Inc.com, the Internet destination devoted to bringing the most comprehensive, high-quality management resources and tools to small businesses, announced an agreement with MasterCard International that provides the global payments company’s small business Web site –– with inc.com’s award-winning and trusted content. With MarketAccess, small businesses can securely and easily purchase goods and services at great prices, as well as set-up and maintain a free Web site with e-commerce capabilities all within the same Internet location.
“Inc.com is committed to meeting the needs of small businesses and we’re proud to use inc.com’s content on MarketAccess,” said Steve Abrams, senior vice president of Corporate Payment Solutions at MasterCard. “Small businesses have everything to gain from the MasterCard and inc.com relationship–valued buying opportunities and technology aligned with inc.com’s sharp, insightful content that will help small businesses run their businesses.”
MasterCard will display inc.com award-winning articles relating to e-commerce, Internet and business technology. In addition, visitors will have access to the inc.com archive, allowing them to explore inc.com’s back issues for a broad variety of small business information, tools and products.
“Through our alliances, we are extending our outreach to small business owners by providing them with the information, resources, tools and supplies that will help grow their business,” said inc.com CEO Bob LaPointe. “As inc.com content is found throughout numerous small business service sites, we continue to support the Inc. brand mission to be the definitive small business resource on the web.”
A virtual small business center and e-commerce site, inc.com provides small business owners with trusted information, tested products and proven solutions that will help them grow. Inc.com saves business owners time with practical information such as business plan templates, advice on how to incorporate, how to get venture capital and how to build a Web site. The site includes nearly 50 content providers and 100 different tools as well as informative bulletin boards with high profile mentors.
Headquartered in Charlestown, Mass., inc.com fills a market need by providing a total service Web destination site for small businesses seeking the broadest variety of high-quality management resources. An outstanding, comprehensive site, inc.com facilitates fast, intuitive access to an unrivaled range of quality products, services , information and advice. This one-stop destination eliminates Internet clutter by assembling best-of-breed solutions that are rigorously tested by inc.com’s technical staff before being awarded the trademarked inc.com “Click of Approval. Through this process, inc.com leverages and extends the unmatched reputation of Inc. magazine, the brand of choice and integrity among small businesses.
MasterCard International has the most comprehensive portfolio of payment brands in the world. More than 1 billion MasterCard(R), Cirrus(R) and Maestro(R) logos are present on credit, charge and debit cards in circulation today. An association comprised of 22,000- member financial institutions, MasterCard serves consumers and businesses, both large and small, in 210 countries and territories. MasterCard is the leader in quality and innovation, offering a wide range of payment solutions in the virtual and traditional worlds. With more than 18 million acceptance locations, no card is accepted in more places and by more merchants than the MasterCard Card. In 1999, gross dollar volume exceeded US$727 billion. MasterCard can be reached through its World Wide Web site at .