What you know about Minnesota will be driven by your age, hobbies, and kids. Out-of-towners who are (or have) any noughties babies may associate the state with BTR. Sports fans may think more of Timberwolves and (ice) hockey teams. And there’s a LOT of them – it’s not called the state of hockey for nothing! Or maybe you hear the voice in your head mumbling that very distinct pronunciation of mee-neh-sow-tah.
Minnesota is one of America’s northernmost states – it’s right on the border with Canada, and the only state that’s higher north is Alaska. Some call it the gopher state, or the land of 10,000 lakes. And the state chant – in French – translates to ‘The Star of the North’. Of course as a resident Minnesotan, you may know all this already. It’s more populous than lots of northerly states, and the bulk of its residents live in the twin cities of Minneapolis – St Paul.
The best of nature
With over a hundred parks and forest reserves that cover millions of acres, thousands of square miles of water-scapes, and some of the oldest rock formations in the world, it’s easy to assume the state is raw and rustic. While its natural wonder isn’t in doubt, it still has a cosmopolitan leaning, especially in the twin-cities. Nearly three-quarters of the population live there. But even for businesses based on nature and wildlife, credit card processing has its place.
If anything, these gorgeous outdoors require credit cards even more than urban areas. When your livelihood involves driving trucks across hundreds of square miles, navigating remote parts of nature, or servicing global tourists, you’re not likely to bump into a bank, and it can be tricky making change. Handy keypads or mobile payment apps can be incredibly convenient.
Cash in comfort
Rather than waiting hours or even days for word from the bank, you can make and receive instant payments. Electronic keypads verify credit card customers immediately, and mobile apps reflect payments in seconds. This can link remote residents with twin-city finance, and make it easier for them to receive and pay for services they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. This greatly widens your Minnesota client base.
Another misconception is that businesses in the state are largely traditional – fur and forestry. In reality, we’re the home base of unexpected brands like Target and Best Buy, so credit card usage is a natural fit for us. Keep that in mind when you start to worry if it’s suited for your business. Also, you don’t need these two brands’ volumes to justify credit card acceptance. So look into it, if you haven’t already.
For more information on how a merchant processing account will benefit your Minnesota business, or to sign up for a merchant account, please call (888) 924-2743 or go to Charge.com.