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QuickBooks Report Shows 20% Increase in Credit Card Spending

A new Intuit survey comprised of data from more than 5,000 small businesses in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom along with anonymous data from 3.4 million Intuit QuickBooks customers found that business owners are increasingly relying on their credit cards for funding. About the report: According to the 2023 Intuit QuickBooks Small Business Index Annual report, business owners spend an average of 20% more on credit cards...
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Amex Revamps U.S. Business Gold Card, Increases Annual Fee

American Express has announced some updates to its Business Gold Card in the United States, including new rewards categories and credits as well as an impending hike in the annual fee. About the updates: As it previously has, the Business Gold Card will continue to earn 4x points on the business's top two eligible spending categories each billing cycle (capped at $150,000 in combined purchases per calendar year). However, the...
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Square Introduces New Features for Small Businesses

With the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, Square has introduced new features for online sellers and other small businesses. About the new features: The popular small business platform Square has unveiled a new suite of tools for sellers. First, Square Online has introduced Themes. Currently, this includes 19 pre-built design templates with customizable elements such as colors, fonts, and branding. This will not only allow online sellers to elevate their...
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BMO Expands Zero Barriers to Business Program to 22 States

BMO has expanded one of its programs for minority small business owners. About the program: This week, BMO announced that its Zero Barriers to Business program had expanded. The program seeks to provide inclusive banking products to historically underserved groups, including Black, Latino, Native, and Women-owned businesses. Moreover, Zero Barriers to Business is part of the larger MBO EMpower 2.0 initiative. Originally launched in December 2020 with pilot programs in...
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Capital One Officially Launches Venture X Business Card

A business version of a popular rewards card is now available to small business owners. About the card: After previously being offered exclusively to customers with a Capital One Relationship Manager, Capital One has officially launched the Venture X Business card, allowing small business customers to apply online. Like the consumer version of the card, the Venture X Business earns unlimited 2x miles on all purchases. Additionally, cardholders can earn...
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Intuit Announces AI-Powered Intuit Assist for Small Businesses

Intuit has revealed plans to roll out a new AI-powered tool called Intuit Assist that will help both small business customers and other consumers. About Intuit Assist: This week, Intuit announced the launch of its new generative AI tool Intuit Assist. According to the company, users will interact with the tool in four main ways: "Show me," "Do it for me, " "Guide me," and "Help me." Additionally, the new...
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Elavon Launches Latest Talech Terminal for Small Businesses

U.S. Bank subsidiary Elavon has unveiled the newest addition to its Talech ecosystem for small businesses. About the new terminal: Meant to serve as an extension of its Talech Register which it launched in 2022, the new Talech Terminal (stylized as "talech Terminal") is an Android-based point-of-sale system that will further enable small business owners to accept payments anywhere. As the company notes, the device features a built-in card reader and...
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Progressive, Hello Alice Name 2023 Small Business Grant Winners

Progressive Insurance and Hello Alice have just named the winners of their latest Driving Small Business Forward grant program. About the program and the winners: Launched in May, the 2023 edition of the Driving Small Business Forward program invited entrepreneurs to apply for a chance to win one of ten grants. While the inaugural edition of the program saw grants going to Hispanic business owners, this year's installment aimed to support Black...
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FedEx Announces Winners of 11th Annual 2023 Small Business Grant Contest

Nearly three months after the entry period ended, FedEx has announced the winners of its 11th annual Small Business Grant Content. This year's event saw more than $300,000 in funds going to a variety of small businesses across the nation. Last month, the company revealed 100 finalists, with that list now being narrowed down to just 10 winners. This year's grand prize winners included KindVR, The Cupcake Collection, Up In...
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Imprint Launches Credit Cards from H-E-B and Central Market 

The FinTech Imprint is partnering with the popular Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B for a pair of new rewards credit cards. This week saw the launch of the H-E-B Visa Signature Credit Card as well as the Central Market Visa Signature Credit Card. With these two (nearly identical) options, customers will be able to earn rewards on groceries and beyond. First, both versions of the card earn up to 5% back on select...
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Student Loan Benefit FinTech Summer Raises $6 Million

For years, student debt has been one of the most talked about financial topics. What's more, while the debt itself has become a major part of many Americans' lives, discussion of student loans has become political due to efforts to forgive certain loan repayments. However, while we wait for resolution on that front, a FinTech that brings student debt benefit solutions to employers and consumers has raised a new round...
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Choice Hotels, Wells Fargo Debut Choice Privileges Select Card

With spring well underway and the summer travel season now just around the corner, Choice Hotels and Wells Fargo have unveiled their latest co-branded credit card offering. Today, the two companies announced the Choice Privileges Select Mastercard. Carrying an annual fee of $95, this card will serve as the premium option in the hotel brand's new lineup. Looking at the Choice Privileges Select, it offers a mix of rewards categories....
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Health and Wellness Rewards Card Ness Partners with Whole30

In recent years, several unique rewards cards have come to market. These include offerings from FinTech startups as well as brands looking to do something special for their loyal fans. On that note, a recently-announced rewards credit card offering is now working with a popular brand to introduce new benefits for customers. This week, the Ness Card (which is issued by The Bank of Missouri) unveiled a new partnership with...