August 25, 2010 09:04 ET

BCL Soft Rolls Out New Software Tool for Barter Exchanges Across the Globe

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - August 25, 2010) -  When the economy takes a nosedive, few businesses have anywhere to go but down. They struggle to sell their products or services, are forced to eliminate staff and, ultimately, may end up closing their doors forever. But one industry remains a force to be reckoned with, even in the worst economic climate: barter exchanges.

"We're one of the few businesses that actually thrives during an economic downturn," says Catherine Cohen, CEO and marketing director for BCL Soft, a company that offers barter exchange management software and specializes in helping new exchanges get established. "And we also lend a helping hand to other businesses that are fighting to survive by saving them cash, increasing their profits and decreasing their cost of doing business."

Entrepreneurs evaluating potential business opportunities face several options: starting from scratch, purchasing an existing business, becoming a franchisee or joining a multi-level marketing (MLM) business. While the safety of an established franchise may be enticing and the promise of residual income that comes with MLMs seems irresistible, Cohen would argue that barter groups have a leg up on the competition.

"With barter, you're in business for yourself, but not by yourself," she says. "The start-up cost is low, you don't answer to a corporation or franchise, and we give you the tools you need to run a successful barter exchange. You're not forced to get your friends and family to use some 'miracle' product. You are working with existing businesses to help them conserve cash and attract more customers."

As anyone who's used a barter exchange knows, the software is the tool that makes all the difference. "Our software, Barter21, is a ready-to-deploy barter and trade application," says Barry Cohen, COO of BCL Soft. "This cutting-edge trading platform, developed by Luther Monson, our chief technical officer, allows clients to easily run their exchange and increase transactions both within and outside their exchange members. It features on-demand bartering with an online trading floor as well as a real-time directory and search information. This easy-to-navigate solution is all you'll ever need to run and manage your exchange."

BCL Soft not only provides the Barter21 exchange platform, but also teaches clients how to use the software, how to train their staff, answers questions around the clock, helps with IRS forms, offers tips to gain membership and provides marketing materials.

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