Merchant Warehouse Launches Online University to Provide Tools for Independent Sales Agent Education and Training

Merchant Warehouse University will host exclusive, on demand educational content for agents & ISOs who want to learn best practices in the payment processing industry

BOSTON, Ma. – Sept. 15, 2010Merchant Warehouse , a premier provider of merchant accounts and credit card processing solutions , today announced it has launched Merchant Warehouse University, an online resource center designed to provide industry thought-leadership and sales tools to independent sales agents looking to improve their industry knowledge and sales skills. What makes Merchant Warehouse University unique, is that although the materials are exclusively provided by Merchant Warehouse, outside industry experts provide insights about the financial services industry, and the site does not require users to be affiliated with the Merchant Warehouse Agent/ISO program. All independent sales agents are welcome and encouraged to participate in Merchant Warehouse University at www.mw-university.com .

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate in September was 9.6 percent. In Massachusetts, that percentage hovers around 9 percent. With an increased number of people out of work, now is an opportune time to contemplate a career as an independent sales agent and Merchant Warehouse University is a great place to start. MWU is designed for both the seasoned agent and those starting out who are looking for training, guidance, tips and tools on the financial services industry. Merchant Warehouse University can be accessed 24 hours a day so individuals can learn when, where and how they want.

“Being an independent sales agent can be a rewarding experience both emotionally and certainly financially, but it’s a career that involves a lot of hard work and consistency,” said Henry Helgeson, co-CEO of Merchant Warehouse. “To become successful takes knowledge and Merchant Warehouse University is designed to provide the learning tools necessary to forge that path to success. The beauty of Merchant Warehouse University is that agents and individuals can access it online whenever they want and the information they are seeking is there at the click of a mouse. People can access the site anytime of the day to watch a pre-recorded webinar, get a quick answer to a question, or to increase their knowledge.”

MWU content is diverse, from live and recorded webinars from industry experts such as “The Tax Advantages of Being an Independent Contractor”, “Marketing and Lead Generation” and “10 Dirty Little Secrets” to frequently asked industry questions, practical sales tutorials and industry calculators and helpful links.

“Merchant Warehouse University will be the go-to resource for those individuals who want to obtain bona fide sales tools for a more successful career,” said Helgeson. “The biggest difference with Merchant Warehouse University is that it is free and open to all. We cover unique topics that aren’t being discussed, all to benefit the independent sales agent.”

Merchant Warehouse University can be found at www.mw-university.com and will be a place that all independent sales agents will return frequently to for news, industry knowledge and education.

About Merchant Warehouse
Since 1998, Merchant Warehouse has set the standard for credit card processing by guaranteeing competitive pricing in merchant accounts, software, equipment, and providing dedicated, high quality customer service. Over 80,000 merchants later, the company continues to lead the industry with groundbreaking technology initiatives: MerchantWARE® ; BINsmart™ ; and MerchantWARE Mobile . Merchant Warehouse has been named the ETA 2009 ISO of the Year, Business Solutions’ Best Channel Vendor for 2009 & 2010 and is a two-time recipient of the Boston Business Journal Pacesetter Award. Merchant Warehouse co-CEO, Henry Helgeson, was also named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 for New England. The company is committed to community and charitable involvement. For more information, please visit http://merchantwarehouse.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MWarehouse

Contacts:
Marianne Rocco, Marketing Director
Merchant Warehouse
800.941.6557 x2051
mrocco@merchantwarehouse.com

Mike Sullivan
PAN Communications
978.474.1900
merchant@pancomm.com