What is a good resource to find entrepreneurs in the early planning stages of their business?


My company Merchants Choice Payment Solutions provides credit card processing for businesses. Our main focus is to first and formost educate the merchant on how the industry works and how to set up in the most efficient manner and with as little operational expense as possible. We truely want to help businesses grow and be successful and partner with them for the long haul, not make a quick buck and run. Our company is based on honesty, integrity and excellent (personal as possible) service! Brick and morter locations with swipe terminals, POS systems, Online/Virtual Terminals/eCommerce, software integration such as Quickbooks/Restaurant/Hotel/Motel whatever it may be we can help.
My question is often we are not aware of a new business until they open the door and usually by then they are set up with someone for card processing. Where is a GOOD resource that would identify them early so we can offer them the option of using MCPS?

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asked Oct 19 '09 at 05:30
Rick Montgomery
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  • Hey try some online forums and blogs also because there are so many ideas and plans are under a great discussion. – User2321 14 years ago
  • I don't see any reason why this question deserve a downvote. :-? – Jpartogi 14 years ago
  • I didn't downvote this, but I would suggest that it's too general. The question is basically "my business is X, how do I identify new customers before someone else gets them". It's too broad. – Xiaohouzi79 13 years ago

4 Answers


Just a few off-the-cuff suggestions...

(1) Partner with a printing company (local or national) such that folks who place an order for business cards, company t-shirts or polo shirts receive a card or flyer with your business info. Offer a very good deal for merchant processing in return.

(2) Partner with web design studios for same. When they pick up a new client, they can refer to you and vice versa.

(3) Partner with IT security companies who do PCI-compliance screening.

(4) Speak at local SCORE meetings.

(5) Advertise in business section of local paper.

(6) Advertise in business journals.

(7) Monitor state business entity filings and send direct mail with planned follow-up.

(8) Write plug-ins for open-source shopping cart software. Advertise/Support development with banner ads.

(9) Purchase ads on this site. (I do not represent the folks here and cannot even say whether they are selling space.)

answered Oct 19 '09 at 07:00
Val Lynn
483 points


Partner up with a lawyer that incorporates new businesses. You could give him a commission for pitching your services.

PS: Although your question is legitimate, the first part looks quite like a sales pitch and I believe that's why it got down voted ;)

answered Dec 9 '09 at 07:05
Olivier Lalonde
2,753 points


I get solicitations and junk mail from companies like yours after I have filed the legal documents to form an entity. You can probably pay for services like these for leads.

Other places would be the online incorporation services - they would likely sell names to you.

I have to say though I find it very spammy and off-putting.

Even better would be to put all your educational material online on your website so that people searching for information will find it. When they have to choose a provider they might pick the one that is the least offensive and has some other benefits.

answered Feb 25 '10 at 06:47
Tim J
8,346 points
  • It is strange how quickly I get solicitations when I form a business entity in Delaware (and California). It ALMOST seems as if the SecState office is selling info. to these spammers, but it's very likely they have some web crawler picking up newly formed entities as soon as they hit the official SecState database. – Henry The Hengineer 13 years ago
  • it is public info – Tim J 13 years ago


I found my provider using FeeFighters. You might check them out and get listed.

answered Nov 2 '10 at 15:48
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