Visa and Square Award $200,000 to Small Business Owners

Visa and Square Award $200,000 to Small Business Owners 
Square Wallet Challenge Awards 20 Small Business Owners With $10,000
Each; Challenge Designed to Support Job Growth and Entrepreneurship 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 --  Square, the company
making commerce easy for everyone, announced the 20 winners of the
Square Wallet Challenge presented by Visa Inc. (NYSE: V). The contest
was open to all Square businesses across the U.S. and was designed to
support small business growth. The winning Square businesses will be
awarded $10,000 each for winning the challenge.  
Contest participants earned points based on the number of Square
Wallet transactions routed through their account. The businesses that
earned the most points each received four $250 Visa gift cards to
distribute to their employees, in addition to the cash award. Contest
winners included a variety of businesses from food trucks to retail
"There are so many incredible growing businesses and we're committed
to supporting them. With Square, we want to make it easier than ever
for business owners to focus on doing what they love," said Chuck
Kimble, head of Strategic Partnerships at Square. 
"We are proud to recognize the small business winners of the Square
Wallet Challenge and provide them with resources to help them grow
and succeed," said Janet Zablock, head of global small business at
Visa Inc. "This Challenge brings awareness to the benefits of
accepting electronic forms of payment and helps business owners
attract new customers and build loyalty with current customers -- all
with the confidence in the safety of the transaction."  
Sellers across the country use Square Register to run their
businesses, and their customers use Square Wallet to pay with their
phones. Square Register is a free point-of-sale application for
iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Square Wallet is an application for
customers that enable them to find neighborhood businesses and pay
using only their phone. Through these products, Square connects
buyers and sellers. 
Square Wallet Challenge Winners Include: 

--  Bevaris Alliance
--  Bitter+Sweet
--  Cafe Evoke
--  Cafe Grumpy
--  Cafe Sophie
--  Cairn Coffee
--  Commonplace Coffee
--  Dyn Employee Cafe
--  Elevate Cafe
--  Gra
nd Coffee
--  Houndstooth Coffee
--  Jubala Village
--  La Stazione Coffee + Wine Bar
--  Philz Coffee
--  Pitango Gelato
--  Reveille Coffee Co
--  Ritual Coffee
--  Senor Sisig
--  Sightglass Coffee
--  Smelly Cat Coffee House

Cafe Grumpy in NYC uses Square to accept Square Wallet at their 4
locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. "Square Wallet is the easiest
way for our customers to pay and makes our line go much faster," said
Caroline Bell of Cafe Grumpy. "It is also great because we can see
the names and photos of our regular customers on our iPad as soon as
they walk through the door and it's like they each have their own VIP
bar tabs." 
Jason Duncan, the owner of Cafe Evoke in Oklahoma City, OK, said,
"We're planning to use the money to expand our catering service and
bring the best coffee, wine and beer to even more customers."  
Over three million individuals and businesses are able to accept
credit card payments in a seamless way with Square. Sellers pay a low
rate of 2.75 percent per swipe with no additional fees or
commitments. Over 250,000 businesses in the U.S. accept Square Wallet
payments, enabling their customers to pay with their phone, browse
menus and earn rewards. 
About Square, Inc.
 Square is making commerce easy for everyone.
Starting with a free credit card reader for the iPhone, iPad, and
Android devices, The Square Reader allows anyone to accept credit
anywhere, anytime. Square Register serves as a full
point-of-sale system for businesses to accept payments, track
inventory, and share menu and location information. Square Wallet,
available in the US, is the most seamless way to pay, enabling
individuals to pay at their favorite local businesses, discover new
ones nearby, explore menu listings, and store receipts. Founded in
2009, and headquartered in San Francisco, Square is currently
available in the U.S. and Canada. More information is available at 
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