Maker of "point-of-sale" business management tools First Data Corp. is giving away free payment devices to veteran and military entrepreneurs.
"We hope it's hundreds of thousands," said the company's Dan Charron, executive vice president of global business solutions — also a West Point grad and veteran of the first Gulf War.
First Data is giving away Clover Mini or Clover Mobile devices worth $350 along with First Data software Perka Punchcard, a loyalty rewards program, and Insightics, a business intelligence program for small businesses.
Known as First Data Salutes, the initiative will be staffed by business consultants — who are also veterans — who will work over the phone to get military and veteran small business owners set up with the kit.
Additional offers include discounts on services and an upcoming fee-free processing day on Veterans Day. The Clover devices accept all the latest payment methods, Charron said, including swipe, mobile and chip. They run stand-alone software along with third-party, subscription-based apps.
"We have over 100 third-party apps that are running on this platform," he said. Entrepreneurs should have a business banking account. First Data's consultants can help you understand the details.