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April 6, 2022

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Plastiq Launches Plastiq Pay to Help SMBs Navigate Through Skyrocketing Inflation Rates

“Today, Plastiq , a rapidly growing Kleiner Perkins-backed fintech for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs), announced the launch of its next generation product – Plastiq Pay. Plastiq Pay helps SMBs improve their cash flow at a time when inflation is threatening their very survival, saves teams precious time otherwise spent manually managing vendor payments, and connects SMBs instantly to affordable working capital. A new companion mobile app rounds out the offering, enabling SMBs to run their business finances on the go.”

Raistone Teams Up With Mastercard to Accelerate Working Capital Payments for Small- And-Medium-Sized Businesses

“Raistone today announced a collaboration with Mastercard set to simplify business-to-business (B2B) finance payments and speed up access to working capital for small- and-medium-sized businesses (“SMBs”). Using Mastercard’s virtual card technology, Raistone will tap into secure payment innovation to streamline finance approval processes that can exclude SMBs from accessing essential funds needed to sustain and scale their business. This innovative use of virtual cards promotes diversity and inclusion by extending convenient financial tools to the companies that need them most.”

March 28, 2022

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JPMorgan Chase Launches Diverse Supplier Grant Initiative to Address Barriers to Opportunity for Underrepresented Businesses

“JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) launched the Diverse Supplier Grant Initiative, a program aimed at providing Black-, Hispanic-, and Latino-owned businesses with the access to capital they need to secure corporate contracts. Small and diverse businesses often find it cost-prohibitive to meet industry requirements like cyber security, insurance, and bonding when bidding for new corporate business.”

January 10, 2022

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Uber and Visa Announce Grants For Growth Program, Providing $1 Million in Grants and Resources to Support Small Businesses

“Uber (NYSE: UBER ) and Visa (NYSE: V ) today announced Grants for Growth, a program that will provide $1 million in grant funding to small businesses in 10 U.S. cities that are currently active on Uber Eats. The program will be administered by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Focused on restaurant recovery and entrepreneurship, the program was created to support merchants when they need it most.”

December 16, 2021

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Intuit QuickBooks’ Integrated Small Business Bank Account Is Now QuickBooks Checking

“Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU), the global technology platform that makes TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, Credit Karma, and Mailchimp, today introduced QuickBooks Checking . First launched in 2020 as QuickBooks Cash, QuickBooks Checking has transformed business banking into an active money-management hub that delivers greater cash flow predictability and financial control for small businesses.”

November 12, 2021

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If You Use Venmo, PayPal or Other Payment Apps This Tax Rule Change May Affect You


“Payment app providers will have to start reporting to the IRS a user’s business transactions if, in aggregate, they total $600 or more for the year. A business transaction is defined as payment for a good or service.Prior to this change, app providers only had to send the IRS a Form 1099-K if an individual account had at least 200 business transactions in a year and if those transactions combined resulted in gross payments of at least $20,000.”

October 19, 2021

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Intuit Introduces Money by QuickBooks, Mobile Banking Designed for Small Businesses

“Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU) today announced Money by QuickBooks , the latest addition to a comprehensive and ever-expanding suite of QuickBooks offerings that power small businesses with the ability to get paid and manage their cash flow. The Money by QuickBooks mobile app available for free on iOS and Android is designed to give entrepreneurs, freelancers and sole proprietors just starting their business journey complete control over their money with the ability to accept payments and manage expenses with features including debit card and bill payment capabilities.”

October 15, 2021

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JPMorgan Debuts Payments Service Targeting Small Businesses

American Banker

“JPMorgan Chase serves more than 4 million small businesses and in 2020 processed more than 27 billion transactions with a value of $1.4 trillion — but these days, that’s simply not enough. When the actual payment is commoditized, merchants care less about how big their provider is and more about what it can do. By combining Chase Merchant Services with WePay , a fintech the bank purchased in 2017, Chase is pairing its traditional payment acceptance services with newer digital tools that address merchants’ other business needs. The new line of business, called Chase Payment Solutions, launches Thursday.”

October 5, 2021

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USPS Is Trying Out a New Business, Which Could Transform How Millions Access Cash and Pay Bills

Washington Post

“The U.S. Postal Service quietly began offering paycheck-cashing services at several East Coast post offices last month, testing a plan that financial experts say has the potential to transform how low-wage and underserved Americans access their money.  Postal customers can now redeem paychecks in Washington, Baltimore, Falls Church, Va., and the Bronx, for Visa gift cards topping out at $500, an agency spokesperson said. Postal officials expect to expand the pilot into a fuller study with more locations and financial products, such as bill-paying services and ATMs, according to three people involved with the program who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive business strategy.”

September 21, 2021

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Robber Adds HK$5,000 Onto His WeChat Pay at 7-Eleven

The Standard

“A man armed with a knife robbed a convenience store in Tsim Sha Tsui, but instead of grabbing the cash he added HK$5,000 onto his WeChat Pay HK account.  The man who is around 30 years old broke into a 7-Eleven at Mody Square in Tsim Sha Tsui East with a knife at around midnight today.”

August 19, 2021

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Credit Karma Expands Credit Karma Money™ to Small Business Employees Through Intuit QuickBooks Integration

“Consumers pay more than $30 billion in banking fees each year. Through this integration, Credit Karma and QuickBooks hope to keep more money in the pockets of hard working small business employees, giving them the option to deposit their paycheck into a Credit Karma Money Spend account2. Now, employees paid through QuickBooks Payroll can seamlessly sign up to have their paycheck automatically deposited into a Credit Karma Money account.”

August 12, 2021

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U.S. Bank to Acquire Small Business Payments Software Company, Bento Technologies

“U.S. Bank has entered into an agreement to acquire Bento Technologies, known as Bento for Business, a fintech company based in Chicago and San Francisco that provides payment and expense management services to small and mid-size businesses. The innovative Bento platform offers businesses simple and easy-to-use tools to better manage card-based payments and other expenses via spend tracking and card transaction controls. The acquisition is part of the vision at U.S. Bank to bring payments and banking services together to simplify cash flow and money management for small businesses. Bento’s accounts payable-based software complements the bank’s existing Elavon and talech accounts receivable software solutions, providing U.S. Bank clients a holistic one-stop experience for both their accounts payable and accounts receivable needs.”

August 10, 2021

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ZenBusiness Democratizes Small Business Finance With New All-Inclusive Payments App ZenBusiness Money

ZenBusiness , a one-stop business management platform with the mission to make starting, running, and growing a successful business simple and accessible, today introduced ZenBusiness Money, an all-inclusive payments and invoicing app that simplifies merchant services so entrepreneurs can focus on what matters most – running a successful business. ZenBusiness Money allows users to send and customize invoices, accept credit card and bank transfer payments, and manage their income all within an easy-to-use dashboard across their mobile, tablet, and desktop devices.”

July 16, 2021

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Klarna Announces First Recipients of the Small Business Impact Initiative Grants

Klarna , a leading global retail bank, payments and shopping service, today announced the first group to receive grants from the recently-launched Klarna Small Business Impact Initiative to help SMBs recover from a loss of business due to the pandemic. Recipients will be awarded a portion of $4.5 million in Klarna services, including one year of fee-free payments and $40,000 of free media that extends marketing exposure across Klarna’s ecosystem.”

July 12, 2021

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Shipping Delays and Higher Rates Get Small Businesses Jammed Up

Wall Street Journal

“Long waits for merchandise deliveries and crippling costs are hobbling the efforts of small and midsize businesses across the U.S. to benefit from the economic recovery after a difficult year. With retail giants like Walmart Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. rushing to restock to meet booming demand from U.S. consumers, smaller competitors are battling over dwindling cargo space on boxships coming in from Asia. Those who want immediate shipments often must pay about three times the going freight cost , according to brokers and cargo owners.”

July 2, 2021

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Smaller Is Bigger for Payments Giants

Wall Street Journal

“Digital payments players are going to be competing hard for small businesses as they emerge from the hardships of the pandemic with new ways of selling. It just isn’t clear what game they will be playing. On Wednesday, PayPal Holdings said it was bringing its Zettle product to the U.S. It will offer point-of-sale hardware and related services such as invoicing to the likes of U.S. coffee shops and other small to medium-size physical merchants and likely will compete with what Square, Fiserv ’s Clover and others have been offering. And it isn’t a small market: Bernstein analyst Harshita Rawat estimates that sales by merchants under $100 million in annualized sales are a $4 trillion market with hundreds of legacy payments providers.”

June 29, 2021

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Deluxe Announces Collaboration With Microsoft to Provide HR, Payroll, Accounting Tools for Small Businesses

“Today, Deluxe (NYSE: DLX), a Trusted Payments and Business Technology™ company, announced a collaboration with Microsoft to bring the Deluxe small business human resources (HR) and payroll solutions to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. The collaboration brings together two trusted companies, Microsoft and Deluxe, to further accelerate financial and accounting solutions for small businesses. A comprehensive cloud-based business management solution, Dynamics 365 Business Central connects teams across finance, sales, service, and operations within a single easy-to-use application.”

June 14, 2021

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American Express Puts Kabbage Acquisition to Work With Card Company’s First Checking Account


American Express , best known for its array of personal and corporate cards , is making a push into territory held by banks and a growing list of fintech players. The card company is launching its first checking account for small businesses by leaning on technology acquired last year in the acquisition of online lender Kabbage , CNBC has learned.   The product, called Kabbage Checking, is a no-fee digital account that pays 1.1% interest on up to $100,000 in balances. It includes mobile check deposits, a debit card, bill pay and targeted savings features as well as access to a network of ATMs and retail locations for cash transactions.”

May 21, 2021

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C2FO and Marcus by Goldman Sachs Announce Partnership to Provide Financing to Small Businesses

“C2FO, the largest global platform for working capital, today announced a new partnership with Marcus by Goldman Sachs that will provide unsecured financing to eligible businesses that use C2FO in the United States. This partnership aims to give small and medium-sized businesses a new, fast and efficient way to access working capital. Access to working capital is crucial to the growth of small- and mid-sized businesses, and key to ensuring supply chain continuity in multiple industries. The Marcus-C2FO partnership aims to reduce the barriers to capital, which many businesses have experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

May 20, 2021

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Addressing Unbanked/Underbanked Challenges Requires Multifaceted Approach, According to New Report

“A new report, Delivering Financial Products and Services to the Unbanked and Underbanked in the United States – Challenges and Opportunities, from six trade groups outlines the obstacles and viable solutions for improving financial inclusion, providing access to bank accounts to the unbanked population in the United States, which currently represents approximately 6% of U.S. households, and for reducing utilization of high-cost non-bank financial products and services. The paper identifies the chief reasons for individuals being unbanked/underbanked and highlights existing actions from banks, credit unions, non-profits, and policymakers that have shown promise in addressing the challenge of bringing individuals more fully into the banking system. The paper also makes recommendations that policy makers should consider moving forward. The paper is authored by The Clearing House, the American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association, the Credit Union National Association, the Mid-Sized Bank Coalition of America, and the National Bankers Association.”

April 12, 2021

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Pay With GasBuddy® Surpasses 1 Million Users

“GasBuddy today announced its Pay with GasBuddy® payments program has surpassed 1 million users. As gas prices have climbed dramatically in the first three months of the year, the Pay with GasBuddy program has gained hyper popularity by delivering on the promise to provide consumers savings on every gallon of gasoline they purchase…Drivers who enroll in the program receive a Pay with GasBuddy card that is connected to their checking account; when swiped at the pump, consumers receive automatic discounts on their fuel purchase.”

April 7, 2021

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Are Payment Apps a Solution for Banking Inequality? Not Quite.


“As underbanked and unbanked consumers use payment apps to conveniently send cash to others, manage their money better, and access otherwise out-of-reach financial services, these tools can also come with costly fees, a lack of customer service, and cybersecurity risks. If left unaddressed, payment apps could further replicate offline inequality for unbanked or underbanked users.”

March 29, 2021

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PNC Launches Checking Account for Underbanked That Limits Fees


PNC Financial Services Group Inc. launched a bank account that limits fees to help consumers facing financial pressures worsened by the pandemic maintain their access to banking services. The checking account, which has no charges for overdrafts or insufficient funds, will cost $5 a month, a company spokesperson said. It’s designed to hold on to customers struggling to pay loans or fees, according to Chief Executive Officer Bill Demchak.”

March 22, 2021

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Homebrew Backs Higo’s Effort to Become the ‘Venmo for B2B Payments’ in LatAm


“The B2B payments space has been on fire for a while, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only fueled mass adoption of digitizing finances. In regions like Latin America, the need for innovation in the sector is even more paramount than in the United States with so many people still relying on outdated processes. One Mexico City-based startup, Higo.io , is out to transform B2B payments for SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) in Latin America, starting with its home country.”

Fintech: How COVID Affected Payments and the Underbanked | Hacker Noon


“The COVID-19 pandemic was a disruptor in the purest startup sense. The immediate shift to remote work, school, and socially distanced ways of life accelerated innovation by an estimated five years . Inequalities were laid bare across countless aspects of daily life, exposing some difficult truths. Among them: financial technology (fintech) and how developments on this front left the underbanked behind, exposing critical gaps in our financial systems. Certainly, there were great launches and the public offerings of some amazing infrastructure innovations during 2020. The pandemic forced all of us who participate in the space of developing tech that seeks to improve and automate the delivery and use of financial services — from startups to the biggest institutional finance companies — to think differently about how we deliver these services.”

March 10, 2021

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Veem Releases New Product Package – Veem Local – Now Offering Free Domestic Payments for Small Businesses

Veem , a leading provider of online payment solutions, today announced the launch of Veem Local — a new product package offering that provides a no-fee domestic payment product, including ACH and check payment options for small businesses. As many SMBs continue to face economic stress and uncertainty, the company’s latest offering aims to give back value to small business owners.”

March 1, 2021

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Visa’s Mission to Digitally Enable Small Businesses Gains Momentum Across Europe

“Visa (NYSE: V) today announced more than 100 partners across Europe have joined the Where You Shop Matters initiative to help small business owners build digital capabilities and continue serving their communities. More than two million small firms across Europe have received support since the launch of the program in summer 2020. The announcement marks a major milestone in Visa’s commitment to help eight million small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) in Europe – and 50 million globally – to get online, adapt and future proof their business.”

February 2, 2021

On the wires

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