Pick A Card, Not Any Card

Suddenly, there is plastic aplenty. So choose carefully

Every month, it was the same tedious routine. Roger Hendrix, the owner of a 10-person office-equipment dealership in Monroe, N.C., had to ferret out all the business expenses on his personal credit card so that he could reimburse himself. It was a complete waste of time, so in 1994 Hendrix decided to simplify his life by getting a commercial credit card. After a brief search, he wound up with an American Express Co. charge card. "As far as I could tell," he recalls, "it was the only option out there."

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