NATE Barter


Why should you join nate?

NATE is the premier organization for independent trade exchange owners from across North America. NATE members join to share experiences, pool resources, and create an environment in which entrepreneurship and free enterprise flourish. As a continually improving, member-driven organization, NATE offers their members additional benefits such as national and regional meetings and accreditation opportunities.

Since 1984, the most successful barter companies across the United States have been members of NATE.

Membership is only $495.00 annually!

Here are just a few of the big benefits of your NATE membership:

-NATE offers the best membership value in the industry.

-NATE is the only barter organization completely focused on independent trade exchanges

-Your NATE membership provides you with the opportunity to network with some of the “best and brightest” leaders in the barter industry.

-Every NATE member receives personalized service to make sure they are able to get the most out of their membership.

-NATE members get the opportunity to attend the prestigious annual NATE convention.

-Membership includes promotional opportunities and increased exposure for your barter exchange.

-NATE is carefully governed in a way that its members work together to preserve and advance the barter industry together. NATE members adhere to the code of ethics that was voted on by the members.

-Being a NATE member shows to your current and future clients, that your barter exchange is one of integrity and of good repute.

What we stand for


To formulate and promotes concepts and ideas, and to monitor emerging trends in the barter industry


To concentrate the power of our business as a constituency to affect public policy and opinion


NATE membership investment is maximized through superior educational programing at regional seminars and annual conventions nationwide


Profit from reciprocal trade relationships with the most successful trade exchanges in the world


NATE members are kept abreast of the latest tax laws and regulations affecting the barter industry


NATE continually strives to understand and respond to the needs of its members


NATE members develop many new business relationships and friendships through association event participation


NATE members have the unique opportunity to get involved in any number of committees designed for the benefit of all members. NATE promotes involvement by each member at any level


NATE annual conventions are held across the United States at affordable prices. NATE conventions are always memorable, educational, and highly profitable experiences


NATE members obtain new clients from our lead sharing program. Leads generated by NATE are sent to members to pursue as they wish

Membership qualifications

Membership of the association

The association shall be comprised of sole proprietors, partnerships and corporations, hereinafter referred to as businesses, engaged in the trade and barter industry, either directly or indirectly, worldwide.

Admission to the Association for Voting Members. Applicants shall submit a complete NATE membership application, along with the first year’s membership dues. Applicants must receive approval by a majority vote of the board of directors. Admission to the association for Non-Voting and Associate Members Application for associate membership shall be submitted to the association.

Upon receipt of a completed membership application, a check for the first year’s associate membership dues, and approval by a majority vote of the board of directors, the Associate Member shall be admitted to the association

Classifications of Membership

Voting Members:


Voting members shall be limited to those businesses which are directly involved in the day-to-day running or operating of an independent trade or barter exchange. An independent trade exchange is defined as a barter network that may have one or more company-operated offices, but has not sold franchises, dealerships, broker licenses, or any other similar instrument; does not claim to have its own national currency; or does not have its own accreditation program or host its own national conventions or seminars.) or: A national barter network that has sold franchises, dealerships, broker licenses, and/or does have its own national currency, accreditation program or conventions may become a voting member provided that 100 percent of the company’s licensed offices also join the association as non-voting members as outlined in point 2 below. Any company-owned and operated exchange with multiple locations is entitled to only one (1) vote.



Non-voting Members:


Non-voting memberships will be available to all franchisees, licensees or broker offices of national barter networks. Each such individual office will be required to pay the full association annual dues. (As described in point 1b above, 100 percent of a company’s branch offices must join the association in order to allow participation by the parent company or any other branch office.) Non-voting memberships are available to those members who otherwise qualify, but have not yet attained the one-year requirement to vote.

Qualifications for Voting and Membership
  • A voting member must have a physical business location, which shall be open during established business hours.

  • A voting member shall employ at least one full-time employee, or the equivalent thereof, in addition to him or herself.

  • A voting member must have a listed business telephone number for his or her trade or barter exchange.

  • A voting member may not have been convicted of a felony involving fraud or securities violations.

  • A voting member agrees to abide by the code of ethics and bylaws of the National Association of Trade Exchanges.

  • A voting member agrees to comply with all 1099B reporting requirements.

  • A voting member agrees to comply with any and all laws, both state and federal, that govern the operations of a trade or barter exchange.

  • A voting member may not have gone out of the trade exchange business or filed bankruptcy where members have lost money or have been defrauded by said trade exchange’s owners/operators.

  • A voting member must have been a member of the association for at least the twelve consecutive months preceding the vote.

  • If a previous voting member of the association membership has lapsed and they were a member in good standing in at least 3 of the last five years. Voting privileges will be granted after 90 days of renewal of membership.

  • A voting member must be current on all monies owed to the association. Renewal of dues and other assessments must be paid and cleared at least (30) days prior to any business meeting of the association.