The U.S. boasts some 500 barter exchanges - here's a sampling of established and reputable outfits.

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BizXchange
BizXchange.com

Geographic focus: Pacific Northwest

Members: 1,500

Annual trade volume: $35 million

Membership fee: $795

Monthly fee: $30

Commission: 6% cash on all barter purchases or sales

Features: A travel coordinator helps members make hotel and dining reservations.

By Justin Martin

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