About Us

Our network was created to serve, improve and help grow businesses just like yours

We provide barter services to help you increase your sales, save your cash, and turn your idle resources into profit.

Check out our brochure to learn more about Exmerce and how bartering can help your business!

Our Story

Exmerce is a business trade exchange founded by Nelson Liem in 2005. We are committed to helping small businesses in Calgary leverage barter through the Exmerce virtual currency to help companies increase sales, save cash, and turn excess capacity into profit.

 

We pride ourselves in delivering superior customer service and value the relationships built with our community members. 

We create value by driving new business to our clients and helping our clients buy products or services on barter for their business or personally. Today, Exmerce represents over 500 businesses in Calgary.

Exmerce helps businesses grow through the power of Barter

Whether you need new clients or innovative ways to finance business services, Exmerce can help!

Meet The Team

Nelson Liem

FOUNDER & CEO

Born and raised in Calgary, I earned my Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of Calgary. Post-graduation, I embarked on a remarkable journey as a Cultural Ambassador for Canada, working at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This experience marked my first venture into independence at the age of 22, away from the comfort of home.

 

Opting for the path of entrepreneurship, I founded Exmerce fueled by a desire to build community and uplift individuals, especially those who feel marginalized. My mission is to inspire, instill hope, and foster creativity while fostering collaboration and unity. Knowing that my actions and beliefs can impact lives and businesses, I find immense fulfillment in making a tangible difference.

 

Over the past 19 years, with unwavering support from our clients, dedicated team members – past and present, as well as family and friends, I take great pride in the journey we’ve undertaken in building a vibrant, circular economy to support local businesses in Calgary.

Moeez Arslan

DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES

At the age of 21, I moved to Barcelona, Spain. 

In Barcelona, I was presented with an opportunity to start my own business. I quickly then realized my passion for entrepreneurism. After a few years in Spain I moved back to Edmonton and earned my diploma in Business Administration, Finance from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).  

 

I joined Exmerce in September 2020 and serve as the Director of Client Services. Bringing over 6 years of customer service and process improvement skills. 

I chose this path because I wanted to further my passion for helping others, to educate people and to help them grow. I enjoy working with the diverse member businesses, and I feel privileged to work with Exmerce because I believe my values of helping local businesses succeed align with the mission of Exmerce.

Michaela Tomic

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

I was born here in Calgary but spent my teenage years living in the heart of Silicon Valley and developing a passion for startups, small businesses and entrepreneurship. I’ve always been passionate about design and any and all things creative and getting to work with over 500 clients sparks my creative fire each and every day. I love having the opportunity to work at a place that supports innovation and growth for businesses of all sizes.

 

I am a graduate of the SAIT Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing program and I joined the team here at Exmerce to put my skills to good use helping spread the word about barter and all things Exmerce. I have worked in a wide variety of fields beyond marketing in the past ranging from health and medical supplies to martial arts which gives me the unique ability to craft our messaging and understand the needs of our diverse network of businesses. 

Mark Skauge

REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

There is no doubt that my first sales role was a turning point in my life.  Digging into thousands of cold calls, booking appointments with hundreds of business owners, and learning how to think on my feet quickly – were all great opportunities to develop my skills.  After 11 years in sales and couple of years in a marketing role for a large company, I decided it was time to branch out on my own.

 

I started my first business at the age of 32 – and my life has never been the same since!  With experience including 40,000 cold calls, developing 175 websites, managing third party telemarketing campaigns and running dozens of successful networking events – it’s definitely been an adventure!

 

I’ve been in the trenches with the other entrepreneurs in our network – and I understand what you go through every day!   I understand that running a business isn’t easy.  So my focus here is to help connect the business community in as many effective ways as possible.   Let me know how I can help!

Did you know?

Exmerce is a combination of two words, “Ex” is derived from the word “Exchange” and “merce” is derived from the word “commerce”. 

 

When you put “Ex” and “merce” together, you get Exmerce!

At Exmerce, we believe in giving back and helping those who are in need.
We support the following not-for profit organizations:

Exmerce is also a proud member of these local business networks:

How Bartering Works

Get products and services by trading, without having to spend hard-earned cash.

 

Bartering allows you to acquire goods and services without spending cash. The Exmerce platform facilitates this process differently than traditional barter. You earn “Exmerce Dollars” when other members purchase from you. These dollars then let you buy various products and services from other Exmerce members. This community offers a diverse selection of businesses and offerings.

 

The Exmerce process is simple. A florist, for example, can sell a dozen roses to an Exmerce member mechanic and earn Exmerce Dollars. This currency lets the florist purchase things like accounting services or business cards from other members. Exmerce Trade Brokers assist members with buying and selling, using various marketing tools to promote your products and services within the community.

 
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Become a Member

List your business, products
and services

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Earn Exmerce Dollars

Sell your products and services
to new clients

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Spend Exmerce Dollars

Browse the businesses and
purchase goods/services