Mercator Advisory Group’s new Insight Summary Report, Payment Cards and B2B Payments: Riding a Wave of Positivity, reveals that U.S. small businesses are largely positive about the prospects for the future of their respective firms with regard to revenues, profitability, and employment. The report is the first of three from Mercator’s annual Small Business Payments and Banking Survey Series, a part of Mercator’s Primary Data Service. It is based on findings from Mercator Advisory Group’s online survey of 2,002 U.S. small businesses fielded in March and April 2019.
The survey’s charts show the primary payment methods used by type, and they reveal attitudes toward cash flow and line of credit. The findings include small businesses’ criteria for choosing a new credit card for the business, which differ by size of firm and indicate the average number of cards held per company.
“Now is a good time for those who work with small businesses to approach them for new opportunities. Projections for revenue and profitability are fairly high. There are definitely opportunities for financial institutions and others to get involved with small businesses,” states the author of the report, Pete Reville, Director of Primary Data Services including Small Business Monitor Survey Series at Mercator Advisory Group.
Companies mentioned in the report include: American Express, Discover, Kabbage, Lending Club, Mastercard, OnDeck Capital, PayPal, Prosper, and Visa.