Coalition member First Data Provides Powerful Free Offer For Veteran Business Owners to Help Their Businesses Thrive and Grow
Veteran and military family entrepreneurs will receive a free Clover® Mini or Clover® Mobile, the leading point-of-sale business management solution
ATLANTA, June 18, 2015 – Nearly three million service members have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, and a significant number of those returning home, and members of their family, have put their skills to work starting and running a business. To help those businesses thrive and grow, First Data Corporation, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, announced today a unique offer that provides small business technology at no cost to any veteran or military spouse-owned business.
With Independence Day approaching, First Data wants to help veterans grow their business independence by providing these business owners with their choice of free point-of-sale business management solutions, including the innovative Clover® Mini, which First Data launched earlier this week. This special offer will empower veteran and military family entrepreneurs to operate and grow their businesses more effectively.
“Few bring more discipline to growing a business than those who have served in uniform, and our First Data Salutes initiative will help to level the playing field for veteran entrepreneurs by providing the tools they need to run their businesses,” said Dan Charron, executive vice president, Global Business Solutions. “First Data believes in them, and our investment in the next generation of business owners is reflected in this offer that reinforces our overall commitment to the veteran business community.”
The free First Data offer for veterans includes:
- Choice of one free Clover Mini or Clover Mobile
- Simplified, reduced acquiring rates
- Two days of free processing on Independence Day 2015 and Veterans Day 2015
Running a business is more than a full-time job. The Clover family of products enables business owners to accept all forms of payments, manage inventory, keep time sheets, and perform just about any function needed to run their business in a safe, secure environment. Clover meets the demands of a rapidly changing commerce marketplace, enabling merchants to accept most payment types, including swipe, PIN Debit, EMV (chip + PIN; chip + signature) and NFC transactions.
Business owners will also have access to the Clover App Market, which recently added its 100thapp, making it one of the largest POS app markets. Included in the App Market and this special offer are two free First Data apps: Perka® Punchcard, a digital loyalty and rewards program that enables business owners to build lasting relationships with their customers, and Insightics™, advanced business intelligence software tailored for small business owners.
The Veteran Business Offer builds upon First Data’s longstanding commitment to the military community through First Data Salutes, a company-wide initiative to provide the military community with access to career opportunities and best-in-class education resources, while offering premier business solutions to veteran-owned businesses.
In 2014, First Data Salutes increased the number of veteran and spouse hires, from just over 2% to 10%. With a new military employment website launching this week, a 20% hiring goal is set for 2015. In 2015, building on its sponsorship of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, First Data announced a $7 million partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University that will help veterans and their families launch businesses and find employment opportunities while transitioning to civilian life. First Data is also a co-leader and founding member of the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business.
For more information on the Veteran Business Offer, please visit this link: http://www.firstdata.com/veterans-offer.