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Largest Payment Processors

A merchant acquirer is a financial entity, frequently a bank, that provides the settlement infrastructure for credit and debit card transactions. They also represent the backend of popular payment processing platforms like PayPal, Square, and Stripe, which in turn provide middleman services between the business and the merchant acquirer.

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Jan 16, 2024 Filed under: Data Reports

2023 Best States For Black Entrepreneurs

The Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions are fortifying their reputation as the best states for Black entrepreneurs, with the Gulf states of Louisiana and Florida joining their ranks thanks to an increase in Black business creation within their borders. This is the finding from Merchant Maverick’s annual report on the Best States for Black Entrepreneurs.

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Oct 11, 2023 Filed under: Data Reports, Small Business

5 Jobs Most Likely Impacted By The Recession

The average worker may be wondering what kind of impact this recession could have on job security. If you’re a construction worker, auto technician, sales rep, fabricator, or part of middle management, you may want to have a backup plan if things take a turn for the worse, particularly if you live in one of the states hit hardest by recent inflation. Medical professionals, public employees, and truckers have less to worry about.

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Aug 24, 2022 Filed under: Data Reports

The 10 U.S. States Where Inflation Is Hitting Consumers The Hardest

Inflation is taking a big bite out of Americans’ purchasing power, but residents of Southern states may be feeling the hit to their wallets more intensely than elsewhere. Merchant Maverick’s inaugural report, The 10 U.S. States Where Inflation Is Hitting Consumers The Hardest, looks not only at where inflation is rising the fastest, but how much existing factors within a given state may contribute to the stress on a household budget.

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Jun 20, 2022 Filed under: Data Reports

Top States Most Likely To Survive A Recession In 2022

In Merchant Maverick’s inaugural data report on The Best States In Which To Survive Recession, our analysis found that the states in the best condition to mitigate the effects of a recession aren’t where you might expect. Most of them, as it turns out, are in the Heartland.

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Apr 11, 2022 Filed under: Data Reports

Best States For Black Entrepreneurs In 2022

Despite continuing inequities and the COVID-19 pandemic, Black entrepreneurship is growing in record numbers. Because of America’s size and diversity, business success rates can vary heavily depending on location. To understand where in the US Black entrepreneurs are best positioned to succeed, Merchant Maverick set out to rank every state based on an array of metrics. Here are the most supportive states for Black-owned businesses.

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Feb 1, 2022 Filed under: Data Reports

The 10 Best States For Women-Led Startups In 2022

The 10 best states for women-led startups, led by Colorado, shine when it comes to metrics of gender parity, cost of living, and tax rates. What’s more, investors in these states are finally giving a fair shake to women-owned startups. Despite COVID, 2021 was a record-shattering year as female-only founded startups across the nation collected $5.6 billion, up an astounding $2 billion from the previous record set in 2019

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Jan 4, 2022 Filed under: Data Reports

Top 7 Jobs About To Disappear (And 3 That Will Emerge) Due To COVID

Merchant Maverick’s latest report contains a clear finding: customer-facing service jobs easily replaced by technology will disappear at a stunning rate. Seven job categories affected by technological advancements are estimated to drop nearly 20% on average by 2029. This means that roughly one out of every five employees who leaves one of these jobs over the next decade will not be replaced.

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Aug 16, 2021 Filed under: Data Reports