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Local Barter Company celebrates 30th Anniversary - Generates $90 Million in Business for it's Members

Exchange Enterprises, Ltd., headquartered in Stratford, Connecticut,is observing something rare among small businesses: its 30th anniversary. Founded in 1983 in Darien, Connecticut, "The Exchange" is it's also informally known, is now Connecticut's longest established commercial barter company. It is celebrating this milestone by simply taking care of business as usual - helping hundreds of area businesses obtain more income and save cash by trading or bartering with each other through the Exchange Enterprises membership system.

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Local Expert Advises Fairfield County Businesses How To Increase Profits; Elected National Association's VP

Sharon Connelly, longtime proprietor of Exchange Enterprises of Stratford, Connecticut, has made it her business for 15 years to help Fairfield County businesses become more profitable by using modern barter techniques. She was recognized by the National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) at their convention in Augusta, Georgia this summer by being elected its Vice President. NATE is a national association representing trade exchanges (such as Connelly's) across America, promoting the barter industry as well as establishing standards and practices.

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Stratford, Connecticut Business Executive Named to Board of National Barter Association

 Sharon Connelly, Vice President of Exchange Enterprises, Ltd., a commercial trade exchange headquartered in Stratford, Connecticut, was recently named to the Board of Directors of NATE, the National Association of Trade Exchanges, at its annual convention held in New Orleans earlier this month.

 Ms. Connelly is a 13-year veteran of the commercial barter or trade business, beginning with Exchange Enterprises in 1997 when it was located in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Today she is responsible for overseeing all daily operations of that company as it assists its membership, composed of small and medium-sized area businesses, in trading with each other.

 "I'm truly honored to have been named to this Board by my peers in the barter industry," said Ms. Connelly, "NATE is a critical part of our daily business at Exchange Enterprises.  Through it, the connections we make with other trade exchanges across the nation benefit our own member businesses here in Connecticut because it increases their trading opportunities beyond our immediate region.  It's a wonderful association and I look forward to contributing."

 - About Exchange Enterprises (EE) -

Exchange Enterprises is an award-winning commercial barter or trade company, established in 1983 in Darien, Connecticut.  It is Connecticut's longest continuously operated trade exchange.  Today, headquartered in Stratford, Connecticut, "EE" continues to serve its member businesses as it always has: by promoting, assisting in and recording barter transactions among them, and doing so with a high level of courtesy, personal attention and the highest professional ethics.  Its slogan is "Connecticut's Longest Trusted Barter Company."  For more information visit or telephone 203-386-9466.

- About The National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) -

The National Association of Trade Exchanges (NATE) is a worldwide industry organization for independent retail barter exchange networks that combine to share experiences and resources, and to create an environment where entrepreneurship and free enterprise flourish.

In order to facilitate trade among its exchanges NATE operates the BANC (Barter Association National Currency) which utilizes a universal unit of currency, thereby enabling a member trade exchange from one geographic region to easily trade with another member exchange anywhere else.  In this way each is no longer limited to trading just within its own locale.

 NATE also promotes good trading practices by establishing a code of professional ethics for all its members.  For more information visit: or contact Gary Oshry, President National Association of Trade Exchanges, 10151 IH 35 N., San Antonio, TX, 78233.  Telephone 617-763-3311.

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