Now Is The Time To Register For IRTA’s 2022 Convention!

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Now Is The Time To Register For IRTA’s Planet Hollywood Convention! — Only Seven Days Left To Receive Free Blue Man Group Show Tickets! Time is running out to register for IRTA’s 2022 convention at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas from September 8th, (check-in), to 11th, (check-out), 2022. This will be the largest gathering of barter industry owners, brokers …

Caroline Macdonald, CEO of BBX International, Selected as Keynote Speaker for 2022 IRTA Convention

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IRTA is proud to announce that second generation barter executive Caroline Macdonald, CEO of BBX International, (BBXI), has been selected as the keynote speaker at this year’s Planet Hollywood Convention in Las Vegas from September 8th to 11th. After coming-off two plus years of a pandemic, combined with the advancement of crypto and blockchain, the barter industry is poised to …

IRTA’s 2022 Annual International Convention to be Held at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino

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After enduring two plus years of the pandemic, IRTA is thrilled to announce that we finally will be getting back together again IN-PERSON at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino from Thursday, September 8th, (check-in) to Sunday, 11th, 2022, (checkout). Plant Hollywood is conveniently located right on the strip and is ranked as a Top 25 Vegas Resort …

IRTA President and CEO interviewed with Quantum Leap Business

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View IRTA President & CEO, Ron Whitney’s video interview for BBX/UK’s December 2nd, 2021 Quantum Leap Business ShowView IRTA President & CEO, Ron Whitney’s video interview for BBX/UK’s December 2nd, 2021 Quantum Leap Business Show

More Positive Industry News During the Post-Pandemic Recovery Period

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TOGETHER STRONGERArticles Featuring IRTA & IRTA Trade ExchangesAs more and more countries reopen, the organized barter industry is seeing an impressive recovery. The article below is a testament to our industry’s ability to substantially contribute to the current economic upsurge. If you have positive news of your own that you would like to share, please email the information to ron@irta.com …

IRTA Now Offers CTB Course & Testing Online!

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IRTA Now Offers Certified Trade Broker Course & Testing Online! In furtherance of IRTA’s ongoing commitment to provide quality educational programs for the barter industry, IRTA is pleased to announce that we have added the CTB, (including the CTB test), to our dedicated education site at www.irtaeducation.com. The IRTA education site also offers the Certified Trade Executive (CTE) program online …

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IRTA to Host LIVE Sales Webinar with Guy Burns on December 9th

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IRTA received rave reviews about Guy Burns’ sales session at our September 25th Virtual Convention. Guy’s presentations are so valuable because; a) he is a top-notch sales professional, and b) he truly understands our trade exchange business model and therefore provides on-point meaningful solutions. Because Guy’s sales programs are so powerful, we have invited Guy back for a more in-depth …

Attendees Praise IRTA’s Virtual Convention!

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Attendees Praise IRTA’s Virtual Convention! All Sessions Were Recorded for Post-Convention Viewing!IRTA made a courageous decision to hold a virtual convention during a global pandemic. The convention ran from September 23rd to 25th, 2020 and set an all-time IRTA convention attendance record with 209 attendees! Judging by the overwhelming acclamations pouring-in from the attendees, the virtual convention was a smashing …

Community Economist and Author Tom Greco Endorses IRTA Virtual Convention

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Thomas H. Greco, community economist and author of “The End of Money and the Future of Civilization” has enthusiastically endorsed IRTA’s upcoming virtual convention by calling it a “Landmark Event.” Tom’s email recommendation posted below also includes all the critical links to access IRTA’s virtual convention website and purchase tickets on Eventbrite. There is valuable programming for every member of …

Virginia’s Governor – Ralph Northam to Welcome Attendees to IRTA’s Virtual Convention!

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IRTA is proud to announce that the Governor of Virginia – Ralph Northam will be providing welcome remarks for the opening of IRTA’s Virtual Convention at noon on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020. IRTA’s virtual convention website is now accessible on your mobile phones, desktops or laptops, and tickets can be purchased on the website by clicking HERE. The virtual convention …

IRTA Launches Interactive Virtual Convention Platform & Announces The “Godfather of Crypto & Blockchain” Michael Terpin As Keynote Speaker!

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IRTA is delighted to announce the launch of the desktop/laptop and mobile versions of its easy-to-use interactive virtual convention website! The link to IRTA’s virtual convention website is: https://irta.pathable.co/ The virtual convention is being three days in a row, September 23rd to 25th, 2020, from noon to 4:00pm EST and includes eleven sessions led by the finest speakers that IRTA …

IRTA Selects Top-10 Virtual Convention Software Platform to Host September Virtual Convention!

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IRTA has signed an agreement with a top-10 ranked virtual event software company – pathable.com – to host our September 23rd to 25th, 2020 virtual convention. The virtual convention will take place four hours a day, three days in a row, and include a welcome reception, trade fair and awards ceremony. The #1 virtual event software review company, capterra.com, says …

Positive Industry News

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TOGETHER STRONGERArticles Featuring IRTA & IRTA Trade ExchangesIn these challenging Covid-19 times, trade exchanges are creatively pivoting to provide innovative solutions for their members. If you have positive news of your own that you’d like to share, please email the information to ron@irta.com. Thank you and be safe! We will get through this together! Ron Whitney, IRTA CEOBarron’s MarketWatch – …

Organized Barter Exchanges Provide a Welcome New Income Source and Cost Reduction Strategy for Small & Large Businesses

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PRESS RELEASEPORTSMOUTH, Va. – April 7, 2020 – (Newswire.com) During these trying financial times business owners are searching for new income sources and cost reduction strategies, and are finding that organized barter exchanges deliver both. One-on-one barter has been around for centuries. Organized barter exchanges take trading to a more high-tech level with Internet marketplaces and advanced software systems that …

Positive Industry News

IRTA IRTA News

TOGETHER STRONGERArticles Featuring IRTA & IRTA Trade ExchangesIn these challenging Covid-19 times, trade exchanges are creatively pivoting to provide innovative solutions for their members. This is the first installment of positive industry news that IRTA will periodically send-out to the global barter industry. If you have positive news of your own that you’d like to share, please email the information …

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Trade Exchanges Adapt & Innovate in Challenging Times

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Trade Exchanges Adapt & Innovate to Meet Their Members’ Needs During Covid-19 Pandemic The Covid-19 virus is clearly the biggest health and economic challenge of our lifetime. There is no doubt that the effects of state mandatory shutdowns for non-essentials businesses will negatively impact our trade volume. These are difficult times for everybody. But the good news is many exchanges …

UC Sets New Annual Trading Record In 2019!

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UC set a new all-time annual trading record in 2019 by recording 14,527,758 of inter-exchange barter transactions! UC averaged more than 1.2 million of trading per month for 2019. To get a sense of UC’s growth, ten years ago UC did 5.3 million of annual trading. UC’s trade volume has almost tripled in ten years! A special thanks to our …

Convention Cancelled Due to Hurricane Dorian

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IRTA Punta Cana Convention Cancelled Due To Hurricane Dorian Sadly, the Executive Committee met this afternoon and decided that due to the projected path of Hurricane Dorian – the prudent move is to cancel this year’s convention. The category 4 hurricane is projected to hit Florida and the southeast U.S. on Monday night, Tuesday & Wednesday – most likely closing …

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IRTA’s Ron Whitney Featured on Beyond Money Website and Podcast

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IRTA’s President and CEO, Ron Whitney, talked with preeminent money & banking author, Tom Greco (BeyondMoney.net) about the evolution of the commercial trade industry, its benefits, challenges and prospects for the future. Listen to the full podcast below, and read the full post from BeyondMoney.net. A Conversation with Ron Whitney Source: BeyondMoney.net Posted: July 29, 2019 In our latest Beyond …

IRTA Releases New Certified Trade Executive (CTE) Educational Designation for Owners & Managers of Trade Exchanges!

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IRTA is extremely proud to announce the release of its new online professional designation for owners and managers of trade exchanges – the Certified Trade Executive, (CTE). The CTE program covers all the pertinent topics needed for industry executives to professionally manage their exchanges while also staying current with the latest barter industry developments. The resource materials for the CTE …

IRTA Releases its Program Schedule for the Hard Rock Punta Cana Convention

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IRTA is pleased to release its program schedule for the upcoming 40th Anniversary Convention in Punta Cana – click HERE to review the program. The 3-night all-inclusive rooms are 100% on trade @ 700 UC per person! With check-in on Thursday, Sept. 5th, and check-out on Sunday, Sept. 8th, 2019. IRTA is also offering a fantastic discounted registration fee for …

IRTA Announces Euro Conference in Tbilisi – Republic of Georgia

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IRTA is pleased to announce our 2020 Euro Conference will be held at the gorgeous Museum Hotel in the beautiful city of Tbilisi, in the Republic of Georgia, on June 10th-11th, 2020. The theme of IRTA’s Euro Conference is “The Critical Role of Organized Barter Systems in a Crypto/Blockchain Centric World.” The day and a half conference will officially begin …

IRTA Selects Legendary NFL Placekicker Nick Lowery as Keynote Speaker for 2019 IRTA Convention

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IRTA is thrilled to announce that legendary NFL placekicker Nick Lowery will be the keynote speaker to open IRTA’s 40th Anniversary Convention at the Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel & Casino on Friday morning, September 6th, 2019! Nick’s unwavering determination and persistence are the driving forces behind his NFL and life successes. Despite being cut by 8 out of 11 …

IRTA’s Global Board Approves New Certified Trade Executive (CTE) Designation for Owners of Trade Exchanges!

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In furtherance of IRTA’s 40-year mission to provide quality education to the industry, the IRTA Global Board of Directors is proud to announce it has approved a new professional designation for the owners of barter exchanges – the Certified Trade Executive, (CTE). The CTE program covers all the pertinent topics needed for industry executives to professionally manage their exchanges while …

Five-Star All-Inclusive Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel and Casino Selected For IRTA’s 40th Anniversary Convention!

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IRTA is proud to announce the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana has been selected for our historic 40th Anniversary International Convention. The dates are Thursday, September 5th to Saturday, September 7th, 2019. Conde’ Nast gives the hotel its highest rating, “The Hard Rock Punta Cana’s all-inclusive hotel and casino exudes lavish five-star all-inclusive amenities and personal services …

IRTA Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary in 2019!

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2019 is the 40th Anniversary of IRTA! Preeminent author, money/banking and barter systems scholar, Thomas H. Greco, Jr. recently recognized IRTA’s enduring value when he observed: “IRTA has been an able representative of the interests of the trade exchange industry and alternative exchange in general. It is a trade association that enables cooperation alongside competition, helping to establish standards of …

Urgent Bulletin: The Hazards of Referring to Trade Dollars as Virtual or Digital Currencies

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IRTA has been very clear that at present we are neither for, or against the potential future applications of cryptocurrency and/or blockchain technologies in the barter industry. IRTA continues to assess the opportunities cryptocurrency/blockchain technologies may offer. However, it’s also IRTA’s responsibility to alert the barter industry to the real and practical risks that barter exchanges take when they create …

The Top 5 Reasons to Join IRTA and UC!

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Next year is IRTA’s 40th Anniversary of advocating for, educating, and protecting the international barter industry. IRTA’s lengthy and impressive achievements over the last four decades are well documented, you can review the full list by clicking HERE. IRTA’s membership continues to grow because trade exchanges recognize these top 5 benefits of IRTA & UC: 1) The industry’s most successful …

IRTA’s 2018 Convention Award Recipients Honored

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IRTA is pleased to announce this year’s 2018 Convention award recipients and thanks each of them for their valuable contributions to the barter industry. This year’s major award recipients are: David Wallach Outstanding Achievement Award Mary Ellen Rosinski, Tradesource Paul St. Martin Outstanding Achievement Award: Karen Welch, We Trade Network Legends of Barter Award: Ric Zampatti, The Barter Company Gary …

IRTA’s 2018 Convention a Huge Success!

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IRTA’s 2018 Bally’s Las Vegas Convention was full of energy from start to finish. One-third of the 100+ attendees were from new companies to the barter industry. Many have said it “was the best IRTA Convention ever!” Tanya Galdamez, from Crescent City says, “General Honore’s speech was invigorating and humorous. The seminars were super informative – and with no yawning! …

IRTA Releases Program Schedule for 39th Annual Convention at Bally’s!

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IRTA is excited to release our program schedule for this year’s 39th Annual International Convention at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas. To review the program schedule, click HERE. IRTA conventions are first-class! Don’t miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear and meet keynote speaker General Honore’. Network with top industry leaders and have a blast in Vegas at …

Lieutenant General Russell L. Honoré (“The Ragin’ Cajun”) Named Keynote Speaker for IRTA’s 2018 Convention at Bally’s (Las Vegas)

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IRTA is proud and excited to announce that the keynote speaker for this year’s 39th Annual International Convention will be a true American superstar, retired Lt. General Russell Honoré. Lt. General Honoré, (aka “The Ragin’ Cajun”), had a distinguished 37 year Army career. He is best known as the Commander of the Joint Task Force Katrina, the 33rd Commanding General …

IRTA’s 39th Annual International Convention to be Held at Bally’s Las Vegas!

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IRTA is thrilled to announce that this year’s 39th Annual International Convention will be held at the 4.5 star Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from September 6th to 8th, 2018. The incredibly affordable IRTA member convention rates include a per-person registration fee of $559 USD and a 3-night hotel stay (500 UC), with check-in on Thursday, Sept. 6th, …

IRTA and NATE together Release Advisory Memos for Buyers and Seller of Trade Exchanges

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In recognition of the importance for barter exchange owners to understand the numerous dynamics involved with selling or buying a trade exchange, IRTA & NATE have cooperated on an unprecedented level to produce two valuable Advisory Memos for the barter industry: Joint IRTA/NATE Memo for Buyers of a Trade ExchangeJoint IRTA/NATE Memo for Seller of a Trade ExchangeThe memos provide …

IRTA Member BBX UK featured as one of Bournemouth’s Start-Ups to Watch

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IRTA Member, BBX UK, was recently featured by Silicon Republic, as one of Bournemouth up and coming start-ups. Read full artilce from SiliconRepublic.com below.10 brilliant Bournemouth start-ups to watchby: John Kennedypublished: April 26, 2018The seaside resort town of Bournemouth is a surprising haven for digital visionaries working on cool new products and services. Here are the ones to watch.The idea …

IRTA Issues Warning about Barter Related Cryptocurrencies

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Background:Cryptocurrency, blockchain and ethereum are developing at lightning speed across the globe. IRTA views these sectors as both a risk to, and a potential opportunity for the barter industry.On the risk side, IRTA released a “Cryptocurrency Money Transmitter Advisory Memo,” in February of 2016 that detailed the differences between cryptocurrencies and barter exchange trade dollars. It is important for barter …

Chairman’s Message: 2017 and Beyond

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2017 was a great year for IRTA and UC. On behalf of the entire Global Board of Directors thank you for you continued commitment to IRTA and increased trading with UC. We saw a record year of trading with UC of 14,482,584 in trade volume which is a massive 1,534,790 (11%) increase over the previous year. This has only been …

IRTA Convention Sponsors and Program Schedule Released!

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IRTA is proud to announce the following sponsors for this year’s 38th Annual International Convention being held at the 4.5 star all-inclusive Grand Oasis Resort in Cancun, Mexico from September 14th to 16th, 2017. IRTA greatly appreciates the support of all our 2017 convention sponsors: WorldTradeX – Convention Host Sponsor IMS – Platinum Sponsor Saturn Barter – Gold Sponsor Skyauction …

Annette Riggs Elected to Barter Hall of Fame

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Will Be Inducted at 2017 Cancun Convention The Barter Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce that Community Connect Trade Association’s, (CCTA), founder and Managing Director, Annette Riggs has been elected to receive the 2017 Barter Hall of Fame Award at IRTA’s 38th Annual International Convention at the Grand Oasis Resort in Cancun. Annette has over 30 years of …

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IRTA Global Board Approves the Development of a Barter Industry Executive Certification Program

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The IRTA Global Board of Directors recently met in San Antonio, Texas for their annual board retreat to discuss new industry initiatives and to finalize the programming schedule for IRTA’s 38th International Convention in Cancun on September 14th to 16th, 2017. In furtherance of IRTA’s mission to provide relevant education to the industry, the IRTA Global Board has approved the …

IRTA Announces 2017 Convention Keynote Speaker – Jonathan Weaver

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IRTA is delighted to announce that this year’s keynote convention speaker will be 20-year champion of barter and renown business authority, Jonathan Weaver. Jonathan’s keynote speech is titled, “Your Barter Business Is Good – Are You Good Enough To Make It Better?” Patti Falus, President of Barter Network, Ltd. in Toronto, Canada, has seen Jonathan Weaver in action, she says, …

Save the Date: 2017 IRTA Convention

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IRTA is thrilled to announce that this year’s 38th Annual International Convention will be held at the 4.5 star all-inclusive Grand Oasis in Cancun, Mexico from September 14th to 16th, 2017. The incredibly affordable IRTA member convention rates include a per-person registration fee of $559 USD and 3-nights of all-inclusive rooms at 100% trade, (500 UC), with check-in on Sept. …

New IRTA Advisory Memo Released – Assets/Liabilities and 1099 Reporting

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IRTA Releases New Advisory Memo on Proper Reporting of Assets and Liabilities of The Managing Exchange vs. The Exchange Members and IRS 1099 Reporting requirements regarding Client/Member Bad Debt Accounts IRTA’s Assets/Liabilities and 1099 Reporting Committee is pleased to release its new Advisory Memo titled, “Proper Reporting of Assets and Liabilities of the Managing Exchange vs. The Exchange Members & …

IRTA Chairman's Message - 2016 and Beyond

Chairman’s Message: 2016 and Beyond

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On behalf of the IRTA Global Board of Directors, I’d like to thank all of you for your contributions to another very successful year. Some of the Board’s accomplishments this year will yield a more immediate return for the growth of this industry, but many of the achievements will provide guidance and security in the coming years, or even decades …

2016 IRTA David Wallach Award Scott Whitmer

Scott Whitmer Receives IRTA’s Prestigious 2016 David Wallach Outstanding Achievement Award

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David Wallach was one of the barter industry’s finest leaders and visionaries. David’s remarkable contributions to the barter industry spanned 30+ years. He served as IRTA’s President from September 2007 until March of 2011, at which time the IRTA Global Board of Directors unanimously named him President Emeritus of IRTA. David served as IRTA’s President Emeritus until his passing on …

IRTA Announces Award Recipients, Top UC Traders, New Board Members and Officers!

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IRTA recognized the outstanding contributions made by numerous industry professionals in 2016 at last month’s Hard Rock Riviera Maya convention. IRTA congratulates all of the following award recipients for their meritorious efforts to improve, preserve and protect the barter industry: Barter Hall of Fame Award: Jack Schacht David Wallach Outstanding Achievement Award: Scott Whitmer IRTA Outstanding Achievement Award: Scott Whitmer …

IRTA Model Membership Agreement

IRTA Releases New Updated Model Membership Agreement

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A barter organization’s membership agreement and trading rules and regulations provide the foundation for the business relationship between the barter company and its participating members. The membership agreement defines the rights and obligations of each party to the agreement and sets the rules for trading within the system. Because of the importance of the membership agreement and trading rules and …

Hard Rock Room Block for 2016 IRTA Convention is Sold Out, BUT… Other Hotel Options Available

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The response to IRTA’s Hard Rock Riviera Maya convention has been fantastic. So much so that IRTA has sold-out its entire convention hotel room block. But don’t worry, you still can attend IRTA’s 37th Annual Convention by staying at a nearby Oasis Hotel, 100% on UC trade, or by booking the Hard Rock Hotel directly online for cash by going …

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IRTA Releases Convention Schedule

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IRTA is pleased to release this year’s program schedule for the 37th Annual International Convention at the 5-star all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya. The program schedule is packed with incredible speakers and important seminars covering the most current topics and issues in our industry. To review IRTA’s 2016 convention program schedule, click HERE FOR ONLINE VERSION or HERE …

IRTA Convention 2016 Barter Hall of Fame Inductee Jack Schacht

Jack Schacht Selected as 2016 Barter Hall of Fame Inductee

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The Barter Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce that former Illinois Trade Association, (ITA), founder and CEO, Jack Schacht has been elected to receive the 2016 Barter Hall of Fame Award at IRTA’s 37th Annual International Convention at the Riviera Maya Hard Rock Hotel. Jack has over 40 years of barter, marketing, management and business leadership experience. He …

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IRTA Offers 8 Regional Oasis Hotels on Trade for Before or After This Year’s IRTA Convention!

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IRTA has negotiated an unprecedented arrangement whereby “shoulder rooms” before or after the 3-day IRTA Convention at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya will be offered on trade at any of eight select Oasis properties in the Cancun/Riviera Maya region! IRTA’s 37th International Convention is being held at the Hard Rock Hotel from September 22nd, 2016 to September 25th, 2016. Attendees …

Announcement: IRTA’s 37th Annual International Convention to be held at The Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya!

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IRTA is thrilled to announce that this year’s 37th Annual International Convention will be held at the 5-star all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico from September 22nd to 24th, 2016. The incredibly affordable IRTA member convention rates include a per-person registration fee of $559 USD and 3-nights of all-inclusive rooms at 100% trade (500 UC), with check-in on …

IRTA Releases Advisory Memo on Cash Conversion and Lending Clauses in Membership Agreements

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As IRTA pointed-out in its February 25th, 2016 Advisory Memo on Cryptocurrency and Money Transmitters, the financial/banking system is incorrectly categorizing barter exchanges as “money transmitters” similar to Bitcoin-like cryptocurrencies.  This misplaced characterization has resulted in banks and merchant service providers denying cash credit-line facilities and credit card processing services to all sectors of the barter industry. Additionally, some exchanges …

IRTA Releases Cryptocurrency Money Transmitter Advisory Memo

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IRTA’s Money Transmitter Regulations Committee is pleased to release its “Cryptocurrency Money Transmitter Advisory Memo.” The advisory memo is an important educational tool to help alleviate the confusion in all sectors of the barter industry regarding the differences between barter industry trade credit practices and altcoin cryptocurrencies methodologies. The barter industry has seen recent practical negative ramifications resulting from the …

IRTA Adopts New Modernized Bylaws

Ron Whitney IRTA News

In an effort to keep pace with the latest advancements in non-profit corporate governance, the IRTA Global Board of Directors unanimously approved and adopted new modernized bylaws for IRTA on February 4th, 2016. The new IRTA bylaws are the result of a five month bylaw review process conducted by the IRTA Global Board and IRTA’s legal counsel, Carl Steinbrenner, Esq.

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IRTA Launches New Website

Ron Whitney IRTA News

In an effort to improve IRTA’s communication capabilities with IRTA members, all barter industry sectors, and the public at large, IRTA has launched its new, modernized website on January 21, 2016 at www.irta.com. The newly redesigned IRTA website provides access to a wealth of barter industry news, resource materials, and includes IRTA’s new advocacy section. The site provides complete indexing …

President’s Message – 2015 and Beyond

Annette Riggs IRTA News

In 2015, both IRTA and UC have seen exceptional growth, continually improved financials and IRTA has reached important milestones as an advocate for the barter industry. IRTA and UC exceeded revenue goals and anticipate substantial growth this year. With the new customized software system, UC will continue to enhance collaboration and inter-trade opportunities for the barter industry. On behalf of …

Complementary Economics Foundation Launches New Website

IRTA Complimentary Currencies, IRTA News

The Complementary Economics Foundation,(CEF) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at www.ce-fdn.org Please visit us and stay informed about our progress and the latest news! CEF is also establishing a News Station in partnership with leading sources that will include more up to date information, news and trends in the trade/barter industry and the complementary currency …

IRTA Launches Convention Website

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IRTA has made it simple to get all the information you need about the Cabo San Lucas Convention THAT IS ONLY SIX WEEKS AWAY! Go to www.irtaconvention.com for everything you need to be in Cabo on September 17th!! Don’t miss the most important industry event of the year! Register Now by clicking HERE. If you have questions regarding the IRTA …

Bob Bagga Selected As 2015 Barter Hall of Fame Inductee

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The Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce that Bob Bagga, Co-Founder, President and CEO of BizX with offices in Seattle, Oakland, and Dubai, has been selected to receive the 2015 Hall of Fame Award. This is the highest honor conferred by IRTA. The award will be presented at IRTA’s 36th Annual International Convention being held September 17th through …

Enter IRTA’s Cabo Convention Video Competition!

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2015 IRTA Cabo San Lucas Video Competition All submissions will be reviewed and judged by a team of judges selected by IRTA and incorporate results received from social media. Theme: Modern Barter as a critical 21st Century Business Solution Prize Money: 1st Place: 3,000 UC 2nd Place: 2,000 UC 3rd Place: 1,000 UC

Complementary Economics Foundation Formed

IRTA IRTA News

Complementary Economics Foundation Formed To Provide Education, Training and Support Services for Innovation in the Modern Trade and Alternative Capital Systems Sectors IRTA is pleased to announce that it played a facilitating role in the creation of the Complementary Economics Foundation (CEF) a U.S. based non-profit, IRS approved tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. As a result, the CEF is able to …

President’s Message — 2014 and Beyond

Annette Riggs IRTA News

2014 was a great year for IRTA and UC, as both organizations surpassed their goals for the year. While we have enjoyed a number of achievements and successes, 2014 presented a few challenges as well. We have seen exceptional growth, continually improved financials and reached important milestones as an advocate for the barter industry. Resolving an increasingly problematic issue for …

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Universal Currency Receives IRS Ruling

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Universal Currency (UC) Receives IRS Ruling Exempting It From 1099B Reporting Requirements Due to Clearinghouse Role of UC. Influences 1099B Reporting Requirements For Exchanges’ Internal Direct Recip Accounts IRTA’s global inter-exchange trading platform, Universal Clearinghouse Inc. (UC) received a Private Letter Ruling (PLR) from the IRS on January 8th, 2015 stating that: “UC does not have a reporting requirement under …

UC Sets Trading and Cash Revenue Records in 2014

Ron Whitney IRTA News, UC News

UC set an all-time annual trading record of 11,346,750 in 2014, (a 32% increase over 2013), and UC set an all-time monthly trading record of 1,372,659 in January of 2014. UC’s 2014 cash revenue was also up 21% over 2013’s revenue. These impressive results are a testament to the strength of UC. Thank you to all our UC members for …

IRTA’s Cancun Convention a Big Success!

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Membership Applauds IRTA & UC’s Accomplishments & Global Board Re-Elects Annette Riggs as President IRTA’s 35th Annual International Convention in Cancun, Mexico was a resounding success as representatives from trade organizations around the globe rallied in support of IRTA and UC’s thirty-five years of meaningful accomplishments for the barter industry. The convention was opened by world renowned actress Dette Glashouwer, who …

BPS IPO a Success

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BPS Technology Limited successfully completed their IPO and will move forward with the development of a state-of-the-art software platform for Universal Currency Clearinghouse Inc. (UC). IRTA received the following message from BPS’s CEO, Trevor Dietz confirming the news: September 2, 2014 Dear All: I am pleased to announce that we have today completed the settlement of all contracts relevant to our …

Do Yourself a Favor — Never Miss an IRTA Convention!

IRTA IRTA News

Rolf Wilkin, owner of Local Trade Partners in Fayetteville, Arkansas got it right after last year’s IRTA Las Vegas Convention when he said: “This was my 4th IRTA Convention and the best ever! Outstanding seminars and networking second to none. Do yourself a favor and never miss an IRTA Convention!” With only four weeks left until this year’s convention, you still have time to do …

IRTA Receives Favorable Opinion from California Commissioner of Business Oversight

IRTA Barter Exchanges, IRTA News

The global proliferation of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies has caused many governmental agencies to review their financial code sections that relate to money transmission reporting requirements. Since the FinCEN advisory was released last year, there has been great concern and confusion in the barter industry. Some state governments are reviewing their own codes. There is concern that such reviews might …

Award Winning Speaker/Actress Dette Glashouwer Named Convention Speaker

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The world renown, Amsterdam-based speaker and actress, Dette Glashouwer has been selected to be the keynote presenter at IRTA’s 35th Annual International Convention in Cancun, Mexico from September 25th through 27th, 2014 at the Grand Oasis Resort & Spa. At the time the financial crisis broke out, Dette Glashouwer had to close her theatre company. She became very interested in …

IRTA Weighs-In with The State of California to Protect the Barter Industry

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The California Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) is proposing changes to the California Money Transmitter Act that could negatively impact the U.S. and international barter industry. Therefore, IRTA has written a letter to the Legal Division of the California Department of Business Oversight in an effort to explain the history of our industry and to request that any changes to the …

IRTA’s Las Vegas Convention Gets Rave Reviews

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IRTA’s 34th Annual International Convention at the five-star Venetian Resort Hotel has received rave reviews from the attendees. A record number of people attended IRTA convention! Here is a sampling of what they said: “An awesome convention!” —Mary Ellen Rosinski, Tradesource (Phoenix, Arizona) “This was my 4th IRTA Convention and the best ever! Outstanding seminars and networking second to none. Do …

This Year’s IRTA Convention Award Recipients

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IRTA bestowed a number of awards to deserving recipients at its 34th Annual International Convention held from September 19th through 21st, 2013 at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. Annette Riggs received a President’s Excellence Award from the IRTA Global Board of Directors for her outstanding leadership and advocacy work on behalf of IRTA and the retail barter, complementary …

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IRTA Assists Non-Profit Kenyan Complementary Currency Group

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IRTA Assists Non- Profit Kenyan Complementary Currency Group Facing Forgery Charges Six members of the non-profit community based organization known as Koru-Kenya, http://koru.or.ke were recently arrested and are facing seven years in jail on forgery charges resulting from the creation of a complementary currency called Bangla-Pesa. The Bangla-Pesa program was developed to fight poverty in slum areas in an effort …

IRTA’s Purpose and Role

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IRTA’s Purpose and Role: An Advocate for The Barter & Complementary Currency Industries Since 1979 The International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA), www.irta.com, was founded on August 31, 1979 to foster the common interests of the commercial barter industry in the United States and worldwide, and to uphold high standards of ethical business practice. IRTA works with governmental agencies, the media and barter and complementary currency organizations across …

Celebrity Kyle MacDonald Named Keynote Speaker for IRTA’s Las Vegas Convention

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One Red Paperclip Celebrity Kyle MacDonald Named Keynote Speaker For IRTA’s Las Vegas Convention! IRTA is pleased to announce that the One Red Paperclip celebrity and author, Kyle MacDonald will be the keynote speaker at IRTA’s 34th Annual International Convention at the five-star Las Vegas Venetian Resort from September 19th through 21st, 2013. MacDonald became famous for trading his way …

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IRTA Issues Advisory on Franchise and License Agreements

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The growth of the barter industry has caused an increase in the number of “franchises”, “licenses” and “business opportunities” being offered by barter related organizations in an attempt to expand their geographic reach and brand. Barter industry members and consumers need to be cautious and perform extensive due diligence to assure the legitimacy of such offerings. In the U.S., when …

IRTA Member Qoin Co-Hosts 2nd International Conference

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IRTA Member QOIN Co-Hosts the: 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems IRTA invites you to attend QOIN’s 2nd International Conference on Complementary Currency Systems to be held on June 21, 2013 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The event is part of a 5 day Conference including programs for academics and practitioners. At the Conference you will gain knowledge on cutting-edge systems …

Las Vegas Venetian Selected for IRTA’s 34th Annual International Convention

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The International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA), the world’s leading association and advocate for the barter and trade industry, is pleased to announce its 34th Annual International Convention will be held at the five-star world renowned Las Vegas Venetian Resort Hotel from September 19th through 21st, 2013. The thirty-six story all-suites Venetian Resort Hotel sets the standard for upscale luxury suites and …

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President’s Message: IRTA Completes Another Record Year

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2012 was another great year for IRTA and UC as both organizations surpassed their numerous goals for the year. The IRTA Global board of Directors is proud to report the following notable accomplishments of 2012: UC trading set an all-time annual record of $6,525,976 for 2012 and topped the monthly million dollar trading mark in December of 2012 with $1,024,350 of trading. …

IRTA Completes Agreement with Bartercard International Group

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IRTA Completes Agreement For Bartercard International Group To Pay 50% of Prior Licensee – Bartercard/USA’s Reciprocal Trade Accounts Universal Currency (UC) To Administer The Program IRTA is pleased to announce that it has completed an agreement with the new owners of Bartercard International Group (BIG) whereby they have agreed to pay 50% of the positive reciprocal trade balances that were owed to …

New UC Stimulus Program Announced

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UC Announces New Stimulus Program — 1,000 Trade Dollar Rebate to UC Members! UC has been setting new trading records virtually every month this year and UC/IRTA wants to keep the positive momentum going! UC has a trade dollar surplus because it operates as a zero-balanced based inter-exchange system and maintains a healthy loan-loss reserve fund. As a result, the …

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Press Release: Organized Barter Systems Growing to Alleviate Financial Stress

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Portsmouth, VA – The current global recession has placed enormous financial pressure on every business sector, every level of government and virtually every individual on the planet. The prolonged economic downturn has tested peoples’ confidence in once-respected financial institutions and government-managed monetary systems. The recent proliferation of barter exchanges, community currency systems, online barter sites, government sponsored trade systems and …