Power Breakfast: Bartering grows among businesses, pension bonuses, Chick-fil-A, eBay, Egypt, Google

There’s an interesting Q&A by AJC contributor Kathy Brister about a Buckhead company that connects businesses that want to buy and sell — without using cash.

Barter Consultants International can facilitate a transaction between a plastic surgeon who wants a new bathroom and a contractor who wants a nose job, Brister writes. BCI can connect an art gallery owner who needs a hotel room in New York and a hotelier who is looking for fine art.

Barter Consultants CEO Lee Anne Busman studied psychology, which she has used more in business than in clinical settings, Brister writes. After careers in retail, 
real estate and sales — including as a broker for another bartering firm — Busman started BCI in 1999. It has grown every year since.

Busman says BCI does more than $1 million a month in trade volume, Brister reports. The company just started an online marketplace that Busman expects will help boost business by as much as 20 percent this year.

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