Microsoft Teams to Offer Online Resource for Startup Businesses

Microsoft Teams to Offer Online Resource for Startup Businesses


By Niladri Sekhar Nath,  MCnet Contributing Editor
June 27, 2007

Microsoft Corp. has teamed with MasterCard Worldwide, FedEx Corporate Services and Bank of America Corp. to offer a comprehensive tool for entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. The tool comes with enhancements on financial management, payroll solutions and shipping to Microsoft Startup Center, a free online guide that provides step-by-step advice and resources that small-business owners need when they start their business.

“With these additional resources, visitors to StartupCenter.com not only learn how to launch their own business, but are immediately equipped with real-world tools to help them succeed,” said Cindy Bates, general manager of U.S. Small Business at Microsoft, in a statement. “By combining extensive knowledge from four companies that have an established commitment to the small-business community, we are creating a comprehensive experience on the Web for new small businesses.”
 
With its easy-to-use format, Startup Center supports those who have a solid business to launch a new company. The site offers comprehensive advice that people can use to implement their business ideas.
 
MasterCard Worldwide will provide Startup Center users with access to flexible cash-flow management solutions, business intelligence, and special programs and services. The MasterCard Find-a-Card tool, which helps businesses choose the right payment card for their needs, is also available on the Startup Center.
 
“In addition to a great idea and perseverance, MasterCard Worldwide understands entrepreneurs need relevant and readily accessible business tools to help them succeed,” said Bruno Perreault, group head of Global Small Business and Mid-Sized Enterprises at MasterCard Worldwide. “MasterCard is pleased to be the small-business payment card brand on the Startup Center while also providing Startup Center users with key business resources that enable entrepreneurs to focus on getting their business started.”
 
Bank of America will provide Startup Center users with a host of small business financial and payroll management tools, small-business checking and credit card accounts.
 
Startup Center will also offer direct access to FedEx Express and FedEx Ground’s reliable shipping and time-saving tools and resources customized to the needs of small businesses. “Small-business owners truly are the backbone of the world’s economy and are some of our most important customers at FedEx,” said Karen Rogers, vice president of marketing at FedEx. “We are pleased to be a part of the Microsoft Startup Center and to offer FedEx services tailored to small businesses in one easy point of access.”
 
Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering telecommunications, service providers and networking

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