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Insight We Value

One of our strengths at MasterCard is that we're able to identify other informed voices that can shed light on today's business world. Naturally, we're pleased to be able to share this valuable insight with you. The following is a list of resources that we feel is particularly valuable to our merchants—and also valuable to us in understanding your business.

GENERAL BUSINESS RESOURCES

National Federation of Independent Business

NFIB is a small business association that promotes and protects the right of small business owners to own and operate their businesses.

Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureaus can alert you to complaints against companies in your area.

PAYMENT INDUSTRY RESOURCES

Electronic Transactions Association

International trade association for the payment processing industry.

Glenbrook Partners

Glenbrook is a payments consulting and research firm that brings to financial services and financial technology clients an unusual combination of deep expertise in electronic payments, hands-on operating experience, and an extensive network of professional relationships.

Mercator

Mercator Advisory Group provides research and advisory services for the consumer payments industry.

Aite Group

Aite Group provides holistic, timely, actionable advice to help you grow your financial services business. Among its research coverage, Aite Group has a strong focus on the payments industry.

Javelin Strategy and Research

Javelin is the leading independent provider of quantitative and qualitative research focused exclusively on financial services topics. Based on the most rigorous statistical methodologies, Javelin conducts in-depth primary research studies to pinpoint dynamic risks and opportunities.

PaymentsSource

PaymentsSource is a business magazine covering key trends and competitive strategies in the electronic payments market.

PCI Security Standards Council

The PCI Security Standards Council is an open global forum for the ongoing development, enhancement, storage, dissemination, and implementation of security standards for account data protection.

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INDUSTRY SPECIFIC RESOURCES

Convenience

Convenience Store News

Convenience Store News delivers the insight, analysis, market research, and business intelligence that helps c-store retailers stay ahead of what's next.

NACS Online (National Association of Convenience Stores)

NACS is an international trade group representing retailers and suppliers. NACS Online includes news, buyer's guide, events, membership information, and industry resources.

NPN (National Petroleum News)

NPN covers all aspects of the combined convenience/petroleum industry, including key profit centers like car wash and food service.

Education

University Business

Magazine for college and university administrators. Published monthly with daily news updates. Archives available.

Food Services

Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) conducts programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education, and industry relations on behalf of its 1,500 food retailers and wholesalers in the United States and around the world.

Nation's Restaurant News

Nation's restaurant news is a leading source which provides top news stories and trends in the restaurant and food service industries.

QSR Magazine

Quick-service restaurant and fast casual restaurant news, trends, and information.

Insurance

Insurance Networking News

For insurance industry news on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and workers compensation.

Risk & Insurance Online

Risk and Insurance Online is produced by the leading independent magazine for RISK executives offering targeted news, columns and features, RISK search functions, and more.

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NonProfit

NonProfit Times

National business publication focusing on non-profit management.

Fundraising Success

Fundraising Success is a practical guide for non-profit organizations. It exists to help development staffs raise money for and interest in their organizations' missions.

Public Sector

Association of Public Transit Association

An international organization for the bus, rapid transit, and commuter rail systems industry.

American City & County

Serving city and county officials with monthly features about local government issues, trends, products, and services.

Court Manager

The Court Manager features articles on caseload management, technology, personal skill development, and general management issues.

Courts Today

Court Today is designed specifically for municipal, county, state, and federal court management professionals. It presents, promotes, and details the latest developments in the court system.

Governing Magazine

News and information on state and local government, including policy, politics, management, finance, environment, economic development, infrastructure, and technology.

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Retail

Chain Store Age

A monthly publication covering real estate, store planning, and operations for chain stores and shopping centers.

Progressive Grocer

Progressive Grocer provides the latest in supermarket and beverage industry news, and food and beverage trends.

STORES Magazine

A monthly magazine covering retail operations, technology, and news. STORES Magazine is published by the National Retail Federation (NRF).

Kantar Retail

Premier thought-leaders for retailers and consumer goods companies with professional services aimed at improving their market and financial performance.

Utility

Energy Central

Energy Central is a hub on the Internet for electric power professionals searching for information, products, and services related to the energy industry.

American Gas

Provides natural gas industry professionals of all disciplines with the information they need to enhance their effectiveness and that of their companies.

Electric Light & Power

The authoritative source of electric industry business news for electric utility executives and management.

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