Upcoming SBA Rule Changes to Affect Small Businesses

During the events at National Small Business Week the Small Business Administration announced upcoming changes due to take effect on July 22, 2013. These changes shift what defines how “small business” is defined. The administration is increasing the size standards in 70 industries. These standards lay out the maximum size a firm can be and…

Your Business Should Consider Going Cashless

The long-lived standard of paper and coin currency is nearing its end. The simple truth is that between debit and credit cards, mobile wallets, and various other ways to pay are bringing about the beginning of the end of Washington, Jackson, and even Franklin. The truth is that when businesses accept cash payments, there is…

National Small Business Week Guide

At Host Merchant Services we know that while Fortune 500 companies may get the national spotlight and most of the media attention, small businesses are what really powers our communities and helps grow our nation. A recent stat showed that two out of every three new jobs created in the US is generated by small…

Merchant Website SEO

Practicing Good Merchant Website SEO Most business owners know by know that the Internet isn’t going away, and if you want to succeed in business you need to have an online presence. Having a website is only the start, however. Without good merchant website SEO, chances are that the business website will never rank high…

NRF Opposes Interchange Settlement

It’s been a little while since the Official Merchant Services Blog touched on the increasingly sensitive topic of the Credit Card Interchange Settlement. We first talked about the possibility of ‘The Big Cash Comeback’ when the settlement was first announced, and later we discussed the opposition to the settlement. Seven years after the first lawsuits…

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Don’t Overlook Small Business Saturday

For the past couple of weeks The Official Merchant Services Blog has been preparing you for the Holiday Shopping Season. We’ve discussed a lot of different strategies and services that merchants can use to boost their businesses on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Much of what we’ve covered also applies to going forward through the…

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Google+ is Here for Businesses

The Official Merchant Services Blog has been following Google+ and its beta for awhile now. We previously detailed the potential upside of Google+ for small businesses in this blog entry. The major setback to Google+ for businesses at that point time was that Google hadn’t fully allowed businesses to function in Google+. That changed three…