Do you take it? Hard to tell from the outside. You be the judge of the relationship, the long-term value of it. If you establish the rules right now, and reject the offer of trade, will you be better off? This is a guess you'll have to make. No outsider can tell you for sure.
Tim Berry is the chairman of Eugene, Ore.-Palo Alto Software, which produces business-planning software. He founded Bplans.com and wrote The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan, published by Entrepreneur Press. Berry is also a co-founder of HavePresence.com, a leader in a local angel-investment group and a judge of international business-plan competitions.