First Data Expands Commitment to Veteran-Owned Small Businesses with Launch of ‘First Data Salutes’

First Data Salutes, Honors Veterans By Helping Them Grow Their Businesses

15,000 First Data Employees to Participate in Operation Honor Card Service Project

ATLANTA--()--First Data Corporation, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, today announced the launch of First Data Salutes. First Data Salutes is the company-wide military engagement strategy aimed at helping the veteran-owned business community and service members and their families transitioning to civilian careers.

This November, in honor of Veterans Day, First Data will offer special pricing on Clover™ Station, InsighticsSM and Perka™ products, which will help veterans grow their businesses and serve their clients. First Data will also offer free payment processing on Veteran’s Day for current veteran-owned clients who are certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“The men and women who put their lives on the line to serve our country are true American heroes,” said Frank Bisignano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Data. “I am proud of First Data’s long history of supporting and honoring veterans, and today’s announcement is a continuation of that commitment. Our purpose is to help our clients grow their businesses and we extend that impact by offering our resources to assist military spouse and veteran-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.”

To coincide with the launch, First Data Salutes provides veteran-owned small businesses with exclusive offers, including:

  • Free payment processing on Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2014) for business owners who are certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vets First Verification Program
  • 55% off on Clover Station, the next-generation business management system that radically simplifies merchant operations by tracking inventory, managing employees, building customer relationships, consolidating invoicing and accounting, and creates customization with additional apps from the Clover App Market
  • 55% off First Data’s new small business solutions including:
    • The Insightics Solution – powerful cloud-based software that provides business owners with better insights into their business and customer spending patterns by transforming payments data into insights and recommendations
    • The Perka Solution – an innovation that turns occasional visitors into loyal regulars by driving repeat visits by delivering customized marketing messages to customers through their mobile phones

In an additional salute to military families, First Data’s roughly 15,000 U.S.-based employees will join in a Veterans Day Service Project in partnership with Operation Honor Corps (OHC), a White House Joining Forces initiative, with partners of The American Red Cross, Service Nation: Mission Serve, and Blue Star Families. From Oct. 20 through Nov. 14, employees will write 10,000 handwritten letters of appreciation to servicemen and women, veterans and their families to foster greater connection between the American public and its honored military community.

First Data is a longtime supporter of the Defense Department’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The company has received numerous awards for its support of military-affiliated employees, including the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition for employers for support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. First Data is also a member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, and Operation: Impact, Network of Champions, national coalitions supporting veteran, military spouse, and wounded, ill, and injured service members respectively.

About First Data

First Data is a global technology leader in the financial services industry. With 24,000 employee-owners and operations in 35 countries, the company provides secure and innovative payment technology and services to more than six million merchants and financial institutions around the world, from small businesses to the world’s largest corporations. Today, businesses in nearly 70 countries trust First Data to secure and process more than 2,000 financial transactions per second, totaling $1.8 trillion a year. First Data’s unparalleled infrastructure, scale and partnerships go “beyond the transaction” with next-generation point-of-sale technology fueled by powerful analytics to detect fraud, gain insights into consumer spending, and strengthen customer loyalty. All day, every day, First Data helps its clients thrive in the evolving world of commerce.

Contacts

Cindi Kurczewski
First Data
404-890-2428
cynthia.kurczewski@firstdata.com

Contacts

Cindi Kurczewski
First Data
404-890-2428
cynthia.kurczewski@firstdata.com