Local Businesses Celebrate the Holidays

Virginia Beach | On the chilly evening of December 8, a group of 30 local business owners came together at Family Fun eXperience (FFX) on 16th Street in Virginia Beach to meet, greet, socialize and learn something about what each person’s business venture offered. The opportunity allowed members of the Hampton Roads Barter Association to mingle and discuss various ways to work together to promote their products and services as well as how to leverage a networking group much like the Chamber of Commerce.

The Barter Authority, a 40-year-old Richmond-based business and a platinum sponsor for the Virginia Beach Hotel Association hosted the Holiday soiree and the kind folks at FFX provided a spread of heavy hors d’oeurvres and plenty of tasty punch and eggnog.

Barter Authority president Bill Meacham has more than 40 years of experience helping small business owners conserve cash and grow their businesses via barter. In his book “Smarter Companies Barter,” Meachum provides a detailed road map of how to leverage barter in your business to significantly increase your bottom line. It’s a must read for anyone involved or interested in barter as a business practice. Since the pandemic has forced many small businesses to think outside of the box, using a barter ecosystem not only helps them conserve cash, but to also find new customers, vendors and promotional channels.

As you know, the team here at Blvd. Media is constantly on the lookout for innovative marketing tools for small businesses here in Tidewater.  We encourage our readers to buy local, buy often and put those hard-earned dollars back into the community. If we do this in a consistent and sustained manner we will all benefit.  Cheers and Happy Holidays!

~Berry Brunk, Boulevard President | Publisher

Group photo above (from left to right):

  • 1st row (kneeling)—Tim Ritter, Family Fun Experience; Kianna Boone, PK Kindness
  • 2nd Row—Jeraud Norman, Jeraud Marketing Group; Doug Van Liew, Monster Clean; Dr. Spencer Johansen, The Spine Group; Katie Schmitz, Beach Linen and Leisure; Lilly Mbinglo, The Ark NPS; Sue Moose, Hampton Roads Barter Authority Broker; Dr. Tara Johansen, The Spine Group; Tess, UFC Gym; Dennis Breitkreutz, Addo Technologies; Angie Ritter, Family Fun Experience; Heather McEntee & Wayne Williams, Williams DeLoatche
  • 3rd row—Randy Thornton, Poco Productions; Anna Goulette & David Aubut, East Coast Drainage & Landscaping; Kelly Schmitz, Beach Linen & Leisure; Bill Meacham, President, Barter Authority; Bill Brewer, Long John Silvers; Bill McClanan, Atlantic Cleaners; Van McClannon; Shane Peele, PK Kindness
Photo by John Cadell, Boulevard Senior Staff Photographer
Tim & Angie Ritter, FFX VA Beach
Hampton Roads Barter Association
Hampton Roads Barter Association