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Hosting an Event Using the Marketplace

Hosting a conference, staff retreat, sales meeting, or customer event soon? If you’ve got a tight budget, there’s no need to spend cash to get what you need. We have a huge supply of event space and a lot of

Posted in Building the New Economy, Getting More Sales

Best Practices for Listing Requests

  When contemplating how to spend your credit line or earned Trade Dollars in the Marketplace, there are a few best practices and tips to keep in mind. Do you want to find a new vendor for a recurring expense?

Posted in Building the New Economy

Trade Profile: Big Heavy World, Missions Alignment

Post Written by Phayvanh Luekhamhan “It’s always worth seeing what’s available from Marketplace members. We value the opportunity to do business with organizations that share our values.” – Jim Lockridge, Executive Director, Big Heavy World The Web is full of

Posted in Building the New Economy, Success Stories (How People Like You Use the Marketplace)

Using the Marketplace as a Secondary Market

Beyond the basic selling of your normal goods and services, there are a number of other innovative ways you can use the Marketplace.  Today’s example is using the Marketplace as a secondary market. A secondary market is a place where

Posted in Building the New Economy, Getting More Sales, Success Stories (How People Like You Use the Marketplace)

Non-Profits Accepting Donations in Trade Dollars

Have you been getting a lot of mail from non-profits looking for year-end donations? Me too. While I want to help out as many as possible, sometimes the budget doesn’t go as far as I’d like. Did you know you

Posted in Building the New Economy

Common Ground Center: Turning Event Space into Event Sponsorship

“We believe that growing the Marketplace will help to grow the sense of community and cooperation amongst Vermont businesses and individuals,” commented Neily Jennings, Operations Director at Common Ground Center. Since its humble beginnings as a two-week long family camp

Posted in Building the New Economy, Success Stories (How People Like You Use the Marketplace)

VBSR Marketplace Launches System Improvements

Update to Users: Thank you for your patience as the Marketplace continues its upgrades. We previously moved to an open source system. The best analogy is that we moved from a slick rental townhouse (old proprietary software) to a fixer

Posted in Updates and Upgrades ( Announcements About the Marketplace)

2014 Goals—Have You Set Yours Yet?

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”  Helen Keller Here at the Marketplace, it’s our members that keep our system strong. We are grateful for the 150 members that completed over 100 trades in 2013.

Posted in Get Involved! Opportunities to Help Us Build, Updates and Upgrades ( Announcements About the Marketplace)

Marketplace Profile: Marlboro College Graduate School

Making the Trade by Phayvanh Luekhamhan   “What I didn’t realize until I got involved was that as soon as you join the Marketplace, Amy works hard to put you in touch with people in the network who can meet

Posted in Success Stories (How People Like You Use the Marketplace)

8 Words

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  I cam across this Seth Godin quote today and was reminded of Michael Pollan‘s words of wisdom: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (7 Words) I decided to look at some Marketplace language as an exercise: The VBSR

Posted in Open Learning + Collaboration