August 4, 2013
Square launches national contest for small business owners
SAN FRANCISCO--Square announced "Love Local," a national contest celebrating small businesses across Canada. Square's free card reader and free software enable anyone to accept credit cards and run their business from their iPhone, iPad or Android device.
Square will award one winner with the tools they need to run their business using Square Register, including Square Readers, iPad 2, an iPad stand, and a cash drawer. The winner will also receive a one hour social media consultation in order to better market their business to new and existing customers.
Local businesses are the backbone of communities across Canada with more than 1 million small businesses in Canada and 2.7 million Canadians who are self employed. Canadians carry an average of two credit cards per household. Businesses need a way to accept credit cards to ensure they will never miss out on a sale and Square enables anyone to accept credit cards.
Square provides one simple, low, and transparent transaction rate of 2.75% per swipe, with no hidden fees. Square's card reader plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone, iPad, or Android device and allows for safe and secure credit card payments through the downloadable Square Register app. Square merchants have access to their funds from swiped payments the next business day, eliminating the wait for cash flow.
To enter #LoveLocal, Canadian small businesses simply submit a photo or short video to Twitter that represents what their business brings to their neighbourhood and tag "#LoveLocal" and "@SquareCanada." The top entry will be chosen by a Square panel. The contest will run from August 5 to September 15.
Square is making commerce easy for everyone. Starting with a free credit card reader for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, Square Reader allows anyone to accept credit cards anywhere, anytime, for a low transaction rate of 2.75% per swipe, with no hidden fees. Square Register serves as a full point of sale system for businesses to accept payments, manage items, and share menu and location information. Founded in 2009, and headquartered in San Francisco, Square is currently available in the U.S., Canada, and Japan.