Why Trust Acadiana?

Barter services have been around for ages but Trust Acadiana is different. We are member owned and run by a board of directors that oversees operations. Trust Acadiana incorporates accountability at every level and give our members a voice in how our exchange operates.

Member Owned:

Trust Acadiana is the only member-owned trade exchange in Acadiana.  This is a critical distinction.  The health and success of a barter exchange is based upon the value of its currency.  There are many reasons why a currency would lose value in a network, but ultimately it is based upon trust.  Members must trust that its value is equal to the US Currency and thus equally satisfied to use that barter currency.  Trust is most easily lost when the management of the exchange allows transactions and activity that lowers that value. 

In individually owned barter exchanges, the management often allows certain activities that cause that devaluing of their barter dollar... although it may temporarily provide the results of a transaction fee.  Inflating barter prices, unauthorized part cash-part trade purchases, allowing the accumulation of barter credits, and other activities all have the end result of devaluing the currency.  With Trust Acadiana, the members own the network and control the guidelines for operating the network.  They hire employees to staff the operations of the exchange and who are paid to look out for the health of the network first... not any personal gain. 

Selective Membership:

Membership is constantly scrutinized to determine how many businesses from each category should be allowed and to find the very best participants to fill those needs.  Every member's application is put before the current members for approval.  The board of directors of the local exchange sets guidelines and practices to ensure the health of the exchange first and to which all should follow.  Any member that falls outside of those guidelines and practices is subject to removal from the exchange.  As the members of a certain business category begin to take on all the trade business that they can reasonably spend on their own reoccurring expenses, this is an indication that another business of that same category can be added to supply the needs of the exchange.