Mobile Payment Options Grow for Small Companies

As the retail world increasingly turns mobile, Martinez echoes the sentiment of thousands of small-business merchants drawn to mobile payments as a marketing boost and a salvation from the shackles of expensive point-of-sale terminals and magnetic-stripe card readers. Small merchants are considered ideal testing grounds for new payment products because the businesses are nimbler in experimenting with new ideas and seeking customers in settings beyond bricks-and-mortar stores. [Read the full story...]

When Banks Won’t Lend, There Are Alternatives, Though Often Expensive

After years of a small-business credit crisis, conditions seem to have improved. But with the economy still struggling and new regulations meant to eliminate bad lending, bank loans continue to lag. [Read full story...]