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By Asbury Park Press on 5:00 a.m. ET Aug. 6, 2018
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Rene Ackerson owns BarterSaves in Eatontown, Asbury Park and Belmar.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

Ackerson: I decided that I wanted to be an entrepreneur in college. It took me a while to figure out what the specific business was that I was going to start. After college I worked for an internet company in New York City until September 2001. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, I moved back home to the Jersey Shore and started working at the Asbury Park Press as a senior account executive. I later got promoted to manager and left in 2006 to pursue other opportunities in digital and print advertising. The first business I started was a video production company called Memories Into Movies. Back in 2011, I launched a media agency, a magazine called Neighborhood Money Saver Magazine (distributed to 75,000 homes in Monmouth County) and in 2015 BarterSaves, a barter exchange. I feel that my experience in corporate America and my past entrepreneurship was essential for me to gain the knowledge and experience to successfully grow BarterSaves.

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